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Game Day 5: Sens @ Avalanche

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are in Denver getting set to take on the Avalanche tonight at 7 p.m. and we've got 5 key things to get you ready for puck drop.

1. Starting Goalies

Craig Anderson (20-8-1) starts in net tonight against Colorado in the midst of a personal 5-game winning streak. Anderson's numbers on the season continue to improve and he's vaulted himself into the top 10 in the league for GAA (2.24), save percentage (.931) and shutouts (4). 

Tweet from @Senators: Craig Anderson gets the start in goal for the #Sens tonight against the Avalanche.

At the other end of the rink, it looks like Calvin Pickard (12-21-2) will probably start for the Avalanche. Pickard has struggled this season (as have most of the Avalanche) but he is in the midst of a 2-game winning streak earning decisions over the Hurricanes and Devils this past week.


2. Line-up notes

Some lingering injuries ahead of tonight's game in Denver as both Kyle Turris and Mark Borowiecki will remain out of the line-up. Unfortunately, they'll be joined in the press box by Mark Stone who left Thursday's game with a lower body injury and has been ruled out for tonight. Phil Varone, who was recalled yesterday, will draw into the line-up in his place. Not entirely sure how the lines will look just yet but the coach mentioned that the Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Chris Kelly lines would remain the same so it's likely Varone will play alongside Zack Smith and Ryan Dzingel or Derick Brassard and Alex Burrows.

You can hear the coach talk more about injuries and the line-up below...

Video: March 11: Sens vs. Avalanche - Boucher Pregame Media


3. Previous Meeting

These teams met in Ottawa just 9 days ago and it was a pretty nice finish for the home team that night. Alex Burrows potted a pair of goals in his Sens debut to lead his new club to a 2-1 win over the Avalanche. As usual, Craig Anderson was stellar stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced to pick up the decision.

The full highlights from that game below...

Video: Burrows scores twice in Sens debut to down Avalanche


4. Stats dump

It was a day off for the team yesterday and as is sometimes the case, we were treated to some lovely numbers from our friends over at Sens Communications. Since I also like numbers (and in case you missed them) I thought it might make sense to drop their tweets in today's blog. So here you go...STATS DUMP!

Tweet from @Media_Sens: Stats, let's start with #Andy: Since his return on Feb. 11, Craig Anderson is 8-2 with a 1.80 GAA and .944 save percentage.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Craig Anderson is tied for second in the NHL in save percentage (.931) and tied for sixth in goals-against-average (2.24).

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Anderson���s next win will give him 147 and a franchise record. He is two games away from the franchise record for games played.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: Now on to @erikkarlsson65: #Sens Erik Karlsson���s 178 blocked shots lead the NHL. His previous career high was 175, set last season.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Karlsson has 17 points (5 goals) and is +12 in his last 14 games, dating back to Feb. 11.Sens have NHL-best 10 wins in that period.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Erik Karlsson has 48 assists, tops among defencemen second in the NHL to McDavid���s 52.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Erik Karlsson is fifth in the NHL in TOI at 26:39/game; his 31.8 shift/game are second-most in the NHL.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Karlsson���s 3 points last night give him 61 and his 5th 60-plus point season, only one other Sens Dman has ever had a 60 point season.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: Mark Borowiecki���s 288 hits lead the league and are 38 more than the next player. He averages 5.1 hits/game (next closest is 4.2/game).

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Zack Smith leads the NHL with four shorthanded goals this season. His nine SHG over the last two seasons is also the NHL���s most.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Mike Hoffman has 12 power-play goals this seson, tied for fourth in the NHL.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Zack Smith leads the NHL with four shorthanded goals this season. His nine SHG over the last two seasons is also the NHL���s most.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens Mark Stone leads the league with 88 takeaways, 24 more that the next closest player.Stats. Dump. Over.


5. Broadcast

Game time is set for 7 p.m. tonight in Denver and you can catch all the action on City and TVAS.

Oh and hey Brockville. Looking for a spot to watch the game? Check out tonight's Molson Canadia Puck Party at The Keystorm Pub. We're giving away front row seats to an upcoming Sens game AND a limo ride to and from Canadian Tire Centre.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day!The Sens look for their 6th straight win tonight when they take on the Avalanche at 7 p.m.Tune in on City or TVAS. 


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