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Game 31 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators Versus Toronto Maple Leafs

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Escape from Alberta

Ottawa Senators v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

After three consecutive losses to the demon in orange, it feels good to have the boys back in town where they’ve fared slightly better than they have out west. This roster still has a lot of moving pieces right now due to injury and ongoing line-juggling from coach Smith but Beata has the recap tonight so don’t discount the miraculous, and never write-off our large chaotic sons when given the opportunity to publicly humiliate the boys in blue.


No word yet from the Sens but this was the projection from the last game:

Tkachuk - Tierney - C.Brown
Paul - Norris - Dadonov
Stützle - Anisimov - Batherson
Bishop - Peca - Watson

Chabot - Zaitsev
Reilly - Zub
Wolanin - Gudbranson

This is how Toronto lined up yesterday:

Game Notes:

  • Per the team, Ottawa will rock their red third jerseys tonight at the CTC.
  • The Ottawa Senators will debut their fan cutouts tonight in a really cool effort to embrace fan enthusiasm and raise funds for a great cause.
  • Joey Daccord succumbed to the condition that is porous Ottawa Senators goaltending in 2021 with a rough night in Edmonton. Joey has still looked like Ottawa’s best option in his small sample thus far so we’ll see if the coaches give him a shot to regain his confidence tonight.
  • Clark Bishop had a pleasantly surprising debut with the Senators as one of Ottawa’s best performers in terms of five-on-five corsi- and expected goals-for, albeit in limited minutes.
  • Among the injuries to consider to tonight’s game: Colin White, Artem Anisimov, Ryan Dzingel, and whether coach Smith implements a seven-defender lineup and what that implies for Christian Wolanin who has had limited opportunities through the first half of the season. Erik Brännström inexcusably remains on the team’s taxi squad while the Sens have called Clark Bishop and Michael Peca up to the NHL roster.
  • If anyone needs some extra motivation to watch the game tonight, Ottawa does have the restedness advantage to go with home ice as Toronto played (and lost!) against Winnipeg last night while Ottawa had a travel day.


Team Stats

Game 31 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 31 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.54 25th 3.40 2nd
Goals Against/GP 3.99 31st 2.57 9th
Shots/GP 31.1 5th 30.3 10th
Shots Against/GP 31.7 29th 28.45 8th
Powerplay % 12.0 26th 27.9 2nd
Penalty Kill % 78.7 27th 77.1 24th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 47.87 24th 50.81 13th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 46.93 22nd 53.23 8th

Player Stats

Game 31 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 31 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 10 Auston Matthews 21
Assists Thomas Chabot 16 Mitch Marner 27
Points Thomas Chabot 20 Mitch Marner 38
Shots Brady Tkachuk 126 Auston Matthews 110
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 25:33 Morgan Reilly 23:52

Catch the game at 7PM EST on SN, TVA, and TSN1200