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Game 20 Preview & Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Anaheim Ducks

It’s the movable object against the stoppable force for your afternoon viewing

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s my guarantee to you: By the time this day is over, the Ottawa Senators will not be tied for last place in the NHL.

I have to wonder if the NHL schedule makers knew something we didn’t, when they managed to schedule the game between the two bottom teams for a time that large chunks of one of the fan bases will be working.

Yesterday’s skate was an optional, and there is no pre-game skate today due to the start time, so no lineups are available. Thomas Chabot was going to be a game-day decision again. Cam Talbot gets the start, and will be backed up by Kevin Mandolese. Anton Forsberg is out with a “minor lower body injury”.

Game Notes

  • Jokes aside, I get scheduling afternoon games in the US for Thanksgiving Friday but you’d think they would try to stick to all-American match-ups for those. Yet, four of the six afternoon games involve Canadian teams
  • There’s been a lot of flip-flopping between the goalies since Talbot has been healthy enough to play, with Talbot’s start today being the first time either has started three games in a row since that point. Neither has really been able to seize the net, leading to some real “win and you’re in” vibes
  • Alex DeBrincat, who was leading the team in generating shots and scoring opportunities for most of the season, has been doing a lot less of both recently. Here are all of his shot attempt locations from the first five games:

And here it is from the last five games:

Less in general, and nothing in the low slot. Not sure what it is, but something really seems to have gotten into his head. The pass to Brassard on the breakaway in San Jose comes to mind...

  • If Chabot is still out today, the pairing of Erik Brannstrom and Artem Zub has played really well as the top pairing in the past two games. Nothing to show for their control of the play on the scoreboard, but also haven’t been scored against at 5 on 5 either.
  • &#@* it, I’m hitting the button

Bleh.

Stats

Team Stats

Game 31 Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
Game 31 Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 3.17 16th 3.1 18th
Goals Against/GP 3.13 17th 2.87 T-13th
Shots/GP 33.6 6th 31.2 18th
Shots Against/GP 32.8 25th 29.4 8th
Powerplay % 28.8 4th 25.5 10th
Penalty Kill % 79.7 12th 79.6 13th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 52.3 6th 50.70 15th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 52.21 11th 51.93 12th

Player Stats

Game 31 Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
Game 31 Ottawa Senators Minnesota Wild
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk/Claude Giroux 13 Kirill Kaprizov 18
Assists Brady Tkachuk 22 Kirill Kaprizov/Mats Zuccarello 21
Points Brady Tkachuk 35 Kirill Kaprizov 39
Shots Brady Tkachuk 131 Kirill Kaprizov 124
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 25:52 Jonas Brodin 22:!1

It’s a 3pm start on TSN5, TVA Sports and the radio call at TSN1200.