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Colorado seeks to split Global Series following loss to Ottawa on Friday

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

AVALANCHE (8-6-1) at SENATORS (7-3-5)

1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, RDS, ALT, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche will play the second of two games in the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Saturday.

Mike Condon starts in goal for the Senators, who are looking for their second straight win after Mark Stone scored 59 seconds into overtime to give them a 4-3 victory Friday.

Center Matt Duchene might have an easier time playing his second game against his former team. Duchene played 16:44 and was minus-1 Friday. The Senators acquired him in a trade with the Avalanche on Sunday.

All four Swedish players who played had at least one point with Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson leading the way with two assists. Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson scored his first goal of the season and defenseman Johnny Oduya had an assist. Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog had an assist.

 

Players to watch

Stone has four goals in his past three games, eight in his past eight games, and 11 goals in 15 games this season.

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored Friday, giving him a point in five straight games (four goals, six assists).

 

They said it

"Me, Mikko [Rantanen] and Gabe [Landeskog] have found some solid chemistry and [Friday] we showed that again. It's just a matter of us burying more of our chances." -- Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon

"A big part is just getting used to linemates and them getting used to me. There's a couple plays there that we were very close to converting on. We were just a hair off." -- Senators forward Matt Duchene

 

Senators projected lineup

Christopher DiDomenico -- Matt Duchene -- Mike Hoffman

Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Tom Pyatt -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Alexandre Burrows

Nick Paul -- Nate Thompson

Fredrik Claesson -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Johnny Oduya

Chris Wideman -- Cody Ceci

Ben Harpur 

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson 

Scratched: Ben Harpur, Jack Rodewald

Injured: Bobby Ryan (finger), Mark Borowiecki (illness), Zack Smith (thumb) 

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Sven Andrighetto -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Nail Yakupov

Matt Nieto -- J.T. Compher -- Blake Comeau

Gabriel Bourque -- Colin Wilson -- Rocco Grimaldi

Mark Barberio -- Erik Johnson

Samuel Girard -- Tyson Barrie

Chris Bigras -- Andrei Mironov 

Semyon Varlamov

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Nikita Zadarov,  Carl Soderberg, A.J. Greer, 

Injured: Tyson Jost (lower body), Patrik Nemeth (undisclosed), Anton Lindholm (jaw)

 

Status report

The Senators announced Smith will be out three weeks because of a dislocated thumb he sustained in the game on Friday.  

 

Stat pack

The Senators won 34 of 54 faceoffs (63 percent) Friday. They outshot the Avalanche 32-19, including 23-8 after the first period. … Karlsson has 14 assists in his past nine games.

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