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Game 64 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Arizona Coyotes

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The Sens continue their trip with a match-up against the Coyotes in the desert

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators visit the Arizona Coyotes in what is shaping up to be a tank battle for the ages. Games like these can be particularly conflicting for fans: on the one hand, wins like last night’s surprise outing against the Golden Knights are fun and help us cope with the doldrums of a lost season. On the other hand, there’s no doubt that the Sens would prefer to finish behind the Coyotes for the purposes of the draft lottery.

So, what are we left with? Personally, I’m pulling for a lot of goals and then let the chips fall where they may. Goals always help soothe the pain.

Lineup Notes

Marian Gaborik remains out with what has been termed a minor injury. No other details have been provided by the Sens at the time of this writing.

Mike Condon will get the start for the Sens, with Antti Raanta getting the nod for the Coyotes.

Here’s how the Sens are expected to line-up:

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

Claesson - Karlsson
Harpur - Ceci
Borowiecki - Chabot

Condon (starter)
Anderson

Game Notes

  • Last night was vintage Erik Karlsson, a stellar performance that should serve to remind us all (and hopefully Sens’ management) how indispensable he is to this franchise. The Sens don’t win that game without their talisman.
  • Speaking of outstanding performances, Mark Stone found his scoring touch last night with an absolute beauty in the first period. He’s quietly on a 90 (!!) point pace with team-leading shot metrics — he’s been really, really good.
  • Clayton Keller has been a bright spot for the Coyotes this year, but virtually everything else has gone poorly. The off-season acquisitions have not panned out as they might have hoped and players like Max Domi (and Anthony Duclair before he was traded) seem to have taken steps backwards. For all the talk of the need for a complete rebuild, the Coyotes are a reminder of what can happen if the tear-down isn’t executed properly.

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