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Game 29 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers

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The Sens take on McDavid and Draisaitl.

Ottawa Senators Jackets v Edmonton Oilers

With their losing streak now at five games, the Ottawa Senators (11-16-1) will look to salvage the western swing of their road trip with at least one win, when they take on the Edmonton Oilers (17-9-3) tonight at Rogers Place.

DJ Smith has yet to name a starter for tonight’s contest. Anders Nilsson started in Vancouver last night, but was given the hook after allowing four goals in the first, and Marcus Hogberg played the remaining two thirds of the game. Whether Smith opts for the hot hand, or the rested hand, is anyone’s guess.

The Senators’ line combos were switched up a little to get things going last night, but you can once again expect it to look something like this:

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

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo

Nilsson
Hogberg

Game Notes:

  • How about Tyler Ennis? The Sens’ veteran acquisition scored his seventh goal of the season last night, which places him fourth on the team. Hopefully he can keep this pace up, allowing Ottawa to flip him for a decent return at or around the deadline.
  • Brady Tkachuk only had an assist last night, but man, he had some great chances for his 10th goal of the year. His presence creates offence whenever he’s on the ice, and the numbers don’t lie. Get Brady another elite player or two around him, and there’s no reason he can’t reach Mark Stone-levels of production.
  • Marcus Hogberg looked a little shaky to start his appearance last night, and understandably so, but he settled in pretty well. Hoggy finished the game stopping 13 of 14 shots, and posting a .929SV%. He’s still searching for his first NHL win after six appearances, so if he gets the nod tonight, keep an eye out for the milestone game.
  • For the Oilers, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are the NHL’s #1 and #2 in points scored, with 51 and 50 points, respectively. One thing I like about watching this young Senators team is seeing how they match up against the league’s best. Last week’s effort against the Boston Bruins was encouraging, so let’s see what the kids can do against Edmonton tonight.
  • So, uh...Chris Tierney has gone 19 games without scoring a goal. Presented without comment.

As always, here are some stats. Courtesy of 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