Game 32 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Montréal Canadiens

If there was ever a night to put the tank on hold...

After putting the boots to one of their Atlantic Division rivals on Monday night, the Ottawa Senators (13-17-1) will look to do it again tonight, when they take on the Montréal Canadiens (14-11-6) at the Bell Centre.

The Sens are coming off a 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins, while the Habs are in the second game of a back-to-back, winning 4-1 in Pittsburgh last night.

Anders Nilsson starts in goal tonight, and expect the rest of Ottawa’s line combos and pairings to look similar to Boston:

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

Chabot - DeMelo
Borowiecki - Zaitsev
Hainsey - Goloubef

Nilsson (starter)

Game Notes:

  • Logan Brown saw a decrease in his minutes once more, against Boston. He played 7:08mins in 12 shifts, as opposed to 10:13 in 18 against the Flyers. To me, this seems to be D.J. Smith taking issue with the young forward’s work ethic, as he was heard at practice prodding Brown to skate harder a few days ago. Regardless, I’m of the hope that Brown gets some more minutes, and uses them to prove that he wants to be here, and can make an impact.
  • Anthony Duclair is white-hot right now. His recent display of offensive prowess has placed him second on the team in goals (15) and points (22), and the fact that he was able to keep finding ways to produce when moved away from Brady Tkachuk is very encouraging. Let’s see if The Duke can keep it up tonight.
  • Thomas Chabot has quietly been one of Ottawa’s more consistent players this year, and he has seven points in his last 10 games. One has to think that his numbers would be higher if the Sens could finally get their powerplay going, but imagine what he’s going to be able to do when the team is a competitor and he has better players around him. We really have a special player here.
  • This is the second meeting of the year between Ottawa and Montréal. The Sens currently lead the season series 1-0, thanks to Brady./
  • Carey Price played last night in Pittsburgh, so expect rookie Cayden Primeau to get his second career start tonight./

As always, here are some stats. Courtesy of and Natural Stat Trick.

Player Stats

GoalsJean-Gabriel Pageau16Brendan Gallagher14
AssistsThomas Chabot16Thomas Tatar, Phillip Danault17
PointsJean-Gabriel Pageau23Thomas Tatar27
ShotsBrady Tkachuk114Brendan Gallagher119
Time On IceThomas Chabot25:06Jeff Petry22:36

Team Stats

Goals against/GP3.1020th3.2928th
Shots against/GP32.222nd31.819th
Powerplay %9.331st20.013th
Penalty Kill %82.312th75.828th
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted)48.2323rd53.792nd
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA)49.3519th53.394th

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