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Game 3 Preview & Open Thread: St Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators

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The defending champs come to town

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators are back on the ice tonight after a four day break, easing back into things against... Oh, the defending cup champion St. Louis Blues.

No morning skate today, but based on yesterday here are the expected lines courtesy TSN1200.

Tkachuk-White-Ennis
Duclair-Tierney-Ryan
Namestnikov-Anisimov-Brown
Abramov-Pageau-Sabourin

Chabot-Zaitsev
Brannstrom-Hainsey
Borowiecki-DeMelo

Nilsson (starter)
Anderson

Game Notes

  • Russian the rebuild: the Senators are dressing four Russian players tonight, the highest in the league right now, after seemingly avoiding them for 6 12 seasons.
  • The kids are AHL-right: After Drake Batherson and Filip Chlapik were sent down, it looks like the team’s youth movement will be mostly in the AHL for now. Tonight’s roster is older on average than last year’s Senators roster - and not just because the players are all a year older.
  • Special Team Blues: The Senators aren’t the only team to allow more goals while on the power play than they’ve scored, or the only team to not score a power play goal... but they are the only team to do both. Also tied up for the league’s 3rd worst penalty kill.

Stats

All stats from NHL.com, except Corsi/Fenwick from NaturalStatTrick.com

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Vegas Golden Knights
Ottawa Senators Vegas Golden Knights
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk/Vladislav Namestnikov 2 Mark Stone/Reilly Smith 5
Assists Jean-Gabriel Pageau/Connor Brown 3 William Karlsson 7
Points Jean-Gabriel Pageau/Vladislav Namestnikov 4 Mark Stone 10
Shots Brady Tkachuk/Anthony Duclair 17 Max Pacioretty 28
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 26:00 Shea Theodore 21:44

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Vegas Golden Knights
Ottawa Senators Vegas Golden Knights
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.40 25th 3.71 7th
Goals against/GP 3.80 26th 2.71 10th
Shots/GP 29.4 23rd 33.9 8th
Shots against/GP 33.0 23rd 33.3 25th
Powerplay % 0.0 31st 29.2 7th
Penalty Kill % 81.8 15th 92.6 2nd
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 47.16 22nd 51.35 10th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 47.95 22nd 50.98 14th

Puck drop is shortly after 7:30. You can watch on TSN5 and RDS Info, or listen on TSN1200.