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Game 24 Preview & Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Columbus Blue Jackets

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The Senators go for a fourth in a row in Columbus

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Senators are back in action after a weekend off, riding into Columbus on a three game winning streak, while the Blue Jackets look to bounce back after a late loss in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Nikita Zaitsev is back with the team after missing Friday’s game for personal reasons, and Mikkel Boedker will draw back in with Max Verroneau coming out. Erik Brannstrom didn’t skate yesterday, and won’t be in tonight’s lineup. No morning skate today, but here are the best guesses about the lineup. DJ Smith did confirm that Craig Anderson is starting, and that the decision on who is out on D will be made tonight due to a few guys having “bumps and bruises”.

Tkachuk-Brown-Duclair
Paul-Pageau-C.Brown
Ennis-Tierney-White
Chlapik-Beaudin-Boedker

Chabot-Zaitsev
Borowiecki-DeMelo
Hainsey-Lajoie/Goloubef

Anderson (starter)
Nilsson

Game Notes

  • He’s downplaying it, but this is probably a big game for Anthony Duclair. First visit back to Columbus, and having a hot season. Tied for 24th in goals, and half way to his career high just 23 games in
  • It’s only three games, but the Sens current streak is the second longest active winning streak in the league right now. It’s also better than the season high streaks for five teams, including the Calgary Flames (?) and the Vegas Golden Knights (!?)
  • Wild to think about, but Jean-Gabriel Pageau is still within reach of the November goal scoring lead. He’s only two goals behind Connor McDavid, with four games left on the schedule this month to Edmonton’s two. Not likely to catch McDavid for the points total though, 11 down there
  • Ottawa has the league’s 5th best last 10 record, at 7-3-0. In other bad draft position news, San Jose has the 3rd best at 8-2-0
  • Four points out of a wild card spot. Whaaaaaa?
  • It’s a 7pm start on TSN5 and RDS, or listen 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