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Game 55 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Calgary Flames

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Ottawa Senators v Calgary Flames Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

If Matthew Tkachuk was annoyed with Tim Stützle before, I bet he’ll find Brady’s gushing over his hat trick against the Jets unbearable!

Can you believe we have two games left? That’s it! That’s the season! While it’s obviously disappointing that we won’t see the Sens anymore, it has been a nice change to actually enjoy the season through the wild performances, the incredible characters and of course Sicko nation!

Tonight’s game is crucial for the Flames. The Canadiens have not yet secured that final playoff spot and a Flames win could keep their playoff dreams alive. For the Sens, it’s another meaningless game where they’ll be playing spoilers and hoping to get more great performances from the young ones.

The Sens did not hold a skate today but here is the expected lineup:

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

Mete - Zaitsev
Brännström - Zub
Alsing - Bernard-Docker

Forsberg
Gustavsson

Game Notes

  • By now we all know that Tim Stützle is the youngest Senator to score his first career hat trick! He did it, I’ve been waiting all season for it! Now can we get a Drake Batherson hatty?
  • Shane Pinto has been quietly racking up some key points and really making a good case for his future with the team, hopefully he’ll be the wow factor for next season.
  • It’s fun to win, but how are fans feeling about our draft spot? Do we want to sacrifice tonight’s game to put the Habs on edge? It’s so conflicting being the spoilers sometimes, especially when both a win and loss will spoil a chance for someone.
  • Thomas Chabot’s absence was a concern but it’s nice to see the team manage well without him. It’s never healthy for the team to place so much pressure on the top defenseman (sorry Karlsson) and now maybe DJ Smith can learn to manage his ice time more sensibly once he’s back.
  • You can watch the game tonight at 8:00PM on Sportsnet W, RDS 2 or listen live at TSN 1200

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

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