4-14-14: Ottawa won its final five games of the season, though the only positive result was moving ahead of provincial-rival Toronto in the Eastern standings. The acquisition of Ales Hemsky at the trade-deadline acquisition showed very well. Hemsky posted 17 points in 20 games and made a case for a new contract with the Senators. He’s a UFA come July. Ottawa does not own a first-round pick this year as they traded it away to Anaheim as part of the Bobby Ryan deal.
4-7-14: Ottawa has won four of their last six games played, but losses to the Islanders and Canadiens last week ended any hopes of a possible cinderella run back to the postseason. Former number two overall pick Kyle Turris has had a nice season that's flown under the radar. He has recorded 25 goals and 56 points in 78 games, all career bests. This is one team that could be back in the playoffs next season with a bit of re-tooling.
3-31-14: The Sens are having a rough year. Forward Bobby Ryan was shut down for the seaso this past week after he underwent surgery on sports hernia that he sustained in November. Ryan had 20 goals and 25 assists in 70 games this season. The Sens need to think about a re-tool for next season. They were a major disappointment this season for a team that was expected to compete for the Atlantic Division crown.
3-25-14: It’s been a lost season for the Senators this season. In fact, many people had them winning the Eastern Conference. Instead, the Sens have lost six in a row and have allowed 25 goals in those games. There are two weeks left to regular season and Ottawa is out of the playoff picture. Like many teams, Ottawa is just a player or two away from being a contender again. Don’t expect the Senators to be out of the playoffs for long.
3-17-14: Ottawa is reeling right now. They blew a third period, three-goal lead to Montreal this past Saturday night allowing the tying goal with one second remaining. Montreal then won the game in overtime. Losing games like that are hard to recover from. The Sens are seven points out of the playoffs and need to ramp up their play in order to make it. One positive note is Ales Hemsky has six assists since his trade from Oilers.
3-10-14: Ottawa gave up two draft picks at the deadline in exchange for forward Ales Hemsky. Four points and four teams stand in the way of the Senators and the final wild card spot and Hemsky will be a UFA at season's end. Ottawa isn't good enough to be paying for a rental player, they should be swallowing their pride and looking to next season. They're better with Hemsky, but not by much and not for long.
3-3-14: The Sens responded well to a 6-1 loss from the Red Wings by winning at BC Place in the Heritage Classic against the Canucks this past Sunday. Time is running out for Ottawa to make a postseason push. GM Bryan Murray has a couple of choices to make. Does he trade impending UFA Chris Phillips to a contender for a chance at the Stanley Cup? Boston is rumored to be in on him and he would be a great addition for the Bruins. Do they acquire Buffalo’s Chris Stewart? He would bring some much needed grit and skill to the Ottawa lineup.
2-10-14: It was an interesting past week for the Senators. They used a third-period rally to beat the Blues in St. Louis, slipped past the Sabres, and then were absolutely smoked 7-2 in Boston by the Bruins. GM Bryan Murray needs to figure out if he wants to be a seller or buyer at the deadline. From what it looks like right now, Ottawa will be a buyer. There are too many teams in the East that are close to a playoff spot right now, which could water down the trade market.
2-3-14: After an impressive run by the Senators that had them in the thick of the race for a playoff position, Ottawa is only 3-3-2 in its last eight games and has surrendered points to other teams in the same tight post-season race in the process. Ottawa will most likely be buyers at the trade deadline. The Sens penalty kill must improve if they want any shot at making the playoffs. Ottawa currently sits 23rd in the league.
1-27-14: The Senators had been making up ground in the East, but they have dropped four of their last five games played. They were beaten 6-3 this past Saturday in Carolina by the Hurricanes. Even with their recent slide, Ottawa remains in the thick of things in the East. One hot streak over the rest of the season could close the distance. Kyle Turris has been a scoring machine in January as he has seven goals in his past eight games.
1-20-14: Ottawa showed signs of slowing down last week as the Senators posted consecutive losses for the first time in nearly a month. The Sens are firmly in the mix for one of two wild-card spots in the East. Jason Spezza is struggling through a tough season. The center has two goals in his last 21 games, is a career-worst minus-17. He is scoring fewer points per game than he has at any time since 2003-04.
1-13-14: The Senators seem to have found their game as they are 6-1-1 in their past eight games, winning five of those six games by one goal. Ottawa is closing in on a wild-card spot in the East. After facing the Wild this Tuesday, the Senators' next seven games come against teams that are within distance of them in the standings. Erik Karlsson has one goal in his past 12 games after scoring nine goals in his first 34 games.
1-7-14: Ottawa has won four straight games and five of their last six after a stretch where they had a lone regulation win in 10 games. With Toronto and Detroit faltering, the Senators only sit two points out of a wild-card spot. Senators winger Bobby Ryan, passed over for Team USA, ranks third among all American skaters in even-strength points with 28. Only Patrick Kane (34) and Kyle Okposo (32) have more. The days look bright in Canada’s capital.
12-30-13: Since the Sens 5-2 loss in New Jersey, the Senators have been treading water. They are 2-2-1 in their past five games. Despite their season-long struggles, Ottawa is still within distance of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. When Bobby Ryan scores a goal, the Senators are 11-2-3. They are 11-0-2 in their past 13 games when he scores. That’s pretty impressive. Ottawa’s penalty kill sits 24th in the league clicking at 79.3 percent.
