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Senators look ahead for Nov 5 to Nov 11

Well that was a rough week and looking ahead it probably won't get to much better right away. A matchup witht he two time defending champions, a perenial playoff team and one of the few teams that matches our prospect pool.

*All start times are ET*


Saturday November 6th 2:00 pm vs Tampa Bay

Season record: 5-3-2
Last 10: 5-3-2
Previous meetings this season: None
Series record since 2019-20: 2-1 Tampa Bay

Injuries:

  • Nikita Kucherov LTIR (Groin)
  • Zach Bogosian LTIR (Lower Body)
  • Boris Katchouk (Undisclosed)

Probably not the team you want to play when you're struggling defenisvely even if they lost their entire 3rd line this summer and are down a player who put up 128 points in his last healthy season and 66 points in the playoffs the last two years. I guess that's the benefit of having *deep breath* Victor Hedman, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat, Andrei Sergachev, Ryan McDonaugh, and Anthony Cirelli.

Oh you're still not impressed well how about guys like Cal Foote, Taylor Raddysh, Mattieu Joseph, Ross Colton, Erik Cernak and a guy we could have had in Alex Barre-Boulet on waivers but he was to small so now he has 3 points in 5 games for Tampa Bay. Three straight wins after a "rough" 2-3-1 start with the wins coming in OT should be enough of a reminder they're the favourites until proven otherwise.

Tuesday Novmeber 9th 7:00 @ Boston

Season record: 5-3
Last 10: 5-3
Previous meetings this season: None
Series record since 2019-20: 2-1 Boston

Injuries:

  • Nick foligno IR (Upper Body)
I didn't miss playing a team with one of the top lines in hockey with Marchand-Bergeron-Patranak still going strong, but at least this time we have a strong group of 5 to throw at them. As would be expected the Bruins have been great at home as a veteran team going 4-0, including being the only team to beat Florida this season. A middle six featuring a former MVP in Taylor Hall, and typical Bruin toughness in players such as Craig Smith, Eric Haula and you have the makings of a team that unsuprisingly is a playoff regular.

If you find yourself going through your hockey database of choice you may notice that Formenton was picked using a selection that originally belonged to Calgary. It wasn't the Chiasson trade, instead it was former first round pick, and hamburger lover, Curtis Lazar that helped us get Formenton and now Chris Phillips former roommate is now playing for Boston and has found is NHL role as a middle 6 2-way forward.

In net with Tukka Rask out due to injury, and also unsigned, the Bruins went out and signed :inus Ulmark in free agency to tandem with Jeremy Swayman. Both have started 4 games and allowed 9 goals each for a GAA below 2.3 and have each saved at least 90 per cent of the shots they've faced. It helps having a strong defence headlined by freshly extended Charlie McAvoy along with all 6 starters between the ages of 23 and 29 with Mike Reilly on the third pairing if you want to know what defensive depth looks like to daydream about our Defence in 2-3 years.

Thursday November 11th 7:00 vs Los Angeles

Season record: 4-5-1
Last 10: 4-5-1
Previous meetings this season: None
Series record since 2019-20: 1-1 Tie

Injuries:

  • Drew Doughty IR (Knee)
  • Sean Walker IR (Knee)
  • Quinton Byfield IR (Ankle)
A team that is basically Ottawa West in terms of a strong youth movement in the works that has them dreaming of playoff qualification this year. As most young teams do the Kings have struggled on the road going 0-3-1 to start the season with Ottawa being the 3rd game of the Eastern Canadian swing for them. I would bet a nice chunk of change on Ottawa scoring 2 or 3 goals as the Kings have allowed that amount in all but 1 game, and are 4-0 when allowing 2 goals as a key number to watch.

Anze Kopitar is still around and well he's still really good putting up 13 points with 7 goals to lead the team in both categories with Alex Iafallo the only other active King with even half as many points. Among the youngsters Tobias Bjornfot, taken 3 spots after Thomson for those scoring at home, has seen his ice time increase since Doughty went down. Arthur Kaliyev on the wing is another player to watch as the player taken immediately after Pinto has 4 points this season and 3 in his last 4 as he adjust to the NHL. The mot well known prospect for them with the team is probably Gabriel Vilardi who had 23 points last year but has struggled with 1 point in 7 games before being a healthy scratched followed by being placed in COVID protocols.

In net Calvin Petersen looked to be taking over the reigns from Jonathan Quick last year starting 32 games and posting a .911 SV% but has "struggled" this year allwoing 13 goals in 4 games as Quick has again started a majority of the games. In the last 4 years the sens have only played QUick once scoring 3 in a 4-1 win.

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