Will Kyle Turris have a big game in Phoenix tonight? (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Kyle Turris will make his return to Phoenix tonight in his first game back since the trade to Ottawa. Turris has stabilised the second line position for Ottawa with 13 points in 18 games, which is already more than Bobby Butler and Kaspars Daugavins. Projected over a full 82-game season, that would leave Turris at 59 points. Certainly an elite second line centre if he can do that over a full season.
Turris also has a +11 plus/minus rating, however that has more to do with Craig Anderson's .950 save percentage with Turris on the ice. Still, while I still think it was a mistake to give up what the Senators did for him, Turris has certainly had a very solid start in Ottawa. In his first game back against the club from whom Turris forced a trade, one would have to think he will be motivated more than usual tonight.
David Rundblad meanwhile played only two games in Phoenix, picking up an assist in each game. However, since being sent to the AHL, he's scored a goal in 3 of the 5 games as well as adding an assist.
- Recap from last night. (Silver Seven, Ottawa Sun, Senators Extra)
- Post-game video from the coach and various players. (Ottawa Senators)
- The panel is split with three predicting a win and three going with a loss. Peter was missing in action. (Senators Extra)
- Kyle Turris feels his style fits in a lot better in Ottawa than it did in Phoenix. He might get booed a bit but at least it won't be sold out right? (Senators Extra, Sportsnet)
- So...Eugene Melnyk is the voice of reason now? (Ottawa Sun)
- Mika Zibanejad is the 16th best prospect in hockey according to this ranking. They are concerned that Zibanejad is only seeing slightly more ice time in the Elitserien than the NHL though. (Hockey Prospectus)
- The Senators have been very lucky with injuries to key players this season. (Ottawa Citizen)
- Kerry Fraser thinks Ryan Getzlaf should have received a penalty on the Erik Karlsson dive incident, though he does spell Karlsson's first name incorrectly. He also felt it would be inappropriate for the referee to label Karlsson a diver, and instead thinks the referee should have told MacLean that Karlsson took a dive (if he thought so). (TSN)