It’s a matchup of last-place teams on the ice in an interconference contest in the City of Angels. The Ottawa Senators are on the road as they travel to face the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night. Ottawa was in action as they visited Anaheim Wednesday night: they fell 5-4 to Carolina at home in their last game prior to that Sunday night. Los Angeles was defeated 3-1 on the road by San Jose in their last contest Monday night. The Senators won the first meeting between the teams this season, taking a 5-1 home win on October 13, 2018.
Ottawa Senators Closing Back to Back Road Set in the Golden State
Ottawa was in action as they faced the Ducks in the first game of this western road swing. The Senators have plenty of work to do if they hope to even sniff a playoff spot this season. Ottawa trailed Tampa Bay by 33 points for the division lead and Boston by 19 points for the final guaranteed playoff spot entering Wednesday. The team was 16 points behind Montreal for the second wild card spot. Ottawa is tied for 10th in the league in goals scored as they average 3.16 per contest while the team is 31st in goals against by allowing four goals per contest. The Senators are 11th in the league on the power play as they convert 21.4 percent of their chances with the man advantage. Ottawa is dead last in penalty killing as they have only killed off 73.8 percent of their shorthanded situations. The Senators are 22-21 against the puck line this season while the over is 29-11-3 in their contests.
The Senators dropped their eighth in a row as they were edged at home by Carolina. Ottawa has dropped 11 of their last 13 games entering Wednesday’s action. Against the Hurricanes, the Senators were outshot 11-10 in the first period and trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. In the second period, Ottawa held a 19-8 edge in shots and held a 4-2 edge in goals to leave the game tied at four after 40 minutes of play. Matt Duchene made it a 2-1 game with his 18th of the season at the 2:32 mark of the period. Bobby Ryan and Christian Wolanin assisted on the marker. After falling behind 3-1, Ryan Dzingel netted his 17th of the year at 12:17 to make it a one goal game again. That power play marker was assisted by Chris Tierney. Carolina made it a 4-2 game before Rudolfs Balcers scored his first of the year at 19:12 of the period with Tierney and Mikkel Boedker drawing the helpers to cut the deficit to 4-3. Eight seconds later, at 19:20, Jean-Gabriel Pageau tied the game with his first of the year: Mark Stone and Dylan DeMelo drew the assists. In the third period, Ottawa went into a shell: they were outshot 10-2 in the period and gave up the lone goal to take the loss. Marcus Hogberg stopped 13 of 16 shots in the game while Anders Nilsson kicked out 11 of 13 in the contest.
Los Angeles Kings Seeking Home Win
Los Angeles dropped their third game in the last four as they were unable to slow the red hot Sharks on the road Monday night. The Kings entered Wednesday in the basement of the Pacific Division: they were 20 points behind San Jose for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the division and 21 back of the Flames and Golden Knights for the division lead. As of Wednesday, the team was eight points behind the Wild for the final wild card spot. The Kings are 31st in the league in scoring offense with an average of 2.23 goals per game while they rank 17th in goals against by allowing 2.95 per contest. Los Angeles is tied for 27th on the power play as they are converting just 14.9 percent of their chances with the man advantage and stand 29th in penalty killing as they have successfully killed off 74.6 percent of their shorthanded situations. The Kings are 20-24 with the puck line this season while the under has gone 26-17-1 in their contests.
The Kings fell to 6-4-0 in their last 10 games with the loss to San Jose on the road. Los Angeles won three of those games in overtime. The Kings were outshot 12-7 in the opening period against the Sharks and trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. In the second period, the shots were even at 10 apiece and each team lit the lamp once, leaving Los Angeles down 2-1 after 40 minutes. Anze Kopitar knotted the game at one with his 11th goal of the season at the 3:42 mark of the period. Dustin Brown and Ilya Kovalchuk drew the assists on the marker. The Kings gave up the go-ahead goal less than six minutes later. In the third period, Los Angeles was outshot 7-6 and they gave up the lone goal of the period, into an empty net, to close the scoring. Jack Campbell made 26 saves in the loss for the Kings, who were outshot 29-23 in the game.
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- Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Pacific Division foes
- Senators are 1-5 in their last 6 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- Senators are 3-15 in their last 18 road games vs. a team with a losing home recor