Game 19: Ottawa Senators @ Calgary Flames

Tonight, the Ottawa Senators will enter the vast unknown that is western Canada. On this most exotic of trips, the Senators will take on the Calgary Flames. There are expected to be no lineup changes with Brian Lee keeping his spot and David Rundblad sits again. Chris Neil is still out and did not travel with the club.

Here are the lines from Sylvain St-Laurent:

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
Sergei Gonchar - Chris Phillips
Jared Cowen - Brian Lee

Craig Anderson (starter)
Alex Auld

Here are tonight's talking points:

  • New pairings: Sergei Gonchar and Chris Phillips played together against Toronto and did a pretty good job. This also means Jared Cowen and Brian Lee are paired together, which is a pretty 'meh' pairing. That's alright for the third pairing.
  • Karlsson and Gonchar with points: Erik Karlsson has an assist in three straight games and Sergei Gonchar has scored a goal in back-to-back games. The Senators are certainly getting plenty of offence from these two on defence. With the top line cooling off, can these two continue to contribute?
  • Consistency from Anderson: Have we seen consecutive solid efforts from Craig Anderson? We might have, but I can't remember any of the top of my head. This is a tough stretch for the Senators and they will need good goaltending.
  • Special teams: The power play is still holding strong at third while the penalty kill has improved to 22nd. The Senators have allowed only one goal in their last 22 penalty kills.
Here are the 2011-2012 comparative statistics for the Senators and the Flames:

Category Ottawa Enemy - Calgary
Value Rank Value Rank
Goals For per game 2.78 15th 2.19 27th
Goals Against per game 3.56 29th 2.62 16th
5 on 5 GF/GA ratio 0.59 30th 0.96 19th
Shots for per game 30.7 12th 26.8 25th
Shots against per game 29.9 15th 30.6 18th
Power play % 25.0 3rd 14.3 21st
Penalty kill % 78.5 22nd 82.5 15th
Category Ottawa Enemy - Calgary
Player Value Player Value
Points Jason Spezza 17 Alex Tanguay 12
Goals Milan Michalek 11 Jarome Iginla 5
Assists Erik Karlsson 15 Alex Tanguay 9
PP Points Erik Karlsson 9 Jarome Iginla 5
Shots Erik Karlsson 62 Olli Jokinen 52
Hits Chris Neil 51 Tim Jackman 30
Avg. Ice time Erik Karlsson 25:14 Jay Bouwmeester 24:40
Face-offs % Jesse Winchester 60.0 Brendan Morrison 54.7

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