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Game 67 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins

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It’s a quick one-game road trip for the Sens

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators have hit the road to Pittsburgh, for a single game road trip. They’ll be facing a slumping Penguins team, who have a current league-high streak of six regulation losses in a row.

Josh Norris was sent back down to Belleville after Saturday’s game, and Colin White will return to the lineup. Marcus Hogberg is in Sweden for family reasons, so Filip Gustavsson will be backing up Craig Anderson. Anthony Duclair took part in yesterday’s line rushes, with Scott Sabourin the odd man out, but it will be Sabourin and not Duclair dressing tonight so it’s not quite clear how the lines will change from yesterday’s:

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

Chabot - Hainsey
Reilly - Zaitsevv Englund - Jaros

Anderson (starter)
Gustavsson

Game Notes

  • Whatever the family reasons are for Hogberg’s absence, our best wishes go out to him and his family
  • If the Penguins slide continues, they might actually be in danger of falling out of the playoffs. They’re already in danger of slipping to a wild card position
  • The obvious thing to watch out for is playing the slump-buster role tonight, but the flip side is that if Ottawa can take control early it could throw the Pens off their game
  • Chabot’s lowest TOI in the past four games is 27:55, with the other three games all over 30 minutes. Yikes
  • While he’s out tonight, DJ Smith is hopeful that Duclair will be available for Thursday’s game back in Ottawa
  • It’s a 7pm start, on TSN5 and RDS2
  • Stepping away from tonight’s game for a moment, our thoughts go out to the staff and community over at On the Forecheck, and to all of Tennessee, after last night’s devastating and deadly tornadoes

Here are some statistics, with most metrics from NHL.com, except for Corsi% and xGF% from 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