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Game 23 Preview: Sens @ Stars

We need a win tonight, we just do....

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

So begins a new era for the Ottawa Senators; the years without Chris Wideman. Or is the era with no downtown arena in sight? The era where Melnyk sues everyone who comes in contact with him? Whatever era this is called, I don’t like it. The past 24 hours have not been friendly to Sens fans and a win tonight might just distract us a bit from the state of rage we’re all in.

Tonight’s game features your Ottawa Senators in Dallas to face Spezza’s Stars. The Senators are coming off two failed comeback attempts and a whole baggage of frustrations. Craig Anderson will get yet another start (no surprise) and Ben Harpur will draw back into the roster after being cleared from IR. Both teams are coming off a 2 game losing streak and both fighting some injuries on their rosters.

Tonight’s lineup may be missing a few pieces tonight as Borowiecki and Ryan are questionable pieces and White sidelined with a minor injury opening the door for McCormick to draw in.

Sens Projected Lineup:

Boedker - Duchene - Batherson
McCormick - Tkachuk - Stone
Dzingel - Tierney - Ryan
Paajarvi - Smith - Pyatt

Chabot - DeMelo
Lajoie - Ceci
Harpur - Jaros

Anderson (starter)

Stars Projected Lineup:

Benn - Seguin - Radulov
Shore - Spezza - Hintz
Nichushkin - Faksa - Pitlick
Janmark - Dickinson - Comeau

Lindell - Heiskanen
Bayreuther - Polak
Hanley - Fedun

Khudobin (starter)

Game Notes:

  • The Chris Wideman trade makes no sense in terms of timing and return. Yes, he was bound to go but for a 6th round? Why now? It does seem like Wideman may have been welcome to the idea as well.
  • Boucher stated he wants a more defensive game, can they hold the fort tonight?
  • With all the commotion surrounding Melnyk and the team, does anyone think it affects the players?
  • Ben Harpur is back in the lineup, if he doesn’t perform as expected in the remainder of the road trip, do we see Wolanin called back up?
  • The Stars are missing some key names including Methot, Klingberg, Hanzal and most notably Ben Bishop; would be great if the Sens could capitalize on both their injuries and low confidence after a 5-1 beat down against the Penguins.

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
Category Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.15 11th 3.24 9th
Goals Against/GP 3.92 31st 3.03 19th
Shots/GP 29.2 25th 32.0 13th
Shots Against/GP 37.4 31st 30.5 8th
Powerplay % 21.8 11th 13.4 30th
Penalty Kill % 74.5 28th 79.2 16th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 42.91 31st 49.86 15th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 43.25 31st 51.42 11th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
-- Player # Player #
Goals Mark Stone 18 Cam Atkinson 23
Assists Thomas Chabot 28 Artemi Panarin 29
Points Mark Stone 43 Artemi Panarin 41
Shots Thomas Chabot 100 Cam Atkinson 149
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 23:52 Seth Jones 26:18

Additional Information:

Time: 8PM

Location: American Airlines Centre, Dallas

Broadcast: TSN5, RDS, fs-sw, NHL.TV and as usual you can listen to the game on TSN1200