Game 80 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers
It’s almost over
It’s Game 80, which means that if you’re still here, you’ve hung on til the end. It’s been a difficult season as a Senators fan, watching the team fall to the bottom of the standings and then trade their best players away. But it’s been fun watching the team the last few games, seeing a bunch of no-names and youngsters hang with (or beat, in the case of Toronto) legitimate NHL teams. Tonight the Ottawa Who?s take their talents to the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers.
Ahead of tonight’s game, Christian Wolanin was returned to Belleville with Andreas Englund recalled in his place, but then Ben Harpur got sick so now Wolanin is back up. That gives the team six defencemen, but it’s hard to know who sits among the forwards. Bobby Ryan did the morning skate as a defenceman. Is it possible the $7M-man will be a healthy scratch? If so, here are the projected lines:
Balcers - Pageau - Veronneau
Boedker - Tierney - Duclair
Smith - Lindberg - Paajarvi
Chabot - DeMelo
Wolanin - Ceci
Englund - Jaros
- Wolanin was returned to Belleville only because Erik Brannstrom and Cody Goloubef are out. Belleville is going to need all the help they can get to make the playoffs, as Spencer reminded us this morning.
- Speaking of which, what do we think about Rudolfs Balcers? He’s been among this team’s best forwards, but with the big club having nothing to play for, why not return him to Belleville to help with their playoff rush? I’m sure adding Balcers to the mix would be helpful for them.
- Rangers fans in New Jersey started a “We both suck” chant against the Devils on Monday. How much worse could that get when they play the Sens? (My suggestion: “We suck but you suuuuuuuuuuuuck.”)
- Looks like Mika Zibanejad will play tonight but Fredrik Claesson will be a healthy scratch, so you only have one former Senator to pay special attention to.
- Tonight’s game is a matchup between the two worst teams in the league in terms of possession stats. Should be entertaining at the very least./
|Penalty Kill %||79.6||21st||78.0||28th|
|Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted)||44.04||31st||45.55||30th|
|Fenwick (5v5, SVA)||44.72||31st||45.87||30th|
|Goals||Brady Tkachuk||21||Mika Zibanejad||30|
|Assists||Thomas Chabot||40||Mika Zibanejad||42|
|Points||Thomas Chabot||53||Mika Zibanejad||72|
|Shots||Brady Tkachuk||209||Mika Zibanejad||227|
|TOI/GP||Thomas Chabot||24:08||Neal Pionk||21:15|