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Ups and Downs: Week 6

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Wideman's up, Cowen's down, and everyone else fits in around them. It's ups and downs!

Stalberg's up, Michalek's down in this photo
Stalberg's up, Michalek's down in this photo
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On the one hand, the Sens had a decent week, going 1-1-1 against some pretty good opponents in the Predators, Canucks, and Rangers. On the other hand, they were outshot in each of those games. However, the Senators also seemed to improve as the week went on, going from a terrible game vs. Nashville, to having a good third period to preserve the lead against Vancouver, to holding their own against New York.

Biggest Ups: Chris Wideman

Wideman got into the game against Vancouver and scored his second goal in as many games. It earned him 17:30 minutes against the Rangers, including significant time on the powerplay and during the 3-on-3 OT. It looks like Cameron is coming around to keeping him in the lineup more. Also, for the first time on the season, a defenceman was scratched in favour of putting him in the lineup. Now there's precedent it could happen again.

Biggest Downs: Jared Cowen

Cowen had a pretty miserable week, putting up lousy numbers whether he was paired with Ceci or Borowiecki. Then the Sens played their best game in a long time with him out with "injury". I could see him spending time as a healthy scratch soon.

Goaltenders Trend Notes
Craig Anderson Stinker against the Preds, solid recovery against the Rangers.
Andrew Hammond Another great game against the 'Nucks. He now has a .930 save percentage on the season, and still has only one regulation loss in his career.
Defensemen

Mark Borowiecki That Borowiecki-Wideman duo was actually great possession-wise against the Rangers. Is it possible he's serviceable?
Cody Ceci Ottawa's worst defenceman in terms of even-strength Corsi in 3/3 games this week
Jared Cowen See Biggest Losses
Erik Karlsson Three goals and two assists on the week, not to mention he was Ottawa's best player in the two most recent games
Marc Methot Does his thing and puts up good stats. Exactly what we want of him.
Chris Phillips Hi Chris!
Chris Wideman
See Biggest Gains
Patrick Wiercioch A bad game against Nashville got him scratched against Vancouver. Looks like he may have to earn back trust again.
Forwards

Alex Chiasson I'm actually really liking Chiasson's game these days, which is a nice change from not noticing him at all.
Mike Hoffman His post hits outnumber his goals this season about 4:1
Curtis Lazar Being moved to the fourth line isn't great for Lazar, though it is a fair reflection of the offensive talent the rest of the team has
Clarke MacArthur At this point, I'm starting to hope MacA will be able to live a normal life, forget about the rest of his hockey career
Milan Michalek Ottawa's third line is shaping up nicely
Chris Neil He actually seems to have some decent chemistry with Lazar
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Pageau is still an excellent third-line centre. His week was just average though
Shane Prince
I think Prince looked really good on the second line, but Cameron didn't agree and scratched him in favour of Matt Puempel
Matt Puempel
Puempel was a terrible possession player this week. He's a pure sniper, and doesn't belong on a line with another pure sniper in Bobby Ryan
Bobby Ryan Four more points (+ a shootout goal) for the resurgent Ryan
Zack Smith What an up-and-down week. Two goals against the Predators, dumb selfish penalties against the Rangers.
Mark Stone Somehow only had one point on the week, though he had what felt like 50 takeaways
Kyle Turris Only one assist for Turris too, though his line is consistently Ottawa's best possession line. He should be putting himself into the Team Canada discussion for the World Cup of Hockey, but won't because Canada is stacked at centre.
Mika Zibanejad Z-bad had three assists in three games and could have had more. People are decrying his lack of offensive skill, but he's on pace for 63 points right now.

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