Game 24 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Carolina Hurricanes

Next stop Raleigh

With no practice this morning, we've got to wait for the Senators to post the expected lineups (around 3pm). Â I'm guessing they'll look pretty similar to last night's though, and guessing Craig Anderson as the starter due to the back to back.

Edit, 3:05pm: No changes at all, which means Robin Lehner gets the start.

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

Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Corvo
Cowen - Wiercioch

Anderson (starter)

Some notes for tonight:

  • Just a heads up, the game is on Sportsnet Sens today.
  • Important game for the bubble - Ottawa and Carolina are 5 and 3 points (thanks Metro!) out respectively.
  • Erik Karlsson is 10th in league scoring. Â The closest any defenseman has come to finishing in the top 10 in the past 15 years was... Erik Karlsson in 2011-12 (11th). Â A really good night (3 points) and he could move up to the top 5.
  • The MacTurryan line has 6 goals in the past 3 game. Â That's good.
  • Spezza and Michalek haven't been on the ice for an even strength goal in 4 games now. Â That's not so good.
  • Not related to this game, holyshitRonBurgundydoingcolourcommentaryforcurling./

Here are some stats for the two teams this evening.

Category Ottawa (The Erik Karlsson show, featuring special guest Bobby Ryan) Carolina
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 11 Eric Staal 5
Assists Erik Karlsson 17 Eric Staal 9
Points Erik Karlsson 24 Eric Staal 14
Shots Erik Karlsson 70 Nathan Gerbe 71
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:38 Justin Faulk 23:45

Category Ottawa Carolina
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.91 7th 1.91 29th
Goals Against 3.04 24th 2.74 17th
Corsi Close % 48.4% 21st 46.2% 26th
Fenwick Close % 46.8% 24th 45.4% 27th
Shots For 31.1 10th 28.7 20th
Shots Against 35.7 28th 31.8 22nd

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