GAMEDAY PREVIEW #68: Ottawa Senators VS Colorado Avalanche

The Ottawa Senators are set to host the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

After a miserable western road trip in which the Ottawa Senators went 1-4-0, they finally make their return home tonight as they host the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the Colorado Avalanche as they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive. Here is your SenShot Gameday Preview:

Ottawa Senators (33-30-4, 70 pts) VS Colorado Avalanche (38-22-6, 82 pts)

Time: 7PM EST

Where To Watch: TSN5, RDS

Where to Listen: TSN1200

Ottawa Senators Notes

The Ottawa Senators have lost 4 of their last 5 games, and are trailing the New York Islanders by 8 points for the second wildcard spot.

Scoreboard Watching: The best possible outcome for the Sens tonight would be if they won tonight in any fashion, coupled with the Florida Panthers loosing tonight against the Montreal Canadiens in regulation. A bonus would be if the Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the New York Rangers tonight in regulation.

Ridly Greig was called up from the AHL last night. He  will most likely play on the second line.

Mathieu Joseph will miss a few weeks with an undisclosed injury. Parker Kelly is also out with injury. DJ Smith says Thomas Chabot will be a game-time decision. He missed Ottawa’s last game against Edmonton after being injured against Calgary. Should Chabot miss, expect Nick Holden to make a return to the lineup.

DJ Smith would not confirm who is to start in net tonight.

Colorado Avalanche Notes

Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in points with 82 so far in his 55 games played this season.

This is the second game of a back-to-back for the Avalanche. They are two games into a four game eastern road trip.

The Avalanche have won three games in a row, most recently against the Toronto Maple Leafs where they won 2-1 yesterday.

Mikko Rantanen is tied for third in the NHL in goals with 44. He is tied with Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers.

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Ottawa Senators Lines

Brady Tkachuk – Tim Stützle – Drake Batherson

Alex DeBrincat – Ridly Greig – Claude Giroux

Derick Brassard – Shane Pinto – Patrick Brown

Julien Gauthier – Dylan Gambrell – Austin Watson

Jake Chychrun – Travis Hamonic

Jake Sanderson – Artem Zub

Thomas Chabot/Nick Holden – Erik Brannstrom

Mads Sogaard

Kevin Mandolese

Colorado Avalanche Lines

Evan Rodrigues – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen

Valeri Nichuskin – JT Compher – Denis Malgin

Andrew Cogliano – Lars Eller – Logan O’Connor

Matt Nieto – Alex Newhook – Alex Galchenyuk

Devon Toews – Cale Makar

Sam Girard – Bo Byram

Jack Johnson – Brad Hunt

Alex Georgiev

Keith Kinkaid