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Game 32 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Montréal Canadiens

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If there was ever a night to put the tank on hold...

NHL: NOV 20 Senators at Canadiens Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After putting the boots to one of their Atlantic Division rivals on Monday night, the Ottawa Senators (13-17-1) will look to do it again tonight, when they take on the Montréal Canadiens (14-11-6) at the Bell Centre.

The Sens are coming off a 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins, while the Habs are in the second game of a back-to-back, winning 4-1 in Pittsburgh last night.

Anders Nilsson starts in goal tonight, and expect the rest of Ottawa’s line combos and pairings to look similar to Boston:

Tkachuk - Pageau - C. Brown
Namestnikov - Tierney - Duclair
Ennis - Anisimov - White Paul - L. Brown - Davidsson

Chabot - DeMelo
Borowiecki - Zaitsev
Hainsey - Goloubef

Nilsson (starter)
Hogberg

Game Notes:

  • Logan Brown saw a decrease in his minutes once more, against Boston. He played 7:08mins in 12 shifts, as opposed to 10:13 in 18 against the Flyers. To me, this seems to be D.J. Smith taking issue with the young forward’s work ethic, as he was heard at practice prodding Brown to skate harder a few days ago. Regardless, I’m of the hope that Brown gets some more minutes, and uses them to prove that he wants to be here, and can make an impact.
  • Anthony Duclair is white-hot right now. His recent display of offensive prowess has placed him second on the team in goals (15) and points (22), and the fact that he was able to keep finding ways to produce when moved away from Brady Tkachuk is very encouraging. Let’s see if The Duke can keep it up tonight.
  • Thomas Chabot has quietly been one of Ottawa’s more consistent players this year, and he has seven points in his last 10 games. One has to think that his numbers would be higher if the Sens could finally get their powerplay going, but imagine what he’s going to be able to do when the team is a competitor and he has better players around him. We really have a special player here.
  • This is the second meeting of the year between Ottawa and Montréal. The Sens currently lead the season series 1-0, thanks to Brady.
  • Carey Price played last night in Pittsburgh, so expect rookie Cayden Primeau to get his second career start tonight.

As always, here are some stats. Courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick.

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Montréal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators Montréal Canadiens
Category Player # Player #
Goals Jean-Gabriel Pageau 16 Brendan Gallagher 14
Assists Thomas Chabot 16 Thomas Tatar, Phillip Danault 17
Points Jean-Gabriel Pageau 23 Thomas Tatar 27
Shots Brady Tkachuk 114 Brendan Gallagher 119
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 25:06 Jeff Petry 22:36

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Montréal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators Montréal Canadiens
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.71 21st 3.19 11th
Goals against/GP 3.10 20th 3.29 28th
Shots/GP 30.1 23rd 34.9 1st
Shots against/GP 32.2 22nd 31.8 19th
Powerplay % 9.3 31st 20.0 13th
Penalty Kill % 82.3 12th 75.8 28th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 48.23 23rd 53.79 2nd
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 49.35 19th 53.39 4th