Game 82 Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Ottawa Senators

The season ends as we all expected — with nothing to play for

It’s Game 82 folks, which means we’ve come to the end. We were surprised to see the Senators rise to 20th in the league early in the season, only to see them crash to the bottom, trade away their top three scorers, and then actually play a little better but not well enough to get out of last in the league. There will be lots of season review pieces published over the next few weeks, but it’s hard to look at this season as anything other than a disaster interspersed with a few bright spots. We expected it to be awful, and almost everything we expected ended up happening. Which brings us to tonight’s game, with the Sens guaranteed to finish last.

The Blue Jackets at least have a bit to play for, in hoping to play the Capitals instead of the Lightning, and as such look to be playing their full roster. Look for Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to try to prove themselves against the team they started the year with. Craig Anderson starts tonight. Here are the projected lines:

Boedker - Pageau - Veronneau
Ducalair - Tierney - Ryan
Tkachuk - White - Gibbons
Smith - Lindberg - Paajarvi

Chabot - DeMelo
Englund - Ceci
Borowiecki - Jaros

Anderson (starter)

Some thoughts:

  • Craig Anderson gets the start tonight. With Joey Daccord now under contract (and a healthy scratch for this game), I can’t imagine this is Andy’s last game as a Senator. Likely Anders Nilsson will leave over the summer, and Anderson will be back for another year while one of the young guys gets a shot to back up.
  • Brady Tkachuk is on a nice little hot streak, with nine points in his last nine games. It’s great to see him succeed without Mark Stone on his line.
  • Not sure how Boedker goes from healthy scratch to what’s nominally the top line, but at the same time it hardly matters.
  • Ben Harpur was reportedly out on Thursday due to “illness”, but now he’s listed as out due to concussion. Not sure how that changed.
  • Duchene and Dzingel have been struggling post-trade, with 12 points each in 22 and 20 games respectively. To be fair, their ice time is down about 2-3 minutes each per game, which can’t help with scoring (and likely isn’t helping Lumbus)./


Team Stats

OttawaSenatorsColumbusBlue Jackets
Goals Against/GP3.6431st2.8311th
Shots Against/GP35.931st29.57th
Powerplay %20.314th15.428th
Penalty Kill %79.223rd85.02nd
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted)43.9731st50.6411th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA)44.6531st51.5011th

Player Stats

OttawaSenatorsColumbusBlue Jackets
GoalsBrady Tkachuk22Cam Atkinson41
AssistsThomas Chabot 41Artemi Panarin57
PointsThomas Chabot 54Artemi Panarin85
ShotsBrady Tkachuk212Cam Atkinson288
TOI/GPThomas Chabot 24:13Seth Jones25:54

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