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Game 46 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ St. Louis Blues

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News and notes ahead of tonight’s contest.

NHL: JAN 18 Blues at Senators Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If this game is anything like these teams’ last meeting a week ago, tonight is not going to be pretty. Set your standards really low, because everything is currently in favour of the Blues.

There’s one small change in the Sens’ lineup from yesterday, as Filip Chlapik will coming out of the lineup after going hard into the boards. The lack of extra forwards means that Erik Burgdoerfer will draw in as the 7th defenceman, playing his third career NHL game at age 29. Craig Anderson also gets the start tonight as Condon played yesterday.

Here are the most used line combos from yesterday’s loss to Minnesota, with a couple tweaks to adjust for the Chlapik injury:

Pyatt - Smith - White
Hoffman - Duchene - DiDomenico
Dzingel - Brassard - Ryan
Dumont - Burrows

Chabot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Borowiecki - Claesson
Burgdoerfer

Anderson (starter)
Condon

That’s..... not good.

Here are some notes:

  • Mark Stone is out again tonight, still listed as day-to-day. In the mean time, let’s get the #SelkeStone campaign rolling, by voting for him in the Professional Hockey Writers Association’s mid-season awards!
  • The Sens are somehow 5-3-2 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.
  • Elliotte Friedman dropped his weekly 31 Thoughts column earlier today, with a couple tidbits on the Sens. Apparently the Penguins have been calling on Jean-Gabriel Pageau (who’s currently injured), and the Bruins for Mike Hoffman.
  • There’s been plenty of rumours of St. Louis as a potential trade partner for Hoffman as well. I’m sure both teams’ scouts will be busy tonight.
  • Boucher wasn’t hesitant to use the young guys last night, playing Colin White for 15:35 and Chabot for 21:29. White was especially impressive, as he’s inching closer to his first NHL goal. Both rookies turn 21 in exactly a week from today (they were born on the exact same day).
  • Who foresaw Brayden Schenn breaking out to be a top-30 scorer? Him and Tarasenko have been mauling opponents offensively, with a combined 92 points on the season.
  • The Sens will be facing another backup goalie, with Carter Hutton getting the start.
  • Is it finally time to embrace the tank?

Here are some stats from NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

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

Update: The post originally stated that Max McCormick was called up to replace Filip Chlapik in the lineup. The call-up has since been cancelled due to travel issues.