Game 42 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs

The last game before the merciful bye week

Will the Senators earn a win tonight before going off for their bye week? It seems like with the team this year, it’s two steps forward, two months back. Hopefully we can at least beat the Maple Leafs before living through eight days of no Sens games.

Craig Anderson will start tonight, and Filip Chlapik will replace to re-re-re-re-(re?-)injured Bobby Ryan. Here’s my guess at lines and pairings:

Hoffman - Duchene - Smith
Dzingel - Brassard - Stone
Pyatt - Pageau - Burrows
Dumont - White - Chlapik

Chabot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Harpur - Claesson

Anderson (starter)

Some thoughts:

  • Mark Stone is the kind of guy that never quits. Down by four, five last night, he seemed to just keep pushing. We say it a lot, but we are not worthy of Mark Stone.
  • Erik Karlsson and Thomas Chabot made a pretty decent pairing last night, having almost 60% of the 5v5 shots. They still allowed three goals at 5v5 when on the ice, but you know, small victories.
  • Craig Anderson has an .897 save percentage. Mike Condon is at .894. How long until someone like Marcus Hogberg gets even one NHL start?
  • Mark Borowiecki will probably be back after the bye week. Who sits for him? I’m hoping for Harpur, but expecting Claesson (or both if Johnny Oduya is healthy too).
  • After last game, do you think Colin White even sees five minutes tonight? I’m predicting not./

Team stats, via and

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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