Thursday, November 30, 2023

NHL Preview: Ottawa Senators (4-6-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (6-4-2)


INJURY REPORT: Defenceman Artem Zub has missed the team’s six most recent games while defenceman Erik Brannstrom has missed the last three contests; defenceman Thomas Chabot and forward Mark Kastelic are on IR. Forward Ridly Greig missed Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay and is unexpected to oppose the Maple Leafs this evening. Total man-games lost: 18.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Recalled forwards Roby Jarventie and Zack MacEwen from Belleville (AHL) under emergency conditions on Nov. 4.

OTTAWA vs. TORONTO – History:

2023-24 (0-0-0): Nov. 8 @ Toronto, Dec. 7 @ Ottawa, Dec. 27 @ Toronto, Feb. 10 @ Ottawa

2022-23 (1-2-1): 10/15/22 @ Toronto (3-2 loss), 1/27/23 @ Toronto (6-2 win), 3/18/23 @ Ottawa (5-4 SO loss), 4/1/23 @ Ottawa (3-0 loss)

Series record: Overall: 70-54-3-13, Home: 39-22-1-8, Away: 31-32-2-5

Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 10/14/21 (3-2); @ Toronto: 1/27/23 (6-2)

Last Toronto win: @ Ottawa: 4/1/23 (3-0); @ Toronto: 10/15/22 (3-2)

Last OT result: 4/16/22 (5-4 OT loss) @ Ottawa

Last shootout: 3/18/23 (5-4 SO loss) @ Ottawa

Most goals, game: Scored: 8, (3x, last: 4/3/08, 8-2 win); Allowed: 7, (2/18/21, 7-3 loss); Both teams: 11, (3x, last: 4/10/21, 6-5 loss)

Last game: 4/1/23, 3-0 loss @ Ottawa; OTT Goals: None; TOR Goals: Bunting, Nylander, Zohorna; OTT

Scratches: None; OTT Injuries: Brassard, Chabot, Chychrun, Forsberg, Gauthier, Hamonic, Joseph, Kelly, Norris; OTT Goalies: Sogaard (3 GA, L, 40:00), Talbot (0 GA, 15:02); TOR Goalie: Samsonov; OTT PP: 0-2;

TOR PP: 0-1; Shots: 30-20.

Career vs. Toronto: Giroux leads all players in career games played (45), in goals (17), in assists (29) and in points (46); Hamonic leads in penalty minutes (24) against Toronto.

ROAD SCHOLARS: The Senators have a record of 1-2-0 on the road this season … Brady Tkachuk maintains the team lead in having scored twice while Ottawa’s been on the road … Claude Giroux and Tim Stützle share the road assist lead with three, respectively …Giroux and Stützle also pace the club in road scoring with four points (one goal, three assists each) while the Senators have served as visitors in 2023-24 … Ottawa registered a 15-21-5 record in 2022-23.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: The Senators will play back-to-back games on 14 occasions in 2023-24 with the next set scheduled to begin tonight when the team visits Toronto before it hosts Vancouver for the only time this season tomorrow evening … The Senators played 12 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 7-5-0 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (1-0-0 this season) while posting an 6- 5-1 record (1-0-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 10 for 45 (22.2%) on the power play in 2023-24 … Josh Norris, Jake Sanderson and Brady Tkachuk share the team lead with two power-play goals each … Norris (two goals, three assists) maintains the team lead with five points on the power play this season … Ottawa has tallied multiple power-play goals in an individual contest on one occasion this season after having done so on 18 occasions in 2022-23 … The Senators were 72-for-306 (23.5%) on the power play in 2022- 23.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has allowed nine power-play goals this season while having overcome 27 of 36 shorthanded situations to maintain an efficiency rating of 75.0% … Parker Kelly’s first shorthanded goal of his career, scored in the Oct. 11 season-opener at Carolina, is the team’s lone shorthanded tally of 2023-24 after it notched nine such markers in each of the past two seasons.



2023-24 Matchups vs. Ottawa: First of Four

2022-23 Record vs. Ottawa: 3-1-0

Toronto Season Record: 6-4-2

Toronto Home Record: 3-3-0


The Maple Leafs are set to face-off against the Ottawa Senators tonight in the first of four matchups between the clubs this season. Toronto has won back-to-back games against Ottawa while posting a 6-1-0 record against the Senators through their last seven meetings. The Maple Leafs have earned a point in 10 of their last 11 meetings against the Senators played on home ice (9-1-1). The Maple Leafs are playing in their third matchup of a five-game home stand tonight (1-1-0). Toronto has posted a 3-3-0 record on home ice this season.


November 6, 2023 Forward Nicholas Robertson has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Forward Pontus Holmberg has been loaned to the Marlies.


Timothy Liljegren LTIR (Ankle)

Jake McCabe Groin

Jake Muzzin LTIR

Matt Murray LTIR

Conor Timmins LTIR (Lower-Body Injury)


First Matchup between Clubs: October 20, 1992 (Toronto 5 vs. Ottawa 3)

All-Time Record: 67-57-3-13 (140 Games)

All-Time Record at Home: 37-23-2-8 (70 Games)

All-Time Record on the Road: 30-34-1-5 (70 Games)

Last Home Win vs. Opponent: October 15, 2022 (Toronto 3 vs. Ottawa 2)


Power Play: 11/41 (26.8%)

Power Play Goal Leader: 4 – Matthews

Power Play Point Leader: 6 – Marner (1G, 5A), Nylander (2G, 4A) 2022-23

Power Play: 64/246 (26.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2023-24

Penalty Kill: 28/39 (71.8%)

Shorthanded Goal Leader: N/A

Shorthanded Point Leader: N/A

2022-23 Penalty Kill: 203/248 (81.9%)


Wednesday Games 2nd of 11 (7 home, 4 road)

Back-to-Backs played 0 of 13

Record in first game of back-to-back 0-0-0

Record in second game of back-to-back 0-0-0

November games 4th of 12 (7 home, 5 road)

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