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Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Week 2

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Pyatt's up, Ceci's down in this week's ratings

Tom Pyatt works on his duckwalk during pre-season play
Tom Pyatt works on his duckwalk during pre-season play
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There have been only two games since the last time we rated the players: a high-scoring win over the Coyotes, and a predictable loss to the Lightning.

Biggest gains: Tom Pyatt

Most figured Pyatt had just lucked into the Sens having a bunch of injuries in training camp, and that once people started getting healthy he'd be one of the first ones down. He followed up a strong first week with an even stronger second week. He scored two points against the Coyotes, and then was arguably the Sens' best forward against the Bolts. And wouldn't you know it, Phil Varone is on his way down to Bingo to make room for Curtis Lazar's return. People were talking about the Lazar-Dzingel-Puempel battle to make the team out of training camp, and somehow the unheralded Pyatt has passed them all.

Biggest losses: Cody Ceci

Ceci finally picked up his first point of the season (an assist), but he hasn't looked great overall. After clearing 25 minutes against the Habs, he's back down to 22 minutes per game. Most importantly, Chris Wideman's been getting time with Phaneuf, and Phaneuf-Wideman has become the D-pairing for the second powerplay unit. That's not great for a young, offensive-minded defenceman to lose his shot there. Obviously it's still early in the season, but I think a Methot-Ceci pairing might be a good idea, just to try to ground Ceci's game a little more.

Goaltenders Trend Notes
Craig Anderson He has yet to clear a .900 save percentage in a game this season
Andrew Hammond Hasn't played since a miserable loss last week
Defensemen

Mark Borowiecki Definitely not the reason for either the win or the loss this week
Cody Ceci See Biggest Losses
Thomas Chabot
Showed some offensive promise and defensive inability in his first NHL game, which is about what we all expected
Erik Karlsson Not even a question that he's the team's best player
Marc Methot A very strong week for Methot defensively
Dion Phaneuf
Another dumb penalty, another week of not looking great in his own end. But hey, at least Michalek got waived, right?
Chris Wideman
Earned a promotion to the second pairing, but that's more a function of the lack of competition than his own good play
Forwards

Derick Brassard
Why doesn't he have six points yet?
Ryan Dzingel
Another assist, and he's been looking dangerous with his speed
Mike Hoffman Finally got some points (three assists), and his 23 shots have him fifth in the NHL
Chris Kelly
Put up some timely points against Arizona, and has been everything the Sens needed in a fourth-line centre
Clarke MacArthur He says he's recovering much faster than he did the last time
Chris Neil A goal and the team's best 5v5 shot attempt rating against the Lightning
Jean-Gabriel Pageau He's been fine, but I can't help but think he should've been better considering how good his linemates' weeks were
Matt Puempel Didn't play
Tom Pyatt
See Biggest Gains
Bobby Ryan His week was OK, which would be fine if he wasn't being paid $7M
Zack Smith Perfectly adequate week for Smith, which is great since he still looks fine as a top-six fill-in
Mark Stone Stone is pretty good at hockey, and he had a couple great plays leading to goals against Arizona
Kyle Turris A very dominant game against Arizona is offset by a not-great game against Tampa
Phil Varone
Got into one game, played less than eight minutes, got sent down to Binghamton. It might be his last appearance on this list all season

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