Game 52 Hub: Ottawa Senators @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 52 Hub: Ottawa Senators @ Tampa Bay Lightning
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I'd say this isn't funny anymore, but that would be a lie.

.887 GOALTENDING!!! Y'all remember Scott Darling on the Hurricanes? HE WAS STILL BETTER!!!

We have to think of this as an investment. If this causes them to allow 20 shots per game from now on, so be it.

The Tampa Bay Lightning also have bad goaltending, with Andrei Vasilevskiy posting an .899 in 31 games, but they have something Ottawa doesn't – Nikita Kucherov, leading the league with 94 points. That, along with decent defensive play throughout the year is why they're still 30-21-5 this season. In contrast, Ottawa's commitment to playing defense hasn't been nearly as consistent. It's greatly improved over the last few weeks though, and the goaltending has not.

Here are your starting lines:





Game 52 Senators Lightning
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 25 Nikita Kucherov 36
Assists Tim Stützle 37 Nikita Kucherov 58
Points Tim Stützle 49 Nikita Kucherov 94
Shots Brady Tkachuk 223 Nikita Kucherov 234
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 24:18 Victor Hedman 24:38
Game 52 Senators Lightning
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 3.35 9th 3.41 7th
Goals Against/GP 3.61 30th 3.38 25th
Shots/GP 32.8 7th 30.0 22nd
Shots Against/GP 30.3 17th 29.9 11th
Powerplay % 16.1 24th 30.2 1st
Penalty Kill % 74.2 30th 79.9 14th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 50.07 17th 51.32 12th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 48.93 23rd 49.30 21st

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