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Game 44 Preview: Leafs @ Sens

The Leafs visit the Nation’s Capital to renew the Battle of Ontario

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Sens’ return to action after the bye week against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday didn’t exactly go as planned. They’ll need to be a lot better tonight if they want to avoid embarrassment against the division rivals Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nate Thompson sustained an injury in the first period of Thursday’s affair that will keep him out of tonight’s line-up. Colin White has been recalled from Belleville to fill in on Guy Boucher’s checking line. Otherwise, there are no changes expected to the lineup.

Tonight’s projected alignment:

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

Oduya - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Borowiecki - Chabot

Anderson (starter)
  • Things may be dire in Ottawa, but the Leafs have been going through some drama of their own of late. After their loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, Leafs goalie Frederik Anderson had some withering criticism for his teammates.
  • In his return to the line-up on Thursday, Borowiecki delivered a few bone rattling hits, blocked a couple of shots and even got in a fight. If nothing else, you always know what you’re getting from him when he steps on the ice.
  • Craig Anderson looked a bit shaky on a couple of the Blues’ goals on Thursday, but with Mike Condon posting a hideous .894 SV% it’s not like there is a great alternative available
  • As is typical of these encounters I expect a lot of Leafs fans in attendance. My personal plea to anyone that reads this that’s going to the game: please don’t start any fights.

Team stats, via and

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