Game 41 Preview and Open Thread: Florida Panthers @ Ottawa Senators

Ottawa’s first game of 2020 closes out the first half of the season

The Senators will try to ring in 2020 with a better game than they closed out 2019 with, as the Panthers pay a visit to Ottawa.

The one roster change from Monday’s loss was yesterday when J.C. Beaudin was sent back to Belleville, and Rudolfs Balcers got the call up. Nikita Zaitsev was maybe going to be back this game, but was still sore after yesterday’s practice so the team is playing it safe with him.

While the roster hasn’t changed much, the lines have been shuffled a little. Brady Tkachuck and Nick Paul have swapped spots, while Balcers is bumping Artem Anisimov rather than taking Beaudin’s spot directly. Today’s lineups from morning skate:

Tkachuk - Tierney - Duclair
Paul - Pageau - C.Brown
Balcers - White - Ennis
Namestnikov - Anisimov - Sabourin
Chabot - Goloubef
Borowiecki - Jaros
Englund - Brannstrom

Anderson (Starter)

Game Notes:

  • November belonged to Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Anthony Duclair ran away with December. Who’s turn is it this month?
  • Maybe Nick Paul? He did close off the month with three goals in the last two games
  • Interesting to see Florida have two players - Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov - in the top 10 in the league for Assists, but their top goal scorer (also Huberdeau) doesn’t even crack the top 30
  • It’s a 7:30 start tonight, on TSN5 and RDS2/

Stats, courtesy of and

Player Stats

GoalsAnthony Duclair21Elias Lindholm20
AssistsThomas Chabot23Johnny Gaudreau25
PointsAnthony Duclair32Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau38
ShotsBrady Tkachuk167Johnny Gaudreau141
Time On IceThomas Chabot26:34Mark Giordano24:11

Team Stats

Goals against/GP3.2523rd3.3628th
Shots against/GP33.129th32.121st
Powerplay %11.231st23.09th
Penalty Kill %81.513th78.222nd
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted)46.6528th49.5919th
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA)47.6124th50.2915th

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