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NHL Preview: Ottawa Senators (33-29-4) at Edmonton Oilers (36-23-8)


LAST GAME: March 12, 5-1 loss at Calgary: Lindholm’s 200th career goal was the game-winning tally as Calgary defeated Ottawa 5-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Five Flames skaters recorded multi-point contests including Lindholm who recorded his 74th career multipoint game. Huberdeau and Andersson both added one goal and one assist nights while Lewis and Hanafin also found the back of the net for the home side. Stützle registered the Senators’ lone goal in the game to move him to within one marker of the franchise record for goals within a skater’s first three seasons with the club. Markstrom made 30 saves to earn the win for Calgary while Mandolese made 34 saves in taking the loss for Ottawa. Scratches: Brassard, Brown, Holden; Injuries: Forsberg, Norris, Talbot; Shots: OTT – 31,
CGY – 39; PP: OTT – 0-4, CGY – 1-3.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against Edmonton 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 begins a two-game homestand against Colorado on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. ET. The contest will mark the second of two regular-season meetings and the lone matchup at Canadian Tire Centre.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg, C Norris and G Talbot are on IR and will not oppose the Oilers this evening. Total man-games lost: 227.

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

OTTAWA vs. EDMONTON – History:
2022-23 (0-1-0): Feb. 11 @ Ottawa (6-3 loss), March 14 @ Edmonton
2021-22 (2-0-0): 1/15/22 @ Edmonton (6-4 win), 1/31/22 @ Ottawa (3-2 OT win)
Series record: Overall: 23-28-4-1; Home: 9-15-2-1; Away: 14-13-2-0
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 1/31/22 (3-2 OT); @ Edmonton: 1/15/22 (6-4)
Last Edmonton win: @ Ottawa: Jan. 11 (6-3); @ Edmonton: 3/12/21 (6-2)
Last OT result: 1/31/22 (3-2 OT win) @ Ottawa
Last shootout: 11/10/09 (4-3 SO win) @ Ottawa
Most goals, game: Scored: 7, (3x, Last: 2/14/15, 7-2 win); Allowed: 8, (1/31/21, 8-5 loss); Both teams: 13, (1/31/21, 8-5 loss)
Last Game: Feb. 11, 6-3 loss @ Ottawa; OTT Goals: Sanderson, Giroux, Brannstrom; EDM Goals: McDavid, Hyman, McLeod, Puljujarvi, Ryan, Nugent-Hopkins; OTT Scratches: Watson, Zaitsev; OTT Injuries: Norris, Talbot; OTT Goalies: Forsberg (6 GA, L, 54:37), Sogaard (0 GA, 5:23); EDM Goalie: Campbell; OTT PP: 1-4; EDM PP: 1-5; Shots: 29-40.
Career vs. Edmonton: Hamonic leads all players in career games played (32) and in penalty minutes (24); Giroux leads in goals (nine), in assists (15) and in points (24) against Edmonton.

ROAD SCHOLARS: The Senators have a record of 14-17-2 on the road this season … Claude Giroux leads with 13 goals on the road this season while Brady Tkachuk ranks first with 19 assists while the Senators serve as visitors … Through 33 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 11th set of the season on March 20 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 58 for 248 (23.4%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 12 powerplay goals while Alex DeBrincat 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 200 of the 241 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 83.0% through 66 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.


OILERS ALL-TIME vs. OTTAWA 56 29-18-4-5 13-12-2-2 16-6-2-3 183 158
OILERS vs. OTTAWA – 2022-23 1 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 6 3

Tuesday’s game will mark Edmonton’s second and final meeting against Ottawa this season.

The last time these teams met was on February 11th in Ottawa, with the Oilers winning 6-3.

Connor McDavid leads the team lead with 37 career points against Ottawa and Evander Kane has played in a team high 31 games against the Senators.

The Oilers have the top three power play point getters in the NHL, with McDavid (59), Draisaitl (50) and Nugent-Hopkins (43) ranking first,
second and third respectively. Connor McDavid collected his 59th power play point of the season on Mar.11 at TOR, giving him the Oilers single season record for most PPP’s in a season, a record previously held by Wayne Gretzky (57 – 1981-82). Leon Draisaitl scored his league leading 27th power play goal of the season on Mar. 11 at TOR to pass his own franchise record for most PPG’s in one season, a mark he set in 2021-22. Draisaitl’s 27 power play goals are the most by any player since 2005-06, when Ilya Kovalchuk posted 27 with the Atlanta Thrashers. Only one other active player has scored 26+ PPG’s in a single season – Chris Kreider (26 in ’21-22 w/NYR).

The Oilers are 10-5-5 in their last 20 games, outscoring opponents 84-73, while earning at least a point in 15 of the 20 games.

The Oilers have scored 5+ goals 24 times this season, posting a record of 22-2-1 when scoring five or more goals in a game.

The Oilers rank 1st in the NHL in goals for in the second period with 105.

They also rank T-2nd in the NHL in first period goals with 70 goals.

Record: 8-1-1
GF: 41 GA: 23
2022-23 2/11/23 @ OTT 6-3 W
2021-22 1/31/22 @ OTT 3-2 L (OT)
2021-22 1/15/22 @ EDM 6-4 L
2020-21 4/8/21 @ OTT 3-1 W
2020-21 4/7/21 @ OTT 4-2 W
2020-21 3/12/21 @ EDM 6-2 W
2020-21 3/10/21 @ EDM 7-1 W
2020-21 3/8/21 @ EDM 3-2 W
2020-21 2/9/21 @ OTT 3-2 W
2020-21 2/8/21 @ OTT 3-1 W

Overall – 588 GP, 287-222-39-40 – 653 PTS
2022-23 – 6 GP, 4-2-0 – 8 PTS
2021-22 – 15 GP, 9-4-2 – 18 PTS

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