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Ups and Downs: Week 9

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Karlsson's up and Cowen's down in this week's rankings

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Not a great week for the Senators, but they still pulled four out of eight points. Losses to the Flyers and Rangers were balanced out by overtime wins over the Blackhawks and the Islanders.

Biggest gains: Erik Karlsson

Six points on the week moved him up to first in the Eastern Conference, two ahead of Mike Cammalleri (!!), and six ahead of his closest competitors in the Atlantic Division, two of whom also happen to play for the Sens. Not to mention the Sens are so much better with him on the ice:

Biggest losses: Jared Cowen

Cowen is yet again showing he just can't compete as a second-line defenceman. To be fair to him, Ceci hasn't been helping much, but Ceci's good game against the Flyers bumps him up just enough to not get biggest losses on the week.

Goaltenders Trend Notes
Craig Anderson He had a pretty good week overall, but to me he looks pretty tired. I'd really like to see Dave Cameron give Driedger a shot sometime, especially on the second half of a back-to-back.
Andrew Hammond Get well soon Hammond! Ottawa needs a backup goalie they trust.
Chris Driedger
Ottawa needs a backup goalie they trust
Defensemen

Mark Borowiecki Borowiecki met my admittedly low expectations for the week.
Cody Ceci Not a good week for Ceci at all. If he's not scoring points, he isn't looking great on the defensive end of things either
Jared Cowen See Biggest Losses
Erik Karlsson See Biggest Gains
Marc Methot Currently on pace for 7 goals on the season, which would be a career high.
Chris Phillips Hi Chris!
Chris Wideman
Expected to drive possession, and he was a positive possession player in 3/4 games this week. That's ok.
Patrick Wiercioch Made it into one game this week as a seventh d-man, but he looked fine. Probably still a better option than four of the defencemen who play regularly.
Forwards

Alex Chiasson Pretty good.
Dave Dziurzynski
I'm pretty happy with his couple games. He has a better shot than I remember, and even got an assist.
Mike Hoffman Four more goals this week. What a player he has become
Curtis Lazar Pretty mediocre week for Lazar
Clarke MacArthur Still still still out.
Milan Michalek Could be out a long time
Chris Neil Once again a positive possession player. Where has this Chris Neil been the last three seasons?
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Good news for Pageau is that the Sens play Montreal again this week.
Shane Prince
He had a fine week. I think he's the best fit to take the last top-line wing spot.
Bobby Ryan Had a pretty up-and-down week, but that great game against the Blackhawks tips the scales in the up direction
Zack Smith The fourth line is still playing pretty well.
Mark Stone Had two great goals this week. He may not be making $7-million per year, but I still think he deserves more of a shot with the top line than Ryan.
Kyle Turris Ottawa dodged a real bullet that their #1 centre's injury against the Isles wasn't nearly as bad as it looked.
Mika Zibanejad Not as big of a bullet, but I think Ottawa is still a lot better off with Z-bad still in the lineup.

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