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Game 39 Preview & Open Thread: New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators

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Back on the ice after six days off

NHL: Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Senators had a longer break than most teams, with an extra two gameless days after the Christmas break.

Since the last game, there’s been a bit of roster movement. Max Lajoie was sent down on Christmas Eve, and Logan Brown was sent down yesterday. J.C. Beaudin was also sent down on Christmas Eve, but was recalled yesterday along with Christian Jaros.

Ron Hainsey was back on the ice for practice on Friday, but is expected to miss a few more games with his knee injury.

Here are the lines from yesterday’s practice:

Tkachuk - Pageau - C.Brown
Ennis - Tierney - Duclair
Namestnikov - Anisimov - White
Paul - Beaudin - Sabourin

Chabot - Goloubef
Borowiecki - Brannstrom
Englund - Jaros

Anderson (starter)
Hogberg

Game Notes

  • P.K. Subban trade rumours were heating up before the roster freeze, including one saying that an Atlantic Divison team was interested. The roster freeze lifted yesterday - we really, really shouldn’t, but could we see a “walk across the hall” trade before the game today?
  • “Really, really shouldn’t” doesn’t mean after the game instead, either, ok Pierre?
  • Remember when the belief was that the Devils had under-achieved last year and had improved in the off-season? Whoops
  • May #Dukecember continue. With two games left to go this month, Anthony Duclair is still holding on to the goal scoring title for the month and he’s inside the top 10 for the season to date
  • If your Christmas wish was a competent power play, we should get an idea if it was granted today. The Devils are fifth in penalty minutes per game
  • Note the start time - it’s a 5pm game, on RDS2 and TSN5

Stats, as always, are courtesy of naturalstattrick.com and nhl.com:

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Calgary Flames
Ottawa Senators Calgary Flames
Category Player # Player #
Goals Anthony Duclair 21 Elias Lindholm 20
Assists Thomas Chabot 23 Johnny Gaudreau 25
Points Anthony Duclair 32 Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau 38
Shots Brady Tkachuk 167 Johnny Gaudreau 141
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 26:34 Mark Giordano 24:11

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers
Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.77 22nd 3.49 5th
Goals against/GP 3.25 23rd 3.36 28th
Shots/GP 29.8 24th 33.3 7th
Shots against/GP 33.1 29th 32.1 21st
Powerplay % 11.2 31st 23.0 9th
Penalty Kill % 81.5 13th 78.2 22nd
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 46.65 28th 49.59 19th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 47.61 24th 50.29 15th