Game 16 preview and open discussion: Ottawa Senators @ Colorado Avalanche

No matter how things go on the ice, it’s always exciting to see your hockey team come back to action after a long hiatus. After a week in which three games were postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Ottawa Senators (4-10-1) begin a four-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche (8-5-1), who are looking to extend their current winning streak to five games.

Most of Ottawa’s list has been removed from the Covid protocol, however, Drake Batherson and Nikita Zaitsev remain absent. Lassi Thomson, the 19th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, is still with the big club, while the rest of those who have been called up from the AHL have been fired. Tonight, they hope to avoid being shut out in three of their last four games.

The Avalanche, meanwhile, weren’t the heavyweight they were last season. They are obviously still very good, but the popularity has overtaken them, everyone is talking about promising teams like the Panthers and the Wild these days. Honestly, it could be exactly what the doctor ordered them to be. They’ve been promoted to cup favorites over the past two years, only to lose twice in the second round. At some point, it must irritate their younger fans, that they constantly remember how lucky they are to watch the Avs as players like Terry Pegula’s Buffalo Sabers and the Ottawa Senators of Eugene Melnyk have participated in the third round of the playoffs. recently. Well now it’s a solid hockey team and nothing more just like the teams that have lifted the trophy in previous seasons.

Either way, here’s a look at the lines projected for tonight’s game:

Play Notes:

  • Filip Gustavsson, starting tonight, is 3-3-1 with a .915 save percentage. For now, it’s encouraging to finally have a goalie who can consistently give the Senators a shot at winning. Overall, the defensive unit has put the young keeper on the run, but they have been above average in the last four games – according to NaturalStatTrick, they’ve allowed 2.04 expected goals every sixty minutes at 5v5, which is way better than their current rate of 2.42.
  • Brady Tkachuk, Josh Norris and Tim Stützle? Sign me up! Flanked by the team’s best shot at Norris, as well as Tkachuk’s net presence, Stützle can hopefully come out with some assists tonight. It appears that this top line will be responsible for most of the offensive, while all that can be asked of the rest is to simply fend off the Avalanche’s attack as best they can.
  • Part of the reason for Ottawa’s recent defensive improvement might have something to do with bringing Lassi Thomson into the lineup. On the ice, the high-risk scoring chances were almost nonexistent on both sides. However, with an exhausted forward body, it’s easy to see why the offense wasn’t there. If he continues his game, Ottawa should try to keep him in the lineup, even if that means sending a player on a one-sided minors deal.
  • Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon, who dated a lower body injury week after week resumed skating. You could point out his absence as the reason the Avs fell short of expectations, but they’ve won four straight games with him out of roster, so I don’t know what to tell you.
  • The face-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST, and the game will be available on Sportsnet One, RDS, and TSN 1200.

Team statistics

Thu 16 Ottawa Senators Colorado avalanche
Thu 16 Ottawa Senators Colorado avalanche
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals / GP 2.40 27th 3.79 4th
Goals against / GP 3.47 29 3.14 23rd
Shots / GP 29.3 26 31.9 14th
Shots Against / GP 33.8 21 31.6 16th
Power play% 17.7 20th 21.8 9th
Penalty Kill% 73.8 28 81.6 15th
Corsi% (5v5 SVA) 44.43 15th 51.69 12th
xGF% (5v5 SVA) 46.64 25 52.40 11th

Player Statistics

Thu 14 Ottawa Senators Colorado avalanche
Thu 14 Ottawa Senators Colorado avalanche
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh norris 7 Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, André Burakovsky 6
Help Drake batherson 9 Nazem kadri 14
Points Drake batherson 16 Nazem Kadri 19
Strokes Thomas chabot 43 Nazem Kadri 40
Time on ice / GP Thomas chabot 27:11 Makar wedge 24:05

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