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Game 41 Preview and Open Thread: Florida Panthers @ Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa’s first game of 2020 closes out the first half of the season

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Senators will try to ring in 2020 with a better game than they closed out 2019 with, as the Panthers pay a visit to Ottawa.

The one roster change from Monday’s loss was yesterday when J.C. Beaudin was sent back to Belleville, and Rudolfs Balcers got the call up. Nikita Zaitsev was maybe going to be back this game, but was still sore after yesterday’s practice so the team is playing it safe with him.

While the roster hasn’t changed much, the lines have been shuffled a little. Brady Tkachuck and Nick Paul have swapped spots, while Balcers is bumping Artem Anisimov rather than taking Beaudin’s spot directly. Today’s lineups from morning skate:

Tkachuk - Tierney - Duclair
Paul - Pageau - C.Brown
Balcers - White - Ennis
Namestnikov - Anisimov - Sabourin
Chabot - Goloubef
Borowiecki - Jaros
Englund - Brannstrom

Anderson (Starter)
Hogberg

Game Notes:

  • November belonged to Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Anthony Duclair ran away with December. Who’s turn is it this month?
  • Maybe Nick Paul? He did close off the month with three goals in the last two games
  • Interesting to see Florida have two players - Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov - in the top 10 in the league for Assists, but their top goal scorer (also Huberdeau) doesn’t even crack the top 30
  • It’s a 7:30 start tonight, on TSN5 and RDS2

Stats, courtesy of naturalstattrick.com and nhl.com:

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 Florida Panthers
Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.77 22nd 3.49 5th
Goals against/GP 3.25 23rd 3.36 28th
Shots/GP 29.8 24th 33.3 7th
Shots against/GP 33.1 29th 32.1 21st
Powerplay % 11.2 31st 23.0 9th
Penalty Kill % 81.5 13th 78.2 22nd
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 46.65 28th 49.59 19th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 47.61 24th 50.29 15th