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Game 41 Preview: Chicago Blackhawks @ Ottawa Senators

Sens host Chicago in the first of a back-to-back to close the first half the season

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight and hope to build on a modest two game winning streak.

Here’s tonight’s probable line-up:

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

Chabot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Harpur - Claesson

Anderson (starter)

Some thoughts:

  • The Blackhawks have left Brent Seabrook at home for this one, making him a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. Seabrook has assumed a greatly reduced role this season, and neither his counting numbers nor his on-ice shot metrics look much good. Considering he’s in just year two of an eight year extension that will pay him through his age 38 season, Chicago badly needs more than this from the veteran.
  • Chicago may not be the team they one were, but they do have some young talent on the way up: Alex DeBrincat and Vinnie Hinostroza are the two to keep an eye on. Hinostroza’s hot play, 8 points in 11 games, has earned him a spot on the top line next to Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad
  • Everyone knows the Sens have quality top end talent, but the two games this past weekend felt like the first time the first two lines were clicking at the same time. Twelve goals for in two contests, including ten from the top two units, will leave you feeling that way.
  • It may be coming a bit too late for some people’s taste, but the glory of a Thomas Chabot -- Erik Karlsson top pairing is something to behold. It’s beautiful

Stats for tonight’s teams:

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