Game-day Preview #19: Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Matthew Peca #53 of the Ottawa Senators (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Ottawa wraps up a 3-game series in Toronto with the rubber match tonight

Ottawa Senators
Toronto Maple Leafs
Thursday, Feb 18
Leafs -300

Player to Watch: Matthew Peca

Matthew Peca slides onto the fourth line for tonight’s matchup in Artem Anisimov’s place after he was recalled from the team’s taxi squad while subsequently Anisimov was assigned to the taxi squad.

Peca 27, a 7th round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has been mainly an AHL player during his professional career. Peca has played in 73 career NHL games, registering 6 goals and 13 assists over the course of those games.

Acquired on February 24th last year for Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 7th-round draft pick, Peca appeared in 9 games with the Senators following the move and added 2 assists in 9 games. Likely not to have a big role in the game tonight, Peca will make his presence felt with his quick, relentless play style.

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News & Notes

  • Matthew Peca comes in for Artem Anisimov
  • Thomas Chabot is out for a maintenance day and Christian Wolanin fills his spot
  • Not game-related: Ottawa Senators ECHL affiliate Brampton Beast have announced that they’re folding:

  • Zach Hyman is day-to-day, Nick Petan draws in
  • Zach Bogosian gets a rest day and Mikko Lehtonen slides into the lineup

Starting Goalies

Marcus Hogberg

9 GP, 2-5-0, 0.860 SV%, 4.32 GAA

Hogberg looks for his third straight win as he continues his improved play

Michael Hutchinson


Hutchinson gets his first start of the year in place of the injured Jack Campbell. Hutchinson had a 4-9-1 record with a 0.886 save percentage and a 3.66 goals-against average for Toronto last year.