As we ride the high of the last three Sens games, let's take a look at the big storylines from around the hockey world.
- A fun thing about yesterday's win? Not only did Alex Ovechkin keep his start-of-season goal drought going, but this was the very first time in his career that he was held without a shot on goal in consecutive games. Sens'd. Also, that's an absolutely wild stat for a 38-year-old player.
First time Alex Ovechkin has been held without a shot on goal in consecutive games in his career.— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) October 19, 2023
- Craig Anderson was almost certainly the best goaltender in Ottawa Senators franchise history, and one of the most beloved Sens players of the era he played in. On Tuesday against the Sabres, the Sens plan on signing him to a one-day contract so he can retire as a Senator. A great gesture for a great player. He should be a lock for the Ring of Honour.
The Ottawa Senators plan on signing Craig Anderson to a 1 day contract so he can retire a Sen. Tuesday vs Buffalo appears to be the target. Good man and great gesture by @Senators— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 19, 2023
- It's time to point and laugh at Winnipeg Jets fans, who are doing attendance discourse after a few nights of the arena being a bit empty. Feels good to have the pressure on another Canadian market for once.
- As if the Habs weren't already guaranteed last place in the Atlantic division, they've also been decimated by injuries recently. Kirby Dach is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL, and Kaiden Guhle recently left a game with an injury.
- Speaking of our division rivals, during the preseason I went on a Habs podcast to preview the Sens' season. I was asked to put the rivalry aside for the duration of the podcast. Like a true Sens fan, I refused.
- Another podcast for you to listen to: a great interview with Brady Tkachuk just went up.
- If you're in the mood to gloat a little bit, The Athletic is doing their re-drafts, and guess which players they have going first and second overall in 2020?
- Evgeny Kuznetsov is getting in trouble for his slow shootout move, but he says he doesn't care because by the time it's banned he'll be retired. Personally, I think if you use the shootout as a way to determine the outcome of games, stuff like this is going to happen and you just have to accept it.
- In PWHL news, the training camp rosters have been made official, and sure enough, Ottawa has the most exciting group, with Mikyla Grant-Mentis, Akane Shiga and Saroya Tinker, among others. It's going to be really interesting to see who ends up getting contracts - Akane Shiga is especially interesting as she's the star of Japan's national team but we've never seen her play professionally. A spot in the PWHL would be so good for her development, and it sucks to think that if she doesn't get a contract, then she won't be able to play professionally in any kind of development league.
- And finally, PWHL Ottawa has announced their assistant coaches: former Canadian Olympian Haley Irwin, longtime women's hockey coach Cassea Schols (who has also worked with head coach Carla McLeod with team Czechia), and former Ottawa Senators goaltending coach Pierre Groulx.
We are proud to introduce our Assistant Coaches for season one.— PWHL Ottawa (@PWHL_Ottawa) October 17, 2023
Welcome to Ottawa, Haley Irwin, Cassea Schols and Pierre Groulx! 😄 pic.twitter.com/SvfQEStSrS