Game 22 Preview: Minnesota Wild @ Ottawa Senators

It's like a mini parade of players we hate, all in one convenient game! If only Yashin were somehow involved with the Wild too...

We've got a pair of teams who should both be looking to bounce back after poor performances last night.

Craig Anderson gets the start tonight, which was probably happening anyways due to the back to back. Eric Gryba is out, Patrick Wiercioch is in.

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Michalek - Spezza - Conacher
Greening - Smith - Neil
Condra - Grant - Zibanejad

Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Borowiecki
Cowen - Wiercioch

Anderson (starter)

Some notes for tonight:

  • Whoops, back into last place for shots against per game. The foray into 29th didn't last long.
  • Haha, Dany Heatley.
  • Ottawa didn't have a single positive possession player last night. Not a single one.
  • Grrrr, Matt Cooke.
  • MacArthur - Turris - Ryan were probably the best of the lot for the forwards last night, and were responsible for the 3 2 Ottawa goals.
  • Zach Parise shoots a lot. He accounts for almost 1/3 of the Wild shots on net.
  • Expect to see a lot of Suter. He's the only player with a higher TOI per game than Karlsson right now.

Here are some stats for the two teams this evening.

Category Ottawa Minnesota
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 10 Jason Pominville 12
Assists Erik Karlsson 14 Ryan Suter 14
Points Erik Karlsson 21 Zach Parise 18
Shots Erik Karlsson 68 Zach Parise 97
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:29 Ryan Suter 29:29

Category Ottawa Minnesota
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.86 10th 2.50 19th
Goals Against 3.05 24th 2.14 4th
Corsi Close % 48.1% 22nd 55.1% 4th
Fenwick Close % 46.5% 25th 55.8% 4th
Shots For 31.0 9th 28.5 23rd
Shots Against 36.2 30th 24.2 1st

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