Friday, March 24, 2023

NHL Preview: Colorado Avalanche (38-22-6) at Ottawa Senators (33-30-4)



Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Radio
Thu, Mar. 16 at Ottawa 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM
Sat, Mar. 18 at Detroit 11 a.m. Altitude, NHLN 92.5 FM
Mon, Mar. 20 CHICAGO 7 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM
Wed, Mar. 22 PITTSBURGH 6 p.m. TNT 92.5 FM
Fri, Mar. 25 ARIZONA 7 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM

5:08 p.m. MT / 7:08 p.m. ET – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Altitude / Altitude Radio (92.5 FM)
The Colorado Avalanche continues their four-game road trip tonight in Ottawa against the Senators … This evening’s contest is the second half of a back-to-back for the Avs, who beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in a shootout last night in Toronto …. The Avs are 2-0-0 so far on this road swing, which ends with a Saturday afternoon matinee in Detroit … Colorado is 10-3-1 in its last 14 games and 18-5-3 (.750) in its last 26 contests … Only Carolina (18-5-1, .771) has a better record since Jan. 14 … The Avs are 9-2-1 in their last 12 road games … Colorado is in a busy stretch of 15 contests in 26 days from March 4-29.

Altitude: Marc Moser (play-by-play), Mark Rycroft (analyst), Katie Gaus (reporter)
Altitude Radio: Conor McGahey

March 15 – Colorado 2, Toronto 1 in a shootout
Alexandar Georgiev stopped all three shootout attempts and Nathan MacKinnon scored the only goal of the tiebreaker as the Avalanche beat the Maple Leafs, 2-1, at the Scotiabank Arena … Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal for his team-leading 44th tally of the season, assisted by MacKinnon and Cale Makar to both extend their point streaks to six games.
SF: 29 SA: 18 PP: 1-5 PK: 3-3

Samuel Girard appeared in his 400th career NHL game Georgiev posted his 30th win of the season, tied for second in the NHL … He reached the 30-win mark in his 49th game of the season, becoming the fifth different goaltender (sixth time) in franchise history to reach 30 victories in less than 50 contests … He joined Philip Grubauer (40 GP) in 2020-21, Darcy Kuemper (44 GP) in 2021-22, Patrick Roy (47 GP) in 2000-01, Semyon Varlamov (48 GP) in 2013-14 and Roy (48 GP) in 1996-97 MacKinnon and Makar each extended their respective point streaks to six games The Avalanche’s power-play unit has converted in five straight games, going 7-for-19 (36.8%) The Avalanche killed off all three Maple Leafs power plays … The PK unit has allowed only one power- play goal in the last seven games, killing 20-of-21 shorthanded situations (95.2%) The Avalanche improved to 12-6 in games decided past regulation, 7-3 in overtime and 5-3 in shootouts Colorado held the Maple Leafs to 18 shots after holding Montreal to 19 and Arizona to 20 in its previous two games… The Avs allowed a combined two shots in a stretch lasting 42:57 during this span and have allowed 37 shots on goal in the last 148 minutes of game time

Pavel Francouz – lower body (Feb. 14 – present)
Darren Helm – lower body (Jan. 14 – present)
Erik Johnson – ankle (Feb. 14 – present)
Gabriel Landeskog – knee (Oct. 12 – present)
Artturi Lehkonen – finger (March 15 – present)
Kurtis MacDermid – lower body (March 9 – present)
Josh Manson – lower body (March 4 – present)
Total Man-Game Lost: 374

Mar. 14 – Alex Galchenyk recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Mar. 6 – Jonas Johansson recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Mar. 5 – Keith Kinkaid reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)

The Avalanche and Senators wrap up the season series with the second and final meeting of 2022-23 … Colorado won the first matchup 7-0 on Jan. 14 at Ball Arena … The Avs are 5-0-1 in their last six games versus Ottawa.

