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Game 81: Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres

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Final road game of the season

Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

We have to come to the very end, the end of the road portion anyways. The Senators face divisional rivals Buffalo Sabres tonight in a game that hold very little meaning to both teams. The kids are making sure to take advantage of all the ice time they are getting and while it’s been a painful season, there have been some bright spots.

There is one thing for Sens to get really excited about tonight and that would be the debut of Joey Daccord who gets the start tonight. As you all know, Daccord signed an entry level on Monday expressing his loyalty to the Sens and surrendering his right to become a free agent, for now.

Projected Lineup per NHL.COM

Tkachuk - Pageau - Veronneau
Ducalair - Tierney - Lindberg
Balcers - White - Boedker
Gibbons - Smith - Paajarvi

Chabot - DeMelo
Wolanin - Ceci
Englund - Jaros

Daccord (starter)
Nilsson

Game Notes:

  • Mark Borowiecki, Bobby Ryan and Ben Harpur are still injured/sick which on most teams would spell trouble, in the Sens situation it actually makes the team better.
  • Brady Tkachuk flourished under Mark Stone and there were legitimate concerns about his performance after the trade. He is currently on a 4 game point streak and an extremely impact player every game. This kid, he can hold his own.
  • The Sabres are on an 8-game losing streak and may want to end the season on a more positive note so I expect a little more fight from them tonight.
  • Zack Smith is one assist away from 100. Is it just me or does it seem like he’s been in the league for a long time and should have had 100 by now? Not that 100 assists is a small feat but it’s still a bit surprising to me.

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
Category Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 2.96 16th 3.09 12th
Goals Against/GP 3.64 31st 2.83 11th
Shots/GP 29.6 25th 31.7 16th
Shots Against/GP 35.9 31st 29.5 7th
Powerplay % 20.3 14th 15.4 28th
Penalty Kill % 79.2 23rd 85.0 2nd
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 43.97 31st 50.64 11th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 44.65 31st 51.50 11th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
-- Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 22 Cam Atkinson 41
Assists Thomas Chabot 41 Artemi Panarin 57
Points Thomas Chabot 54 Artemi Panarin 85
Shots Brady Tkachuk 212 Cam Atkinson 288
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 24:13 Seth Jones 25:54