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Ups and Downs: Playoffs Week 3

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Any guesses who was top performer of Round 2 so far?

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t look now, but the Senators are up 2-0 on the New York Rangers in Round 2. I’ll continue to preach not counting your chickens before they’ve hatched, but this is still more wins than many pundits saw the Sens getting. That’s pretty good.

Biggest Gains: Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Could it be anyone else? That four-goal performance was arguably the greatest playoff performance by any Senator ever. Just incredible.

Biggest Losses: Chris Wideman

With due respect to the atrocity we call a powerplay, Wideman is the biggest loser thus far. Boucher seems happy to keep playing a winning lineup, and that makes Wideman that odd man out. I think he could draw in for Harpur again at this point, if nothing other than to keep the players fresh, but for now he’s lost his lineup spot.

Ups and Downs

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson Great Game 1, awful Game 2, but hey, two wins!
Mike Condon Not gonna play unless Andy lets in more than 5 goals, apparently
Defensemen
Mark Borowiecki + It must be a serious injury - can't think of whe else he'd still be out
Cody Ceci He's broken even in the "fancy stats" which is hugely necessary
Fredrik Claesson He's looked fine except when he's playing with Ben Harpur
Ben Harpur Looks a little off, but to be fair he's also passable when not with Claesson
Erik Karlsson ▲* Still point-per-game, but gets a * in case his injuries are catching up
Marc Methot Also point-per-game this series, and that goal on Saturday was pure hockey sense to follow up the play
Dion Phaneuf Above 50% of the 5v5 shot attempts AND putting up points
Chris Wideman See Biggest Losses
Forwards
Derick Brassard No points, 4 PIMs, average possession
Alexandre Burrows Is he coming to life? He has two assists in two games this series
Ryan Dzingel Everything's going right except the scoring - he has to get more than one goal soon, right?
Mike Hoffman He's just been a beast, and would probably have a goal if the powerplay could get going
Chris Kelly Hasn't played
Clarke MacArthur Missed most of Game 2, but he says he's good to go for Game 3
Chris Neil Hasn't played since Game 82
Jean-Gabriel Pageau See Biggest Gains
Tom Pyatt + Has now been cleared to play, but likely won't unless they decide MacA is too hurt
Bobby Ryan He's winning the puck possession battle, but no points yet
Zack Smith Just one point, but he's made Kelly expendable which is probably worth an up arrow on its own
Viktor Stålberg Showed great hustle - probably deserves a point by now
Mark Stone Got a goal, but really should have three or four this series
Kyle Turris Two assists, and a game-saving stop on a wrap-around
Tommy Wingels The Sens' best possession guy. It's great having a completely fourth line that Boucher trusts.