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Game 38 Preview + Open Thread: Anaheim Ducks @ Ottawa Senators

An early game to get the weekend going

Buffalo Sabres v Ottawa Senators Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators are coming off a shootout loss against the top team in the league in a game where they were able to hang on with the big guys. The price they paid was an injury to yet another vital member of the team, Josh Norris.

Yesterday, the Sens had an optional skate in which 14 skaters showed up. We got an amusing update from Colin White who is nearing his comeback and a little tidbit from Egor Sokolov who seems very determined to make the most of his recent callup (thanks to some encouragement from Drake Batherson).

Things are only going to get harder for the Sens going forward, not only do they have a grueling schedule coming up but the list of injuries is getting longer and more impactful.

Game Notes:

  • There is no clear indication of the severity of his injury but according to Ian Mendes, the Sens are still hopeful it’s not long term as they await further testing. DJ Smith did confirm that they don’t expect to see Norris until after the All-Star break at least.
  • With Josh Norris getting injured last game, DJ Smith had to make a quick adjustment. Tim Stützle paired with Brady Tkachuk and that was an instant hit. Stützle is the kind of player who probably can make any player around him better but pair him up with Tkachuk and I think we’re in for a fun experiment. Let’s see what they can do together for a full game.
  • With the parade of injuries the Sens have gone through, the Sens desperately need Matt Murray to continue to play as consistent as he has been the past few games. If the Sens struggle to score, it would at least be helpful if they can stop pucks going in the other way.
  • Speaking of goalies, Anton Forsberg will get the start today in net and just like Murray, he has been showing promising signs, today is a much needed win to boost morale and Forsberg will be relied on heavily.
  • Injuries aren’t great but with a young team like the Sens, it means seeing more prospects and today forward Mark Kastelic will be making his Sens debut against the Ducks. Kastelic was a fifth round pick in 2019 and currently has 11 points in 31 games played with the Belleville Senators this season.
  • The Ducks have good special teams so discipline will be key to the Senators winning this game, on the flip side they will need to be very creative on the power play to get through their PK units.
  • It’s a 12:30pm start today, you can watch the game on CBC, Sportsnet, RDS or listen live on TSN1200

Game Stats:

Player Stats

Game 42 Ottawa Senators Carolina Hurricanes
Game 42 Ottawa Senators Carolina Hurricanes
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh Norris 18 Sebastian Aho 19
Assists Drake Batherson 21 Sebastian Aho 26
Points Drake Batherson 34 Sebastian Aho 45
Shots Brady Tkachuk 133 Andrei Svechnikov 130
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 27:08:00 Jaccob Slavin 23:51:00

Team Stats

Game 38 Ottawa Senators Anaheim Ducks
Game 38 Ottawa Senators Anaheim Ducks
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.81 21st 2.93 17th
Goals Against/GP 3.43 27th 2.83 15th
Shots/GP 30.2 20th 30.5 18th
Shots Against/GP 33.6 27th 33.1 26th
Powerplay % 18.5 20th 25.4 8th
Penalty Kill % 80.3 16th 83.0 9th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 46.34 30th 48.29 20th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 46.44 24th 47.67 22nd