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Game 18 Preview & Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ New Jersey Devils

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It’s another basement bowl game

NHL: Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

After having their winning streak emphatically snapped at two, the Senators will try to get back in the win column with a visit to Newark tonight while the New Jersey Devils will be looking to pick up consecutive wins for just the third time this season.

Lineups are still up in the air, with “a few players knicked up”. Logan Brown skated yesterday in a regular jersey prompting some talk about if he could be back in the lineup, but that was quickly ruled out by DJ Smith. No decision yet on a starting goaltender Anders Nilsson was chased after four goals, but then Craig Anderson let in four in relief. We’ll post the morning line rushes as soon as they’re available.

Game Notes

  • The Devils bad start probably isn’t the most surprising one, but with all of the high talent off-season additions it’s got to be up there
  • While he won’t be playing tonight, it’s nice to see Logan Brown back in a regular practice jersey. Maybe he’ll be available for Friday’s game
  • Monday’s game also saw the end of the Pageau Point Streak at five goals and an assist in five games
  • It’s been 12 days since the Devils last home game, can you say trap game for them?
  • Goaltending has been a huge issue for Jersey so far, with both Mackenzie Blackwood and Cory Schneider posting sub-.900 save percentages
  • It’s a 7pm start

Here are some stats for today’s matchup from NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Category Player # Player #
Goals Jean-Gabriel Pageau 15 Oskar Lindblom 11
Assists Thomas Chabot, Connor Brown 14 Travis Konecny 17
Points Jean-Gabriel Pageau 21 Travis Konecny 27
Shots Brady Tkachuk 107 Claude Giroux 95
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 25:10 Ivan Provorov 24:50

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.62 24th 3.07 13th
Goals against/GP 3.10 20th 2.66 6th
Shots/GP 30.2 22nd 32.8 10th
Shots against/GP 32.3 22nd 28.9 4th
Powerplay % 9.9 31st 18.6 17th
Penalty Kill % 82.1 14th 84.1 10th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 48.39 23rd 51.97 7th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 49.36 17th 50.78 11th