Game 53 Hub: Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers

There's no rule in the CBA against playing the same goalie two nights in a row, right?

Game 53 Hub: Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers
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The Sportsnet broadcast mentioned yesterday that the Ottawa Senators' 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay may have been frustrating to some Sens fans, and I totally get it. The way they've played over the last month was the logical next step from 2022-23, but instead, they started the year by regressing to a form that I dare say was less fun to watch than Chris Tierney in a top-six role.

Thankfully, Anton Forsberg has been playing very well since his return from injury and will hopefully wait what do you mean it's a back-to-back?

Not unlike Ottawa, tonight's opponents, the Florida Panthers are coming off a victory in Tampa, albeit by a 9-2 score. Matthew Tkachuk is still Matthew Tkachuk, but Sam Reinhart is leading the way offensively this time, with 39 goals and 66 points.

Game Notes:

  • After a rough stretch, Tim Stützle has back-to-back 2-point games. His opening goal yesterday was one of the slickest plays I've seen from him in a long time.
  • Perhaps a move to the wing could help Josh Norris regain his form from his sophomore season. He's a shooter, so why not pair him up with Stützle or Ridly Greig?
  • It's unfortunate that the Panthers are so good at generating shots and chances because the Sens just entered the league's top half in shots against per game this season.
  • The power-play is, let's face it, awful, but I don't think we're giving the coaching staff and players enough credit for the penalty kill. NaturalStatTrick ranks them 12th in expected goals against per 60 minutes at 4-on-5, and it's surprisingly because of a dead-last save percentage of .820 that they're 30th in the league in PK%.
  • It's a 7:00 pm EST start, and the game is available on RDS, TSN5, and TSN1200.


Game 53 Senators Panthers
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 25 Sam Reinhart 39
Assists Tim Stützle 38 Matthew Tkachuk 44
Points Tim Stützle 51 Sam Reinhart 66
Shots Brady Tkachuk 225 Matthew Tkachuk 194
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 24:11 Brandon Montour 23:11
Game 53 Senators Panthers
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 3.37 10th 3.35 11th
Goals Against/GP 3.58 30th 2.44 2nd
Shots/GP 32.7 8th 34.0 1st
Shots Against/GP 30.2 16 27.6 2nd
Powerplay % 16.0 25th 26.4 6th
Penalty Kill % 74.2 30th 83.1 4th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 50.22 17th 57.39 2nd
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 49.00 23rd 56.57 3rd

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