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Game 13 Hub: Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers

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The start to a week of four games

NHL: New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators
Will the Sens manage to stay on their feet this time?
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After a week with just one game, it’s time to kick off a busy week for the Senators. They’re playing tonight and tomorrow, as well as Thursday and Saturday, and again on Monday a week from now. Hopefully they were weaponized enough by that rest to turn in some good performances now.

The Sens are in New York to take on the Rangers tonight. Anders Nilsson gets the start, The D remain unchanged for tonight (Cody Goloubef will make his season debut tomorrow), and the forwards were tweaked a bit with J.C. Beaudin back with the team and both Logan Brown and Scott Sabourin out with injuries. Here were yesterday’s lines, though we’ll update them after the morning skate:

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

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo

Nilsson (starter)
Anderson

My thoughts:

  • You have to think that Vladislav Namestnikov gets a shot on the top line, right? I love Jean-Gabriel Pageau, but he’s not a first-line centre, even on this bad of a team.
  • I also have a hard time seeing J.C. Beaudin getting more than six minutes tonight.
  • Someone made a joke recently on Twitter that NHL coaches put their forward lines through the blender after one bad shift, but keep D pairs together for a decade. It is funny that we haven’t seen a change at all in pairings since the season began. I like the ordering of the left-side D, but I’d kind of like to see the right-side partners shuffle through. In particular, Thomas Chabot and Dylan DeMelo looked good together last year, and I’d like to see more of that.
  • Do we think Nick Paul is with the team the rest of the season after that performance against the Sharks? I imagine so, but things may be off when a bunch of players get back from injuries.
  • Tough break for Logan Brown, out with injury just as he was looking to earn his coach’s trust at the NHL level. Of course, with “Injured Reserve” as his middle name, you’d expect to him to spend a bunch of time hurt.
  • Alexander Georgiev will start against the Sens, which seems like the Sens facing a backup again for the 9th time this season, except that Georgiev is on his 3rd start in a row, so maybe he’s actually supplanted Henrik Lundqvist as the start in New York. That would mean the Sens get an opponent’s top goalie for the third game in a row.
  • Game starts at 7 p.m. EST, on TV on TSN5, RDS, and MSG, and on the radio on TSN 1200.
  • Normally we end with the game details, but (mild gruesomeness warning) I think it’s important you all see this morning after picture from Scott Sabourin saying he’s doing OK

Stats (via NHL.com and NaturalStatTrick.com):

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators New York Islanders
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.85 20th 3.00 17th
Goals against/GP 3.31 21st 2.23 3rd
Shots/GP 31.1 15th 27.0 31st
Shots against/GP 34.7 28th 31.4 17th
Powerplay % 8.3 31st 22.7 11th
Penalty Kill % 78.9 22nd 83.8 10th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 46.00 29th 45.02 30th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 47.53 24th 46.68 28th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators New York Islanders
Ottawa Senators New York Islanders
Category Player # Player #
Goals Anthony Duclair / Jean-Gabriel Pageau / Valdislav Namestnikov 5 Mathew Barzal 6
Assists Connor Brown 10 Anthony Beauvillier / Brock Nelson / Devon Toews / Johnny Boychuk / Josh Bailey 6
Points Connor Brown 12 Mathew Barzal / Josh Bailey 11
Shots Brady Tkachuk 51 Brock Nelson 38
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 26:20 Adam Pelech 21:29