Wednesday, March 29, 2023

NHL Preview: St. Louis Blues (26-26-3) at Ottawa Senators (26-24-4)


Marco Scandella – Right Hip (Re-evaluated in 6 months, announced on Sep. 20)
Brandon Saad – Upper-Body (Announced on Feb. 16)
2022-23 Total Man Games Lost: 230

Recent Transactions
18 – Recalled forwards Nikita Alexandrov and Matthew Highmore from the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
17 – Acquired a 2023 First and Third-Round draft pick, as well a 2024 Second-Round draft pick and forwards Mikhail Abramov and Adam Gaudette from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari
16 – Recalled forward Jake Neighbours from the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
16 – Placed forward Brandon Saad on injured reserve
12 – Assigned defenseman Scott Perunovich to the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) on a conditioning assignment


  • The Blues and Senators will meet for the 2nd and final matchup of the season
  • The Blues won the 1st matchup of the season, 2-1, on Jan. 16 in St. Louis
  • The Blues went 1-1-0 against Ottawa last season, with both teams winning in regulation on the road
  • The Blues are 7-2-0 in their last 9 games against Ottawa
  • Going back to Nov. 19, 2010, the Blues are 11-3-4 in 18 games against the Senators
  • The Blues have won back-to-back games in Ottawa, outscoring the Senators 11-6 in those 2 games
  • The Blues have earned points in 8 of their last 9 games in Ottawa, going 7-1-1 in their last 9 trips to Ottawa
  • The Blues are 6-3-0 this season in the 2nd half of back-to-back games, which shares the 3rd most wins in the NHL (1. NY Islanders, 7-4-1 / Carolina, 7-0-1)

2/21 – at Carolina
2/23 – vs. Vancouver
2/25 – vs. Pittsburgh
2/28 – vs. Seattle
3/2 – at San Jose


  • The Blues will play 5 more games in February, 3 of which will come at Enterprise Center
  • The Blues will play 3 more games against the Eastern Conference this month, as well as 2 more against the Western Conference


  • The Blues are 22-8-0 this season when scoring first, which shares the 11th most wins in the NHL (1. Carolina, 28-4-4 / Boston, 28-0-3)
  • The Blues are 1 of 4 teams to record 3 multi-goal third period comeback wins this season (Kings/Islanders/Ducks)
  • The Blues have 9 players who have scored at least 10 goals this season, which shares 3rd in the NHL (1. Seattle, 11 players)


LAST GAME: Feb. 17, 4-3 OT loss vs. Chicago: The Blackhawks tallied three unanswered goals in the third period and overtime to emerge with a 4-3 victory at Canadian Tire Centre. The loss saw the Senators fall to Chicago for a ninth consecutive time. Kane opened the scoring for the visitors to extend his point streak to 11 games against Ottawa before three straight Senators markers began with Pinto moving into a tie for third in rookie goals (13) at 7:31 of the second period. Goals from Giroux and Tkachuk saw the home side out to a 3-1 lead by 10:49 of the final stanza before a shorthanded marker from Lafferty and a second tally from Kane sent the game into the extra session. Athanasiou scored in overtime as Chicago completed its seventh multi-goal comeback win of the season. Mrazek earned the win for the Blackhawks with 28 saves while Sogaard took the loss for Ottawa in turning aside 28 shots. Scratches: None; Injuries: Forsberg, Holden, Norris, Sanderson, Talbot, Watson*; Shots: OTT – 31, CHI – 32; PP: OTT – 0-3, CHI – 0-3.

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

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa visits Boston tomorrow Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The contest will mark the third of four regular-season meetings and the first of two matchups at TD Garden.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg, D Holden, C Norris, D Sanderson and G Talbot are on IR and will not oppose the Blues this evening.
Total man-games lost: 193.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Recalled D Heatherington from Belleville (AHL) on Feb. 19.

OTTAWA vs. ST. LOUIS – History:
2022-23 (0-1-0): Jan. 16 @ St. Louis (2-1 loss), Feb. 19 @ Ottawa
2021-22 (1-1-0): 2/15/22 @ Ottawa (5-2 loss), 3/8/22 @ St. Louis (4-1 win)
Series record: Overall: 18-20-2-1; Home: 8-12-0-1; Away: 10-8-2-0
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 3/14/19 (2-0); @ St. Louis: 3/8/22 (4-1)
Last St. Louis win: @ Ottawa: 2/15/22 (5-2); @ St. Louis: Jan. 16 (2-1)
Last OT result: 1/4/16 (3-2 OT win) @ St. Louis
Last shootout: 3/1/16 (4-3 SO loss) @ Ottawa
Most goals, game: Scored: 7, (2/20/96, 7-1 win); Allowed: 11, (2/26/94, 11-1 loss); Both teams: 12, (2/26/94, 11-1 loss)
Last Game: Jan. 16, 2-1 loss @ St. Louis; OTT Goal: Stützle; STL Goals: Neighbours, Acciari; OTT Scratches: None; OTT Injuries: Chartier, Joseph, Motte, Norris, Zaitsev, Zub; OTT Goalie: Talbot; STL Goalie: Binnington; OTT PP: 0-1; STL PP: 0-2; Shots: 33-20. Career vs. St. Louis: Brassard leads all players in career games played (44), in assists (19), in points (23) and is tied with Giroux penalty minutes (20); DeBrincat leads in goals (seven) against St. Louis.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Ottawa has a record of 15-12-2 at home this season … Tim Stützle is the Senators leader with 15 goals at home while also maintaining the club lead with 21 assists at Canadian Tire Centre … Through 29 home games, Stützle leads the team with 36 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 seventh set of the season this afternoon when the team welcomes St. Louis to Canadian Tire Centre ahead of visiting Boston tomorrow afternoon … 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 (4-2-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (4-2-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 53 for 203 (26.1%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 11 powerplay goals while also maintaining the club lead with 22 points while the team enjoys a man advantage … Ottawa has recorded multiple
power-play goals 13 times in an individual contest in 2022-23 after having done so 11 times in 2021-22.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has overcome 156 of the 193 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 80.8% through 54 regular-season games … The team has registered five (Joseph x2, Watson x2, Motte) shorthanded markers this season after recording nine such goals in 2021-22.

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