The Noon Number: 48

He likes to score, and he likes to win.

48 - The number of games Kaspars Daugavins has played so far this season for the Ottawa Senators. That's as many as Filip Kuba and Chris Neil, and more than Brian Lee.

I shouldn't be surprised by the figure, but I am. Daugavins plays an under-the-radar style of hockey, so it's probably easy to forget just how long he's been in the Senators lineup. It's an impressive feat for a player who was rumoured to be close to returning to Latvia to play in the KHL this off-season, but decided to give North American pro hockey another chance. Looks like he made the right choice, as Paul MacLean seems to trust Daugavins with a regular shift on the fourth line and the penalty-kill.

In his 48 games, Daugavins has scored eight points (3G, 5A) and been assessed just 12 penalty minutes. Although it's been nine games since his last point, Rooster's ice time has increased over the last few games because of an increased energy level on that fourth line. He's stayed in the lineup while players like Bobby Butler and Zenon Konopka have been scratched.

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