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Game 75 Preview + Open Thread: Leafs @ Senators

The Toronto Maple Leafs visit Ottawa for their fourth and final matchup of the season

Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj/NHLI via Getty Images

We’re getting to the end of the 2021-22 season for the Ottawa Senators, and tonight is the fourth and final instalment of the Battle of Ontario versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Although Ottawa won in the season opener, Toronto won the next two, including an embarrassing 6-0 game in January. So the Senators have a chance to even up the season series against a Cup contending team.

This game will be in Ottawa, although as we know, it’s not exactly a home-ice advantage in these matchups. The Maple Leafs are battling for 2nd in the Atlantic Division as they sit 4 points up on the Tampa Bay Lightning (who will most likely be their playoff opponent). Hurting their chances at getting home-ice advantage in the first round certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Here are the projected lines for tonight:

Game Notes

  • The injury bug continues to haunt the Senators, as Mathieu Joseph will be out for longer than they anticipated. It’s unclear what is wrong or if he’ll be able to suit up for any of the six games after tonight.
  • Mads Søgaard was sent down to Belleville and Filip Gustavsson was recalled.
  • DJ Smith is hopeful that Matt Murray, Thomas Chabot, and Jake Sanderson can get into a game or two before the season ends, but their statuses are unclear. Out of all of them, getting to see Sanderson would be the most exciting, as it will be a long wait until October to watch him finally play in the NHL.
  • Alex Formenton has gone pointless in his last nine games and has just one goal in 13 games. It’d be nice for him to finish the season on a high note after this poor stretch.
  • Brady Tkachuk is three goals away from 30 and he has seven games to get there. It’s far from a guarantee but it’s very possible.
  • Auston Matthews is having an MVP-caliber season as he has a whopping 58 goals in 69 games and had a stretch of 50 games with 51 goals. He’s only played once against Ottawa this season and was held pointless.
  • Rookie goalie Erik Källgren gets the start for Toronto, and he has just an .899 SV% in 10 games. It could be a high-scoring game tonight.

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

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