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Mar.18/23 @ Cleveland Monsters (NHL Affiliate: Columbus Blue Jackets)
With a dozen games to go and riding a current league-long six-game point streak, the Belleville Senators roll into Cleveland this weekend for two crucial meetings with the Cleveland Monsters. Following their 4-3 win over the Utica Comets at home on Wednesday, the Senators enter the weekend with a one-point lead on Laval for the final playoff spot in the North Division. However, the Monsters aren’t far behind and are riding a three-game point streak of their own. That stretch has Cleveland just two points back of Belleville, despite being last in the division, with three games in hand.
The Senators return to “The Land” just about a month after the Monsters swept a two-game set in their previous visit and have just one victory in the six-game season series (1-3-0-0). That only win came back at CAA Arena, in a wild 8-7 shootout, on November 16, 2022. Lifetime against the Monsters, the Senators are 9-10-0-1, with a 4-6-0-0 record at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The Senators’ offence has been steady of late but will get an added boost tonight as Rourke Chartier returns from a 17-game injury layoff. The 26-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan recorded 20 points (14 goals, six assists) in 28 games before being hurt on February 2 and has also played in six games with the NHL parent club in Ottawa this season. He’ll likely slot in for John Quenneville, who didn’t make the trip. Mitch Heard will return from his illness as well, while Dylan Ferguson is expected to start in goal for the Senators. Full lineup information will be available prior to puck drop.
|#||Name||Pos.||Last Game||Games Missed||Notes|
|7||Viktor Lodin||LW||Feb.18/23 vs LAV||11||Upper Body|
|10||Philippe Daoust||C||Nov.23/22 @ UTC||42||Shoulder|
|19||John Quenneville||RW||Mar.15/23 vs UTC||—||—|
|26||Brennan Saulnier||C||Feb.20/23 vs LAV||10||Upper Body|
|35||Antoine Bibeau||G||Feb.20/23 vs LAV||10||—|
|49||Scott Sabourin||RW||Feb.17/23 vs LAV||12||Lower Body|
Who to Watch:
The Dynamic Finnish duo of Roby Jarventie (three goals, one assist) and Lassi Thomson (four goals, two assists) continue to be the most consistent Senators offensively as both extended their point streaks to four games on Wednesday. Cole Cassels was a major key for Belleville in Wednesday’s win as well, assisting on all four of the Senators’ goals on…
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