Game 19 Preview + Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

Well, there’s still a game to play isn’t there?

As you may have heard, there has been a wee bit of drama surrounding the Ottawa Senators in the last twenty-four hours. Following last night’s loss against the San Jose Sharks, word leaked that the team had informed Matt Murray he would be placed on waivers.

To say the news was shocking would be an understatement. Yes, Murray has struggled — at times quite badly. But he’s also in year two of a major four year deal, and, whether you think he “deserves” to be waived or not, waiving a player of his stature is just simply not a thing that is done. In his media availability today, DJ Smith explained that if Murray made it through unclaimed his stay might not be a short one:

Murray, apparently, is quite unhappy with the decision. I can see both sides here: Murray’s been bad, but the team in front of him is maybe the worst in the league. It’s also the case, as I said above, that big ticket signees are not often put on waivers when they’ve played less than ten games in a given season. No matter if it “works” or not, it’s certainly another dramatic moment for a team that didn’t really need one.

Meanwhile, the Sens have another game to play tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. L.A, like their other California brethren Anaheim and San Jose, are in the midst of surprisingly positive seasons given their recent commitment to a rebuild. They’re no one’s idea of a Cup contender, but some of their young prospects are starting to blossom and Anze Kopitar appears to be fighting off Father Time with eighteen points in his first nineteen games. They won’t be pushovers.

Game notes:

  • In a less dramatic waiver wire move, the Sens claimed Adam Gaudette from Chicago this afternoon. Gaudette’s a centre who’s racked up fifty-eight points in 168 games. He doesn’t profile as much more than a depth piece but the Sens could use some depth down the middle, I suppose. Here’s how hockeyviz’s model sees his impact as of this writing:/
  • In a corresponding move, the Sens re-assigned Parker Kelly to Belleville.
  • As of this writing, Smith has yet to announce the rest of his roster but we do know that Filip Gustavsson will be starting in net.
  • Puck drop is 7 pm EST, and you can watch on Sportsnet ONE or TVAS2. Radio is available, as always, courtesy of TSN1200./


Stats are, as always, courtesy of and Natural Stat Trick:

Player Stats

Game 42OttawaSenatorsCarolinaHurricanes
GoalsJosh Norris18Sebastian Aho19
AssistsDrake Batherson21Sebastian Aho26
PointsDrake Batherson34Sebastian Aho45
ShotsBrady Tkachuk133Andrei Svechnikov130
Time on Ice/GPThomas Chabot27:08:00Jaccob Slavin23:51:00

Team Stats

Game 42OttawaSenatorsCarolina Hurricanes
Goals Against/GP3.3224th2.371st
Shots Against/GP33.327th28.32nd
Powerplay %18.422nd24.810th
Penalty Kill %80.015th88.71st
Corsi % (5v5 SVA)46.6628th55.253rd
xGF % (5v5 SVA)46.8224th53.995th

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