12-23-13: Ottawa has just one regulation win in its last 10 games, and that came over the lowly Buffalo Sabres. The Sens somehow were able to beat very good St. Louis squad last Monday in overtime but then posted losses to New Jersey, Florida and Phoenix to wrap up the week. Ottawa finds themselves only five points back of Toronto for the final wild card spot in the East. Robin Lehner should the starter in Ottawa. Craig Anderson, who posted a .941 save percentage in 24 games last year has a .897 save percentage in 24 contests this year. Lehner, has a .926 save percentage through 18 games.
12-16-13: Consistency has plagued the Senators all season, but slowing they're showing signs they could be turning things around. The Sens have picked up points in four of their past five games and have quietly made their way up the Atlantic Division standings. Here is is crazy stat for you. Goaltender Craig Anderson has been pulled three times this season. He was not pulled from a game at all last season. Maybe the pressure of the Olympics has been on his mind?
12-9-13: Ottawa finished last week with a 1-1-1 record overall. They out-shot the Panthers 45-32 in a win, out-shot the Lightning 34-22 in a loss and then out-shot the Maple Leafs 50-31 in a shootout defeat. With 23 points in 29 games, Clarke MacArthur has already surpassed his offensive production from last season. MacArthur is on pace to post career highs in shots, goals and points. His plus-11 makes him the only Senators player in double digits in the plus/minus category.
12-2-13: Win one, lose two. Win one, lose two. That's been the story for the Senators for virtually all of season. This week was much of the same for Ottawa. After winning on the road against Washington, the Sens dropped their next two at home to Detroit and Vancouver, respectively. One year ago Craig Anderson was an early Vezina Trophy candidate with a .941 save percentage over 24 games played. Currently, that number sits at .894.
11-25-13: I can’t quite figure out what’s wrong with the Ottawa Senators. On paper they’re as talented as team in the East. However, that talent hasn’t translated into wins on the ice. The Sens are 5-5 over their last 10 games played and had a tough past week going 1-3 overall. The one bright spot in Erik Karlsson looks fully healed after his vicious Achilles injury last season. Karlsson leads all NHL defenseman with 24 points in 24 games played.
11-18-13: It was not a good week for the Ottawa Senators. Their lone win came against a tired Boston Bruins team who played the night before. They lost 5-0 to the Flyers, in game which they were heavily outplayed. The Sens also fell to Columbus 4-2. Ottawa is tie for dead last in the NHL with the Sabres for shots against per game. The Sens are giving up on average 36.0 shots per game. Ottawa fans are not accustomed to seeing this style of hockey.
11-12-13: Ottawa snapped their five-game losing streak last week by rattling off three consecutive wins. However, they were madly outshot in all three games and if wasn’t for the stellar goaltending of Robin Lehner, the Sens would have wound up in the loss column. Lehner has a .945 save percentage and 3-2-2 record on the year. He certainly gives the Sens a chance to win night in and night out. It will be interesting to see how Paul MacLean handles the goalie situation once Craig Anderson returns from injury.
11-5-13: This team continues to underachieve this season. Ottawa dropped all three games they played this week and loss all the games by a single goal. The Senators must find a way to win one-goal games like that. Not getting points in those crucial games could be the reason why they don’t make the playoffs this season. Robin Lehner’s .938 save percentage is impressive. His 0-2-2 record is not a product of his play. The Sens must do a better job in front of him.
10-29-13: The Senators did alright this week posting a 1-2 record against the Ducks, Sharks, and Red Wings. They looked stellar in their 6-1 victory over Detroit where Craig Anderson made 24 stops. Anderson’s .920 save percentage is phenomenal and back-up goalie Robin Lehner has turned away 103 of 110 shots he’s seen this season. If Ottawa can get secondary scoring from players not named Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan then they will be ok. Erik Karlsson can wake up anytime he wants now.
The Senators are another one of those teams that just can’t seem to find their way. Their powerplay early on has been abysmal. The Sens started out the year on the road for six games. Fortunately, nine of their next 12 games are at the Canadian Tire Centre. Erik Karlsson still doesn’t look comfortable on the ice after sustaining that devastating Achilles injury last season. Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan have been stellar for the Sens early on.
10-14-13: The Senators have started the season as many have expected. They picked up three points against the lowly Sabres and Toronto and one point in games against San Jose and Los Angeles. The Sens have created a lot offensively but have struggled in their own end. Ottawa has allowed just under 40 shots per game, which is horrendous. Bobby Ryan scored one goal in his return to Orange County in a 4-1 loss to the Ducks. The Senators will be fine despite the struggles early on.
10-7-13: Craig Anderson had a terrific game in a 1-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres opening-night. They let one slip away in Toronto losing to the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout. Second line center Kyle Turris is really coming into his own as an NHL player.
8-22-13: The Ottawa Senators had to deal with injuries to key players such as Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza last season, but the pesky Sens still managed to make the playoffs and win a round by knocking off Montreal before losing to the Penguins. Longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Detroit Red Wings, which has Sens fans upset. GM Bryan Murray made a splash by sending a bunch of young players to Anaheim in exchange for Bobby Ryan. On Dec. 1, the Senators will welcome Alfredsson, now donning the winged wheel, back to Ottawa. The Senators visit the Canucks at BC Place on Mar. 2 for the Heritage Classic.
Senators 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #17: Curtis Lazar, C/RW
Pick #78: Marcus Hogberg, G
Pick #102: Tobias Lindberg, RW
Pick #108: Ben Harpur, D
Pick #138: Vincent Dunn, C
Pick #161: Chris Leblanc, RW
Pick #168: Quentin Shore, C