Damjan Peric The Hockey Writers
Preview: Senators Begin 4-Game Homestand Against Blues
The Ottawa Senators will welcome the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Canadian Tire Centre. It’s Hockey Talks/DIFD Awareness Night in Ottawa in support of The Youth Services Bureau to raise mental health awareness. You can support this initiative by texting DIFD to 45678 to donate $5.
The Blues come in struggling as of late with a 4-6-0 record in their last ten games. They are 2-1 under head coach Mike Yeo after firing Ken Hitchcock on February 1. The move came as a surprise since it was already announced that Yeo would replace Hitchcock after this season. The Blues are playing the Senators in the second game of a back-to-back after shutting out the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 on Monday night.
Lehner becomes first goalie to leave Senators and then post a shutout against Ottawa. No ex-Sens goalie had done that until tonight.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) February 5, 2017
The Senators are coming off a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Former Senator Robin Lehner made 37 saves to shutout his former team. Ottawa is looking to get back to winning after a 1-2-1 speed wobble over the last four games. On a positive note, starting netminder Craig Anderson, who hasn’t played in two months to be with his ill wife, has begun practicing with the team again. They have yet to announce when he will make his next start.
This will be the second and last game of the season series between these two clubs. Their first meeting was a high scoring affair at Scottrade Center where the Senators came out with a 6-4 victory.
Ottawa Senators vs. St. Louis Blues
Canadian Tire Centre – 7:30 p.m. EST
Broadcast Channels – RDS2, TSN5, FS-MW
2016-17 Season Series: January 17 – Senators 6 – Blues 4
Ottawa Senators – 27-17-6 – 60 points
Home record: 14-7-6
Hot players: Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris
Key absences: Craig Anderson (personal leave), Clarke MacArthur (concussion)
Zack Smith – Derek Brassard – Mark Stone
Ryan Dzingel – Kyle Turris – Bobby Ryan
Mike Hoffman – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Tom Pyatt
Chris Kelly – Tommy Wingels – Chris Neil
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf – Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki – Chris Wideman
St. Louis Blues – 26-22-5 – 57 points – second Wild Card position
Road record: 9-13-1
Hot players: Paul Stastny, Alex Petriangelo, Vladamir Tarasenko
Key Absences: Kyle Brodziak (foot), Robby Fabbri (ACL)
Alexander Steen – Paul Stastny – Vladimir Tarasenko
Kenny Agostino – Jori Lehtera – David Perron
Jaden Schwartz – Patrik Berglund – Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall – Ivan Barbashev – Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester – Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson – Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson – Colton Parayko
1) The St. Louis Blues will be a tired bunch as they prepare for the Senators. They played on Monday night in Philadelphia before taking a late flight to Ottawa to play again on Tuesday.
2) The Blues’ starting goalie is a toss-up. After Carter Hutton posted a shutout against the Flyers, the Blues could go with the hot hand or may turn to the rested Jake Allen. The Senators will start Andrew Hammond for the first time in 2017 after Mike Condon made 27 straight starts.
3) The Ottawa Senators need to use their fresh legs for a strong start to push a tired Blues team. The Blues will need to play a smart game and stick to their structure on the tail end of a back-to-back, especially with key contributor Fabbri out for the season.
4) After being a healthy scratch for two games in a row, look for Chris Neil to be back in the lineup for the Senators. Neil and Curtis Lazar have been regular healthy scratches since Tommy Wingels joined the team.
5) Blues’ F Kenny Agostino played his first game of the season, and first as a Blue, in Monday’s 2-0 win against the Flyers. He made an immediate impact by scoring just the second goal of his young NHL career. Agostino had one goal and four shots in just over 14 minutes played against the Flyers.
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