Game-day Preview #33: Vancouver Canucks @ Ottawa Senators

Christian Wolanin #24 of the Ottawa Senators (Photo by Matt Zambonin/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The Senators look to avenge a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Canucks tonight in Ottawa

Vancouver Canucks
Ottawa Senators
Wednesday, March 17
Canucks -150

The Ottawa Senators are searching for their 11th win as they face a Canucks team who are trying to ease themselves into a playoff spot. Despite dropping the previous meeting, the Senators came out with plenty of positives, outshooting the Canucks 46-28 and controlling the majority of the play, they will try for more of the same tonight.

Player to Watch: Christian Wolanin

Wolanin has saved his season because of his play over the last week, taking Erik Brannstrom’s spot next to Erik Gudbranson. Wolanin has held his own analytically too, producing a respectable 51.74 CF% mainly due to his ability to drive possession from the backend.

In the good graces of head coach D.J. Smith, Wolanin is playing in his fourth consecutive game tonight and is further distancing himself from Brannstrom. Wolanin has 2 assists in 12 games so far this season and has continued to look more and more comfortable with every game he gets in.  The 26-year-old alluded to lack of playing time affecting his play:

If he continues to play as effective as he has been during this recent stretch, D.J. Smith won’t have a reason to take him out of the lineup.

News & Notes

  • Ottawa’s lineup remains the same as last game
  • Who’s hot: Tim Stützle has a mini 3-game assist streak and has 9 points in his last 12 games
  • Vancouver claimed forward Jimmy Vesey via waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs

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Starting Goalies

Joey Daccord

2020-21 Season Stats: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 0.896 SV%, 3.35 GAA

Daccord has been a sensation this season and has proven why he was viewed as the top-goalie in the system by many sources. While his numbers don’t jump off the page, the former Arizona Sun Devil has produced an above 0.900 save percentage in 3 of 5 starts.

Thatcher Demko

2020-21 Season Stats: 21 GP, 10-10-1, 0.920 SV%, 2.74 GAA

Ottawa once again runs into the hottest goalie in the NHL, as Demko has been victorious in 5 of his last 6 starts, only conceding 2+ goals in one of those starts.