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Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Week 15

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The fourth line saw most of the moving this week

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Not a bad week for the Senators, grabbing five of a possible six points, slotting them second in the Atlantic Division with five games-in-hand on the third place Bruins. Sports Club Stats now has the Sens at 87% chance to make the playoffs.

Biggest Gains: Curtis Lazar

A controversial pick for sure, but hear me out. Guy Boucher decided this was the week that the fourth line was no longer tolerable, and he rarely gave Lazar-Kelly-Neil shifts together. For Lazar, that gave him the chance to play with some better linemates and even pick up his first point of the season. His ice time was up slightly in that game against the Blue Jackets. I feel like if anything was going to salvage his career in Ottawa, it was this opportunity. We’ll see if it actually happens.

Biggest Losses: Chris Neil

On the other end, Neil seems to lose out on this new situation. Boucher didn’t seem sure where to put Neil if it wasn’t on an energy line, and Boucher’s favourite checking line doesn’t have any openings. His ice time was down slightly accordingly. I’ve enjoyed seeing Neil this year, but it looks like he’s falling out of favour.

Ups and Downs Week 15

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson Back in Ottawa, and targetting a return to action in a few weeks. Glad to hear all is going well for Nicholle!
Mike Condon Two great games - hard to fault him for being too exhausted to put up a fight against #Lumbus on Sunday
Chris Driedger Very unsurprisingly, saw no starts this week
Andrew Hammond + No news is not good news
Defensemen
Mark Borowiecki + Never imagined a day where there'd be defencemen I'd rather have the flu than Boro
Cody Ceci Played alright, and increased his points total by 40%!
Fredrik Claesson Didn't look out of place in his first span of three games all season
Erik Karlsson Nice to see him get three points, but he wasn't particularly dominant on the ice
Marc Methot He's looking alright playing just 20 minutes a game
Dion Phaneuf He looks slow way more than I'd like, but he at least got two points
Chris Wideman Looks so good in limited minutes, and that assist this week was a thing of beauty
Forwards
Casey Bailey Called up but didn't play
Derick Brassard Not sure if I should up my standards for him, since he's up almost every week
Ryan Dzingel Great first game against Columbus, awful showing the rest of the week
Mike Hoffman Three more goals and suddenly his career high (29) isn't so far out of reach
Chris Kelly Must read this column because he didn't spend much time in his end this week
Curtis Lazar See Biggest Gains
Clarke MacArthur + Hi Clarke
Chris Neil See Biggest Losses
Jean-Gabriel Pageau A couple points, and he's become Boucher's guy to start OT risk-free
Tom Pyatt Average week, but that was a sweet shootout winner against the Leafs
Bobby Ryan Other than a fluke goal off his shinpad, not a good week at all for Ryan
Zack Smith Is one dominant game enough to get you an up arrow? Yes, yes it is.
Mark Stone Just one point (a goal) this week, but he dominated in every game. What a player.
Kyle Turris Two goals this week, but I expect him to get more than 50% of the shot attempts in at least one game per week