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Game 82 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins

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Wrapping up the season on the road.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

In 2015, the Ottawa Senators won their last game of the regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers, completing the miracle run by knocking the Boston Bruins out of a playoff spot.

In 2016, the Sens knocked Boston out of the playoffs for the second year in a row, beating them 6-1 on the final day of the regular season to prevent them from catching the Red Wings for the third spot in the Atlantic.

In 2017, Boston finally succeeded in making the playoffs... only to be defeated by the Sens in the first round.

Now it’s 2018, and the NHL’s sneaky scheduling to try and make it four in a row unfortunately won’t be happening. The Bruins have long clinched their playoff position, and are looking to catch the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa, meanwhile, clinched the second highest draft odds with last night’s 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson are still out of the lineup, with Ben Harpur joining them after being injured in yesterday’s game. The team has called up Andreas Englund from Belleville, who played five games for the big club last season.

Players out of the lineup for Boston are: Rick Nash, Sean Kuraly, Riley Nash and Matt Grzelcyk. Tommy Wingels will be coming back into their lineup.

It’ll be a battle of the backups, as Danny Taylor will play his first game of the season for Ottawa, with Anton Khudobin starting on the other end.

Here are the expected lines for Ottawa:

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

Borowiecki - Chabot
Claesson - Ceci
Englund - Wolanin

Taylor (starter)
Anderson

Game Notes

  • Tonight will be Danny Taylor’s fourth career NHL game, with his last one over five years ago on February 18th, 2013 (he stopped 33 of 37 shots against the Phoenix Coyotes). After playing in Europe for a bit, his return to North America has been shaky, with an even 90% save percentage in 32 games for the bottom-feeding Belleville Senators.
  • A few players could match or surpass career highs tonight:
    Magnus Paajarvi for goals (high: 9, current: 8)
    Mike Hoffman for assists (high: 35, current: 34)
    Ryan Dzingel for assists (high: 18, current: 18)
    Tom Pyatt for points (high: 23, current 22)
    Mark Borowiecki for points (high: 11, current: 11)
  • Cody Ceci and Mike Hoffman are the only two players to play all of the Sens’ 82 games this season.
  • Unless Mike Hoffman has a crazy game tonight, the season will finish with Erik Karlsson leading the team in points (tied with Mark Stone) for his fifth consecutive season. He’s also comfortably in first place amongst defencemen this season for points-per-game.
  • And lastly, it pains me to bring up a tragic event in two consecutive days, although the hockey community aches today for the Humboldt Broncos, a hockey club from Saskatchewan who lost at least many members of their team in a tragic bus crash. Our deepest sympathies to their families and all those affected — the hockey community stands with you.

Here are some stats from NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick.

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

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