Game 76 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Detroit Red Wings
A preview of the March 31st game between the Sens and Wings.
What a difference a week makes. This time a week ago, the Senators were in playoff position and everyone was dreaming of potential first-round opponents. Now everything is not awesome, and Sens Twitter has activated Hulk Mode. Still, a win tonight coupled with a Panthers victory over the Bruins would put the Sens one behind the Bruins still with that fabled one game in hand.
Here are tonight's projected Sens lines and pairings courtesy of Gord Wilson:
Smith - Zibanejad - Ryan
MacArthur - Turris - Stone
Condra - Pageau - Lazar
Hoffman - Legwand - Chiasson
Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Borowiecki - Gryba
Here are the Red Wings' projected lines, courtesy of NHL.com:
Abdelkader - Zetterberg - Nyquist
Helm - Datsyuk - Tatar
Pulkkinen - Sheahan - Jurco
Miller - Glendening - Andersson
Ericsson - Kronwall
Quincey - DeKeyser
Smith - Zidlicky
Some notes for tonight:
- Oh boy, Zack Smith on the top line. Looks like he is getting that shot at a more offensive role he was rumoured to want in the summer.
- Mike Hoffman and Alex Chiasson did look pretty good together in some brief minutes against the Leafs two Saturdays ago. Maybe they can rekindle some of that magic.
- Looks like Clarke MacArthur's not the only one to wear a tinted visor to minimize concussion symptoms - Matt Calvert has been doing the same thing
- Dave Cameron's sure taken a lot of flack lately. I've been asking for a while if he's actually been a good coach, or if it's a combination of lucky injuries and Paul MacLean making bafflingly terrible decisions that's made Cameron look great in comparison
- That being said, he's done some things right, like giving Patrick Wiercioch real minutes and allowing Mark Stone to excel
- The Senators are 17-4-3 in their last 24 games, which looks fantastic even when accounting for their recent 0-2-1 skid
- The Wings have some kind of a goaltending controversy going on, with Petr Mrazek getting the last three starts in a row even though Jimmy Howard has four more years at a $5.292M cap hit
- Erik Karlsson has now passed the 60-point mark three times in his career. The only other Senator defenseman to reach that was Norm Maciver, who scored 63 points in the Sens' inaugural season.
Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except Corsi and Fenwick are from www.puckon.net.
|Goals||Mike Hoffman||26||Tomas Tatar||28|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson||41||Henrik Zetterberg||45 |
|Points||Erik Karlsson||61|| Henrik Zetterberg ||61 |
|Shots||Erik Karlsson||266||Henrik Zetterberg ||213|
|Average Ice time||Erik Karlsson||27:05||Niklas Kronwall||23:42|
|Score adjusted Corsi %||50.6%||19th||53.6%||4th|
|Score adjusted Fenwick %||49.0%||20th||52.5%||9th|
|Shots For||30.7||13th||29.8 ||17th|