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Game 56 Preview & Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Colorado Avalanche

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A rematch five days in the making

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Senators wrap up their mini road trip with a visit to the Colorado Avalanche tonight. Ottawa will be looking to exact a bit of revenge from last Thursday’s loss, as well as snap a five game winless streak. Colorado, on the other hand, will be looking to make up more ground on the division lead.

D.J. Smith confirmed that the lineup will remain the same as it was on Saturday. No word if that includes the choice of starting goaltender.

Tkachuk - Pageau - Brown
Namestnikov - Tierney - Duclair
Ennis - White - Batherson
Paul - Anisimov - Boedker

Chabot - DeMelo
Reilly - Zaitsev
Hainsey - Goloubef

Anderson (starter)
Hogberg

Game Notes

  • From the other side of the ice, Nazem Kadri is out “weeks, not days” after an apparent leg injury in Sunday’s game
  • Kadri isn’t the only C on a contender to go down to injury this week. Not good news for those teams, and might not be good news if you’re on “Team Keep Pageau” if those teams go looking for some rental help
  • With no lineup changes, Mikkel Boedker will be appearing in his 700th career NHL game tonight
  • Let’s hope for a better start tonight than last Thursday, when it took two power plays and most of a period for the Sens to get their first shot on goal
  • It is Colorado’s first home game in over three weeks. Between that and the waxing they gave Ottawa last week, the Sens might be able to catch them napping
  • It’s a 9pm EST start, on TSN5 and RDS

Here’s some pre-game stats, courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

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