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Game 48 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Carolina Hurricanes

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Sens hope to keep their improved road play going

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

After a single home start, the Senators have hit the road again for the father’s trip with the first stop in Carolina.

With a solid (and winning) effort in the last game, Boucher has kept the lineup the same for tonight. That means going 11 & 7, with Nick Paul getting the press box duty. There is one small difference though, and that is Craig Anderson as the backup instead of Marcus Hogberg. Your expected starting lines are:

Tkachuk-Tierney-Stone
Dzingel-Duchene-Ryan
Smith-Pageau-Paajarvi
Balcers-Paul-Boedker

Chabot-DeMelo
Lajoie-Ceci
Borowiecki-Jaros
Wolanin

Nilsson (Starter)
Anderson

Game Notes:

  • It’s been almost four years since the last Senators win in Raleigh, during the Hamburglar run
  • After winning three of their last four, the Senators have gone from being in last place by 1 point to... being tied for last place
  • Matt Duchene is second in the league in January for goals per game played, and Ryan Dzingel is in a 10-way tie for 30th
  • Not sure what that does to their chances of re-signing (if anything), but it can’t hurt their trade value
  • Shots allowed so far this month: 45, 26, 29, 33, 34, 32, 32. Still not great on average, but only one really bad game and hovering mostly around 32-33 is a definite improvement for this team

Here are some stats, courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick.

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Anaheim Ducks
Ottawa Senators Anaheim Ducks
Value Rank Value Rank
3.08 12th 2.26 31st
3.75 31st 3.15 21st
29.6 24th 27.1 31st
36.3 31st 34.2 29th
20.8 16th 14.2 29th
76.6 27th 79.5 17th
43.71 31st 45.72 29th
44.31 31st 45.20 30th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Winnipeg Jets
Ottawa Senators Winnipeg Jets
-- Player # Player #
Goals Matt Duchene 24 Mark Scheifele 27
Assists Mark Stone 31 Blake Wheeler 36
Points Mark Stone 54 Blake Wheeler 65
Shots Thomas Chabot 182 Patrik Laine 182
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 24:00 Dustin Byfuglien 24:32