(Ups and downs is a feature that looks at the individual performances of the Ottawa Senators during the past week.)
Before we start, I want to give a big shout out to community members SwedeTom and TheGuineaPig for their most excellent fan posts this weekend. Since there's a ridiculous afternoon game today, the front page is about to get spammed with a GDT, a recap, and maybe even some Silver Nuggets if there's no Star Trek marathon anywhere, so you may miss them, and that would be a shame. Check them out here:
- Jakob Silfverberg is ready. Let's just nickname him "Bonesaw" and be done with it.
- All-Time Sens Killers. Because masochism is okay if it's well-written, apparently.
Anyway, the Senators only played two games last week and won them both. That's because their daddies were with them. They don't lose when they do this dad's trip thing, and head coach Paul MacLean was smooth enough to include the dads in the locker room for pre-game preparations.
Why don't the Senators just have their dads along all the time, you ask? Because eventually they'd get fed up and hate hockey. Just ask Robin Lehner's dad's son.
Biggest gains: Hasse Alfredsson
No, I'm just kidding. Our newer readers may not understand the meme behind the image, which is not of Alfie's actual dad. During the Sens' first dad's trip, Hasse had missed a goal Alfie had scored. It was quickly decided in the comments that Hasse wouldn't have been impressed anyway, because as a dad, he would have been the one to teach Alfie everything anyway, having done it all before himself. Now Hasse is unimpressed by everything according to Silver Seven.
Biggest gains: Jason Spezza
We wanted to give this to the much-maligned Bobby Butler, who had a great week, but Spezza had seven points (3G, 4A) in two games. And on back-to-back nights. When you consider that the team scored 10 goals in those two games, Spezza's impact becomes even clearer: he was involved in some way on 70% of all of Ottawa's offense for the week. That's a good little run, there.
Biggest losses: Matt Carkner
Scratched for the entire father's trip, Carkner doesn't have much to show for himself recently. Considering Brian Lee's strong play and Carkner's UFA status, there's a very real chance that he might have played his last game in a Sens jersey this year--he might be eyed by a playoff team seeking toughness. If MacLean isn't going to play him, general manager Bryan Murray might just trade him.
(read on for the full rundown...)
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|A shutout and a strong win over Florida. This is the Anderson the Senators need.|
|And back to the bench he goes!|
|See "Biggest losses."|
|We really liked his play in both games this week--it was a far cry from the nonsensical puck-chasing of the recent past.|
|Had an assist in the win over Tampa Bay, but it's a warning sign that Karlsson and Kuba have taken over as the team's top power play defensemen.|
|Three points (1G, 2A) in two games. Whatever was causing his little slump, it seems to have disappeared.|
|Is too valuable to trade.If you thought this would happen a year ago, you are a liar.|
|Notched two assists against Florida, and they were both crucial, as he and the fourth line kept the team afloat until the stars woke up.|
|Well, he can't play every game like it's his thousandth.|
|There is no amount of praise we can heap on this man that would be too much. Did you see his 20th goal of the season?|
|Had exactly four fewer points than Spezza in as many games. What a bust.|
|Just chillin' on the third line and killing penalties.|
|Had a great game against Florida, and it was a long time in coming.|
|Give him credit--he's not letting his demotion affect his hustle.|
|Has yet to show any chemistry with Turris and Alfredsson.|
|Scratched due to Jim O'Brien's hustle.|
|Three points (1G, 2A) in two games. So, if you're keeping track, Jason Spezza outscored his two wingers combined.|
|We still feel like he's not really fitting on the fourth line.|
|Scored his first NHL goal this week!|
|We loved his two-fight night in Florida. But we're not sure where the offense has gone. It's possible the third line has evolved into the team's checking line.|
|The effort is there, but the points are not. Still scoreless in February, even though he's hit a bunch of posts and had an open net or two.|
|See "Biggest gains."|