Jan. 14 vs. OTTAWA (W, 7-0)
Mar. 16 @ OTTAWA

Overall: 1-0-0 Overall: 1-0-1 Overall: 33-17-6 Overall: 20-14-4 No meetings
Home: 1-0-0 Home: 1-0-0 Home: 20-5-2 Home: 12-5-2
Road: — Road: 0-0-1 Road: 13-12-4 Road: 8-9-2


LAST GAME: March 14, 6-3 loss at Edmonton: Draisaitl scored twice to record his fourth career 100-point season in Edmonton’s 6-3 defeat of Ottawa at Rogers Place. The markers were his 14th and 15th career goals against Ottawa, his most against any one Eastern Conference opponent. Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid added one goal and one assist evenings while Ryan and Bjugstad also tallied for the Oilers. Stützle provided two of Ottawa’s three markers in the game to establish the new franchise record for goals within a skater’s first three NHL seasons (68). Tkachuk equaled his career high in points with his 27th goal and 67th point in also finding the back of the net for the visitors. Skinner earned the win for Edmonton in making 29 saves while Sogaard took the loss for Ottawa with 27 saves.
Scratches: None; Injuries: Chabot, Forsberg, Joseph, Kelly, Norris, Talbot; Shots: OTT – 32, EDM – 33; PP: OTT – 1-5, EDM – 1-3.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against Colorado will be broadcast regionally on TSN5 and RDS2. On the radio, the game will be available locally via TSN 1200 (English) and 94,5 Unique-FM (French).

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa concludes a two-game homestand against Toronto on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The contest will mark the third of four regular-season meetings and the first of two matchups at Canadian Tire Centre.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg, C Norris and G Talbot are on IR and will not oppose the Avalanche this evening. D Chabot, F Joseph and F Kelly missed Thursday evening’s game with lower-body injuries. Total man-games lost: 233.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Recalled C Greig from Belleville (AHL) on March 15.

OTTAWA vs. COLORADO – History:
2022-23 (0-1-0): Jan. 14 @ Colorado (7-0 loss), March 16 @ Ottawa
2021-22 (1-1-0): 11/22/21 @ Colorado (7-5 loss), 12/4/21 @ Ottawa (6-5 OT win)
Series record (includes Quebec): Overall: 19-30-4-3; Home: 13-13-3-0; Away: 6-17-1-3
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 12/14/21 (6-5 OT); @ Colorado: 11/10/17 (4-3 OT)
Last Colorado win: @ Ottawa: 2/6/20 (4-1); @ Colorado: Jan. 14 (7-0)
Last OT result: 12/4/21 (6-5 OT win) @ Ottawa
Last shootout: None
Most goals, game: Scored: 6, (4x, Last: 12/4/21, 6-5 OT win); Allowed: 11, (3/26/95, 11-4 loss); Both teams: 15, (3/26/95, 11-4 loss)
Last Game: Jan. 14, 7-0 loss @ Colorado; OTT Goals: None; COL Goals: Rantanen (x2), Newhook (x2), Lehkonen (x2), Hunt; OTT
Scratches: None; OTT Injuries: Chartier, Joseph, Motte, Norris, Zaitsev; OTT Goalie: Forsberg; COL Goalie: Francouz; OTT PP: 0-3; COL PP: 1-2; Shots: 29-33.
Career vs. Colorado: Brassard leads all players in career games played (39), in assists (13) and in points (20); Giroux leads in goals (11); Watson leads in penalty minutes (54) against Colorado.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Ottawa has a record of 19-12-2 at home this season … Tim Stützle is the Senators leader with 19 goals at home while also maintaining the club lead with 24 assists at Canadian Tire Centre … Through 32 home games, Stützle leads the team with 43 points on home ice … The Senators earned a record of 15-22-4 at home through 41 home contests in 2021-22.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: Ottawa will play back-to-back games on 12 occasions in 2022-23 and will open their 11th set of the season on Monday when the team visits Pittsburgh ahead of a game at Boston the following night … The Senators played 17 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 6-9-2 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (6-4-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (6-4-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 59 for 253 (23.3%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 12 powerplay goals while Alex DeBrincat maintains the club lead with 26 points while the team enjoys a man advantage … Ottawa has recorded multiple power-play goals 15 times in an individual contest in 2022-23 after having done so 11 times in 2021-22.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has overcome 202 of the 244 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 82.8% through 67 regular-season games … The team has registered seven (Watson x3, Joseph x2, Motte, Stützle) shorthanded markers this season after recording nine such goals in 2021-22.

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