Game 39 Preview and Open Thread: Edmonton Oilers @ Ottawa Senators
It’s the two best forwards in the NHL versus Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl
After getting goalied again on Saturday, the Senators will hope to continue their recent trend of actually outshooting their opponents and maybe, just maybe, they’ll find a way to score some goals, with so many of their top forwards on the injured reserve. Josh Norris remains sidelined on a precautionary basis after a scary-looking shoulder injury last week so we’ll have another rookie-heavy lineup, against the Oilers.
Ottawa practiced with these lines yesterday (Cole Reinhardt held Brady Tkachuk’s place but the latter should play today after taking a maintenance day on Sunday):
Lines at #Sens practice:— Claire Hanna (@clahanna) January 30, 2022
The Oilers, meanwhile, rolled these lines and pairings in their last game (a win over Montreal):
Foegele - Draisaitl - Puljujarvi
Hyman - Nugent-Hopkins - Kassian
Shore - Ryan - McLeod
Nurse - Bouchard
Keith - Ceci
Lagesson - Russell
- Erik Brännström has cleared COVID protocol and will replace Victor Mete on defence.
- As always, Ottawa needs to avoid the Oilers’ powerplay at all costs. Even with all of their injuries, the Sens can likely hang with Edmonton at five-on-five (especially at home) but Edmonton has a distinct advantage on special teams. And who knows what to expect from these goaltenders anymore.
- On that note, Matt Murray likely starts for Ottawa while Edmonton could stick with Stuart Skinner who won his last game (Saturday).
- In terms of hometown connections, Cody Ceci likely pays a visit to Ottawa tonight while former Senator Kyle Turris remains on Edmonton’s taxi squad. Slater Koekkoek, from Winchester, probably stays a healthy scratch. Tyler Ennis, currently on fire, faces off against his former/hometown team.
- Go Sens Go./
Where to watch: RDS, SN, TSN1200 @ 7:30PMEST
|Goals||Josh Norris||18||Leon Draisaitl||31|
|Assists||Drake Batherson||21||Connor McDavid||37|
|Points||Drake Batherson||34||Leon Draisaitl||61|
|Shots||Brady Tkachuk||125||Connor McDavid||149|
|TOI||Thomas Chabot||27:08||Darnell Nurse||26:29|