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Game Day 5: Sens @ Coyotes

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The captain is heating up, some numbers from the desert and more before tonight's 8 p.m. puck drop against the Coyotes.

1. Karlsson cooking

Erik Karlsson has found his groove lately and more importantly he's helping his teammates find the back of the net with some regularity. Since February 1st, the captain has recorded 15 points (2G, 13A) in 15 games which was highlighted by his 3 helpers last night against the Golden Knights.

"I think that our legs were definitely there all game," Karlsson said following the 5-4 win. "We made sure that we were making the necessary plays under pressure and I think that our offensive play was great. We created a lot of good scoring chances and we were fortunate to put in 5."

The fifth and game-winning goal came off of a redirect by Alex Burrows who managed to get his stick on a Karlsson point shot with about 11 minutes remaining in the third period.

"He got in front of the net and that's where most goals are scored," said Karlsson. "He could've had one in his first shift but he got one in the end instead." 

Video: OTT@VGK: Burrows reclaims the lead with a tip-in


2. Desert level

The Sens have historically been pretty good in the Copper State, recording a combined record of 8-5-1 on the road against Arizona/Phoenix and were victorious in the most recent visit just over a year ago.

Video: Karlsson lifts Senators past Coyotes in OT

Daniel Alfreddson is the Senators franchise leader in points in the desert racking up 10 (6G, 4A) in just 8 games played while Karlsson has done the damage recently with 6 points (2G, 4A) in their last 3 visits to face the Coyotes.


3. Burrows finds chemistry

We mentioned his timely goal above but Alex Burrows met with the media following last night's win in Las Vegas and credited his new linemates, Max McCormick and Jim O'Brien, for making his return from a lengthy layoff a lot easier.

"I really liked my two linemates tonight," said Burrows. "I thought they created a lot of energy. Max was really hard on the forecheck and Jim got in there too. They both skate really well, keep it simple and they try to create energy."

With players moving in and out following the trade deadline, Sens head coach Guy Boucher has been tinkering with his forward lines looking for chemistry and according to Burrows, he may have found a spark on the fourth line.

"Hopefully that's the first step for a lot of good things to come for that line," Burrows continued.


4. Previous meeting

These teams last faced off back on November 18th, 2017 in Ottawa with the Coyotes earning a 3-2 overtime win. Mark Stone and Mark Borowiecki provided the Sens offence in defeat while Mike Condon stopped 25 of 28 Arizona shots.

Full highlight below...

Video: OTT Recap: Senators fall to Coyotes in OT


5. Where to watch

It's an 8 p.m. start tonight in Arizona and you can catch all the action on City.

But's Saturday night and there's a Sens game on. So head out tonight and hit up the Glue Pot Pub on Queen St. where they'll be serving up tall boys of Molson Canadian for just $5.75. Seriously, that's a sweet deal.

Instagram from @senators: It's a #Sens game day! The Sens are right back at it tonight against the Coyotes at 8 p.m. #GoSensGo

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