The team will get a boost with the return of Jean-Gabriel Pageau after a devastating achilles injury in training camp. Pageau will likely take a while to regain his form, but will add experience and solid three-zone play to the Sens depth forwards.
There was no morning skate, but with the return of Pageau, Boucher may feel comfortable playing 12F and 6D. If he does that, the question marks are whether Nick Paul plays after being a healthy scratch yesterday, or if Rudolfs Balcers gets his second game in a row; and who comes out on D:
Dzingel - Duchene - Ryan
Smith - Pageau - Boedker
Balcers/Paul - Tierney - Paajarvi
Wolanin - Ceci
Harpur - DeMelo
Borowiecki - Jaros
The Carolina Hurricanes are still without top centre Jordan Staal, but boast a young, quick forward group and six solid defencemen:
Martinook - Wallmark - Williams
Svechnikov - Rask - Ferland
Foegele - Bishop - Maelananen
Slavin - Pesce
de Haan - Faulk
Van Riemsdyk - Hamilton
Extras: Jordan Staal (inj.)
- With the loss yesterday, the Sens have been defeated in seven straight. Their 35 points rank last in the league, six points back of 20th place Carolina. For your information, the last Wild Card spot in the East is currently occupied by the Montréal Canadiens, who sit 14th with 49 points.
- Although Carolina is also chasing the playoffs, the team could not be more different than Ottawa. They rank second in the league in 5-on-5 shot shares and first in expected goals, but are being doomed by the league’s worst shooting percentage at 6.0%. Yes, you’re reading those team stats right at the bottom: the Canes lead the league in terms of generating shots for AND preventing shots against. The shot count could be record-setting ugly tonight.
- Top rookie Andrei Svechnikov is fourth in rookie scoring with 19 points — one point behind a three-way tie at 20 that includes Brady Tkachuk, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Rasmus Dahlin. Svechnikov leads all rookies with 108 shots on goal.
- This is the first of three meetings with the Canes this season, so I’ll introduce their fourth line — currently featuring players who are all in their first full NHL campaigns with the team.
- Warren Foegele is the standout, as a former OHL Playoffs MVP with the Erie Otters and a Rudolfs Balcers-esque rookie campaign last season with 46 points in 73 games with Charlotte. He only has 7 points in 40 NHL games this season — and I’m sure the Canes were expecting more from the 22-year-old — but he has the talent to score.
- Also 22, centre Clark Bishop is the former captain of Drake Batherson’s Cape Breton Streaming Eagles, where he hovered around 0.64 points-per-game. Bishop split time between the ECHL and AHL in his rookie season, and had a solid 28 points in 68 games with Charlotte the year after. This year, he’s played 20 games with the Canes, putting up 1G and 2A for 3P.
- 24-year-old Saku Mäenalanen was part of Finland’s first World Juniors gold of this past decade back in 2013-14, where he led the tournament in goals with 7 and added four assists. He spent the last four seasons steadily growing his game with Kärpät in Liiga, culminating in a championship winning season, his most productive to date (46P in 59GP), and a spot on Finland’s World Championships team. This will be his fourth NHL game, as he started in Charlotte — putting up 14 points in 31 games. Yes, this is a “First NHL Goal” alert.
|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|
|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|