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Game 44 Preview and Open Thread: Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators

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Senators look for their first back-to-back wins in 3 weeks

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Senators are back at it tonight with the Jets, in the eighth meeting out of 10 on the season.

Monday was probably Ottawa’s best game against Winnipeg so far this season, so it makes sense that the only lineup change is the starter. Assume the same skater lines as Monday:

Tkachuk - Norris - Batherson
Stützle - Amadio - Dzingel
Paul - White - Dadonov
Formenton - Tierney - C. Brown

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brännström - Zub
Mete - J. Brown

Murray (starter)
Forsberg

Game Notes:

  • We’ll have to wait a little longer to see Shane Pinto and Jacob Bernard-Docker in action. Maybe Friday Saturday.
  • (Update, 4:36pm) Gord Miller is reporting that there is an “injury question” on the blue line, and that JBD will take the warm-up and may draw in. No word yet on who might be questionable but the smart money might be Zaitsev, who took a maintenance day yesterday.
  • Matt Murray will be in net for the first time in over a month. We’ll see if he can get on his way out of the wild performance swings we’ve seen from him all season.
  • Stay out of the box! Ottawa was maybe a little lucky to only give up one goal to the Jets PP on Monday.
  • Connor Brown’s goal streak has put him in rarified air. It’s already a franchise record, and goals in eight (plus) straight has only happened 88 times in NHL history. It’s the longest streak among currently active players. He’s already matched the longest career streaks for the likes of Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny, Cam Neel and Jean Beliveau. Tonight he could match Gretzky, Yzerman, Selanne, Maurice Richard and Jagr.
  • While it’s a franchise record, it’s not a Senators record. That (and the all-time NHL record) belongs to Punch Broadbent, who scored in 16 straight games for the original Senators during the 1921-22 season. Half way there!
  • Tonight’s game will start at 7:00 PM EST, and will be available on RDS2, TSN3, TSN5, and TSN 1200.

Stats:

Team Stats

Game 44 Ottawa Senators Winnipeg Jets
Game 44 Ottawa Senators Winnipeg Jets
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.65 21st 3.24 6th
Goals Against/GP 3.72 31st 2.64 10th
Shots/GP 31.2 7th 29.7 19th
Shots Against/GP 32.6 29th 31.0 21st
Powerplay % 15.8 26th 25.6 4th
Penalty Kill % 76.3 25th 80.4 14th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 47.29 24th 48.58 19th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 46.49 24th 46.31 25th

Player Stats

Game 44 Ottawa Senators Winnipeg Jets
Game 44 Ottawa Senators Winnipeg Jets
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk, Connor Brown 14 Kyle Connor 19
Assists Thomas Chabot 22 Mark Scheifele 33
Points Brady Tkachuk, Thomas Chabot 26 Mark Scheifele 48
Shots Brady Tkachuk 174 Kyle Connor 135
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 26:42 Josh Morrissey 23:45