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Game 21 Preview: Florida Panthers @ Ottawa Senators

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Mike Hoffman makes his return to Ottawa tonight.

Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators (9-8-3) will look to make it three wins in a row tonight, when Mike Hoffman and the Florida Panthers (7-7-3) come to town.

The Sens are coming off back to back wins against the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Panthers are looking to get back on track, having lost two in a row to the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers. The last time these two squads met, the Cats chased Mike McKenna en route to a 5-1 win.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30ET, and you can catch this one on TSN5, RDSI, and FS-Florida for our friends south of the border. The game, of course, will also be broadcasted on TSNRadio 1200.

Ottawa will roll 12-6 tonight, with Christian Jaros sliding back into the lineup in place of healthy scratch Chris Wideman. Craig Anderson starts.

Here’s a look at the Sens lines and pairings for tonight.

Game Notes

  • This, of course, will be Mike Hoffman’s return to Ottawa. In the fallout of the Karlsson/Caryk incident, it will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets. Hoffman is red-hot, currently on a franchise record 15-game point streak.
  • Chris Wideman is a healthy scratch tonight, as he hasn’t looked terribly comfortable all year. Wideman got off to a great start last year before ending up getting injured, so hopefully he can find his game soon and get back to that form.
  • Ben Harpur practiced during the team session this morning for the first time since his injury, marking a positive step on the road to recovery.
  • James Reimer gets the start for the Panthers tonight.
  • Max Lajoie’s production has completely stalled since being paired with Ceci. He needs more time with Demelo, and even Jaros.
  • Guy Boucher looks to roll with the same line combinations that have yielded eight goals in the last two games. These lines appear to have some real chemistry, especially the 7-36-61 combo. They’ve been arguably Ottawa’s best line, though 89-95-79 are giving them a run for their money.
  • Expect the Panthers lineup to look something like this tonight.

As always, have some stats, courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
Category Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.57 1st 3.10 16th
Goals Against/GP 4.19 31st 2.67 7th
Shots/GP 30.1 23rd 31.5 16th
Shots Against/GP 38.0 31st 31.1 13th
Powerplay % 25.0 7th 21.7 12th
Penalty Kill % 68.2 31st 84.9 3rd
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 42.92 30th 49.39 19th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 43.65 30th 40.45 15th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
-- Player # Player #
Goals Matt Duchene 10 Mikael Granlund 10
Assists Thomas Chabot 19 Mikko Koivu 14
Points Matt Duchene 27 Mikael Granlund 19
Shots Thomas Chabot 62 Matt Dumba 67
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 23:27 Ryan Suter 25:53