Game 48 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers
A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers on 31 January 2017.
The Ottawa Senators will return to action after the all-star game starting with tonight's game in Florida against the Panthers. Ottawa was fortunate to take a point against Calgary but is now 6-1-2 in their last nine games after starting January with a pair of regulation losses to Washington. The Panthers are just about in touching distance of a playoff spot, being four points behind the Flyers for the final spot. They won their final game before the break, but lost four in a row before the win.
The only change for tonight is that Chris Neill will return to the lineup in the place of Curtis Lazar, who will be a healthy scratch. Mark Borowiecki will also be a healthy scratch while Mike Condon will start in net. Here are the expected lines and pairings.
Smith - Brassard - Stone
Dzingel - Turris - Ryan
Hoffman - Pageau - Pyatt
Wingels - Kelly - Neil
Methot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Claesson - Wideman
Some notes for tonight:
- The Senators largely play against non-playoff teams for the next month and a half. The main concern now shouldn't be whether Ottawa makes the playoffs but if they can get home ice in the first round.
- Of the Senators final 35 games, 21 (or 60%) will be on the road. The 35 games will be played over a course of 69 days. Nice.
- Erik Karlsson might have gone almost two months without a goal, but on the bright side his shooting is 6.5%, his sacred number!
- Tonight will be Karlsson's 297th consecutive regular season game.
- Craig Anderson should be back in a couple of weeks, but Mike Condon has done an incredible job keeping the team afloat with no rest. I was questioning the fifth round pick for someone that was freely available earlier, but it has been well worth it.
- Mark Stone never gets too many shots on goal but this is his lowest shots per game season of his career. Luckily for him, he is shooting 19% this season. Although he is 16% for his career so that might not be too much of an outlier for him.
- Ottawa is actually almost within touching distance of the division title. They are seven points behind Montréal with three games in hand.
- Mark Borowiecki a healthy scratch? Never thought I would see the day, brings a tear to the eye.
- Mike Hoffman is getting 47 seconds more of power play time per game than he did last season. Erik Karlsson is receiving 53 seconds fewer than he did last season.
- Karlsson is playing 62 seconds more per game on the penalty kill than he did last season.
- James Reimer was supposed to start but with his wife April giving birth, it will be Roberto Luongo in net for Florida./
Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except Corsi and Fenwick are from Corsica.
|Goals||Kyle Turris||17||Vincent Trocheck||18|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson||32|| |
|Points||Erik Karlsson||39||Vincent Trocheck||34|
|Shots||Mike Hoffman||124||Aaron Ekblad||161|
|Average Ice time||Erik Karlsson||26:58||Aaron Ekblad||22:21|
|Zone, Score and venue adjusted Corsi %||47.33%||26th||50.97%||10th|
|Event, Score and venue adjusted Fenwick %||47.64%||25th||50.70%||13th|