Game 26 Preview + Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers

Can we get us another winning streak going?

The Senators are coming off an impressive 4-0 win against the Stanley Cup Champions. In what we can say was the team’s best game of the season, the expectations are high for tonight’s performance.

Anton Forsberg is expected to make the start again tonight and he more than deserved it. It’s quite impressive how Forsberg went from being the most unreliable performer of our three goalies to swiftly claiming the top spot. His shutout last game proved that the 3-game winning streak wasn’t just a glitch and that he may have tapped into a new playing field. Maybe Filip Gustavsson can follow suit soon?

DJ Smith didn’t announce a lineup for tonight’s game but it does sound like he’s leaning towards replicating the one from last game. The only change I am hoping (expecting) to see is JBD being inserted in the lineup.

Game Notes:

  • Anthony Duclair is coming back into the Panthers lineup tonight, as former Sens player usually do I expect at least one goal from the disgruntled ex-Senator.
  • Brady Tkachuk had a flawless game against Tampa Bay, will he continue on his recent surge?
  • Speaking of surging performances, Josh Norris has been absolutely fantastic this season but when will he finally get his hat trick? Tonight maybe?
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning may be the Stanley Cup Champions but the Florida Panthers are this season’s hottest team so if we’re talking tests, this is a huge one for a confident Sens team
  • The Sens will be facing Spencer Knight, still not an “easy” opponent and hopefully not a case of the Sens making the backup goalie look like a hot star again
  • The Panthers will be missing their leading goal scorer, Aleksander Barkov which gives the Sens a bit of an advantage
  • Puck drop is 7 pm ET, you watch the game on TSN5 or RDS or listen on TSN1200 radio./


Player Stats

Game 26OttawaSenatorsFloridaPanthers
GoalsJosh Norris12Aleksander Barkov10
AssistsDrake Batherson 16Jonathan Huberdeau22
PointsDrake Batherson 24Jonathan Huberdeau31
ShotsBrady Tkachuk72Aaron Ekblad90
Time on Ice/GPThomas Chabot27:09Aaron Ekblad25:39

Team Stats

Game 26OttawaSenatorsFloridaPanthers
Goals Against/GP3.7232nd2.712th
Shots Against/GP34.130th30.611th
Powerplay %19.10%15th18.80%17th
Penalty Kill %75.30%27th81.00%16th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA)44.81%31st57.13%1st
xGF % (5v5 SVA)45.20%31st56.26%1st

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