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GAMEDAY 5: Senators @ Canucks, April 22

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

For the first time since January, the Ottawa Senators are back in Vancouver.

The Set-up

Ottawa (16-26-4) has won back-to-back road games as they visit the Canucks tonight, who they sit just three points behind in the North Division. 

Vancouver (18-18-3) have won both games in their return from their near month long bout with Covid-19, beating Toronto twice this week. 

Ottawa's power play continues to impress as they have scored on the man advantage in five straight games. They'll be looking for better success against the Canucks however, as in five games this year, the Sens are 1-for-20 on the power play. 

Vancouver have given up 79 shots in their two games back, which is good news for the Senators, who rank eighth in the NHL with an average of 30.5 shots a game. 

Roster notes

Sens head coach D.J. Smith confirmed Wednesday he expects no changes to the lineup that has won two straight games.

"I think we're playing well and playing as a team so certainly we're not going to change anything at this point," Smith said yesterday.

The Sens didn't have a morning skate today but this is how they lined up in Wednesday's practice: 

Tkachuk - Norris - Batherson

Stützle - White - Dadonov

Formenton - Pinto - Brown

Paul - Tierney - Dzingel

Bishop - Anisimov - Amadio

Chabot - Zaitsev

Brannstrom - Zub

Mete - Brown

Alsing - Bernard-Docker

Previous history

The Senators haven't fared well against the Canucks this season as they're winless in five games (0-3-2) while scoring just seven goals.

Tonight is the first of four straight with Vancouver as they will meet again Saturday at Rogers Arena before meeting Monday and Wednesday at Canadian Tire Centre. 

Who to watch

Connor Brown had a pair of goals Monday in Calgary and has 10 in his last 11 games. The 27-year-old's 27 points this year are fifth on the Sens while his 16 goals are a team high.

Where to Watch  

Thursday's game can be seen live on TSN5 and RDS2 at 10 p.m. Fans can also tune into the radio call on TSN 1200 and Unique FM 94.5.

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