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Game 48 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks

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The Sens: so hot right now

Ottawa Senators v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images

Coming off three consecutive wins on the road, it seems safe to say at this point that the Ottawa Senators will never lose another hockey game. As much as we enjoyed watching all those losing games earlier in the season, I suppose we can get used to supporting a team that doesn’t concede eight goals every night. And while goals against have gone down, so too have shots against (as low as they’ve fallen in months!), and powerplay goals-for have of late outnumbered penalty kill goals-against. What a coincidence! So as we get ready for another late night online, let’s check out the Senators’ lines from yesterday’s practice:

Tkachuk - Norris - Batherson
Stützle - White - Dadonov
Formenton - Pinto - Brown
Dzingel- Tierney- Abramov

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brännström - Zub
Mete - Brown

Murray
Forsberg

The Canucks rolled out these lines last game (with Holtby projected to start tonight):

Pearson - Horvat - Boeser
Highmore - Miller - Hoglander
Michaelis - Sutter - Hawryluk
Vesey - Boyd - Virtanen

Hughes - Hamonic
Schmidt - Myers
Juolevi - Chatfield

Holtby
Demko

Notes:

  • According to head coach DJ Smith, if Nick Paul can’t play tonight then Vitaly Abramov will make his 2021 debut in Ottawa. The skilled winger had seven points in eight games with Jukurit in Finland, and has 17 points in 22 games in Belleville this season.
  • The legend of bionic Matt Murray grows as the revitalized netminder has conceded just five goals in his last four games since returning from injury (three at even strength) good for a 96 save percentage in all situations. Seattle, please take note.
  • Speaking of legends, Connor Brown has 11 goals in his last 12 games. That seems good. Even if no one expects a sustained shooting percentage of 33, his play alongside Alex Formenton has provided plenty of entertainment value along with the goals.
  • With Ottawa’s next two games at home against the Canucks after this western swing, will coach Smith make good on his promise to get Jacob Bernard-Docker back in the lineup at the CTC?
  • As much as I complained earlier in the season, this current iteration of the Senators has four defenders out of six under the age of 26 and seven forwards under that same cutoff (eight if Abramov plays tonight), and it kicks all sorts of ass.
  • You can catch the game on CBC, SN, TSN1200 at 10PM EST

Stats as always courtesy of naturalstattrick

Stats

Players

Game 48 Ottawa Senators Vancouver Canucks
Game 48 Ottawa Senators Vancouver Canucks
Category Player # Player #
Goals Connor Brown 17 Boeser/Horvat 16
Assists Thomas Chabot 24 Quinn Hughes 28
Points Batherson/Norris/Tkachuk 30 Brock Boeser 36
Shots Brady Tkachuk 189 Boeser/Horvat 91
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 26:40 Quinn Hughes 23:00

Teams

Game 48 Ottawa Senators Vancouver Canucks
Game 48 Ottawa Senators Vancouver Canucks
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.67 21st 2.62 23rd
Goals Against/GP 3.4 31st 3.14 25th
Shots/GP 30.1 8th 29.7 11th
Shots Against/GP 32.0 28th 33.5 31st
Powerplay % 17.6 25th 19.5 20th
Penalty Kill % 78.1 21st 77.2 24th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 47.2 25th 46.4 27th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 46.4 24th 45.9 27th