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Game 73 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks

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Can the Sens keep the run of good (or at least entertaining) play going?

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

After one of their best efforts of the year on Saturday, the Sens have hit the road for Western Canada.

Anders Nilsson is expected to get the start, with Craig Anderson to get the back to back. Here are the expected lines:

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

Wolanin - Ceci
Harpur - DeMelo
Borowiecki - Jaros

Nilsson (Starter)
Anderson

Game Notes

  • One of these two teams will tie their longest winning streak of the season tonight, at just three in a row
  • The Canucks will probably be desperate to keep their playoff hopes on life support tonight
  • Sens are playing with fire with the roster - exactly enough healthy bodies to ice a full lineup, with nobody to spare on a west coast road trip
  • On that note, Cody Ceci left practice early today but is expected to play tonight
  • Still standings-watching? The Sens are only two points behind the LA Kings! At a glance, they’ve got a similar strength-of-schedule remaining.
  • Ending on some good news, Thomas Chabot will be joining the team and may be able to play on Saturday in Edmonton

Here are some stats from NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres
Category Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 2.96 18th 2.69 24th
Goals Against/GP 3.69 31st 3.25 23rd
Shots/GP 29.9 24th 32.6 10th
Shots Against/GP 36.0 31st 33.1 24th
Powerplay % 20.3 15th 18.2 18th
Penalty Kill % 79.1 23rd 80.7 16th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 44.32 31st 49.02 18th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 44.93 31st 49.03 19th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators Buffalo Sabres
-- Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 19 Jeff Skinner 37
Assists Chris Tierney / Thomas Chabot 37 Jack Eichel 49
Points Thomas Chabot 50 Jack Eichel 75
Shots Brady Tkachuk 187 Jack Eichel 278
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 24:07 Rasmus Ristolainen 24:42