Game 46 preview: Toronto Maple Leafs @ Ottawa Senators

A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs on 21 January 2015.

The Ottawa Senators will play their last game before the all-star break when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. The 11th place Senators are two points back of the 10th place Leafs though neither team is anywhere near a playoff spot. The Leafs have lost five consecutive games in regulation getting outscored by an incredible 16-2 margin.

Craig Anderson will start again while Dave Cameron will make some unspecified changes to the lineup. My guess is that Patrick Wiercioch will replace Chris Phillips and Curtis Lazar will replace Chris Neil.

Here are the lines and pairings from Gord Wilson.

MacArthur - Turris - Stone
Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan
Michalek - Pageau - Chiasson
Condra - Legwand - Lazar

Methot - Karlsson
Cowen - Ceci
Wiercioch - Gryba

Anderson (starter)

Some notes for tonight:

  • Erik Karlsson's recent games have been reminiscent of the pre-injury days when he was a contender for the best hockey player in the world.
  • Milan Michalek has also improved recently and it has shown in the points totals with five in the last five games.
  • Eric Gryba had yet another poor game. He's been on the downturn for a bit.
  • Chris Neil was basically benched for the entire third period and was a non-factor in his return from injury.
  • How many really poor games has Ottawa had since the coaching change? The only one I can think of is that win over New Jersey where everyone was exhausted for some reason.
  • With a loss and a Lumbus win, Ottawa can move into a tie for sixth last.
  • Alex Chiasson doesn't have a goal since 15 December which was also the last time that he had an even strength point.
  • Mika Zibanejad has 16 points in his last 22 games since the start of December./

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from except Corsi and Fenwick are from

Category Ottawa Toronto
Player # Player #
Goals Mike Hoffman 15 Phil Kessel 19
Assists Erik Karlsson 22 Phil Kessel 24
Points Bobby Ryan 31 Phil Kessel 43
Shots Erik Karlsson 170 Phil Kessel 153
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:09 Dion Phaneuf 23:15

Category Ottawa Toronto
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.64 20th 2.89 11th
Goals Against 2.69 19th 3.08 25th
Corsi % 49.88% 18th 45.12% 27th
Fenwick % 47.78% 24th 45.24% 28th
Shots For 30.2 12th 29.1 22nd
Shots Against 32.4 26th 33.5 28th

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