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Game 52 Preview + Open Thread: Senators @ Lightning

The Senators begin a tough 5-game road trip down in Florida to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning

Ottawa Senators v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s too bad that The Hamburglar stole the show on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators. Andrew Hammond made his first return to Ottawa since leaving in 2017, and he stopped 26 of 27 shots. It was touching to see him back in the city, although it would’ve been nice for the Senators to get that win against the lowly Montreal Canadiens in order to get some momentum because their next five games will be quite a challenging road trip.

They play Tampa Bay, Florida, Arizona, Vegas, and St. Louis, with the Lightning coming up first tonight. The Coyotes are obviously the outlier there, but four of those five teams will be a challenge for Ottawa. This is the Senators fourth and final matchup against the Lightning, with their record being 1-2-0 so far. Both of their losses were on the road, 5-3 and 2-1, so it’s not as if the back-to-back Cup champs have had Ottawa’s number.

Here are the projected lines for tonight:

Tampa Bay’s lines aren’t confirmed yet and their defense pairings keep changing, but these are the forward lines they had yesterday:

Game Notes:

  • As if the Senators weren’t injured enough already, the flu has been ravaging the team over the last few days. Chris Tierney won’t be playing, and it appears that even if someone is in the lineup, they may not be 100%:
  • That first line featuring Colin White and Zach Sanford is uh...interesting to say the least. I can’t imagine the lines stay the same the whole night.
  • Dillon Heatherington was recalled from Belleville just in case.
  • Matt Muray played well again last game and will start tonight while holding a .920 SV% on the season. Tonight is a big test for him with a depleted lineup and a fierce opponent.
  • The Lightning are riding a 4-game win streak coming into tonight, beating Arizona, New Jersey, Edmonton, and Nashville.
  • Tampa is 17-4-4 at home, which makes a win seem quite daunting.
  • Although the Lightning are still incredibly good at the top of their roster, it’s clear that their depth isn’t quite as good as it was the last two seasons after losing Yanni Gourde, Barclay Goodrow, Blake Coleman, and Tyler Johnson.

Player Stats

Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh Norris 33 Jared McCann 25
Assists Tim Stützle 32 Yanni Gourde 26
Points Brady Tkachuk 59 Jared McCann, Yanni Gourde (tied) 43
Shots Brady Tkachuk 261 Jared McCann 174
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot (inj.) 26:23 Adam Larsson 22:10

Team Stats

Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Game 75 Ottawa Senators Seattle Kraken
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.71 26th 2.57 29th
Goals Against/GP 3.23 23rd 3.47 24th
Shots/GP 30.3 20th 28.8 31st
Shots Against/GP 33.2 25th 29.1 5th
Powerplay % 19.7 21st 14.3 29th
Penalty Kill % 80.5 13th 75.1 26th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 47.91 21st 49.03 19th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 47.10 24th 47.34 23rd