Game 66 Hub: Carolina Hurricanes @ Ottawa Senators

The Sens return home to face, in my opinion, the best team in the Metropolitan Division

Game 66 Hub: Carolina Hurricanes @ Ottawa Senators
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A showdown of two teams who emerged victorious in a shootout the day before is what we have on the docket this evening in Ottawa.

Brady Tkachuk, Tim Stützle, and the Senators came to play against the New York Islanders, while Sebastian Aho, Jake Guentzel, and the Canes had some last minute heroics in Toronto.

No practice today, so let's use the same line combinations for the third game in a row. Forsberg starts!

Meanwhile, here's how the Hurricanes lined up in Toronto yesterday. We expect either Frederik Andersen or Spencer Martin will get the start in Ottawa:

Game Notes:

  • Another unconventional start time today of 6:00pm ET! Watch on TSN/RDS or listen on TSN1200
  • Outside of Jack Drury, who is day-to-day, the Canes are fully healthy. New acquisitions Jake Guentzel and Evgeny Kuznetsov find themselves leading the team's second line with Martin Necas, pushing 22-goal scorer Seth Jarvis to the third line with Jordan Staal.
  • Carolina's fourth line features ex-Sens forward Stefan Noesen, who has 33 points this year and will get paid this offseason; as well as ex-top pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi. They are, as the kids would say, stacked.
  • The other factor that's fascinating about the Canes is their player usage. Brent Burns leads their team in ice-time with an average of 21:48 per game. This is a team that's managing minutes and hoping to wear down teams in the postseason, as a Stanley Cup finals appearance has been the only thing missing from a long period of regular season success.
  • Carolina is the first team I can remember writing a preview for that has all of their team stats in the top-10 of the league at this point in the season. A 2nd ranked PK, 5th ranked powerplay, and top marks in both shot attempts and expected goals. If Ottawa could hang their hat on something, it's that Carolina also played yesterday – scoring two goals with the net empty in the third period to snatch a shootout win against Toronto.
  • It was nice to see Ridly Greig get his first point in 10 games yesterday afternoon. He appears like the type of player who plays his best hockey alongside other skilled forwards, so it'll be interesting to see if he gets an extended look with Stützle and Giroux.
  • I'll continue to keep my eye on Jakob Chychrun, who had 25 points in his first 32 games but just six in his last 32.


Game 66SenatorsHurricanes
GoalsBrady Tkachuk30Sebastian Aho27
AssistsTim Stützle47Sebastian Aho44
PointsTim Stützle63Sebastian Aho71
ShotsBrady Tkachuk277Martin Necas183
Time on Ice/GPThomas Chabot24:00Brent Burns21:48
Game 66SenatorsHurricanes
Goals Against/GP3.4828th2.664th
Shots Against/GP30.017th25.61st
Powerplay %16.927th26.05th
Penalty Kill %73.631st85.72nd
Corsi % (5v5 SVA)50.0618th59.741st
xGF % (5v5 SVA)49.5520th56.771st

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