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Game 49 Preview and Open Thread: New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators

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New Jersey Devils v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

Do you remember Ottawa Senators hockey? It’s okay if you don’t. Nine days feels a lot longer during the dead of winter in Ottawa. Good news though, the Sens are back tonight! And they actually have a pretty good chance of winning at home!

Anthony Duclair and Brady Tkachuk got back from St. Louis yesterday although they did not participate in practice. Likewise for Filip Chlapik and Drake Batherson whom the team called up from Belleville. All four should find themselves in the lineup against New Jersey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau should return to action as well. Expect Goloubef to get scratched on defence and one of Mikkel Boedker or Scott Sabourin up front.

Possible Lineup:


Tkachuk-Pageau-Brown
Ennis-Anisimov-White
Namestnikov-Tierney-Duclair
Boedker/Sabourin-Chlapik-Batherson

Chabot-Hainsey
Reilly-DeMelo
Borowiecki-Zaitsev

Anderson
Hogberg

Game Notes

  • This one could end up pretty close as both teams seem lottery-bound this spring. Ottawa has the advantage in net especially if Marcus Hogberg starts and that could make the difference for the home team. Like Pageau, Kyle Palmieri should return to action for the Devils after missing time with injury so both teams will get a boost on offence.
  • Jack Hughes' NHL career has gotten off to a modest start with 17 points in his first 40 games although he hasn't had much to work with in terms of quality of teammates. Fellow former first overall pick Nico Hischier should provide some hope as he has accumulated 128 points in his first 194 games very quietly. Does any team fly under the radar the way the Devils do?
  • Given their places in the overall standings, both teams should avoid another overtime finish tonight. In the last meeting between these two teams, the aforementioned Jack Hughes played the role of overtime hero while Sami Vatanen racked up three assists for the Devils.
  • Expect plenty of pro scouts at this one as New Jersey has some veteran players who could move before the trade deadline including Wayne Simmonds and Sami Vatanen (and maybe P.K. Subban?). I won't reiterate Ottawa's pre-deadline situation as we have covered it at length on this site.
  • Catch the action at 7:30 on TSN5, RDS, or TSN1200

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
Category Player # Player #
Goals Anthony Duclair 23 Anze Kopitar 21
Assists Thomas Chabot 33 Anze Kopitar 41
Points Brady Tkachuk 43 Anze Kopitar 62
Shots Brady Tkachuk 258 Jeff Carter 182
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 26:02 Drew Doughty 25:51

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators Arizona Coyotes
Ottawa Senators Arizona Coyotes
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.63 26th 2.71 23rd
Goals against/GP 3.32 28th 2.68 5th
Shots/GP 29.9 24th 31.3 18th
Shots against/GP 33.6 29th 32.3 22nd
Powerplay % 14.6 28th 18.8 20th
Penalty Kill % 78.8 20th 82.8 7th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 47.23 27th 48.07 26th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 47.71 27th 48.19 24th