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NHL Preview: Ottawa Senators (33-27-4) at Vancouver Canucks (27-32-5)


LAST GAME: March 9, 5-4 win at Seattle: Ottawa recorded their first win in franchise history at Climate Pledge Arena after emerging with a 5-4 victory at Seattle. The road team jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Pinto registered his sixth game-opening goal of the season (most on the club) at 4:10 of the opening stanza before the two newest Senators, Chychrun and Brown (in his first game with Ottawa), tallied 17 seconds apart in the first period to mark the club’s two fastest road goals since 12/4/19. McCann (two), Schwartz and Dunn all found the back of the net for Seattle as the Kraken registered four unanswered goals to take the lead before Giroux and DeBrincat (with 2:23 remaining in the game) replied in the third period to provide the night’s final score. Holden and Stützle both registered two assist contests. Sogaard made 29 saves to earn the win for Ottawa while Grubauer turned aside 26 shots in taking the loss for Seattle. Scratches: Brannstrom, Gauthier, Kelly; Injuries: Forsberg, Norris, Talbot; Shots: OTT – 31, SEA – 33; PP: OTT – 0-4, SEA – 0-1.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against Vancouver will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet, CBC and TVAS2 as a part of Hockey Night in Canada. On the radio, the game will be available locally via TSN 1200 (English) and 94,5 Unique-FM (French).

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa continues a five-game road trip at Calgary tomorrow evening at 9 p.m. ET. The contest will mark the second of two regular-season meetings and the lone matchup at Scotiabank Saddledome.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg, C Norris and G Talbot are on IR and will not oppose the Canucks this evening. Total man-games lost:

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Recalled G Mandolese from Belleville (AHL) on March 6.

2022-23 (0-1-0): Nov. 8 @ Ottawa (6-4 loss), March 11 @ Vancouver
2021-22 (1-1-0): 12/1/21 @ Ottawa (6-2 loss), 4/19/22 @ Vancouver (4-3 SO win)
Series record: Overall: 22-26-2-7; Home: 12-11-1-4; Away: 10-15-1-3
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 4/28/21 (6-3); @ Vancouver: 4/19/22 (4-3 SO)
Last Vancouver win: @ Ottawa: Nov. 8 (6-4); @ Vancouver: 4/24/21 (4-2)
Last OT result: 3/15/21 (3-2 OT loss) @ Ottawa
Last shootout: 4/19/22 (4-3 SO win) @ Vancouver
Most goals, game: Scored: 6, (2x, Last: 4/28/21, 6-3 win); Allowed: 7, (3x, Last: 1/25/21, 7-1 loss); Both teams: 11, (3/20/19, 7-4 loss)
Last Game: Nov. 8, 6-4 loss @ Ottawa; OTT Goals: Batherson, Hamonic, Stützle, Giroux; VAN Goals: Horvat (x2), Mikheyev, EkmanLarsson, Studnicka, Pettersson; OTT Scratches: Gambrell, Hellberg, Holden; OTT Injuries: Norris, Zub; OTT Goalie: Talbot; VAN Goalie: Martin; OTT PP: 2-5; VAN PP: 0-3; Shots: 41-28.

Career vs. Vancouver: Brassard leads all players in career games played (33) and is tied in assists with Giroux (12); Giroux leads in goals (six) and in points (18); Tkachuk leads in penalty minutes (31) against Vancouver.

ROAD SCHOLARS: The Senators have a record of 14-15-2 on the road this season … Claude Giroux and Brady Tkachuk lead with 12 goals on the road this season while Tkachuk ranks first with 19 assists while the Senators serve as visitors … Through 31 road games this season, Tkachuk maintains the club lead with 31 points … The Senators registered an 18-20-3 record over 41 road 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 10th set of the season this evening when the team visits Vancouver ahead of visiting Calgary tomorrow 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 (6-3-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (6-3-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 58 for 241 (24.1%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 12 powerplay goals while Alex LeBrincat maintains the club lead with 25 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 193 of the 232 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 83.2% through 64 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.


