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Game 12 Preview: Buffalo Sabres @ Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa looks to get back on track against a division rival

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

After a road trip that can only be described as an abject failure, the Ottawa Senators will try to turn the tide tonight.

The Sens will play host to the division rival Buffalo Sabres, who are coming off of back-to-back losses.

Ottawa is riding a four-game losing steak, and coming off three road losses. They were outscored by a combined 15-7 on the trip, and outshot 125-72. The Sabres, meanwhile, have lost back-to-back overtime games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30PM ET, and you can catch this one on TSN5 and RDS2, or MSG-B for our friends south of the border.

Craig Anderson gets the start in net.

Here are the suspected lines and pairings for Ottawa, tonight:

A Few Notes For Tonight...

  • It was a busy day for Sens management, as they re-assigned Jack Rodewald and Christian Wolanin to Belleville, recalling Nick Paul, Erik Burgdoerfer, and Mike McKenna.
  • With McKenna getting called up, it doesn’t appear that Mike Condon has a future with the Ottawa Senators anymore, even if he clears waivers. The goaltender is under contract until 2020, at a cap hit of $2.4million a year.
  • Tonight is Sabres’ forward Jason Pominville’s 1000th game, so congratulations to him. It’s been a hell of a career, and he’s earned our respect. All that said, when you see that damned overtime goal played at least five times tonight, just try to remember what happened the next year. Your TV screen will thank you.
  • You can find the Sabres’ probable line combinations and pairings here.
  • The Senators will be wearing their gorgeous Centennial jerseys tonight, as they will be for every Thursday home game this season.

As always, have some stats, courtesy of NHL.com and NaturalStatTrick.com:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Tampa Bay Lightning
Category Ottawa Senators Tampa Bay Lightning
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.23 11th 3.46 6th
Goals Against/GP 4.23 31st 2.69 6th
Shots/GP 28.2 27th 33.8 4th
Shots Against/GP 38.7 31st 31.9 16th
Powerplay % 24.4 11th 26.1 6th
Penalty Kill % 38.9 29th 93.9 1st
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 42.46 30th 52.86 7th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 42.79 29th 52.11 7th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres
-- Player # Player #
Goals Lajoie, Stone, Dzingel, Duchene 4 Jeff Skinner 6
Assists Thomas Chabot 10 Jack Eichel 8
Points Thomas Chabot 13 Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel 12
Shots Maxime Lajoie 27 Jack Eichel 47
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 22:42 Rasmus Ristolainen 25:16