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Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Weeks 18 and 19

It’s a double-dose of our weekly feature!

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After a brief hiatus, Ups and Downs is back! It’s been a couple weeks since the last time this happened, so here’s a quick rundown of the last two weeks:

Feb 9 - Senators 3, Stars 2
Feb 11 - Senators 3, Islanders 0 (Andy’s return to action)
Feb 14 - Sabres 3, Senators 2
Feb 16 - Senators 3, Devils 0 (Condon’s dad being adorable)
Feb 18 - Senators 6, Maple Leafs 3
Feb 19 - Jets 3, Senators 2
Feb 21 - Senators 2, Devils 1

Phew. Still with me? That means Ottawa went an impressive 5-2-0 in that span. Now it’s time to see how things have gone.

Biggest Gains: Craig Anderson

Could there be anyone else? His return to the net has just solidified his reputation as the great Sens goalie ever. A shutout and a sparkling .944 save percentage in four games. Not to mention that on a personal note, Nicholle seems to be doing very well. Truly a big gainer.

Biggest Losses: The fans

Is this a copout? Yes. But watching the team’s best offensive players go down with injury in the same game was hard. This team had a real chance to win the division, but now lacking three of their top-six forwards (all four if you count Clarke MacArthur), the Sens will be a in a dogfight to make it. We’ll all be waiting expectantly for somebody, anybody to return from injury.

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Craig Anderson See Biggest Gains
Mike Condon Winnipeg wasn't great, but his other two games were great
Mark Borowiecki Looked like he might be losing his spot to Claesson, but still is ahead in Boucher's books for now
Cody Ceci Plays a tonne of minutes, gets shelled. Rinse, wash, repeat.
Fredrik Claesson Has been great in limited minutes, so of course he's a routine scratch
Erik Karlsson Don't look now, but the captain's on a six-game point streak
Marc Methot Has played some of his best hockey of the year recently
Dion Phaneuf Sub-par possession numbers, but he's also been putting up the points lately
Chris Wideman Just been very, very good
Casey Bailey He played a game
Derick Brassard Looks like his run of play with great linemates may be coming to an end
Ryan Dzingel Could put in a claim for best winger on the team all of a sudden
Mike Hoffman + Second-biggest injury on the team
Chris Kelly Hovering right around the 10-minute mark per game, which is alright with me
Curtis Lazar In and out of the lineup, hardly notice him when he's there
Clarke MacArthur + Hi Clarke
Max McCormick Also played a game this week
Chris Neil Also in and out of the lineup, but at least I notice him mostly when he's there
Jean-Gabriel Pageau I mean, he's been fine
Tom Pyatt That's Top-Six Winger Tom Pyatt to you
Bobby Ryan + Just his luck he plays his best game in more than a year, then gets hurt a game and a half later
Zack Smith Really the only player who could challenge Dzingel for best winger on the team right now
Mark Stone + The devastating injury on this team - except according to DoPS, he's not actually injured
Kyle Turris Just keeps quietly having a great year with a rotating cast of linemates