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Game 28 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Montréal Canadiens

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Let’s see this winning streak extended to four tonight

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the start of a home and home against the Montreal Canadiens!

The Senators sit just two points back of the Habs, and of the final wild card spot. A regulation win would move the Sens up three spots in the East, past the Habs as well as the Rangers and Hurricanes (who don’t play tonight).

There was some question of if Colin White would make tonight’s game after leaving the team to attend his grandfather’s funeral, but he arrived in Montreal in time for the morning skate. This means no changes to Saturday’s lines.

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

Chabot-DeMelo
Harpur-Ceci
Falk-Jaros

Anderson (Starter)
McKenna

Game Notes

  • Despite the potential to end the night in a playoff spot, a win would still only put the Sens on pace for 85 points.
  • Brady Tkachuk might be even more of an agitator in front of the net than Brendan Gallagher, and I absolutely love it. How many shifts will it take for Habs fans to hate him?
  • Max Lajoie and Mark Borowiecki were ruled out for tonight, but Lajoie might return to the lineup on Thursday
  • Tkachuk - White - Stone has been Ottawa’s best forward line this season, out-shooting the opposition 81-71, out-chancing them 42-27 and outscoring them 6-1.
  • It’s the movable object (Ottawa’s 31st place PK) against the stoppable force (Montreal’s 29th place PP).
  • Carey Price is a sub-.900 goalie.
  • Not really related to tonight’s game, but the NHL confirmed expansion to Seattle for 2021-22. Is it too early for mock drafts?

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