Game 27 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

Sens look to bounce back (again)

The Senators are right back at it tonight, getting on a bus going the other direction from their hotel to visit the Los Angeles Kings.

Last night’s game was a significant improvement over Sunday’s game - but “better than Sunday” is about as low of a bar as you can set for the team this season. Let’s just get straight to the lines. There’s only one change.

Stone - Brassard - Ryan
Smith - Duchene - Dzingel
Hoffman - Pageau - Dumont
Burrows - Thompson - Pyatt

Harpur - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Chabot
Oduya - Ceci

Condon (starter)

Here are some thoughts on tonight’s game:

  • Erik Karlsson may not have a point in 10 games, but he’s got 75 shot attempts. That’s third in the league. Something has to give eventually.
  • Mike Hoffman is second on the team with 59 in that time frame.
  • Guess which team has the best SV% so far this season? Of course it’s the Kings - just what a team that’s having problems scoring needs!
  • Guess which team has the worst SV%? (It’s actually the Oilers, but the Sens are less than 0.1% ahead of them).
  • Kings are expected to start Darcy Kuemper. Yes, he’s the back-up but he’s also got a higher SV% than Jonathan Quick does this season.
  • This may be a surprise, but the line blender was mostly left on the shelf yesterday. There was some switching things up, but generally only for a shift then the lines were put back to where they were to start.
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      Here are some stats for tonight’s game, via except Corsi/Fenwick from

      Team Stats

      Goals against/GP3.4430th2.563rd
      Shots against/GP33.025th29.32nd
      Powerplay %16.726th23.54th
      Penalty Kill %76.227th83.34th
      Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted)46.3229th53.972nd
      Fenwick (5v5, SVA)46.9427th54.011st

      Player Stats

      GoalsMatt Duchene27Brad Marchand34
      AssistsErik Karlsson (out)53Brad Marchand51
      PointsKarlsson/Stone (both out)62Brad Marchand85
      ShotsMike Hoffman253David Pastrnak236
      TOI/GPErik Karlsson (out)26:44Zdeno Chara22:53

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