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Game 28 Preview & Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks

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The search for scoring continues on the west coast

NHL: Preseason-Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Senators will try to stop their losing skid at half as many games as Montreal four in a row with a somewhat strange stop in Vancouver, between visits to Calgary and Edmonton.

Craig Anderson took a full practice yesterday and is eligible to come off IR today, but DJ Smith confirmed that it will be Anders Nilsson starting with Marcus Hogberg backing him up tonight. It also looks like Logan Brown will draw back in with J.C. Beaudin sitting this one out.

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

Chabot - Hainsey
Borowiecki - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - DeMelo

Nilsson (starter)
Hogberg

Game Notes

  • The Canucks announced yesterday that Jacob Markstrom has been granted a leave of absence to attend his father’s memorial service. Deepest condolences to Markstrom and his family
  • Markstrom’s absence means a call-up for former 67s goalie Michael DiPietro
  • While he was a bit of a polarizing player in Ottawa, Alex Burrows is anything but in Vancouver. The Canucks are putting him into their Ring of Honour tonight
  • Not strictly game related, but Borocop isn’t just a hockey nickname anymore after Mark Borowiecki helped stop a robbery in Vancouver yesterday. That is awesome in itself, but has also given us this:
  • For some reason, Sens-Nucks games tend to get rough. They’ve been averaging over 20 combined penalty minutes per game for a few years now
  • It’s a 10pm start, though likely delayed due to the Burrows ceremony. Your viewing options are TSN5, RDS (or Sportsnet Pacific in the Canucks region), and listening via TSN1200

Here are some stats for tonight’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