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Game 45 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Minnesota Wild

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The Sens start off a two-game road trip in Minnesota

NHL: JAN 20 Maple Leafs at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A fair bit has changed from yesterday night. First, the Sens are more banged up than we initially expected. Mark Stone skated briefly at practice, but is still bothered by his knee injury sustained in Toronto and thus, won’t be in tonight. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Nate Thompson are likely out all week, so Colin White and Filip Chlapik will line up as the team’s third and fourth line centres. Finally, Johnny Oduya is injured and likely out week-to-week than the initial prognosis of day-to-day.

Due to all of these shenanigans, the team called up Chris DiDomenico and Erik Burgdoefer (!) up from Belleville. The former will slot in at right-wing, while the latter will be a healthy scratch:

Dzingel - Brassard - DiDomenico

Hoffman - Duchene - Ryan

Smith - White - Pyatt

Burrows - Chlapik - Dumont

Chabot - Karlsson

Phaneuf - Ceci

Borowiecki - Claesson

Condon (starter)

Anderson

Some notes for tonight:

  • The Wild enter tonight’s game with the league’s second-worst CF% of 46.14%. So much for Bruce Boudreau...
  • Other than the injured Nino Niederreiter, only Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker are putting up positive on-ice shot metrics
  • The Wild are within 5 points of 9 (!!!!!) different Western Conference teams. Chicago, a perennial contender, is currently last in the Central — they have 11 more points than the Senators
  • Erik Burgdoefer is not in the lineup tonight, but is one of the few alumni of RPI (NCAA), where current prospect Todd Burgess plays
  • Chris DiDomenico is somehow good enough to play top-six minutes with Stone absent, but bad enough to be back in Belleville over Gabriel Dumont. #rolezzz
  • This is Mike Condon’s first start in 2018. The organization thought they’d be getting a 1A and 1B situation when they signed Anderson and Condon to extensions in the offseason, but instead, have been rewarded with a team save percentage under .900

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