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Game 63 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Washington Capitals

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The season isn’t actually over, even if it feels like it

Ottawa Senators v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Yes, there is still hockey to be played. 20 games in fact.

Rudolfs Balcers and Christian Wolanin are back in the lineup after their whirlwind reassignment to Belleville that didn’t even require them to get off their couch, and Mark Borowiecki returns tonight. Oscar Lindberg and Brian Gibbons have also joined the team.

Here’s the lineups from today’s morning skate:

Tkachuk White Duclair
Smith Pageau Ryan
Balcers Tierney Boedker
Paajarvi Lindberg Gibbons

Chabot DeMelo
Wolanin Ceci
Borowiecki Jaros

Nilsson (starter)
Anderson

Game Notes

  • I’m not still angry, you’re still angry!
  • Okay, we’re all still angry.
  • Anthony Duclair had a solid showing in his first game, let’s see if he can string a few together in a row. It’d sure be nice to have a reclamation project turn into something reliable.
  • At least the goal drought ended last game.
  • To end on a legitimate, no sarcasm high point, the PK is rolling again having killed a perfect nine of nine times shorthanded in the past three games and are SIXTH in the league since January 6th (Pageau’s return).

Here are some player stats, via nhl.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators St. Louis Blues
Category Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 2.93 18th 2.87 19th
Goals Against/GP 3.71 31st 2.75 7th
Shots/GP 29.9 23rd 31.6 16th
Shots Against/GP 36.0 31st 28.6 3rd
Powerplay % 20.0 14th 20.4 13th
Penalty Kill % 79.4 22nd 80.8 13th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 44.49 31st 51.61 9th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 45.01 31st 52.36 9th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators St. Louis Blues
-- Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 16 Vladimir Tarasenko 28
Assists Thomas Chabot 36 Ryan O'Reilly 41
Points Thomas Chabot 49 Ryan O'Reilly 67
Shots Brady Tkachuk 170 Vladimir Tarasenko 235
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 24:03 Alex Pietrangelo 23:51