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Game 76 Preview: New York Islanders @ Ottawa Senators

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Wait, another back-to-back?

NHL: Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders
Former Ottawa Senators and Ottawa 67’s teammates.
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The Ottawa Senators are set to face the New York Islanders tonight, in what is expected to be a bit of a sludgy game. Both clubs played last night in different cities (Ottawa lost to Carolina 4-1, New York lost to Florida 3-0), and made the quick trip over to hit the ice once again.

Ottawa’s lineup is expected to stay the same, with Mike Condon presumably getting the start after Anderson faced 29 shots yesterday. There’s been no word on Erik Karlsson, and since the Sens are back at home, there’s a possibility he could rejoin the team.

Dzingel - Duchene - Ryan
Hoffman - Pageau - Chlapik
Paajarvi - Smith - Pyatt
Sexton - McCormick - Burrows

Chabot - Ceci
Harpur - Borowiecki
Claesson - Wolanin

Condon (starter)
Anderson

Game Notes

  • Masterton nominations were revealed around the league today for outstanding perseverance, with Mark Borowiecki getting the honours from the Sens media. He missed a large chunk of the season dealing with post-concussion syndrome, and has since returned to playing his consistent, hard-hitting, shut-down role.
  • My 2015 self would be very surprised to see how far Borowiecki has progressed, but in the past couple seasons he’s been able to use his hits more effectively, rather than taking himself out of the play. With recent tracking of events like zone entries, it’s no surprise that his defensive numbers have been some of the best on the Sens.
  • One last note on BoroCop, he had 10 hits against Carolina yesterday, his highest single-game total in over a year (had 11 hits on March 23rd, 2017 against Pittsburgh).
  • Matt Duchene is still only a hat trick away from hitting 200 career goals. He has 11 points in his last 11 games.
  • Ottawa’s odds for the 1st overall pick are up to 12%, with last night’s loss plus the wins for Buffalo and Arizona. They’re currently tied for second last in points with Vancouver and Arizona, although they still have one game in hand. Buffalo sits three points beneath the group.
  • Speaking of draft picks, I’m starting to see some mock drafts being posted here and there. My personal top five is Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov, Filip Zadina, Adam Boqvist and Quinn Hughes, although I’m curious to know your opinion in the comments.
  • Could this be the last time we see John Tavares play Ottawa in an Islanders uniform?

Here are some head-to-head stats, 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