Game 52 Preview and Open Thread: Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators

The aftermath

After losing to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, any hopes of a miracle run were officially ended as the Sens got eliminated. While the majority of the season’s games have not mattered in terms of points, moving forward they really don’t. At this point, we just hope to see more good games from a young team that has shown a tremendous amount of potential. And maybe some Jacob Bernard-Docker ice time.

The Winnipeg Jets were chasing the Leafs for the first in the division at one point but with the both team going in different directions in terms of winning and losing streaks, the Leafs not only have a safe lead from them but the Jets have also managed to drop below the Edmonton Oilers.

The lines projected as per the morning skate:

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

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brännström - Zub
Mete - J. Brown

Gustavsson (starter)

Game Notes

  • Since the games officially don’t matter anymore, what’s really stopping DJ Smith from giving JBD a few games to look at?
  • For Josh Brown’s ice time to be justified, he need to be useful physically and actually protect the star players as Smith is using that excuse to defend him in the lineup but Tkachuk and Norris have been fighting their own fights and I don’t see Brown really intimidating any opponents.
  • Drake Batherson and Connor Brown have been asked to join Team Canada, it’s nice to see them being rewarded for great seasons. Maybe a goal each tonight to celebrate?
  • Logan Brown is healthy again, do we get a glimpse of him by the end of the season?
  • Catch the game tonight at 7:00PM on TSN 5, RDS or Listen Live at TSN 1200
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      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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