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Game 71 Preview: St. Louis Blues @ Ottawa Senators

The rare late season double-debut

NHL: Ottawa Senators at St. Louis Blues Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

The big news for tonight’s game is a pair of NHL debuts for the Senators. We were expecting Max Veronneau to get his first game tonight, but on a call with Season Ticket holders, Dorion dropped the news that Erik Brannstrom has been recalled and will also be making his first big league appearance. Cody Goloubef has also been recalled

The move to recall Brannstrom came due to Mark Borowiecki being out for tonight’s game due to illness. Boro was initially listed as a game time decision. Colin White is day-to-day and isn’t expected to play. Christian Jaros is questionable for tonight, which is why Goloubef is up. To round out the injury and illness news for tonight, the big one - Thomas Chabot has a broken toe and while he is officially week-to-week there’s a decent chance of him being done for the season.

Today’s expected lines:

Tkachuk - Pageau - Duclair
Boedker - Paajarvi - Gibbons
Balcers - Tierney - Ryan
Smith - Lindberg - Veronneau

Wolanin - Ceci
Harpur - Jaros/Goloubef
Brannstrom - DeMelo

Nilsson (starter)

Game Notes

  • With the double debut, how are they going to handle the traditional hot laps?
  • Feels a little strange to say, but hopefully Brannstrom is sent back down after tonight so he can get back to playing in meaningful games for the B-Sens
  • It’s been quite the turn-around for the Blues after Craig Berube took the team over 50 games ago, but you’ve also got to note the play of Jordan Binnington and the rookie’s .928 SV% (3rd on the NHL’s leader board today)
  • That said, Binnington has struggled in March with a .868 SV% - though that’s only three games
  • A feel-good story out of the Blues side of things today - after being in the news last May for all the wrong reasons, the First Nation Elites Bantam AAA hockey team will be attending tonight’s game as guests of Ryan O’Reilly and his parents

Here are some stats, courtesy of Natural Stat Trick and

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