When Kaspars Daugavins was called up, the expectations were largely that he will get a few games until Daniel Alfredsson comes back. However, Daugavins has played well in his six games with Ottawa. He is responsible defensively and has been very useful on the penalty kill. He averages 1:46 of penalty kill time, which is fifth among Senators forwards. It is worth mentioning though, that the Senators have taken 22 penalties in the six games Daugavins has played (3.67 penalties per game) and 46 in the nine games he hasn't played (5.11 penalties per game). Daugavins has been a regular on the penalty kill, albeit on the second unit.
In the games that Daugavins has played, the Senators penalty kill has only allowed one goal while Daugavins was on the ice and four goals in total. To put it another way, the Senators penalty kill has been 18/22 for 81.8% in games when Daugavins plays and 33/46 for 71.7% in the nine games he hasn't played. Of course, Daugavins hasn't improved the penalty kill all by himself, but he's certainly performed well on it.
Beyond the penalty kill, Daugavins isn't completely one dimensional. He's created a few scoring chances already in his short stint and he had 54 points in 73 games with Binghamton last year as well as 20 points in 23 playoff games.
When Daniel Alfredsson returns, will Kaspars Daugavins keep his place?
General Sens News
- Nikita Filatov was sent back to Binghamton this morning. In his four games since his return, Filatov wasn't on the ice for any goals for or against. He wasn't really given a chance to perform, but he didn't screw up either. About as well as he could have done given his ice time and linemates. (Ottawa Senators)
- The Phoenix Coyotes are adamant that Kyle Turris will not be traded before he signs a contract. Hooray to not overpaying for him! (Ottawa Sun)
- Jason Spezza leads the NHL in face-offs taken and has a pretty good rate of winning them too. Also Wojtek Wolski has been placed on injured reserve, so he will not play on Wednesday in Ottawa. (Ottawa Sun)
- Daniel Alfredsson is skating and making progress. No timetable for a return though. (Ian Mendes)
- Yet another article on Erik Karlsson's upcoming contract extension. Tyler Myers got 7-years and $38.5 million, will Erik Karlsson be in that range? There have been a lot of good defencemen taken in the 2008 draft class and Karlsson just might be the best of them after Drew Doughty. (Ottawa Citizen)
- The 6th Sens take a look at some of their favourite Senators pests, the Sens treatment of Nikita Filatov and the rising trade value of Filip Kuba. (The 6th Sens)
- After David Rundblad was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row, Jared Crozier asks if the Senators are showcasing Brian Lee for a trade partner. (Senshot)
- In a move that made David Rundblad likely think "That God I was traded out of there", the St. Louis Blues fired Davis Payne and hired Ken Hitchcock. (Yahoo!)
- Georges Laraque thinks the NHL has a doping problem. (Yahoo!)
- Staying with him, after Laraque called Wayne Gretzky the worst coach he's played for, Darren Pang had an entertaining twitter fight with Georges. (Yahoo!)