Game Preview #16: Ottawa Senators @ San Jose Sharks

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 16: Tim Stutzle #18 of the Ottawa Senators breaks in for a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on October 16, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 16: Tim Stutzle #18 of the Ottawa Senators breaks in for a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on October 16, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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Tim Stützle finally gets his chance at the centre position tonight in San Jose

Amidst their recent struggles, D.J. Smith and the Senators coaching staff finally pulled the trigger and moved Tim Stützle to the second-line centre position, in hopes of creating a spark for the “struggling” 19-year-old. So far this season Stützle has just 1 goal and 7 points in the team’s first 16 games, although not for a lack of trying. It’s obvious that when Stützle is on the ice that he belongs, the way he can control the pace of the game with his elite skill and skating make him a must-watch player on a nightly basis.

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The advanced stats support Stützle’s game too, his metrics have vastly improved from last season, especially in the defensive zone.

The native of Viersen, Germany has evolved his defensive game and has been better offensively than he’s been given credit for despite his porous linemates.

There’s plenty of ties between both the Sharks and Senators, everyone of the Senators centremen have ties to the Sharks:

Although Gambrell was actually acquired via trade, the point remains the same.

Team Leaders

Goals: OTT – Batherson, Norris (7), SJ – Dahlen, Hertl (7)

Assists: OTT – Batherson (9), SJ – Burns (11)

Points: OTT – Batherson (16), SJ – Meier (15)

Shots: OTT – Chabot (43), SJ – Meier (55)

Hits: OTT – Tkachuk (59), SJ – Ferraro (41)

+/-: OTT – Chabot (+3), SJ – Couture (+6)

News & Notes

  • Parker Kelly draws back into the lineup for Logan Shaw, and so does Nick Holden in favour of Michael Del Zotto.
  • Nikita Zaitsev returns to the lineup and replaces Lassi Thomson on the top-pair alongside Thomas Chabot, Thomson slides down with Nick Holden on the bottom-pairing
  • Tonight’s lineup should look this, Stützle slides in between Nick Paul and Connor Brown

Starting Goalies

Matt Murray

2021-22 Season Stats : 5 GP, 0-4-0, 0.897 SV%, 3.10 GAA

Murray returns to the lineup for the first time since November 9th, a 33 save performance in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. With a Senators roster still missing Drake Batherson, the return of Nikita Zaitsev, and the remaining effects of Covid-19, it’s likely Murray will have to be strong for the Senators to have a chance to win.

James Remier

2021-22 Season Stats: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 0.940 SV%, 1.87 GAA

Reimer has been superb up until this point with the Sharks, the 33-year-old’s save percentage ranks 3rd in the entire NHL among qualified goaltenders.

All stats via Hockey Reference