Well, the Senators manged to play more than one game this week, and they managed not to do too badly, posting a 2-1-1 record in four games, and picking up 5 of a possible 8 points. They took care of Florida twice and played what was definitely their most complete game of the season--without their captain, no less--in holding the Pittsburgh Penguins to one goal in a 2-1 shootout loss. Of course, sandwiched between good performances was a sloppy hootenanny in Tampa Bay--a game that's already looking like one you wish the team could have a do-over on.
No do-overs in the NHL, unfortunately. The only way out is through.
Biggest gains: Kyle Turris
Ottawa's leading goal-scorer hasn't yet showed consistent chemistry with his linemates--yet. But one of his goals came off a fantastic feed from Latendresse and another was from a fantastic feed from Alfredsson. Turris could have gotten Alfie his first goal of the season by returning another great feed later, but who can blame him for shooting with the way his season has started? He's been Ottawa's best forward, with and without the puck.
Biggest loses: Ben Bishop
Bishop was, shall we say, not great in his first action of the season--and the team cannot afford to have a backup goalie who is not great. Especially since they have a backup waiting who is great. If Robin Lehner wasn't on a two-way contract, Bishop would be in the AHL right now. It's as simple as that.