After getting goalied again on Saturday, the Senators will hope to continue their recent trend of actually outshooting their opponents and maybe, just maybe, they’ll find a way to score some goals, with so many of their top forwards on the injured reserve. Josh Norris remains sidelined on a precautionary basis after a scary-looking shoulder injury last week so we’ll have another rookie-heavy lineup, against the Oilers.
Ottawa practiced with these lines yesterday (Cole Reinhardt held Brady Tkachuk’s place but the latter should play today after taking a maintenance day on Sunday):
Lines at #Sens practice:— Claire Hanna (@clahanna) January 30, 2022
The Oilers, meanwhile, rolled these lines and pairings in their last game (a win over Montreal):
Foegele - Draisaitl - Puljujarvi
Hyman - Nugent-Hopkins - Kassian
Shore - Ryan - McLeod
Nurse - Bouchard
Keith - Ceci
Lagesson - Russell
- Erik Brännström has cleared COVID protocol and will replace Victor Mete on defence.
- As always, Ottawa needs to avoid the Oilers’ powerplay at all costs. Even with all of their injuries, the Sens can likely hang with Edmonton at five-on-five (especially at home) but Edmonton has a distinct advantage on special teams. And who knows what to expect from these goaltenders anymore.
- On that note, Matt Murray likely starts for Ottawa while Edmonton could stick with Stuart Skinner who won his last game (Saturday).
- In terms of hometown connections, Cody Ceci likely pays a visit to Ottawa tonight while former Senator Kyle Turris remains on Edmonton’s taxi squad. Slater Koekkoek, from Winchester, probably stays a healthy scratch. Tyler Ennis, currently on fire, faces off against his former/hometown team.
- Go Sens Go.
Where to watch: RDS, SN, TSN1200 @ 7:30PMEST
|Goals||Josh Norris||18||Leon Draisaitl||31|
|Assists||Drake Batherson||21||Connor McDavid||37|
|Points||Drake Batherson||34||Leon Draisaitl||61|
|Shots||Brady Tkachuk||125||Connor McDavid||149|
|TOI||Thomas Chabot||27:08||Darnell Nurse||26:29|