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Game 34 Preview & Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers

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The Sens (and dads) head for the Sunshine State

NHL: Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the first of a Florida-based double header, as the Senators take on the Panthers.

A bunch of roster changes going in to this game. Jonathan Davidsson was sent back to Belleville yesterday, then J.C. Beaudin and Erik Brannstrom were recalled this morning. The Brannstrom call-up is due to Nikita Zaitsev being questionable for tonight, after missing practice yesterday. No word yet on the starter. No morning skate today, but here are the lines from yesterday:

Tkachuk - Pageau - C.Brown
Ennis - Anisimov - Sabourin
Namestnikov - Tierney - Duclair
Boedker - L.Brown - White

Chabot- Hainsey
Borowiecki- Goloubef
Lajoie- Englund

Nilsson
Hogberg

Game Notes

  • If November was the month of Jean-Gabriel Pageau, December is turning into the month of Anthony Duclair. He has eight goals and 10 points so far, with only one game off the score sheet. That’s enough to lead the league in goals for the month, and puts him in a four-way tie for 3rd in points
  • It wasn’t too long ago that the Panthers were sitting in a divisional playoff spot, but a 3-7-0 record in their last 10 games has let Montreal, Toronto and Tampa pass them
  • If you’re wondering why they went with Brannstrom for the recall so quick after being sent down instead of someone else - he’s the only D they could call up. Everyone else is either injured, not in North America, or not on a NHL contract
  • Taylor Hall has been held out of the lineup for two games in a row. Why are we talking about a Devils player before an Ottawa-Florida game? The Panthers were rumoured to be in the mix, but as of this morning it doesn’t look like he’ll be making a sudden appearance tonight
  • It’s the annual dad’s trip - does Davidsson’s dad get to stay in Florida, or is he heading for Belleville too?
  • Speaking of the dad’s trip - not only has Brady Tkachuk been the gift that keeps on giving, both on and off the ice, but his family has been a gift off the ice too. This year it’s his grandfather that joined the team for the trip, and the team got him to interview Brady
  • It’s a 7pm start, on TSN5, RDS, and TSN1200

Stats:

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

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