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Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Week 20

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Craig Anderson’s up, Cody Ceci’s down in this week’s edition of Ups and Downs.

Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils
Craig Anderson had another amazing week stopping 107 of 112 shots.
Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

A four game road trip this week saw the Ottawa Senators go an even 2-2, eking out 2-1 wins against the Devils and Panthers, and dropping games 3-0 and 5-1 against the Canes and Lightning.

The Atlantic standings remain tense. Ottawa’s now four points behind the Canadiens for the division lead with two games in hand, and only two ahead of Boston with one game in hand. Toronto holds onto the second wild card spot with 69 points in the same number of games played as Ottawa, with the Islanders and Panthers back one and three points of the playoffs respectively (both with same number GP as Sens and Leafs).

Playing .500 hockey isn’t going to cut it anymore, and the offence needs to be able to provide more than five goals in four games. The lack of scoring this week is understandable with the semi-absences of Stone and Hoffman, although that only exposes the weaknesses in Ottawa’s depth.

Biggest Gains: Craig Anderson

That’s right, Craig Anderson gets biggest gains for two weeks in a row. He faced 112 shots over the course of three starts, and finished with a save percentage of .955 (best in the NHL with at least 3 GP). Another fantastic week for Ottawa's #1.

Biggest Losses: Cody Ceci

Another bad week for Ceci, finishing scoreless with 3 SOG and a team-low 37.75 CF%. He ranks 28th in the league this season in time on ice per game (23:15), so it’s a mystery as to why the Sens are treating him like a #1 defenseman.

With the trade deadline tomorrow at 3 PM, it appears Ceci is unlikely to be traded unless Dorion can somehow find a way to replace him. The Sens may be keen on contending this season, although it’s hard to see them making a deep run with such an exposed wound in the second pairing.

Ups and Downs: Week 20

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson See biggest gains.
Mike Condon Only managed to make it into last night's game against Tampa, letting in five. Maybe needs an opposite recovery, after being used to playing every game.
Defensemen
Mark Borowiecki Four games, three fighting majors. Surpringly finished the week with a 6.51 Rel. CF%.
Cody Ceci See biggest losses.
Fredrik Claesson Zero games this week. #FreeFreddy
Erik Karlsson The captain is heating up at the right time, with 14 points in 13 games since the beginning of February. Continued his pace this week.
Marc Methot I don't know about you, but Methot's seemed pretty invisible lately.
Dion Phaneuf His lack of speed has been really showing. Played 28:02 against the Panthers, his highest TOI of the season.
Chris Wideman Wasn't as big a possession driver as he was in previous weeks, but still finished positive relatively.
Forwards
Casey Bailey Looked solid in his two games. Sent back down to Binghamton.
Mike Blunden His callups have been slightly less impressive. 38.89 CF% against Tampa last night, albeit with minimal TOI.
Derick Brassard After scoring five points last week, Brassard has cooled back down with a lone assists and seven shots.
Ryan Dzingel Created and received plenty of chances, although he couldn't finish any of them. Dropped the mitts for the second time of his career.
Mike Hoffman Just returning from a lower-body injury, Hoffman's recorded a point in every game since.
Chris Kelly I still can't believe he's played every single game this season. His PK numbers haven't been all that great either.
Curtis Lazar + Dorion has offers on Lazar for a 2nd round pick, but he's apparently gunning for a 1st, which makes no sense.
Clarke MacArthur + Clarke MacArthur anagrams to "reach truck alarm", which is what Dorion did yesterday.
Max McCormick Wait, he played?
Chris Neil Fought, finished even in shot attempts. May be scratched even more with the acquisition of Burrows.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Got plenty of looks at the net this week with 12 shots (2nd amongst forwards). Still gave up more than he took, though.
Tom Pyatt DiDomenico has put up higher offensive numbers in the NLA than Pyatt. Wonder if he'll finally slip down the depth chart.
Bobby Ryan + Out 3-6 weeks with a hand injury.
Zack Smith Saw the gritty side of Smith this week, throwing a dozen hits and adding a helper.
Mark Stone Also returning from injury, he led the team in possession but failed to record a point.
Kyle Turris The only Senators to find the back of the net multiple times (3), he and Stone continue to battle for the team lead in goals.
Phil Varone Also looked solid in his minimal deployment this week. The acquisition of Burrows should see him sent down soon.
Tommy Wingels I'll be honest, I haven't been too impressed with Wingelss since his Sens debut. He's been slow and unable to provide much in terms of offence of defence.