Game 4 Preview & Open Thread: Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators
After losing a close contest to the defending Cup champs, the Senators welcome the 2020 (and 2019... and 2018) Cup favourites into town. Tampa’s coming off a high-scoring game of their own — a 7-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs — where their offence clicked almost every time they came down the ice.
Here’s how the team lined up in practice yesterday, courtesy of TSN1200:
Duclair - Tierney - Ryan
Namestnikov - Anisimov - Brown
Abramov - Pageau - Sabourin
Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo
Here’s how we expect the Lightning to roll their team:
Palat - Cirelli - Killorn
Joseph - Johnson - Gourde
Maroon - Verhaeghe - Witkowski
Hedman - Sergachev
McDonagh - Cernak
Coburn - Shattenkirk
- After three games, Scott Sabourin continues to co-lead the team in points with two. Connor Brown, Chris Tierney, Bobby Ryan, Brady Tkachuk, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau have the same total.
- Thursday night against the Blues was Artem Anisimov’s best game in a Sens uniform. The veteran centre has a team-low 37% CF% and 27% xGF (via Natural Stat Trick), despite winning 58% of face-offs. Finding him a fit, potentially with the faster Namestnikov and Brown, is what D.J. Smith is hoping for.
- I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much Colin White and Brady Tkachuk have been able to hold their own without Mark Stone so far — especially the latter. White only has one point — an assist — to his name, and is struggling on faceoffs (33%), but is playing a much tougher position against the best players in the league. He’ll be lining up against Brayden Point tonight.
- The early indications of the Thomas Chabot — Nikita Zaitsev pairing are... not good. They’re both sub-45% on shot attempts, shots on goal, and expected goals. The team’s other pairings (Brännström — Hainsey; Borowiecki — DeMelo) have been playing relatively well in terms of shot metrics, though. It’ll be interesting to see how long Smith keeps them together, or if he considers putting Hainsey with Chabot and giving Zaitsev softer minutes with the Swede.
- Your friendly reminder that it’s only been three games, and thus, way too early to look at any metric of substance? Victor Hedman is rocking a 39% CF% this season.
- Thursday night against Toronto was Point’s first game of the season, but his line with Stamkos and Kucherov left off where they were last season. All three are capable of scoring 80+ points, and will be a gigantic test tonight.
- P.S. the game starts at 4:00pm EST today! /
All stats from NHL.com, except Corsi/Fenwick from NaturalStatTrick.com
|Goals||Brady Tkachuk/Vladislav Namestnikov||2||Mark Stone/Reilly Smith||5|
|Assists||Jean-Gabriel Pageau/Connor Brown||3||William Karlsson||7|
|Points||Jean-Gabriel Pageau/Vladislav Namestnikov||4||Mark Stone||10|
|Shots||Brady Tkachuk/Anthony Duclair||17||Max Pacioretty||28|
|Time On Ice||Thomas Chabot||26:00||Shea Theodore||21:44|
|Penalty Kill %||81.8||15th||92.6||2nd|
|Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted)||47.16||22nd||51.35||10th|
|Fenwick % (5v5, SVA)||47.95||22nd||50.98||14th|