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Game 43 Preview: St. Louis Blues @ Ottawa Senators

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The Sens host the Blues in their return from the bye week

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

With their break now behind them, the Senators kick off a busy stretch of five games in eight days leading into the All-Star Break at the end of next week. First (and fourth) up on the list are the St. Louis Blues.

A few names return to action tonight. Bobby Ryan is back with new gloves after missing the Toronto game, and Mark Borowiecki is back in the lineup after an extended absence. Filip Chlapik is in for Jean-Gabriel Pageau after an injury sustained in the Leafs game. Here are the expected lines to start the game:

Hoffman - Duchene - Ryan
Dzingel - Brassard - Stone
Pyatt - Thompson - Smith
Dumont - Chlapik - Burrows

Oduya - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Borowiecki - Chabot

Anderson (starter)
Condon
  • Good to have Borowiecki back in the lineup (yes, really, me from two years ago)
  • Less thrilled about him starting with Chabot, since that means Oduya is with Karlsson
  • Craig Anderson had a pretty good game in Toronto last week, so maybe pencil him in for a few weak ones tonight
  • We’re only a short, 10-game winning streak from the Sens being back into serious playoff contention!
  • Mark Stone. That is all.

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