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Ups and Downs: Week 21

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A sweep of the California teams means a lot of up arrows to go around this week

Celebrate good times, come on!
Celebrate good times, come on!
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The play-offs are still a long shot, no better than 1-in-4 odds even from the most optimistic of models, but at least for one weeks Sens fans could do nothing but rejoice. The mood of the fanbase right now is pretty much:

Biggest gains: Andrew Hammond

As if there was any other possible choice? The Ham-God, as I like to call him, shut out the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings on consecutive nights and then posted a stellar performance against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday to secure a third win in three games this week. Andrew Hammond's story is one of those hockey fairy tales that reminds us how much it is to be a fan sometimes.

Biggest losses: ???

Besides the injuries and the suspensions, it's hard to pick anyone for this particular title. When the team goes 3-0 in California for the first time in franchise history, I think it's fair to put the dunce cap on the shelf if only for this week.

Goaltenders Trend Notes
Craig Anderson Andy missed all three games this week but is slated to back up Hammond in Minnesota before getting his first start since January against Winnipeg on Wednesday.
Robin Lehner

No timelines for Lehner's return yet.

Andrew Hammond

See: Biggest Gains

Defensemen



Mark Borowiecki Paired (mostly) successfully with Gryba this week. Boro also stood up for his teammates by dropping the mitts against Anaheim if you're into that sort of thing
Cody Ceci His work with Patrick Wiercioch this week finally, finally, solidifed the second pairing and was a big part of why the Senators not only won all three games this week but held their own throughout.
Jared Cowen Cowen was suspended for his hit against Florida, then saw the team play roughly a hundred times better with him out of the line-up. 
Eric Gryba When he's not asked to do too much, Eric Gryba can be a serviceable third pairing defenseman. This week, he was that and more.
Erik Karlsson If it wasn't for Andrew Hammond, Erik Karlsson might have taken home the Biggest Gains crown yet again.  Two more points, big possession numbers, numerous spectacular plays. The king stays the king.
Marc Methot Good week for Methot 
Chris Phillips Does he even play for this team anymore? Phillips didn't even make the trip out West.
Patrick Wiercioch Played solid games throughout the week and though he and Ceci didn't post positive Corsi numbers, they didn't get buried despite playing some tough competition and tougher than usual zone starts. The second pairing still needs work, but it's a start.
Forwards

Alex Chiasson No points, but solid possession numbers throughout the week. Cameron's strategy has been to get Chiasson on the ice for as many offensive zone face-offs as possible, however, so take his Corsi #s with a grain of salt.
Erik Condra Condra potted the game-winning goal against the Ducks and continued to contribute defensively; he's been absolutely buried in the defensive end this trip by Cameron.
Mike Hoffman Five points in three games for Hoffman, including his first power play goal of the season. He's been really, really good. Really good.
Curtis Lazar Lazar missed the game against Los Angeles because of an illness but was good in the two games in which he played. 
David Legwand He was David Legwand. Take that for what you will.
Clarke MacArthur Mac remains out with no time table set for his return.
Milan Michalek Michalek came back down to earth a bit this week, notching just the one assist in three games. 
Chris Neil Had surgery on his injured thumb this week, should be back in a few weeks.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Pageau's been tasked with killing penalties and driving play out of the Sens' end and he's done both of those things well. His work with Erik Condra has been exemplary.
Bobby Ryan Another good week for Ryan. Despite the faceplant after the breakaway in Anaheim, Ryan racked up two assists in three games. 
Zack Smith It sounds like we might not see Smith again this season. Get well soon!
Mark Stone Two more points for Stone but the Turris line did struggle a bit at driving possession this week; really the only blemish.
Kyle Turris A goal and an assist for Turris, but like Stone and Michalek before him Turris gets dinged for some mediocre possession numbers. 
Mika Zibanejad A goal and two assists for Zibby to go with some strong overall play from his line cements the up arrow. He's already matched his point total from last season.
Colin Greening He's baaaack! Greening wasn't especially good against San Jose, in fact he took a needless penalty, but he made it back to the NHL and that's enough to get him a green arrow this week.
Matt Puempel He's looked alright in his time with the squad but nothing too remarkable. Had a couple of chances to get his first NHL goal against San Jose.

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