Game 80 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators versus Tampa Bay Lightning

It's basically an exhibition game

Game 80 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators versus Tampa Bay Lightning

Just because the regular season has officially become meaningless, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy milestone watch for the next three games. A handful of players still have some semi-meaningful thresholds to cross. And if that doesn't tickle your fancy, then maybe try to enjoy some rookies playing in the NHL after years of hard work and sacrifice. Or maybe don't. You do you.

Game Notes

  • Tampa's last game, a 6-1 loss to the Islanders on Thursday, didn't really have any playoff implications for the Lightning but they probably still want to tighten things up a bit before their first round matchup with Toronto. Or rest up and get healthy. I don't care. Just beat Toronto, whatever that takes.
  • Speaking of getting healthy, the Lightning lines below look bizarre in part due to some injuries to core players. These inlcude: Anthony Cerelli, Erik Cernak, Brandon Hagel, Tanner Jeannot, and Patrick Maroon.
  • As you already know, the injury bug continues to run riot in Ottawa with the following players in the infirmary: Derick Brassard, Thomas Chabot, Jakob Chychrun, Anton Forsberg, Travis Hamonic, Parker Kelly, Josh Norris, and Austin Watson.
  • In terms of actual exes and ohs, the decision between starting Brian Elliott or Andrei Vasilevskiy will have major implications on Ottawa's chances tonight. Given all of Tampa's injuries, holding that top line in check and minimizing time spent on the penalty kill will make the difference. In terms of special teams, Ottawa can hang with Tampa in expected goals for on the powerplay and against on the penalty kill but can't match the firepower the Lightning have or the quality of goaltending (if Vasilevskiy starts).
  • At five-on-five both team generate similar amounts in terms of expected goals and allow similar rates too. Again, the Lightning convert on more of their chances at five-on-five and get better goaltending so pretty much story of the season for Ottawa again tonight. Just try to redeem yourselves after what that was on Thursday.

Where to watch/listen: SN360, City, TSN1200 @ 7PM EST

Lines from Last Game

Ottawa Senators

Tkachuk - Stützle - Batherson
Greig - Giroux - DeBrincat
Joseph - Pinto - Sokolov
Brown - Kastelic - Watson

Sanderson - Zub
Brännström - Holden
Kleven - Bernard-Docker

Tampa Bay Lightnings

Point - Stamkos - Kucherov
Killorn - Paul - Eyssimont
Jeannot - Bellemare - Perry
Maroon - Colton - Fleury (11-7)

Sergachev - Raddysh
Hedman - Perbix
Cole - Bogosian


Game 80 Ottawa Senators Tampa Bay Lightning
Category Player # Player #
Goals Tim Stützle 37 Brayden Point 48
Assists Tim Stützle 47 Nikita Kucherov 78
Points Tim Stützle 84 Nikita Kucherov 108
Shots Brady Tkachuk 332 Nikita Kucherov 256
ATOI Thomas Chabot 24:58 Mikhail Sergachev 23:51
Game 80 Ottawa Senators Tampa Bay Lightning
Category Rank # Rank #
Goals 19th 3.09 8th 3.36
Goals against 21st 3.26 13th 3.02
Shots 7th 33.1 14th 31.6
Shots against 18th 31.1 19th 31.2
Powerplay 7th 23.9% 2nd 25.3%
Penalty Kill 13th 80.9% 15th 79.9%
Corsi% (5V5SVA) 16th 50.9% 13th 51.8%
xGoals% (5V5SVA) 16th 50.9% 12th 52.4%

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