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Game 63 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Vegas Golden Knights

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The battle of the Karlssons.

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Ottawa Senators Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators are making their third major west coast road trip of the season, kicking this one off with a match against the league’s newest and hottest franchise: the Vegas Golden Knights. Both the Sens and Knights are five points away from the league’s contours, although it’s Vegas on top and Ottawa on the bottom.

The Senators have quietly gone on yet another five-game losing streak, although considering they’ve already reached that three times previously this season, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. February was still their winningest month of the season, however, picking up six W’s before dying down at the end.

Lineup Notes

Marian Gaborik is out tonight with an undisclosed injury. Taking his place is Alex Burrows, who returns after serving a ten-game suspension for kneeing Taylor Hall. Mark Borowiecki will be back in the lineup despite leaving the ice for precautionary reasons following a fight on Tuesday.

The opposition are dealing with a few injuries as well. They lose defenceman Luca Sbisa for a few months after already missing significant time earlier in the season, as well as Nate Schmidt who is day-to-day. James Neal is also questionable for tonight, although guaranteed to be drawing in is Shea Theodore.

The confirmed starters are Craig Anderson and Marc-André Fleury.

Projected Lineup

As it is most games, this is a guess based on which combos were used in the previous game.

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

Claesson - Karlsson
Chabot - Ceci
Borowiecki - Harpur

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Game Notes

  • If you’d told me at the beginning of the season William Karlsson would be in the race for the Rocket Richard trophy, there’s no way I would’ve believed you. Yet there he is near the top of the NHL’s leaderboard for goals, ahead of players like Kucherov and Laine. The 24% shooting percentage definitely helps.
  • It’s been a while since Mark Stone has scored, with only a single tally in his last twelve games. In that same time frame, however, he’s picked up fourteen assists, including nine on his current six-game point streak.
  • The Sens have had a league-leading 37 skaters play at least one game for them this season. Pretty much everybody in Belleville has gotten a look at some point, and we may see even more down the stretch.
  • It’s a late start tonight, beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern. Worry not, as this is the last late start (after 9:00 p.m.) for the remainder of the season.

Head-to-Head Stats

Data from NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick.

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