Game 5 Preview and Open Thread: New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators

Let’s get back into the win column today!

The Ottawa Senators were looking for a much better start to the season compared to last year, and they've delivered so far by winning two of their first four games as opposed to two of their first eleven (best not to think about that too much). Despite losing 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, it wasn't for a lack of effort at both ends of the ice.

If the Sens want to get back into the win column against the New York Rangers, they’ll need to do a much better job of converting their scoring chances. With the weaker of New York's goaltenders in Alexandar Georgiev starting in goal, the opportunity to raise the team shooting percentage is there.

Another plus for Ottawa is that the Rangers haven’t really been a great team at driving play for the past few seasons; they were vastly outplayed at 5-on-5 in three of their five games thus far. One would also have to think it’s only a matter of time before Tim Stützle puts a puck in the net, what with the numerous chances he’s had early on.

If the Senators can put forward the same effort from Thursday, and add a couple of finishing touches, we could very well see them win their third game of the season today, a feat that required sixteen games in 2021.

Based on recent media availability, here’s how we can expect the team to line up tonight, with Matt Murray starting in goal:

Tkachuk - Norris - Batherson
Stützle - Paul - C. Brown
Formenton - Tierney - Ennis
Sanford - Shaw - Kelly

Chabot - Zub
Holden - Zaitsev
Mete - J. Brown

Game Notes:

  • Shane Pinto suffered a shoulder injury on Thursday, and won’t play tonight. Head coach D.J. Smith has confirmed that Nick Paul will fill in on the second line, centering Stützle and Connor Brown. Parker Kelly will draw back into the lineup as well, after being a healthy scratch against San Jose.
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      • It may take a few games for Brady Tkachuk to get back to peak performance. An assist on Drake Batherson’s first goal of the year was a good start, but with the absurd amount of injuries to Ottawa’s forward corps, the responsibility falls on that top line to score goals. One per game likely won’t be enough.
      • Both the Sens and the Rangers are among the worst faceoff teams in the league (NYR is last, while OTT is third-last). Hard to say which team will have the edge today, but Paul has been one of a few above-average Senators in the dot in the past two seasons and could be a difference-maker.
      • Puck drop is scheduled for 1:00 pm EST, and you can watch the game on TSN5 or RDS, or listen on TSN1200.
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          Team Stats

          Game 5OttawaSenatorsNew YorkRangers
          Goals Against/GP2.258th2.206th
          Shots Against/GP33.821st31.015th
          Powerplay %33.35th10.028th
          Penalty Kill %76.920th76.522nd
          Corsi % (5v5 SVA)48.9919th49.1118th
          xGF % (5v5 SVA)50.8016th47.8522nd

          Player Stats

          Game 5OttawaSenatorsNew YorkRangers
          GoalsChris Tierney14Chris Kreider3
          AssistsConnor Brown22Mika Zibanejad4
          PointsChris Tierney, Tyler Ennis, Connor Brown26Mika Zibanejad5
          ShotsNick Paul15Mika Zibanejad17
          Time on Ice/GPThomas Chabot26:52Adam Fox25:25

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