Game-preview #10: Vegas Golden Knights @ Ottawa Senators

Jake Sanderson #85 of the Ottawa Senators (Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Senators look to avenge 3-game skid against surging Golden Knights

The Ottawa Senators return from a subpar Florida road trip to host one of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Ottawa Senators
Thursday, November 3
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The Senators were brutally outplayed by both the Panthers and Lightning on their quick Florida trip, ultimately being outshot a total of 92-43 in those games. A team that has struggled out of the gate over the last few seasons, the Senators can ill-afford to keep losing games in a strong Eastern Conference.

With the pressure on the team increasing with each loss, a win tonight at home would be vital in settling down the concerned fan base.

Lineup Notes

The Senators’ lines from today’s morning skate featured some changes within the forward group:

Parker Kelly skated late and is expected to be a healthy scratch tonight in favor of Derick Brassard, the veteran will get back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Tampa Bay. Dylan Gambrell also stays in the lineup after scoring the opening goal in Tuesday’s game and shortly after being issued a 5-minute major for his illegal hit to the head of Lightning defenceman Erik Cernak.

The Senators also decided to switch up the top-6 again, swapping Tim Stützle and Shane Pinto for tonight’s match, hoping to find a spark for a unit that has looked flat over the team’s losing streak. It seems like the appropriate time to try the DeBrincat-Stützle-Giroux line once again, as they were together for most of training camp.

Offensive Leaders

Goals: OTT – Pinto, Tkachuk (6), VGK – Eichel, Marchessault (5)

Assists: OTT – Batherson (8), VGK – Pietrangelo (9)

Points: OTT – Tkachuk (12), VGK – Eichel (12)

+/-: OTT – Joseph (+8), VGK – Theodore (+12)

Shots: OTT – DeBrincat (40), VGK – Eichel (37)

Hits: OTT – Zub (27), VGK – Kolesar (32)

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Starting Goalies

Anton Forsberg – OTT

2022-23 Season Stats: 8 GP, 3-5-0, 0.909 SV%, 3.18 GAA

The Senators turn to Forsberg once again, and for good reason. The 29-year-old netminder has been stellar this season, giving the team in front of him a chance to win every game. He’s been peppered with shots in seemingly every game, facing 30+ shots in 6 of 8 starts and leads the entire league in saves for his efforts.

Logan Thompson – VGK

2022-23 Season Stats: 7 GP, 5-2-0, 0.938 SV%, 1.73 GAA, 2 SO

Thompson is one of the better early stories so far this season, going undrafted and playing some USport Hockey along his long path to becoming a starting NHL goaltender. Through 7 starts, Thompson looks like an early candidate for the Vezina if he can keep his play up to standard.