Game 18: Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs

That six-game winning streak for the Ottawa Senators seems like a distant memory as they attempt to avoid a six-game losing streak tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Aside from starting slow, the Senators third period offence hasn't been there either, scoring only three goals in the third period during the losing streak. Tonight is also the hall-of-fame game with Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Ed Belfour and Mark Howe. Jason Spezza was a Leafs and Gilmour fan growing up and is looking forward to festivities.

Despite his horror show last night, Craig Anderson will start for Ottawa. David Rundblad will make room for Brian Lee. Here are the lines:

Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Nick Foligno - Stéphane Da Costa - Daniel Alfredsson
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Erik Condra
Zenon Konopka - Jesse Winchester - Bobby Butler

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - Brian Lee

Craig Anderson (starter)
Alex Auld

Also, yours truly will be at the game, row 32 behind the net the Sens attack in first period! #OccupyToronto...though I guess I am the 1%. Talking points and statistics after the jump.

Here are tonight's talking points:

  • Stop Phil Kessel: The Senators are allowing goals and Phil Kessel regularly scores against Ottawa. They have to stop him.
  • Anderson rebounding: Craig Anderson was brutal and lasted less than three minutes. Is he going to be ready to go tonight?
  • Lee comes back in: David Rundblad's return lasted only two games and Brian Lee hopes to help shore up the defence. Will the Senators win their first game of the season with Brian Lee playing?
  • Penalty kill improving: The one area that has gotten better during the losing streak is the penalty kill. They are up to 22nd now after being 29th and 30th for most of the season. The Leafs are 29th.
  • Leafs shaky goaltending: Anderson might be struggling, but the Leafs are countering with Ben Scrivens, he of the four career NHL games (and 38 in the AHL). He played very well in the last game, but if the Senators can score early, maybe they can get a few.
Here are the 2011-2012 comparative statistics for the Senators and the Maple Leafs:

Category Ottawa Enemy - Toronto
Value Rank Value Rank
Goals For per game 2.65 17th 2.94 9th
Goals Against per game 3.65 29th 3.31 26th
5 on 5 GF/GA ratio 0.57 30th 1.06 13th
Shots for per game 31.1 12th 26.8 25th
Shots against per game 29.7 13th 31.0 19th
Power play % 24.6 3rd 17.2 15th
Penalty kill % 77.0 22nd 72.6 29th
Category Ottawa Enemy - Toronto
Player Value Player Value
Points Jason Spezza 17 Phil Kessel 23
Goals Milan Michalek 10 Phil Kessel 12
Assists Erik Karlsson 14 Phil Kessel 11
PP Points Jason Spezza 8 Phil Kessel 5
Shots Erik Karlsson 60 Phil Kessel 52
Hits Chris Neil 51 Luke Schenn 38
Avg. Ice time Erik Karlsson 25:14 Dion Phaneuf 26:05
Face-offs % Jesse Winchester 63.1 David Steckel 60.1

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