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Game 2 Hub: Rangers @ Senators

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Your Preview and Open Thread for Game 2 of the season

NHL: Preseason-Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

While the season didn’t start with the glorious win that we had hoped for, it was a fun game nonetheless. Tonight, the home opener brings on new adventures and hopefully the team’s first win of the season. The New York Rangers are in town and pack with them the punch of Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin which the Sens will have to find a way to neutralize.

According to Team 1200, Craig Anderson will be the starter which makes sense since he has had a good record against the Rangers. While he didn’t have a stellar game against the Leafs, very few can blame him with the amount of good chances and shots Auston Matthews and the rest of the team were allowed. A few interesting roster changes most notable is the promotion of Bobby Ryan to the first line and Sabourin taking a third line spot while Batherson figures out his way on the fourth line.

Tkachuk - White - Ryan
Duclair - Pageau - Brown
Ennis - Tierney - Sabourin
Boedker - Anisimov - Batherson

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo
Goloubef

Anderson (starter)
Nilsson

(Chlapik and Goloubef are the scratches.)

Details

Start: 7:00 PM EST
TV: City, MSG
Radio: TSN1200

Thoughts

  • The New York Rangers will aim to win two games in a row to start their season for the first time in 4 years, so they have some motivation coming in to this game.
  • Brady Tkachuk will be playing against the Rangers’ top centre Zibanejad, and it should be a fun matchup between two very talented power forwards.
  • The Senators are expected to retire Chris Phillips’ jersey tonight in a move that some fans see as unnecessary. While Phillips may have not been the flashy defenseman that most team covet, he’s had a tremendous impact on the team on and off the ice. As one of the very few players to have played out his career in Ottawa, I’m fine with this decision.
  • Drake Batherson needs to step up his game really soon, he seems like he has lost an edge and I’m not sure putting him on the fourth line will help but let’s hope it eases some pressure off him so he can start coming back to his form.
  • I’m sensing a win here and a big game from Anthony Duclair and Drake Batherson.

Stats (Compared to 29 teams with at least one game)

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