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Game 22 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens

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Sens pay a visit to their closest rival

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

From one divisional rival to another, the Senators take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

Unlike Detroit, the Habs aren’t currently in the running for the basement bowl, and are (surprisingly quietly) sitting third in the division.

Being a back to back, there’s no morning skate today. Expect the lines to remain what they were yesterday, with Anderson starting instead of Nilsson.

Paul - Pageau - C.Brown
Tkachuk - L.Brown - Duclair
Namestnikov - White - Ennis
Chlapik - Tierney - Veronneau

Chabot - Zaitsev
Borowiecki - DeMelo
Goloubef - Hainsey

Anderson (Starter)
Nilsson

Game Notes

  • I’ll reiterate this here - best of luck to Bobby Ryan & family with whatever it is they are seeking help for
  • With the Habs also playing last night, expect a rare Keith Kinkaid start. Kinkaid actually has comparable numbers to Price this season at 5 on 5, but ranks 61st of 67 for SV% on the PK
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau is tied with Connor McDavid for the most goals in November. Don’t expect that to last, though - Pageau’s typical performance against Montreal should put him well ahead
  • Not really new news at this point, but Montreal is missing both Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron to injury, and both undergoing surgery
  • Here’s a strange one: tonight’s game marks the second night in a row that Ottawa will face the league’s worst penalty kill
  • It’s a 7:30 start time for the national broadcast, with viewing options of Sportsnet or RDS, and the radio call on TSN1200

Here are some stats for tonight’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