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Game 46 Preview and Open Thread: Chicago Blackhawks @ Ottawa Senators

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Will the Sens break their quiet losing streak?

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Has there ever been a quieter losing streak? The Ottawa Senators look to stop the bleeding tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks, after losing their last seven straight. For Chicago, this game kicks off their eastern Canadian road trip for the next week.

The Sens are finally starting to regain some health to their defence corps. Mark Borowiecki and Nikita Zaitsev are both expected to make their return tonight, and as a result Andreas Englund passed through waivers yesterday en route to Belleville. Marcus Högberg will also make his third start in a row.

Here are the full line combos, given by the Sens:

Tkachuk - Pageau - Brown
Duclair - Tierney - Batherson
Chlapik - White - Ennis
Namestnikov - Anisimov - Balcers

Chabot - Hainsey
Borowiecki - Zaitsev
Reilly - DeMelo

Högberg
Anderson

Game Notes

  • Zack Smith returns to Ottawa for the first time since being traded. It’s crazy to think back to how long he was with the team — his 612 games is 9th in franchise history. At 31 years old, however, his season with the Blackhawks has been a downturn from his last few seasons.
  • This also means that Artem Anisimov faces the Blackhawks for the first time since being traded. His time with them was significantly shorter than Smith’s with Ottawa, but he put up three consecutive 20-goals seasons, including a Stanley Cup.
  • Speaking of former players, Robin Lehner is in net tonight for Chicago. He’s been red hot with a 92.3% save percentage, and given the weakness of Chicago’s defence, his 13.03 GSAA (goals saved above average) is 6th in the NHL.
  • Furthermore, Lehner follows the trend of former Sens goalies playing extremely well against Ottawa. In his ten games post-trade, he has a record of 7-0-3 (zero regulation losses!), with a save percentage of 94.1%.
  • This is the Sens’ third last game before the All-Star break. Not to rain on Anthony Duclair’s parade, but he’s now gone the last seven games without a goal, marking only two helpers in that span.
  • Game time is 7:30 PM, and can be watched on TSN5.

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Calgary Flames
Ottawa Senators Calgary Flames
Category Player # Player #
Goals Anthony Duclair 21 Elias Lindholm 20
Assists Thomas Chabot 23 Johnny Gaudreau 25
Points Anthony Duclair 32 Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau 38
Shots Brady Tkachuk 167 Johnny Gaudreau 141
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 26:34 Mark Giordano 24:11

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Calgary Flames
Ottawa Senators Calgary Flames
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.66 23rd 2.61 27th
Goals against/GP 3.36 29th 2.90 12th
Shots/GP 29.9 23rd 31.2 16th
Shots against/GP 33.0 28th 32.6 26th
Powerplay % 11.6 31st 18.9 19th
Penalty Kill % 80.8 15th 83.0 7th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 47.23 28th 50.2 13th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 47.99 25th 49.48 17th