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Game 42 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs

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The last game before the merciful bye week

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Senators earn a win tonight before going off for their bye week? It seems like with the team this year, it’s two steps forward, two months back. Hopefully we can at least beat the Maple Leafs before living through eight days of no Sens games.

Craig Anderson will start tonight, and Filip Chlapik will replace to re-re-re-re-(re?-)injured Bobby Ryan. Here’s my guess at lines and pairings:

Hoffman - Duchene - Smith
Dzingel - Brassard - Stone
Pyatt - Pageau - Burrows
Dumont - White - Chlapik

Chabot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Harpur - Claesson

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Some thoughts:

  • Mark Stone is the kind of guy that never quits. Down by four, five last night, he seemed to just keep pushing. We say it a lot, but we are not worthy of Mark Stone.
  • Erik Karlsson and Thomas Chabot made a pretty decent pairing last night, having almost 60% of the 5v5 shots. They still allowed three goals at 5v5 when on the ice, but you know, small victories.
  • Craig Anderson has an .897 save percentage. Mike Condon is at .894. How long until someone like Marcus Hogberg gets even one NHL start?
  • Mark Borowiecki will probably be back after the bye week. Who sits for him? I’m hoping for Harpur, but expecting Claesson (or both if Johnny Oduya is healthy too).
  • After last game, do you think Colin White even sees five minutes tonight? I’m predicting not.

Team stats, via NHL.com and NaturalStatTrick.com:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 2.68 25th 3.25 6th
Goals against/GP 3.44 30th 2.56 3rd
Shots/GP 30.7 24th 32.8 11th
Shots against/GP 33.0 25th 29.3 2nd
Powerplay % 16.7 26th 23.5 4th
Penalty Kill % 76.2 27th 83.3 4th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 46.32 29th 53.97 2nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 46.94 27th 54.01 1st

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Player # Player #
Goals Matt Duchene 27 Brad Marchand 34
Assists Erik Karlsson (out) 53 Brad Marchand 51
Points Karlsson/Stone (both out) 62 Brad Marchand 85
Shots Mike Hoffman 253 David Pastrnak 236
TOI/GP Erik Karlsson (out) 26:44 Zdeno Chara 22:53