Game 59 Preview: Ottawa Senators at Los Angeles Kings

Somebody's winning streak will end tonight

Well, that was a somewhat unexpected start to the California trip! The biggest challenge of the three is tonight though, with the Kings coming on strong and the back-to-back scenario.

Ottawa only had an optional skate today, but here are the best guess lineups. The only roster change was Colin Greening in for Matt Puempel.

Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan
Michalek - Turris - Stone
Lazar - Pageau - Condra
Greening - Legwand - Chiasson

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Borowiecki - Cowen

Hammond (starter)

Some notes for tonight's game:

  • Ottawa hasn't beat the Kings since November 2010, and hasn't beat them in LA in over 15 years (your winning goal by Magnus Arvedson, assisted by Radek Bonk and Patrick Traverse).
  • The Kings and the Senators both have winning streaks on the line - Kings at 8, Senators at 3.
  • Erik Karlsson had his point streak snapped last night. No better time than the present to start a new one!
  • Don't look now, but Ottawa's playoff fate is in their own hands through a combination of games in hand and direct match-ups with each of the teams between them and the last wild card spot
  • It sounds like LA's big acquisition Andrej Sekera is unlikely a game time decision to make his Kings debut tonight
  • Cody Ceci had an x-ray today after blocking a shot last night - no breaks, and he says he'll be good to go as long as he can get his skate on

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from except for Corsi and Fenwick, which are from

Category Ottawa Los Angeles
Player # Player #
Goals Mike Hoffman 20 Tyler Toffoli 19
Assists Erik Karlsson 31 Anze Kopitar 32
Points Erik Karlsson 45 Jeff Carter 46
Shots Erik Karlsson 212 Drew Doughty 163
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 26:58 Drew Doughty 29:27

Category Ottawa Anaheim
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.81 11th 2.73 18th
Goals Against 2.69 19th 2.46 7th
Corsi % 50.30% 19th 54.00% 2nd
Fenwick % 48.37% 23rd 53.63% 2nd
Shots For 30.5 12th 31.2 5th
Shots Against 32.4 26th 27.4 2nd

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