Game-Preview #30: Ottawa Senators @ Calgary Flames

Josh Norris #9 of the Ottawa Senators (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Sens are back!

For the first time in 12 days, the Ottawa Senators will take the ice for an NHL game when they take on the Calgary Flames who are looking to snap a 3-game skid.

Ottawa Senators
Calgary Flames
Thursday, Jan 13
10:30 PM ET
Flames -265

The Senators are looking to avenge a 6-0 loss with a heavily depleted lineup on New Year’s day versus the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last game, with a stronger lineup.

News & Notes

  • The Senators will be without Tim Stützle for tonight’s game after being placed in the Covid-19 protocol on January 11th.
  • Senators lines from yesterday’s practice:

  • Scott Sabourin enters the lineup for the 4th time this season, D.J. Smith on the decision to play Sabourin: “Calgary is a big, hard team and a physical game is kinda his thing”
  • Josh Brown comes back into the lineup after suffering a broken thumb on November 22nd
  • Nick Paul is promoted to second-line centre in the absence of Tim Stützle

Lineup Decisions

Once again D.J. Smith is obviously going for grit and toughness, as he’s decided to dress Scott Sabourin has faced plenty of criticism so far, and it’s definitely warranted. After 12 days between games, icing both Scott Sabourin and Josh Brown for “toughness” while already having plenty of physical presence in both Austin Watson and Brady Tkachuk.

If the result isn’t flattering after tonight’s game, there will have to be some hard questions for Smith to ask, specifically in regards to lineup decisions.

Team Leaders

Goals: OTT – Norris (14), CGY – Mangiapane (18)

Assists: OTT – Batherson (19), CGY – Gaudreau (23)

Points: OTT – Batherson (28), CGY – Gaudreau (38)

+/-: OTT – Tkachuk (+4), CGY – Lindholm (+24)

Shots: OTT – Tkachuk (82), CGY – Tkachuk (115)

Hits: OTT – Tkachuk (102), CGY – Lucic (89)

Starting Goalies

Matt Murray

2021-22 Season Stats: 7 GP, 0-6-0, 0.883 SV%, 3.67 GAA

Murray makes his second consecutive start tonight, in his last start he was left out to dry, conceding 6 goals on 40 shots in a lopsided loss to the Maple Leafs. Murray hasn’t been at his best this season, his -5.74 GSAA (Goals Saved Above Average) ranks near the bottom of the league.

Jacob Markstrom

2021-22 Season Stats: 24 GP, 12-7-5, 0.926 SV%, 2.15 GAA, 5 SO

Markstrom has been one of the better goaltenders in the NHL this season, his 11.83 GSAA places him 7th in the league, his stellar play has been one of the main reasons for Calgary’s improvement.

All stats via Hockey Reference