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How will they fare without Dylan DeMelo?

Ottawa Senators v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, a game that saw Habs fans break the all-time record for the most saltiness after a victory. Today they look to get back in the win column at home against a team that’s only one point above them in the standings, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Lines will be updated after the skate today but here’s what we have to work with from practice yesterday:

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

Chabot - Hainsey
Borowiecki - Zaitsev
Lajoie - Goloubef

Nilsson (starter)
Hogberg

Game Notes

  • Today is the Ottawa Senators’ 2nd Indigenous Culture Celebration Game! For those of you that haven’t seen it yet, you can check out Brandon’s piece highlighting an interview with Kevin Eshkawkogan, President and CEO of Indigenous Tourism Ontario.
  • The injury bug has bitten once again, and the casualty this time is Dylan DeMelo, out for 3-4 weeks after taking a puck to the hand against Montreal. He’s definitely the kind of player that you notice more when he's out of the lineup, and the Sens’ defence is going to have to dig deep today to overcome the loss of his calming presence.
  • In other injury-related news, Christian Wolanin took part in a skills session in a non-contact jersey. There’s no indication as to whether he’s ahead of or behind schedule but it’s encouraging to see him on the ice for the first time after suffering a torn labrum during training camp. I’d expect him to be sent to Belleville for a conditioning stint when he becomes healthy.
  • Another Senator currently making progress towards a return is Scott Sabourin. The career minor-leaguer transcended into folk-hero territory after he scored his first NHL goal in his first game, against the Toronto Maple Leafs (the fact that he had more goals than Auston Matthews for even a few minutes is absolutely hilarious). He suffered a nasty concussion on Nov. 2nd in a game against the Boston Bruins. He’s practicing with the team in a regular jersey, and the indication is he’ll regain his spot on the fourth line when he’s at one-hundred percent.
  • Anthony Duclair, who apparently didn’t know how to play hockey only months ago, has more points than anybody on the Blue Jackets. I suppose we owe thanks to John Tortorella for motivating him. Speaking of, Tortorella will move up to 15th in coaching wins if the Jackets win tonight. I’m not his biggest fan, but he’s definitely entertaining and knows how to motivate his bench:
  • Puck drop is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST and can be viewed on TVAS or Sportsnet, or listened to live on TSN 1200.

Stats:

  • All stats are from NHL.com except for Corsi/Fenwick from NaturalStatTrick.com.

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers
Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers
Category Player # Player #
Goals Anthony Duclair 18 Brett Connolly 14
Assists Thomas Chabot 18 Jonathan Huberdeau / Aleksander Barkov 26
Points Anthony Duclair 25 Jonathan Huberdeau 37
Shots Brady Tkachuk 125 Mike Hoffman 94
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 25:15 Aaron Ekblad 24:02

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers
Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.73 22nd 3.31 5th
Goals against/GP 3.09 19th 3.28 28th
Shots/GP 30.2 23rd 33.8 5th
Shots against/GP 32.4 24th 31.3 14th
Powerplay % 10.4 31st 22.0 8th
Penalty Kill % 82.6 12th 82.7 11th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 48.10 25th 49.88 18th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 49.27 19th 50.61 12th