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Game 71 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Columbus Blue Jackets

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NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

It’s game day in Columbus! Can the Senators make it four consecutive wins? Find out in tonight’s St. Paddy’s Day special!

Ken Warren tells us the only change is Mike Condon in net. So here are you lines and pairings:

Dzingel - Duchene - Hoffman
Ryan - Pageau - Burrows
Paajarvi - Smith - Pyatt
McCormick - O'Brien - Gaborik

Claesson - Karlsson
Harpur - Ceci
Borowiecki - Chabot

Condon (starter)
Anderson

Some thoughts:

  • The Sens have a three-game win streak for the first time since October 10-14. They haven’t had a four-game win streak this season.
  • Matt Duchene referred to this as the best non-playoff team he’s ever been on
  • The defensive scoring race is heating up, with Erik Karlsson’s 56 points in fourth place, but only two behind leader John Klingberg
  • The Stars looked awful last night in a game they really should’ve won as a team chasing a playoff spot. I haven’t seen Ottawa get that many chances to set up 5v5 in the offensive zone since... 2007? We’ll see if the playoff-hungry Blue Jackets bring it tonight
  • The only St. Patrick’s Day game I’ve been to was the Maple Leafs visiting the Sens a few years back. A lot of drunk people, Ottawa lost a snoozer 3-1, some fights broke out, and then friend I came with slept through half the game and the whole bus ride home.
  • I’m in a rush today, so that’s your thoughts!

Stats:

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