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Ups and Downs: Week 14

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Hoffman had a good week, but Kelly really didn’t

NHL: Ottawa Senators at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

All in all, not a bad week for the Senators. They outplayed each of their opponents, which led to two wins (over the Penguins and Blues) and a loss (to the Maple Leafs). Now Ottawa is in a three-way tie for third in the Atlantic Division, with about 120 games in hand on the second-place Bruins.

Biggest Gains: Mike Hoffman

Remember when he wasn’t defensively-responsible enough to play regular minutes? Turns out he now belongs on the checking line, shutting down other teams’ top lines and scoring three goals in three games. Imagine how well he could be doing if he was getting passes from Mark Stone instead of Tom Pyatt? (Also imagine how caved the third line would be if Hoffman got replaced with Curtis Lazar or something.)

Biggest Losses: Chris Kelly

I’ve harped on him before in this section, but it looks like Guy Boucher is finally taking note. He played his lowest TOI total of the season on Saturday against the Leafs at 6:58, a full 1.5 minutes behind his previous low. If he’s no longer trusted to play defensive minutes (which he shouldn’t be), he may be on his way out of the NHL.

Ups and Downs Week 14

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson At this point, he probably won't be back until earliest after the All-Star break
Mike Condon Great against Pittsburgh, not good against the Leafs or Blues. But it's hard to give a down arrow to a guy who will be starting every game until the apocalypse
Chris Driedger Did you know he's the new callup?
Andrew Hammond + On pace for 6.5 starts this year
Matt O'Connor Played 0 seconds in his callup
Defensemen
Mark Borowiecki Somehow played 19 minutes against the Pens, though it was probably his worst game of the week
Cody Ceci Not convinced he should be a 20+ minute guy, but he's at least not getting totally caved
Fredrik Claesson Got told to get an apartment in Ottawa - even though he actually plays once a month
Erik Karlsson Nice to see him get four points in three games to rectify what was a worrisome trend
Marc Methot Not as good a week as I would've liked to see from him
Dion Phaneuf Really hope he says "Suck it, Toronto" after he scores against them
Chris Wideman Nice to see him hit a career-high in minutes played against the Penguins, clearing the 20-minute hurdle
Forwards
Derick Brassard Hope he buys Mark Stone a new car at the end of the season
Ryan Dzingel Two points, not too shabby
Mike Hoffman See Biggest Gains
Chris Kelly See Biggest Losses
Curtis Lazar I don't see how playing him with Kelly is better than scratching him at this point
Clarke MacArthur + Hi Clarke
Chris Neil His linemates seem to finally be dragging him down
Jean-Gabriel Pageau His point totals have gone up since getting a goal-scorer on his line
Tom Pyatt Taking advantage of a chance to play with Hoffman by putting up some points
Bobby Ryan Point-per-game this week; we'll take what we can get
Zack Smith Ho-hum, just two points this week
Mark Stone Three more goals ties him for the team lead
Kyle Turris Four points is big for what should be the team's top-line centre