Game 67 Preview + Open Thread: Senators @ Oilers

Ottawa heads to Edmonton as they look to bounce back from a dreadful weekend

Well, the weekend was extremely disappointing for the Ottawa Senators and their fans. They lost back-to-back games against non-playoff teams in the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, and they looked completely lost in both matchups. Ottawa’s playoff hopes are hanging on by a thread for these final 16 games, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier. Tonight they’re facing the Edmonton Oilers to finish off their five-game road trip.

The Oilers aren’t a perfect team as they sit 13th in the NHL but they have so much elite talent that they can never be underestimated. Heck, that elite talent makes a guy like Zach Hyman look so good that he has 72 points in 66 games. Here are the projected lines for tonight:

Game Notes:

  • The Senators will be without a few of their regulars, as Mathieu Joseph will be out for an unknown period, and Thomas Chabot and Parker Kelly are doubtful to play. I sure hope they call up some players from Belleville in order to fill some of the voids in the bottom six at some point.
  • One silver lining about Chabot most likely being out is that we get to avoid the “Erik Brännström/Nick Holden” discourse for one day.
  • The Oilers lines for tonight haven’t been announced just yet, although this is what they went with last game:/
  • Ottawa will catch a break if the Oilers decide to play Jack Campbell instead of Stuart Skinner tonight, as Campbell has a paltry .882SV% this season. We’ll have to wait and see though. Either way, as you’ll see in the team stats below, Edmonton’s defensive play is not the best.
  • Ottawa lost their only other matchup against Edmonton this season, which was last month at home. The Oilers won 6-3. It’s incredible to think about how the Senators went 0-9-0 against them in the 2020-21
  • Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl absolutely own the Senators. Then again, I’m not sure who they don’t own.
  • Puck drop is at 9:00 pm EST. /

Player Stats

Game 67OttawaSenatorsEdmontonOilers
GoalsTim Stützle32Connor McDavid55
AssistsBrady Tkachuk40Connor McDavid72
PointsTim Stützle71Connor McDavid127
ShotsBrady Tkachuk268Connor McDavid292
Time on Ice/GPThomas Chabot25:18Darnell Nurse23:44

Chychrun With Sens Defensemen

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