The Senators are coming off a win against the Stars, while the Sabres played last night and were dismantled by the Flames in a 5-1 score which probably flatters them. If you’re on Team Tank, tonight is a must-lose game against an opponent that is only three points behind the Sens (but with the Sens having two more games remaining). A loss will be tough, with the Sens well-rested and the Sabres playing a back-to-back with travel.
According to Brent Wallace, Max McCormick and Erik Burgdoerfer are the scratches, with Craig Anderson getting the start. Here are your lines and pairings:
Ryan - Pageau - Stone
Paajaarvi - Smith - Pyatt
Gaborik - O'Brien - Burrows
Claesson - Karlsson
Harpur - Ceci
Borowiecki - Chabot
My pointless thoughts:
- That Hoffman-Duchene line has been seeing a lot of turnover as of late. After auditions of Gaborik, Burrows, Paajaarvi, and McCormick on that top line, Ryan Dzingel gets his shot. Personally I think he’s the only one with a real shot at sticking in the top six, but you never know on a Guy Boucher team
- There’s been a lot of talk recently about Mark Stone’s upcoming deal, with one model suggesting he gets $9M. Even the model owner suggests that’s high, but as Ken Warren pointed out in The Sun, Ryan Johansen and Evgeny Kuznetsov are lower point-per-game players making $8M and $7.8M respectively.
- Unrelatedly, “mark” and “stone” both work was improper nouns, so I can’t rely on spell check to let me know I’ve forgotten to capitalize them.
- People have also been pointing out that we need to know for next year if Chabot - Ceci would work as a defensive partnership. I can’t understand why we’re not seeing any of it in these meaningless games.
- Boucher had some interesting comments this morning:
Boucher says Pageau does have the ability to be a 2nd line center but his value as a matching, defensive centre often supercedes the 2nd line center roll.— TSN 1200 (@TSN1200) March 8, 2018
My personal thought is that Pageau could be a defensive centre with scoring ability if his linemates weren’t Pyatt and Thompson half the year, but you know, I’m never gonna be an NHL coach
- This is still a weird time of year for me. I want to see the Sens lose, but then I see Karlsson get a breakaway on the counterattack in overtime and I get out of my seat hoping to see him score. I hope every game from now on is an 8-7 loss for the Sens with Karlsson getting a hat-trick and four assists.
Some stats for tonight’s teams:
|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|
|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|