Game 26 Preview & Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Minnesota Wild

It’s a US Thanksgiving weekend matinee out of Minnesota!

Craig Anderson has been placed on IR, so Marcus Hogberg gets to stay with the team for at least a week. Anders Nilsson is getting today’s start, but Hogberg might get the start tomorrow in Calgary. Smith did confirm that he would play at some point on the road trip. The one other roster change was Max Verroneau, who was sent back down to Belleville yesterday.

Given the start time, there was no morning skate. Smith confirmed that Namestnikov and Anisimov were back in. He also said that while Ennis didn’t practice yesterday he’s expected to be in the lineup, and Beaudin is out. Here are the expected lineups based on yesterday’s skate:

Paul - Pageau - White
Tkachuk - L Brown - Duclair
Namestnikov - Anisimov - C Brown
Chlapik - Tierney - Ennis

Chabot - Hainsey
Borowiecki - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - DeMelo

Nilsson (starter)

Game Notes

  • First up, best wishes to Jenn Dubnyk and family as she deals with some unidentified medical issues. Devan Dubnyk has missed several games to be there for her and their kids. Serious medical issues are scary enough, even more-so when there isn’t a clear diagnoses
  • #TeamTank or #TeamNoTank, this one could matter a lot. The Wild are a single point up on Ottawa in the standings, with equal games played
  • There are a few goal droughts going on with the Forwards. Colin White has gone eight games, Connor Brown has gone 13, Nick Paul has gone 14, and Chris Tierney has gone 16. Paul has cooled down overall too - not just pointless in his last seven, but not even on the ice for a goal for in that stretch
  • The Power Play continues to stink, badly. This past week, the team generated more shots while on the PK than on the PP
  • The last Wild - Sens game was a Canadian Thanksgiving matinee... hopefully that’s where the similarities end
  • Final reminder: This is a 4PM Eastern start! Catch it on RDS2, TSN5 or TSN1200/

Here are some stats for tonight’s matchup from and Natural Stat Trick:

Player Stats

GoalsJean-Gabriel Pageau15Oskar Lindblom11
AssistsThomas Chabot, Connor Brown14Travis Konecny17
PointsJean-Gabriel Pageau21Travis Konecny27
ShotsBrady Tkachuk107Claude Giroux95
Time On IceThomas Chabot25:10Ivan Provorov24:50

Team Stats

Goals against/GP3.1020th2.666th
Shots against/GP32.322nd28.94th
Powerplay %9.931st18.617th
Penalty Kill %82.114th84.110th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted)48.3923rd51.977th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA)49.3617th50.7811th

Not everyone can afford to pay for sports coverage right now, and that is why we will keep as much of the site's content free for as long as we can.

But if you are able to, please consider subscribing to help keep our articles free (and get a few extra perks).

Erik Condra
  • Ability to comment and participate in our community
  • Twice monthly newsletter available only to subscribers
  • Ad-free reading
  • Our undying love and appreciation
Brady Tkachuk
  • Everything from the Erik Condra tier
  • 10% discount on all merch
  • Access to any future paywalled content
  • A personal thank-you from the Silver Seven staff
Daniel Alfredsson
  • Everything from the Brady Tkachuk tier
  • Inner peace knowing you are supporting quality, independent coverage of your favourite sports team