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Game 48 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Carolina Hurricanes

Cane they win this one?

Ottawa at Carolina Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images

It’s a Sens game day, with the NHL returning to action following the All-Star weekend in Tampa Bay. The Ottawa Senators (15-23-5) are trying to break a five-game losing streak that began after the bye week. They face the Carolina Hurricanes (22-19-8), who are fighting for a playoff position in the compact Metropolitan division.

Colin White, Chris DiDomenico and Erik Burgdoerfer were sent to Belleville for two games over the weekend, although they’re all back on the main roster in preparation for tonight. With the injuries mounting (Stone, Thompson, Oduya and Dumont are all out of the lineup), expect the two forwards to play, with Burgdoerfer being a healthy scratch.

Craig Anderson will be tonight’s starter, with Cam Ward likely at the other end of the rink.

Here are the expected lines and pairings from practice:

Hoffman - Duchene - Ryan
Paajarvi - Brassard - Dzingel
Smith - Pageau - Pyatt
Burrows - White - DiDomenico

Chabot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Borowiecki - Claesson

Anderson (starter)

Here are some notes:

  • Magnus Paajarvi will make his Sens debut this evening. He’ll wear #56 (his father’s birth year), being the third Senator to don the number (Petr Schastlivy and Lance Pitlick are the others).
  • The Swede has four points in 44 games this season for St. Louis. He was playing alongside Brassard and Dzingel in practice, although there’s always bound to be a mid-game shakeup with Guy Boucher.
  • Mark Stone is expected to be close to a return, which is fantastic news for the Sens’ offence, as it’s been completely absent without their leading goal scorer.
  • The Canes’ leading goal scorer, Sebastian Aho, draws back into Carolina’s lineup for the first time since January 14th. He missed four games due to both a concussion and lower-body injury.
  • With the Hurricanes being recently purchased by Tom Dundon (bit jealous), changes are already becoming extremely evident. He’s set a plan that allows fans to sit in the lower bowl, with the priority being to fill it up first. There’s a lot of factors to consider here, although at first glance it seems like an odd move that takes away the incentive to buy tickets in the lower bowl. Would be curious to know your thoughts in the comments.
  • As mentioned in this morning’s prospect update, it’s Colin White and Thomas Chabot’s birthday today!
  • Start time is 7:00 p.m.

Here’s a comparison of the two teams’ stats:

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