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Game 46 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Calgary Flames

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Some west coast action coming up

NHL: APR 17 Senators at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Coming off a perfect 4-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators will continue to put another team fighting for the final playoff spot on their heels. The big question tonight will be, how will Matt Murray play as consistency has been his worst enemy this season.

The Flames were grateful for the Sens last win but tonight, it’s their turn to fight off the mighty spoiler energy. I expect a fiery game from the Flames and nothing short of pure entertainment from a team who has everything to lose against a team just proving they can win games.

Lines for tonight’s game as per yesterday’s practice

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

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brännström - Zub
Mete - J. Brown

Murray (starter)
Forsberg

Game Notes

  • Remember when we were all happy Gudbranson was traded because it meant more of a chance for the younger guys? Well, DJ Smith found a replacement. The fact that Josh Brown is getting more opportunities over JBD is well, interesting?
  • As I mentioned above, Matt Murray’s performance tonight probably means more than anything else in the game. I am hoping for another strong showing from him because Murray finding his game is only another advantage for the team moving forward.
  • Brady Tkachuk tends to have more quiet games against the Flames but it would be nice to see a dominant performance from him against his brother tonight.
  • How good is Drake Batherson?
  • The Calgary Flames desperately need this win if they have any chance at that final playoff spot. The Canadiens are six points ahead with two games in hand so it’s quite the uphill battle for the Flames.
  • Catch the game tonight at 9:00 PM on Sportsnet, RDS or listen live at TSN1200

Player Stats

Game 56 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 56 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category Player # Player #
Goals Connor Brown 20 Auston Matthews 40
Assists Thomas Chabot 25 Mitch Marner 47
Points Brady Tkachuk 35 Mitch Marner 67
Shots Brady Tkachuk 214 Auston Matthews 214
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 26:17 Morgan Rielly 23:41

Team Stats

Game 56 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 56 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.75 19th 3.35 5th
Goals Against/GP 3.38 28th 2.59 7th
Shots/GP 29.7 17th 31.1 7th
Shots Against/GP 32.1 27th 27.9 5th
Powerplay % 15.9 26th 20.3 16th
Penalty Kill % 78.9 21st 77.7 24th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 48.5 21st 50.92 11th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 50.18 22nd 55.28 2nd