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Game 69 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators versus Toronto Maple Leafs


Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

You know what the Senators should probably try to do in order to keep their fading playoff hopes alive? Win a game. Ottawa has lost four in a row, as you already know, and five of their last ten. They’ve gotten a lot of help from the out-of-town scoreboard of late but sooner or later you need some points of your own when, ya know, you find yourselves behind in the standings and everything. Anyway, the Sens play at home on a Saturday night on national TV against their most despised rival so if you want to make a statement now seems like as good of a time as any.

Per Smith, the Sens lineup will be the same as the one that faced that the Avalanche. Also, Thomas Chabot is playing with a serious injury, maybe the least surprising revelation of the year.

Game Notes:

  • With the Senators in need of any possible advantage to snap their losing streak, take solace knowing that Toronto hosted a very good Carolina team last night. Ilya Samsonov started. I regret to inform you, Toronto won.
  • After I voiced my consternation regarding DJ Smith’s adherence to a non-functioning set of lines and defensive pairings, count me among those grateful to see new configurations in Thursday’s game against Colorado. Uncoincidentally, Ottawa played their tightest game in what felt like weeks (actually just days).
  • Injuries of note for Ottawa: Anton Forsberg, Mathieu Joseph, Josh Norris, and Cam Talbot. For Toronto: Victor Mete, Jake Muzzin, Ryan O’Reilly, and Nicholas Robertson.
  • Statistically, Toronto has the edge in just about every category so maybe just go out there and have fun (but also absolutely embarrass those smelly babies for the good of the culture).

Where to watch/listen: CBC, SNO, TSN1200 @7PM EST

Lines from Last Game

Ottawa Senators

Tkachuk - Stützle - Batherson
Greig - Giroux - DeBrincat
Brassard - Pinto - Gauthier
Gambrell - Brown - Watson

Chabot - Brännström
Sanderson - Zub
Chychrun - Hamonic

Toronto Maple Leafs

Jarnkrok - Matthews - Marner
Bunting - Tavares - Nylander
Acton-Reese - Kampf - Lafferty
Kerfoot - Acciari - Gustafsson*

Reilly - Brodie
Giordano - Liljegren
McCabe - Schenn



Game 69 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 69 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category Player # Player #
Goals Tim Stützle 34 William Nylander 35
Assists Tim Stützle 42 Mitch Marner 62
Points Tim Stützle 76 Mitch Marner 86
Shots Brady Tkachuk 277 Austin Matthews 254
ATOI Thomas Chabot 25:14 Morgan Reilly 22:08


Game 69 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 69 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category Rank # Rank #
Goals 17th 3.09 8th 3.36
Goals against 20th 3.25 5th 2.65
Shots 8th 32.8 14th 31.7
Shots against 21st 31.4 6th 28.7
Powerplay 8th 23.6% 3rd 25.3%
Penalty Kill 6th 82.6% 13th 80.7%
Corsi% (5V5SVA) 18th 50.5% 12th 52.0%
xGoals% (5V5SVA) 16th 50.5% 6th 53.9%