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Game 74 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins

Will they be able to get another winning streak going tonight?

Boston Bruins v Ottawa Senators Photo by Chris Tanouye/NHLI via Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators (27-40-6) recently completed a season series sweep of the Detroit Red Wings with a 4-1 victory. The score may have been inflated by a couple of Tim Stützle empty-net goals, but it was nevertheless the most impressive win of the three, as the Sens’ defense made things very easy for Anton Forsberg despite being without their two best defensemen in Thomas Chabot and Artem Zub.

Tonight, they’ll look to get a victory against a good hockey team for the first time in a while, as they pay a visit to the Boston Bruins (45-23-5), who, annoyingly, seem to keep getting better with age. Their top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak is still dominant, and they’ve got strong secondary scoring from the likes of Taylor Hall, Charlie Coyle, and Erik Haula.

Zub will return to the Ottawa lineup after battling a non-COVID illness, and Mathieu Joseph could be out tonight after taking a reverse hit from Moritz Seider on Tuesday against Detroit. Here’s how the team lined up during the morning skate:

Game Notes:

  • With Joseph out, one may decide to bring Drake Batherson up to that top line, but against the Bruins, a one-line team (as shown in the first round of the playoffs multiple times) has no chance of winning. Keeping the two pairs of Tkachuk-Norris and Stützle-Batherson will give the team a sliver of hope tonight.
  • Parker Kelly is an interesting choice on that top line. We’ve seen a rotation of wingers with Tkachuk and Norris this season — Batherson, Joseph, and Brown all have had success, while Zach Sanford and Tyler Ennis struggled. With the obvious makeup of a prototypical fourth-line forward, Kelly is more likely to fall into the latter category, but we’ve seen bottom-six players become something more thanks to an increased opportunity in the form of quality linemates.
  • As for Austin Watson, he’s remained on the fourth line for the entire season, but he’s been on a heater as of late, with an impressive 5 goals and 1 assist in his last 7 games — that’s half of the 12 points he’s tallied in 58 games. It shows the value that a productive fourth line can have, as a lack of secondary scoring has led to several losses earlier in the year. Conversely, Watson has points in 5 of Ottawa’s last 10 games, and they won 4 of them.
  • Tonight’s game will begin at 7:00 PM EST, and you can catch the action on TSN5, RDS, and TSN 1200.

Stats:

  • Stats are derived from NHL.com, except for Corsi and Expected Goals (adjusted for score effects and home-ice advantage) from NaturalStatTrick.com.

Team Stats

Game 73 Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Game 73 Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.68 26th 3.11 15th
Goals Against/GP 3.22 23rd 2.70 5th
Shots/GP 30.2 20th 36.0 2nd
Shots Against/GP 32.9 25th 28.8 3rd
Powerplay % 19.4 22nd 22.3 11th
Penalty Kill % 79.9 15th 82.5 8th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 48.03 21st 55.11 4th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 47.24 23rd 57.59 1st

Player Stats

Game 73 Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Game 73 Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh Norris 32 David Pastrnak 38
Assists Brady Tkachuk, Tim Stutzle 30 Charlie McAvoy 44
Points Brady Tkachuk 56 Brad Marchand 73
Shots Brady Tkachuk 237 David Pastrnak 304
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 26:23 Charlie McAvoy 24:44