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Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Playoff Week 4

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Big week for Smitty, but the “ingel”s are headed down

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It’s been a week of ups and downs. The Senators lost a pair of 4-1 decisions to the Rangers in New York, losing control of the series, only to claw it back in a thrilling 5-4 overtime win on Saturday. Now the Sens get two chances to end the series, starting tonight with Game 6.

Biggest Gains: Zack Smith

The Sens lost Smith early in Game 3, but thankfully he returned. He’s shored up the PK, and ensured that Boucher doesn’t feel the need to return Chris Kelly to the lineup for defensive zone draws alone. Z dominated the game in terms of shot attempts this week, and put up three points in two games. I’ve realized I like this team a lot more when he plays.

Biggest Losses: Ryan Dzingel

When you’ve been a healthy scratch and get a chance to play only to return to the press box, it’s not good. (D)Zinger got his chance in the lineup, and showed he could move fast and stuff, but he can’t seem to finish. Chris Neil likely won’t play tonight, so he could draw back in, but it looks like Boucher doesn’t trust him as much as he did back in January.

Ups and Downs

Player Trend Notes
Player Trend Notes
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson 12 goals allowed in three games doesn't earn you much praise
Mike Condon His 20 minutes of play didn't inspire much confidence
Defensemen
Mark Borowiecki + Hasn't even been practising
Cody Ceci Adequate in my view
Fredrik Claesson Scratched once this week, but he looked good in the games he played to me
Ben Harpur Also scratched once - he looked decnet with Chris Wideman
Erik Karlsson The Rangers just seem to have no answer for him
Marc Methot He's been about what the team needs
Dion Phaneuf Not sure how, but he's been winning the shot battle all of a sudden
Chris Wideman Recovered from his healthy scratches to once again dominate possession
Forwards
Derick Brassard Just the one point this series, but it was pretty big
Alexandre Burrows He's been admittedly much better than I expected him to be - another game-winning assist on his playoff resume
Ryan Dzingel See Biggest Losses
Mike Hoffman I expect nothing more of Hoff than to dominate the ice and take a million shots
Chris Kelly Still hasn't played
Clarke MacArthur Finished above 60% of the 5v5 shot attempts in each game this week
Chris Neil May have inspired the Sens to victory on Saturday; also played 2:26 that game so would've been as effective if he coached
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Earned powerplay time, bumped up to 20 minutes per game - Pageau is having a great series
Tom Pyatt Ottawa's worst possession-driving forward, but at least he has one goal on one shot
Bobby Ryan Looks fast and interested, driving the play, but just one (gorgeous) assist to show for it
Zack Smith See Biggest Gains
Viktor Stålberg Still no points this series, but he looks really good to my eyes
Mark Stone Played his best game of the series on Saturday; hopefully the injury is behind him
Kyle Turris Two goals (one important) this week, and about 1000 hits on Saturday. Candidate for Biggest Gains
Tommy Wingels Played one mediocre game, then got scratched for coach's pet Pyatt