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Game 52 Preview and Open Thread: Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators

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The aftermath

NHL: APR 28 Canucks at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After losing to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, any hopes of a miracle run were officially ended as the Sens got eliminated. While the majority of the season’s games have not mattered in terms of points, moving forward they really don’t. At this point, we just hope to see more good games from a young team that has shown a tremendous amount of potential. And maybe some Jacob Bernard-Docker ice time.

The Winnipeg Jets were chasing the Leafs for the first in the division at one point but with the both team going in different directions in terms of winning and losing streaks, the Leafs not only have a safe lead from them but the Jets have also managed to drop below the Edmonton Oilers.

The lines projected as per the morning skate:

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

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brännström - Zub
Mete - J. Brown

Gustavsson (starter)

Game Notes

  • Since the games officially don’t matter anymore, what’s really stopping DJ Smith from giving JBD a few games to look at?
  • For Josh Brown’s ice time to be justified, he need to be useful physically and actually protect the star players as Smith is using that excuse to defend him in the lineup but Tkachuk and Norris have been fighting their own fights and I don’t see Brown really intimidating any opponents.
  • Drake Batherson and Connor Brown have been asked to join Team Canada, it’s nice to see them being rewarded for great seasons. Maybe a goal each tonight to celebrate?
  • Logan Brown is healthy again, do we get a glimpse of him by the end of the season?
  • Catch the game tonight at 7:00PM on TSN 5, RDS or Listen Live at TSN 1200

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