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Game 15 Preview & Open Thread: Los Angeles Kings @ Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa looks to get back to .500 in the month of November

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Los Angeles Kings Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators continue their busy schedule with their fourth game in six days, facing the Los Angeles Kings at home. Neither team has been a force to be reckoned with this season, as the Sens and Kings currently sit 2nd and 3rd last in the NHL respectively. Depending how you view this season, this matchup could be a crucial one for the tank.

Plenty of roster moves were made today, all of which are discussed below. Here are today’s lines and pairings from Hailey Salvian:

Tkachuk - Tierney - Duclair
Paul - Pageau - C. Brown
Namestnikov - Anisimov - Ennis
Chlapik - Beaudin - Davidsson

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo

Nilsson (starter)
Anderson

Game Notes

  • Jonathan Davidsson was recalled earlier today and will play his first NHL game tonight. He’s been off to a bit of a slow start since transitioning to North America, with three points in his first eight games in the AHL while being an occasional healthy scratch.
  • Once again, Bobby Ryan gets bumped out of the lineup along with Mikkel Boedker. With Colin White also injured, three of Ottawa’s four most expensive forwards are not playing.
  • Speaking of White, he was taken off injured reserve and sent to Belleville for a conditioning stint. It’s a good sign that he’s nearing a return — hopefully he can come back a better player than he was in the first leg of the season.
  • The other positive injury news is with Rudolfs Balcers, who was back on the ice skating in a non-contact jersey this morning. He too will be sent to Belleville to regain his footing once he’s healthy.
  • Pierre Dorion was scouting the Kings in Los Angeles last week. With the Sens looking for another forward, and Tyler Toffoli on the trading block, it will be worth keeping an eye on whether these teams strike a deal after viewing one another.
  • Your bi-annual reminder that Drew Doughty shouldn’t have won the Norris Trophy 2016.
  • Game time is 7:30 PM, and you can catch the broadcast on TSN5, RDS2 or FS-W.

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