Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Canadian Tire Centre | Ottawa, ON
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SB Nation Senators Blog: Silver Seven Sens
Know Your Opponent
Last Game: 4-2 loss to Islanders
Division Ranking: 8th in Atlantic Division
PP: 23.2% (10th)
PK: 76.8% (20th)
What to Watch
1. Offensive Threats on Ottawa
Just as the Sabres have a few key offensive threats - Tage Thompson, Alex Tuch and Jeff Skinner come to mind - so, too, do the Senators. Captain Brady Tkachuk has 20 points in 15 games and leads the team in points and assists (14). Claude Giroux and Shane Pinto each have eight goals on the season. Tim Stützle has put up 15 points in as many games, while Drake Batherson (14) and Alex DeBrincat (13) aren’t far behind.
Pinto and Batherson each have three power play goals, while Batherson and DeBrincat have been most lethal on the advantage. These are certainly players to contain, as the Sabres have one of the worst penalty kills in the league at just 71.4 percent. (Only Edmonton, Anaheim and Vancouver are worse.)
2. Back to Comrie
Since Craig Anderson played last night against the Canucks, it’ll be Eric Comrie returning to the net for tonight’s game. Don Granato spoke earlier this week about the importance of rest for Anderson, so they’re clearly going to rely on Comrie heavily, especially in back-to-back cases like this.
Fun fact: if he does start tonight, this will be the first time in Eric Comrie’s career that he’s facing the Ottawa Senators.
3. Dahlin’s Workload
Following last night’s game, Rasmus Dahlin is averaging 26:24 minutes per game. Only Drew Doughty out in Los Angeles has seen more average ice time (26:36); Cale Maker is also pretty close (26:23). Thomas Chabot, who is currently out for Ottawa, has played 25:45 per game on average.
Anyone who’s watched a Sabres game this year knows what a big role Dahlin has on this team, but one thing to watch is how the Sabres use him and Power (averaging 23:48). Should they stick as a pairing, or be split up to better balance out the defense?
Jeff Skinner - Tage Thompson - Alex Tuch
Peyton Krebs - Casey Mittelstadt - Victor Olofsson
Zemgus Girgensons - Dylan Cozens - JJ Peterka
Rasmus Asplund - Riley Sheahan - Vinnie Hinostroza
Owen Power - Rasmus Dahlin
Jacob Bryson - Henri Jokiharju
Lawrence Pilut - Ilya Lyubushkin
Goaltenders: Eric Comrie (projected starter), Craig Anderson
Scratches: Anders Bjork, Casey Fitzgerald
Injuries: Mattias Samuelsson, Kyle Okposo, Jack Quinn
*Note: the Sabres didn’t have a morning skate today, so we’ll see if there are any lineup changes.
Brady Tkachuk - Tim Stützle - Claude Giroux
Alex DeBrincat - Derick Brassard - Mathieu Joseph
Tyler Motte - Shane Pinto - Drake Batherson
Parker Kelly - Dylan Gambrell - Austin Watson
Jake Sanderson - Travis Hamonic
Erik Brannstrom - Jacob Bernard-Docker
Nick Holden - Jacob Larsson
Goaltenders: Anton Forsberg, Cam Talbot
Injuries: Josh Norris, Artem Zub, Thomas Chabot