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Game #58 Preview and Open Thread: Senators vs Maple Leafs

It’s Sabourin VS Matthews Part Three!

Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images


Indeed, with their recent acquisition of Jack Campbell from the Los Angeles Kings, thirty other NHL teams can begin to tank for Alexis Lafreniere, as the Toronto Maple Leafs have officially fixed every single one of their problems. Their defence, you say? It’s perfectly fine! They allowed only 19 shots on goal against the Dallas Stars on Thursday! Sure, they may have lost 3-2, but it was just an abnormally rough outing for Frederik Andersen. It had nothing to do with the fact that the goals were scored on a power play, and a pair of breakaways! Nothing. At. All.


After an inconsistent but overall decent effort against the Arizona Coyotes yielded a much-needed victory on Thursday, the Ottawa Senators host the Leafs tonight, with the hopes of making it two in a row. As fans, draft position should never be a factor in games like this one, where you have the chance to play spoiler against a division rival fighting for a playoff spot. It’s so satisfying to drag a team down with you into the draft lottery, especially since the team in question will practically be guaranteed an only decent draft pick. Exhibit A; The 2015-16 Boston Bruins.

Of course, Ottawa will only be able to win this game if they are near-flawless defensively, get great goaltending, take advantage of defensive miscues, and are blessed with some good old-fashioned dumb luck. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that in true Leafs’ fashion, they are their own worst enemy tonight.

Per TSN 1200, Scott Sabourin will draw into the lineup tonight, replacing Filip Chlapik, who was assigned to Belleville yesterday, while on the back end, Cody Goloubef will replace the injured Mark Borowiecki. Marcus Hogberg will start in goal.

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

Chabot - DeMelo
Reilly - Zaitsev
Hainsey - Goloubef

Game Notes:

  • Both teams ran into injury trouble in prior games; Borowiecki will be out for some time after injuring his ankle against the Coyotes, and the Leafs will be without forward Andreas Johnsson for eight weeks due to a knee injury he suffered against the Stars.
  • I’m absolutely flabbergasted that the Senators sent Chlapik back to the should’ve been Colin White instead. Oh, come on, don’t be angry with me guys! I’m just itching to see a scrap between Sabourin and Kyle Clifford.
  • The cold streak continues to get worse for Anthony Duclair. Now at nineteen consecutive games without a goal, Duclair also has been struggling to pick up assists lately, with just four in that stretch.
  • Our new leading scorer? Connor Brown, who’s very quietly put up three goals and ten points in his last 12 games.
  • On a team already loaded with superstars, Toronto has enjoyed a red-hot season from Zach Hyman, with 17 goals and 14 assists in just 39 games, albeit while shooting 21.8%.
  • Time of the puck drop is set for 7:00 PM, and you can catch the action on CBC, Sportsnet One, or the radio via TSN 1200.


  • All stats are from, except Corsi% and xGF%; from

Player Stats

Game #58 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game #58 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category Player # Player #
Goals Anthony Duclair/Jean-Gabriel Pageau 21 Auston Matthews 41
Assists Thomas Chabot 26 Mitch Marner 44
Points Connor Brown 35 Auston Matthews 69
Shots Brady Tkachuk 212 Auston Matthews 236
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 26.01 Morgan Rielly 24:15

Team Stats

Game #58 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game #58 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.63 26th 3.52 3rd
Goals Against/GP 3.3 27th 3.24 26th
Shots/GP 29.8 24th 32.7 11th
Shots Against/GP 33.1 29th 32 19th
Powerplay % 14.4 29th 25.2 3rd
Penalty Kill % 78.5 21st 77.8 23rd
Corsi % (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 46.14 30th 52.85 6th
xGF % (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 48.70 20th 52.04 12th