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Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Week 13

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Stone’s up, but the captain’s down in this week’s edition

Edmonton Oilers v Ottawa Senators
Stone using his legendary vision to earn Biggest Gains
Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s a little weird calling it “Week 13” since the Senators were off for four days of it, but no matter. It makes it easier for me to do ups and downs. And this week was interesting, with the Sens losing a 1-0 game to the Capitals in which they deserved better, only to beat the Oilers 5-3 in a game in which they deserved worse.

Biggest Gains: Mark Stone

He was undoubtedly Ottawa’s best player this week. Almost all of the offence flows through him, and a lot of Ottawa’s defensive recoveries come courtesy of him as well. Three more points just add to the great year he’s having for a goal-starved Senators team.

Biggest Losses: Erik Karlsson

You’d be forgiven for thinking the captain was still on holidays. He was held off the scoreboard in both games this week, leading him to four games without a point. He didn’t even register a shot in the game against the Oilers (though he had four against the Caps). His side also had 17.5% of the 5v5 shot attempts when on the ice against the Oilers, which is just awful. No wonder Cody Ceci got four more minutes than him in that game. The good news is we know he’s better than this. Much better.

Week 13

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson The good news is that Nicholle has been responding to treatment so far
Mike Condon Four goals on 54 shots in two nights isn't bad at all
Andrew Hammond + On pace for 6.5 starts this year
Matt O'Connor Doubt he'll get the chance to play
Defensemen
Mark Borowiecki 2017 Borocop is living up to the expectations set by late-2016 Borocop
Cody Ceci Credit where credit is due: best player on the week based on shot attempts, had two points, and played more than 49 minutes in two games
Fredrik Claesson A mysterious Ryan scratch gave him five-and-a-half minutes against the Capitals, his first action since December 1st
Erik Karlsson See Biggest Losses
Marc Methot Not as disappointing this week as Karlsson, but that doesn't mean he was good
Dion Phaneuf Not the biggest $7M anchor on this team
Chris Wideman Not entirely sure why he got only eight minutes against the Oilers
Forwards
Derick Brassard Kept rolling with Smith and Stone as if it were Hoffman and Stone
Ryan Dzingel He came, he saw, he played
Mike Hoffman Scored more points when playing with Pyatt-Pageau than with Stone-Brassard
Chris Kelly Has become this year's "ugh" player
Curtis Lazar I have no recollection, but stats show he in fact played both games this week
Clarke MacArthur + Hi Clarke
Chris Neil Probably his worst week of the year, which means he's been pretty reliable this season
Jean-Gabriel Pageau I had such high hopes for him this year, and he's been very invisible
Tom Pyatt Scores just enough goals to make it hard to justify giving him a down arrow
Bobby Ryan Not a good look when your highest-paid player is scratched for undisclosed reasons
Zack Smith Returned to little fanfare, so of course he scored two points
Mark Stone See Biggest Gains
Kyle Turris Two points this week, though one was an empty-netter