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Game 9 Preview & Open Thread: Detroit Red Wings @ Ottawa Senators

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The Senators return to the CTC after a disappointing road trip, to face the also-struggling Detroit Red Wings.

In a move that some fans have been calling for, the Sens have recalled Logan Brown in advance of tonight’s game. The reason for that recall is a pair of injuries. Artem Anisimov is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with a lower body injury, and Colin White is out for 3-5 weeks with a hip flexor/groin injury. J.C. Beaudin is expected to get his NHL debut tonight as well.

With the injury and recall changes, here are the lines from today’s morning skate:

Tkachuk - L.Brown - Duclair
Namestnikov - Tierney - Ryan
Paul - Pageau - C.Brown
Ennis - Beaudin - Sabourin

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo

Nilsson (Starter)
Anderson

Game Notes

  • Detroit comes into tonight on the heels of their fifth regulation loss in a row
  • It’s a back-to-back for the Wings too. Jimmy Howard played last night, so the Sens will probably face Jonathan Bernier. I’m not sure if this counts as the 7th backup Ottawa will face or not since they seem to be splitting the load so far
  • After finally breaking the ice in Arizona, the power play looked pretty dismal again in Dallas
  • The penalty kill, while having more success, doesn’t look much better with a league-high 129.7(!) attempts against per 60 minutes of 4 on 5
  • It’s a 7:30 start on Sportsnet360, Sportsnet One, RDS2 and TSN1200

Stats

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

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
Category Player # Player #
Goals Vladislav Namestnikov 4 Evander Kane 6
Assists Connor Brown 8 Brent Burns/Logan Couture 8
Points Thomas Chabot/Connor Brown 8 Brent Burns/Tomas Hertl 10
Shots Brady Tkachuk 38 Brent Burns 33
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 26:29 Brent Burns 26:36

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.38 26th 2.62 22nd
Goals against/GP 3.37 25th 3.44 26th
Shots/GP 30.9 16th 27.5 30th
Shots against/GP 34.6 30th 31.8 20th
Powerplay % 6.1 31st 25.0 7th
Penalty Kill % 81.4 13th 92.5 1st
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 45.14 29th 48.73 23rd
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 46.32 28th 47.10 27th