Ottawa remains at the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings after losing each of their last three games. The Senators enter with a 1-5-1 record and an NHL-low three points through seven games. Meanwhile, the Stars haven’t been much better, but they are trying to build some momentum after snapping a five-game slide of their own. The Stars will take the ice on Monday in search of their first home victory of the season. Can Dallas come out on top versus Ottawa at home in a battle between two teams that are off to a slow start?
White, Tkachuk split up after slow startOttawa was unable to break out of its recent slump, dropping its third consecutive contest versus the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Veteran Craig Anderson surrendered four goals on 26 shots, but it wasn’t enough in the 5-2 loss. The Senators were down 4-0 before Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Tourney scored in the third period to help Ottawa avoid a shutout.
After back-to-back road losses, the Senators know they have to close out their road trip with a victory. Defenseman Dylan DeMelo told reporters that he would be “very disappointed” if the Senators don’t come out and play desperate as a team. Head coach D.J. Smith also elected to shake up his top line, splitting up 22-year-old center Colin White and 20-year-old winger Brady Tkachuk. Ottawa is also awaiting the return of Artem Anisimov, who has been out with a lower-body injury.
Anderson will protect the twine in Monday’s matchup against the Stars. The 38-year-old may not be racking up victories, but he’s posted respectable numbers between the pipes, going 1-4-0 with a 3.26 GAA and .895 save percentage in five starts. He faced the Stars twice last season, going 1-1-0 with a 3.05 GAA and .934 save percentage.
Stars snap five-game losing streakDallas had high hopes entering the season, but they’ve stumbled out of the gates with a 2-7-1 record through their first 10 contests. The Stars managed to get back on the winning track last time out, s five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Roope Hintz, Esa Lindell, and Corey Perry all scored for the Stars, while Ben Bishop made 38 saves to help Dallas earn their second victory of the season. Dallas was outshot 39 to 16 on the night, but it didn’t matter, as they scored four unanswered goals to escape with the win.
The Stars are still looking for answers with the man advantage after converting just 7.4 percent of their power play opportunities through the first 10 games. Lindell got on them on the board with a power play goal in their last game against the Flyers, but the tally marked just their second goal in 27 opportunities with the man advantage. Dallas is scoring only 2.10 goals per game, while allowing 3.00 goals per contest, but they’ve excelled in shorthanded situations, killing off 83.8 percent of their penalties.
Bishop is scheduled to be back between the pipes for his eighth start of the season on Monday. He comes in with a 2-4-1 overall record to go along with a 2.57 GAA and .913 save percentage. Bishop has posted a solid 1.94 GAA at home this year, but he’s yet to win a home start. The 32-year-old made one start versus Ottawa in 2018-19, finishing 0-1-0 with a 3.25 GAA and .870 save percentage.
- Senators are 1-5 in their last 6 home games
- Senators are 0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- Senators are 19-61 in their last 80 road games
- Stars are 5-2 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Stars are 44-19 in their last 63 games as a favorite of -201 or greater.