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Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Week 17

Who’s up and who’s down in a mild week for the Senators?

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning
Like a ballerina.
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With three games in the last week, the Ottawa Senators were all over the map going 1-2-0 on their three game road trip. A high-scoring loss to the Panthers, a convincing win against the bottom-feeding (!!!) Lightning and a shutout loss to Robin Lehner and the Sabres left a lot of Sens fans confused, myself included. Some nights the Sens look like they deserve the second divisional spot they currently occupy, whereas other nights they look completely uninterested. Despite being 50 games in, it’s still to be determined who the real Senators are.

Biggest gains: Erik Karlsson

The captain has been on a recent tear, scoring 12 points in his last 11 games. In the last three games, Karlsson led the team in assists (4), points (5), power play time on ice (12:07), blocked shots (9) and takeaways (3). He did everything for the team this week, giving him biggest gains.

Biggest losses: Curtis Lazar

It hurts to see Lazar struggling the way he has. Especially remembering the success he had in 2014-15 with Pageau and Condra, he seems to be losing confidence game by game. Being held off the score sheet yet again, I can imagine Pierre Dorion’s regretting his decision to call him up more and more.

Ups and Downs: Week 17

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson Wasn't on the ice yesterday for practice, although the good news is him and Nicholle are finally back home in Ottawa.
Mike Condon Allowed five against Florida and another four against Buffalo. Needs a rest.
Andrew Hammond Made a save and didn't get injured. Almost deserves an up arrow in itself.
Defensemen
Mark Borowiecki Looked like the Boro of old, abandoning plays to make a hit. Threw the body 13 times in two contests.
Cody Ceci Averaged 3 shots per game, which is above what he was doing previously. Still struggling with suppressing the other team.
Fredrik Claesson Another game, another point for Freddy. Get him back with Wideman!
Erik Karlsson See biggest gains.
Marc Methot Answered well after getting the down arrow last week, with a 58.59% 5v5 CF%. Still looking for his first goal.
Dion Phaneuf Held off the scoresheet, although was tied for third in shots on goal. One of the better players against Buffalo.
Chris Wideman Had a nice goal against Florida, but couldn't find his stride paired with Borowiecki.
Forwards
Derick Brassard Dominated the possession battle all week, adding a goal and assist. Hard to believe he's on pace for only 44 points.
Ryan Dzingel Turris did all the work for their line against Tampa, although Dzingel's two goals against the Panthers keep him even.
Mike Hoffman Starting to slow down from his scoring tear, going without points in 2/3 games this week. Still, two points is two points.
Chris Kelly Two shots in three games, one of which was on an empty net. The 4th line continues to be shelled out.
Curtis Lazar See biggest losses.
Clarke MacArthur + Did you know that Clarke MacArthur anagrams to 'Cruel chart karma'? No? Now you do. Get well soon, Clarke!
Chris Neil Did you know that 'Chris Neil' anagrams to 'should be in the lineup'? It doesn't, but Chris Neil should be in the lineup.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Without a point in his last five, although he succeeded in having above average possession numbers playing with Tom Pyatt.
Tom Pyatt Seems to have found a hint of chemistry with Pageau and Hoffman. Good way to spread out the talent.
Bobby Ryan Same predicament as Dzingel. Good game in Sunrise, quiet the rest of the week.
Zack Smith Smith played the roll of defensive forward this week, allowing only 26 shot attempts against. Two assists, 66.23 CF%.
Mark Stone When's Mark Stone not fantastic? Only two takeaways, but led Sens forwards in goals, assists and points.
Kyle Turris Three points in three games, two goals away from 20.
Tommy Wingels Hasn't scored since his first game in O-Town, but what more can you expect from someone stapled to Lazar and Kelly?