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Game 45 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

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Sens will trying to drag themselves further out of the basement

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the second half of what used to be the back-to-back-of-death!

The Senators head just a bit to the northwest from yesterday to take on the Los Angeles Kings, who they’re now tied with in the standings for second last. The back to back means no morning skate to get lineups from, and after last night’s blender I’m not even going to try to guess at what we’ll see to start the game. If you were expecting Marcus Hogberg to get the start due to the back to back - nope. Anders Nilsson’s performance last night was enough to get him the start again tonight.

The only lineup change is Christian Wolanin coming in for Ben Harpur. Harpur sustained an upper body injury in last night’s game.

Game Notes:

  • Congratulations to the Duchenes! If you missed the news, Matt and Ashley welcomed Beau David Newell Duchene into the world just before 5pm yesterday
  • Anders Nilsson did have a good game last night (0.970 SV% on a relatively subdued 33 shots), though I’m not sure going right back to him two nights in a row is a great idea
  • That said, if you’re going to let it ride with Nilsson, the Kings are the team to do it against. They’ve got the lowest rate of goals in the league.
  • If you’re wondering if the Kings’ goal scoring problems are SH% driven - partially. They’ve got the second lowest team SH%, but their shot generation is also near the bottom of the league.
  • The bottom of the league is a log-jam. After all of tonight’s games are done the Sens could be in 31st, or only the games played tiebreaker out of 25th.
  • The Senators haven’t earned points in two road games in a row yet this season

Here’s how the two teams match up statistically, courtesy of and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
Category Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.14 11th 2.23 31st
Goals Against/GP 3.93 31st 2.95 17th
Shots/GP 29.1 25th 28.2 29th
Shots Against/GP 37.0 31st 31.3 15th
Powerplay % 21.4 12th 14.9 27th
Penalty Kill % 74.4 30th 74.6 29th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 43.05 31st 47.24 25th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 43.39 31st 47.40 24th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
-- Player # Player #
Goals Mark Stone 20 Anze Kopitar / Dustin Brown 11
Assists Mark Stone / Thomas Chabot 28 Drew Doughty 21
Points Mark Stone 48 Anze Kopitar 29
Shots Mark Stone 104 Tyler Toffoli 122
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 23:52 Drew Doughty 26:32