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Game 71 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

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It’s a California back-to-back.

Ottawa Senators v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

In a quick turnaround following a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks last night, the Ottawa Senators (25-33-12) will look to close out their California road trip with a winning record, taking on the Los Angeles Kings (28-35-6).

While Ottawa saw a rare two-game win streak(?) halted by the Ducks, the Kings haven’t lost in six straight. That includes wins over the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vegas Golden Knights, somehow.

With no morning skate today, it stands to reason that the Sens lineup will remain the same for the third consecutive contest. With Marcus Hogberg playing last night, and getting shelled in the process, expect Craig Anderson to start between the pipes.

Tkachuk - White - Ryan
Balcers - Tierney - Brown
Duclair - Paul - Hawryluk
Boedker - Peca - Sabourin

Chabot - Hainsey
Reilly - Zaitsev
Wolanin - Englund

Anderson (starter)
Hogberg

Game Notes:

  • This is the final meeting between these two for the season. Ottawa got the best of LA on November 7th, on the back of a J.G. Pageau overtime winner.
  • These two teams are currently tied for second-last in the NHL, with 62 points, and the Kings have a game in hand. This is a huge night for #TeamTank.
  • Colin White tallied a goal and assist against the Ducks, and both were pretty. He now has seven points in his last eight games, and it appears his game is rounding back into form. Who could have predicted this?
  • After going seven games without a goal, Brady Tkachuk now has three in his last four. He’s shooting an average of 24% per game during that time. The kid is HOT.
  • Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30pmET, and you can catch this one on TSN5, RDS, and ESPN+, as well as FS-W for our friends south of the border. As always, Dean Brown and Gord Wilson will have the call on TSN1200.

Here are some stats, courtesy of NHL.com, and NaturalStatTrick.com:

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 Los Angeles Kings
Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.69 24th 2.52 30th
Goals against/GP 3.36 30th 3.00 14th
Shots/GP 30.7 21st 33.1 5th
Shots against/GP 33.5 29th 29.8 6th
Powerplay % 14.3 31st 16.9 26th
Penalty Kill % 76.1 26th 77.1 26th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 48.25 26th 53.13 4th
xGF% (5v5, SVA) 49.74 19th 51.94 8th