Game 12 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Nashville Predators

A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators on November 8th, 2016.

After a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Sabres that saw Ottawa play two of the best periods they've put together all season long, the Senators still have a relatively easy schedule until they reach the deeply frightening month of December.

Next up are the struggling Nashville Predators. Though many picked them as Stanley Cup favourites, the Predators are 3-5-3 out of the gate and haven't looked at all like the team we saw last season.

This is the first of an away back-to-back. The Senators will hop on a plane after tonight's game and head to Buffalo for a rematch of Saturday night's tilt with the Sabres.

Puck drop is 8 p.m. ET at Bridgestone Arena.

Here are the expected lineups as reported by Ken Warren and Chris Stevenson.

Ryan - Brassard - Stone

Hoffman - Turris - Pyatt

Smith - Pageau - Dzingel

Puempel - Kelly - Neil

Methot - Karlsson

Phaneuf - Ceci

Borowiecki - Claesson

Anderson (Starter)


Some notes for tonight:

  • Mike Hoffman has scored three goals in his last four games. After an extremely slow start, the large amount of shots he's producing is finally paying off.
  • After he failed to post a save percentage above .895 in his first four games, Craig Anderson has failed to post a save percentage under .938 his last four games.
  • Predators captain Mike Fisher will miss his third straight game tonight with a shoulder injury.
  • Chris Wideman and Andrew Hammond are still out.
  • Thomas Chabot recorded three points in his first game back with the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday.
  • Filip Chlapik now leads the QMJHL scoring race with 29 (16-13) points in 16 games.
  • Every single team in the Atlantic Division is either at or above .500.
  • With a win tonight, the Senators could jump the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the division.
  • With a loss tonight, the Senators could possibly be out of a playoff spot./

Statistical preview:

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