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Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Week 16

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Who’s up and who’s down in the All-Star shortened week?

NHL: Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators
Tommy Wingels, the Sens’ most recent acquisition, scored in his first game.
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A shutout against the Washington Capitals and a lackadaisical effort vs the Flames make for a mixed week. It’s the ups and downs for week sixteen.

Biggest Gains: Fredrik Claesson

Everybody expected Steady Freddy to be a depth defender for the Sens heading into this season. Having only played in eleven games prior to this week, he took advantage of subbing in for a sick Mark Borowiecki, bringing his season point total from zero to three. With Boro likely close to returning, Claesson is certainly not making Guy Boucher’s choice for the 6th defenseman a simple one.

Biggest Losses: Marc Methot

This certainly won’t be a popular choice for biggest losses, but Methot’s play as of recent has been disappointing. Not only has it been over 300 days since his last goal, but he finished this week’s two games with relative Corsi% of -21.32. That’s while playing with Erik Karlsson, who finished the week with positive relative possession.

Ups and Downs: Week 16

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson Was practcing in Florida yesterday with goalie coach Pierre Groulx. Might even get a start on the road trip.
Mike Condon A shutout vs the league's top scoring team will get you an up arrow any day.
Andrew Hammond + Also on the road trip, seems to be feeling better.
Defensemen
Mark Borowiecki + Still listed as day-to-day, no word on how he's feeling.
Cody Ceci Played a total 46 minutes, didn't do anything with it. At what point does Wideman surpass him?
Fredrik Claesson See biggest gains.
Erik Karlsson An appearance at the All-Star Game can't offset his poor showing versus Calgary.
Marc Methot See biggest losses.
Dion Phaneuf Has been playing lots on both special teams. Him and Ceci got buried in possession.
Chris Wideman An assist vs Washington and a goal against Calgary gets Wideman the up arrow.
Forwards
Casey Bailey Appeared in one game as a sub for Hoffman. Can't really make a judgement off of 5:16.
Derick Brassard Great game vs Washington, threw five hits vs Calgary. Decent week for Brass.
Ryan Dzingel Dzingel's been on a bit of a slump recently, with one point in his last four games. The points will come for the speedster.
Mike Hoffman Missed a game to illness, although came back strong with an assist and three shots against the Flames.
Chris Kelly A goal against the Caps won't compensate a -21.44 relative Corsi %.
Curtis Lazar Played six minutes a night. Met expectations.
Clarke MacArthur + Hi Clarke!
Chris Neil Looks like he's fallen out of the coach's favour with the arrival of Tommy Wingels. Healthy scratch vs Calgary.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Was on the ice for 12 5v5 shot attempts for, and 24 against. Zero points as well as he's been recently trending downwards.
Tom Pyatt Took good care defensively vs Washington, got caved in against the Flames. His speed has been slowly growing on me.
Bobby Ryan Picked up his 11th goal of the season, quietly putting him on pace for 22 goals (not accounting for games missed).
Zack Smith One of Ottawa's three multi-point players of the week, with a goal and an assist.
Mark Stone Although he was held off the scoresheet, he helped drive Ottawa's offence with Smith and Brassard. Added five takeaways.
Kyle Turris Cooled off after scoring eight points in the seven games prior. Still a relative CF% of 12.23.
Tommy Wingels Scored in his Sens debut. Welcome to Ottawa, Tommy!