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Game 80 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins on 6 April 2017.

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After sitting out the last half of the third period against Detroit because the others were doing so well, Erik Karlsson will generously sit out for the entirety of tonight's game against the Boston Bruins. To clinch a playoff spot, the Senators need a point in their final three games. If Ottawa loses all three games in regulation, then they need to hold off two out of the Lightning, Islanders and Maple Leafs. The Lightning and Islanders would need to win all three games while the Leafs would need a single point.

The chances of Ottawa getting that point tonight without Karlsson are slim although the Bruins will be without Brad Marchand who was suspended two games for spearing. Weird how that never happens to Sidney Crosby, but that is another story.

Here are the expected lines and pairings for the NHL's Ottawa Senators:

Hoffman - Turris - Stone
Stålberg - Brassard - Burrows
Pyatt - Pageau - Wingels
MacArthur - Kelly - Dzingel

Phaneuf - Harpur
Borowiecki - Wideman
Claesson - Jokipakka

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Some notes for tonight:

  • Mike Hoffman continues to rack up the points. His assist on Tuesday gave him 60 points for the season. What a player he has become!
  • Hopefully Karlsson's injury isn't too serious and he can stay in the lineup permanently in the playoffs. Can't see the Senators winning even two games against any opponent without him.
  • Craig Anderson rebounded from a tough outing on Monday with a shutout on Tuesday. Ottawa will need something similar to have a chance tonight.
  • The forwards appear to be top heavy but with no Karlsson, the Senators probably needed to load up on one line and hope it can produce.
  • Ben Harpur looked surprisingly decent on Tuesday. Hopefully a sign of things to come against better teams than Detroit.
  • I think everyone can agree that we don't want to play Washington. But while Boston is a tougher team on paper than Toronto, I would probably prefer to play Boston if Karlsson is injured. Ottawa isn't beating anyone without him so let's not risk a humiliation.
  • Hoffman has 21 points in his last 20 games.
  • Ottawa is 3-0 against Boston this year.
  • Anderson's 92.5 save percentage is third in the NHL this season.

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except Corsi and Fenwick are from Corsica.

Category Ottawa Boston
Player # Player #
Goals Kyle Turris 27 Brad Marchand 39
Assists Erik Karlsson 54 Brad Marchand 46
Points Erik Karlsson 71 Brad Marchand 85
Shots Mike Hoffman 219 Patrice Bergeron 295
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 26:50 Zdeno Chara 23:16

Category

Ottawa Boston
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.53 22nd 2.88 11th
Goals Against 2.58 11th 2.56 9th
Zone, score and venue adjusted Corsi % 47.98% 26th 54.87% 1st
Score, Zone and venue adjusted Fenwick % 48.35% 23rd 55.52% 1st
Shots For 30.0 18th 33.4 2nd
Shots Against 30.4 16th 26.7 2nd