Game 46 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Calgary Flames

Some west coast action coming up

Coming off a perfect 4-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators will continue to put another team fighting for the final playoff spot on their heels. The big question tonight will be, how will Matt Murray play as consistency has been his worst enemy this season.

The Flames were grateful for the Sens last win but tonight, it’s their turn to fight off the mighty spoiler energy. I expect a fiery game from the Flames and nothing short of pure entertainment from a team who has everything to lose against a team just proving they can win games.

Lines for tonight’s game as per yesterday’s practice

Tkachuk - Norris - Batherson
Stützle - White - Dadonov
Formenton - Pinto - C. Brown
Paul - Tierney - Amadio

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brännström - Zub
Mete - J. Brown

Murray (starter)
  • Game Notes
    Remember when we were all happy Gudbranson was traded because it meant more of a chance for the younger guys? Well, DJ Smith found a replacement. The fact that Josh Brown is getting more opportunities over JBD is well, interesting?
  • As I mentioned above, Matt Murray’s performance tonight probably means more than anything else in the game. I am hoping for another strong showing from him because Murray finding his game is only another advantage for the team moving forward.
  • Brady Tkachuk tends to have more quiet games against the Flames but it would be nice to see a dominant performance from him against his brother tonight.
  • How good is Drake Batherson?
  • The Calgary Flames desperately need this win if they have any chance at that final playoff spot. The Canadiens are six points ahead with two games in hand so it’s quite the uphill battle for the Flames.
  • Catch the game tonight at 9:00 PM on Sportsnet, RDS or listen live at TSN1200/

Player Stats

Game 56OttawaSenatorsTorontoMaple Leafs
GoalsConnor Brown20Auston Matthews40
AssistsThomas Chabot25Mitch Marner47
PointsBrady Tkachuk35Mitch Marner67
ShotsBrady Tkachuk214Auston Matthews214
Time on Ice/GPThomas Chabot26:17Morgan Rielly23:41

Team Stats

Game 56OttawaSenatorsTorontoMaple Leafs
Goals Against/GP3.3828th2.597th
Shots Against/GP32.127th27.95th
Powerplay %15.926th20.316th
Penalty Kill %78.921st77.724th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA)48.521st50.9211th
xGF % (5v5 SVA)50.1822nd55.282nd

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