Game-day Preview #47: Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks

Connor Brown #28 of the Ottawa Senators  (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Getty Images)

The Senators take on the Canucks tonight looking to make it three wins in a row

After returning from their long hiatus due to multiple Covid-19 cases, the Vancouver Canucks have miraculously won their first two games since returning and will face a Senators team that has also been victorious in their last two contests.

Player to Watch: Connor Brown

Fresh off his historic 8-game goal streak, Connor Brown spent the following two games without a goal scored but then proceeded to score twice in the Senators 4-2 triumph over the Calgary Flames in their last game.

For a player who usually struggles to convert on his chances (especially early in the season), Brown has been a revelation in not just the Senators community but the whole NHL.

That’s some pretty decent company. Brown looks like a completely reinvigorated player, his shot looks much improved as some attribute that to a stronger lower hand on his stick, one slight change that seems to have helped the competitive winger bolster his goal-scoring ability.

Brown is also a terror on the penalty kill where he ranks tied 2nd among NHL with 3 shorthanded goals, trailing only Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

News & Notes

  • D.J. Smith will once again keep the same lineup as Jacob Bernard-Docker will remain a healthy-scratch for the 3rd straight game
  • Thatcher Demko returns for the Canucks as he was finally deemed fit to play

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Starting Goalies

Matt Murray

2020-21 Season Stats: 25 GP, 9-13-2, 0.888 SV%, 3.55 GAA

Since returning from his upper-body injury that sidelined him for nearly a month Murray has been unbeatable in his 3 games since returning, boasting a 0.942 save percentage during that stretch.

Thatcher Demko

2020-21 Season Stats: 25 GP, 12-12-2, 0.917 SV%, 2.77 GAA

Demko has been superb this season for a struggling Canucks squad and will be making his first start in close to a month tonight.