GAMEDAY PREVIEW #65: Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks
The Ottawa Senators continue their western roadtrip against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Ottawa Senators will face the Vancouver Canucks tonight in Vancouver. This is the third game of a five game road trip. The Senators bested the Seattle Kraken 5-4 in Seattle on Thursday. Here is your SenShot Gameday Preview:
Ottawa Senators (33-27–4, 70 pts) @ Vancouver Canucks (27-32-5, 59 pts)
Time: 10pm EST
Where To Watch: CBC, SN, City, TVA
Where To Listen: TSN1200
Ottawa Senators Notes
Yesterday it was announced that the Ottawa Senators would not have a morning skate this morning.
Newcomer Patrick Brown made his Ottawa Senators debut against the Seattle Kraken on Thursday, scoring his first goal with the Sens in the 5-4 win.
In four games with the Sens so far, Jakob Chychrun has scored 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points.
The Ottawa Senators are currently 4 points away from tying the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wildcard spot and 6 away from tying the New York Islanders who currently occupy the first wildcard.
The Senators have gone 9-1 in their last 10 games. They are playing the third game of a five game road-trip. They next travel to Alberta to play against the Calgary Flames on Sunday, and then the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
The Ottawa Senators currently have 4 players who have scored 20 or more goals this season. Those players being Tim Stützle, Claude Giroux, Brady Tkachuk and Alex DeBrincat. Drake Batherson currently has 19 goals this season.
Head Coach DJ Smith would not reveal who is starting in net tonight, but expect Kevin Mandolese to start as Mads Sogaard has started the previous two games.
Vancouver Canucks Notes
Russian forward Andrei Kuzmenko has scored three goals in his last five games. He has scored 30 goals this season in 63 games. He is tied for leading the Canucks in goals with Elias Pettersson.
Pettersson leads the team in points with 81 points having played 62 games. It is his highest scoring season in the NHL so far.
Newcomer Anthony Beauvillier has 13 points(6 goals, 7 assists) in his last 11 games.
The Canucks have won 3 games in a row, most recently against the Anaheim ducks, 3-2 on Wednesday.
The last time the Canucks played against the Senators, the Canucks won 6-4 on November 8th.
Former Ottawa Senator Christian Wolanin is slotted to play in the third defensive pairing for the Canucks. He was selected in the fifth round by the Ottawa Senators in the 2015 NHL draft.
Expect Thatcher Demko to start in net tonight. He has battled injury this season and his record is 6-11-2 with a S% of .894
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Ottawa Senators Lines
Brady Tkachuk – Tim Stützle – Claude Giroux
Alex DeBrincat – Shane Pinto – Drake Batherson
Mathieu Joseph – Dylan Gambrell – Patrick Brown
Derick Brassard – Mark Kastelic – Austin Watson
Thomas Chabot – Artem Zub
Jake Sanderson – Travis Hamonic
Jake Chychrun – Nick Holden
Vancouver Canucks Lines
Andrei Kuzmenko – Elias Petterson – Anthony Beauvillier
Phil Di Giuseppe – JT Miller – Brock Boeser
Dakota Joshua – Nils Aman – Conor Garland
Vitali Kravstov – Sheldon Dries – Vasily Podkolzin
Quinn Hughes – Noaah Juulsen
Guillaume Brisebois – Tyler Myers
Christian Wolanin – Kyle Burroughs