Radio: Sportsnet 650
• Tonight marks the second and final meeting between the Canucks and Senators this season: Nov. 8 (6-4 W @ OTT) and Mar. 11 (home).
• Vancouver is 33-19-2-3 all-time against Ottawa, including a 18-8-1-2 record at home.
• The Canucks are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against the Senators (2-2-1 in their last five).
• J.T. Miller leads active Canucks skaters in career points against Ottawa with 21 (10-11-21) in 34 career games.
• Quinn Hughes has 16 points (1-15-16) in 14 career games against the Senators.
• Elias Pettersson has 14 points (7-7-14) in 10 career games against the Senators.
• Conor Garland has six points (1-5-6) in six career games against the Senators.
• Thatcher Demko is 6-3-1 with a 2.45 goals against average and a .924 save percentage in 10 career games against Ottawa.
• Collin Delia has one career appearance against the Senators.

• Elias Pettersson has 25 points (11-14-25) in his last 16 games.
• Quinn Hughes has 16 points (0-16-16) in his last 14 games.
• Andrei Kuzmenko has 13 points (8-5-13) in his last 11 games.
• Anthony Beauvillier has 13 points (6-7-13) in his last 13 games.
• J.T. Miller has 10 points (5-5-10) in his last nine games.

LAST MEETING – NOV. 9/22: VAN 6 vs OTT 4
Bo Horvat tied the game at 19:07 in the first…Ethan Bear and Jack Rathbone both collected their first assists of the season on the play…Ilya Mikheyev scored his fourth of the season at 13:50 in the second period to tie the game back up at 2-2…Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson both tallied their 11th assists of the season…Horvat would score the go-ahead goal, his 12th of the season, to open the third…Conor Garland recorded the sole assist…Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his first goal of the season at 8:18 in the third…Garland and Brock Boeser were credited with assists on the play…Jack Studnicka scored his first goal as a Canuck at 14:59, unassisted…Pettersson put away an empty-netter with J.T. Miller adding the assist…Pettersson led in shots (6)…Spencer Martin made 37 saves (faced 41 shots) to set a record of most consecutive games (10) without a regulation loss since joining a team by a goaltender.

2022.23 TEAM RANKS
Goals For/Game 3.31 (12th) 3.16 (t-15th)
Goals Against/Game 3.84 (31st) 3.16 (17th)
Power Play % 22.8 (11th) 24.1 (6th)
Penalty Kill % 68.3 (32nd) 83.2 (5th)
Penalty Min./Game 9:09 (20th) 11:56 (30th)
*Rankings are accurate as of 2:00pm PT on March 10, 2023

J.T. Miller tied the game at the 14:44 mark with his third shorthanded goal of the season…Elias Pettersson recorded the only assist…Andrei Kuzmenko gave Vancouver their first lead with just over five and a half minutes to go in the second period…Anthony Beauvillier and Pettersson were awarded assists…Miller scored the overtime winner just 20 seconds into the extra frame…Quinn Hughes picked up the sole assist…Conor Garland led the team with five shots on goal…Dakota Joshua led the team with five hits…Noah Juulsen and Christian Wolanin each had three blocked shots…Thatcher Demko made 20 saves.

• Nov. 8/22: VAN 6 @ OTT 4
• Apr. 19/22: VAN 3 vs OTT 4 (SO)
• Dec. 1/21: VAN 6 @ OTT 2
• Apr. 28/21: VAN 3 @ OTT 6
• Apr. 26/21: VAN 1 @ OTT 2

• Kirill Kudryavtsev signed to a three-year entry level contract, Mar. 10
• Guillaume Brisebois committed to a two-year contract extension, Mar. 7
• Arturs Silovs reassigned to Abbotsford, Mar. 7
• Arturs Silovs recalled under emergency conditions, Mar. 6
• Wyatt Kalynuk traded to New York Rangers in exchange for future considerations, Mar. 3
• Christian Wolanin, Noah Juulsen, Vasily Podkolzin, and Phillip Di Giuseppe assigned to Abbotsford (AHL), Mar. 3
• Aatu Räty, Christian Wolanin, Noah Juulsen, and Vasily Podkolzin assigned to Abbotsford (AHL), Mar. 3
• Curtis Lazar traded to New Jersey in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick, Mar. 3

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