Get ready for tonight's game against the New York Islanders with a look at some historical stats, a look back at their previous meeting and more.
1. Even Stevens
The Sens and Islanders have engaged in some pretty equal battles over the past few seasons. In fact, they've split their last 10 games 5-5-0 where Ottawa has scored just one more goal than the Islanders over that span (27-26).
Even the little things were close in their last 10 meetings. Take a look...
- Shots: OTT 290, NYI 294
- PPG: OTT 5, NYI 5
- Power plays: OTT 27, NYI 28
- FOW: OTT 288, NYI 295
FYI, Erik Karlsson is the Sens' active scoring leader against the Islanders as has 21 points (5G, 16A) in 25 career games.
2. Borowiecki earns Masterton nomination
It was announced this morning that Mark Borowiecki has been selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association as the Senators' nominee for the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
"I'm really thankful that you guys thought of me in that regard," Borowiecki said during his comments to the media regarding the nomination. "I just try to be a normal guy who plays hockey so I'm really appreciative."
"There are some things that are more important than the game," Borowiecki continued. "It's about your legacy off the ice, around the rink and how you treat others so to be recognized for that by you guys does really mean a lot to me."
Video: Mark Borowiecki on Masterton Nomination
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
Ottawa has had many worthy candidates over the years but Craig Anderson was the first Senator to claim the award last season after he and his family dealt with a very public battle with cancer following his wife Nicholle's diagnosis of Stage 4 nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
3. Some numbers
- En fuego: The Sens' top centre has been on fire since the calendar flipped to 2018 and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. Duchene has 12 points in his last 13 games which includes a team-high 6 goals in the month of March.
- Shots, Shots, Shots: Bobby Ryan, who has a goal in each of the Sens' last 2 games, and Cody Ceci lead the team in shots on goal over the past week with 11.
- TOI: With the absence of Karlsson, the Sens have been leaning on Ceci pretty heavily. How much though? Ceci has played a total of 109:49 which is 22+ minutes more than the next most on the team over the past 4 games.
- In the dot: Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been great in the circle for the Sens recently and actually leads the team in face-off wins with 124 in the last 13 games which puts his winning percentage at 50.4% for the month of March.
4. Previous meeting
It was a track meet the last time these teams met back on December 1st, 2017. The Sens and Islanders combined for 11 goals with Ottawa eventually earning a 6-5 win in Brookln. Ryan Dzingel had a pair of goals, including the game winner in the third period, while Thomas Chabot netted his first NHL goal to go along with two assists in the win.
Full highlights from that game are below...
Video: Dzingel's two goals help Sens defeat Isles, 6-5
5. Where to watch
It's a 7:30 p.m. start tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and there are still some tickets available right here. Can't make it out the rink? Head on down to Hooley's Pub on Elgin this evening where they'll be serving up $6 pints of Molson Canadian all game long.