Ottawa Senators Ups and Downs: Week 4

There's a new kid in town, and he's this week's biggest gainer

It feels like it's been a very long time since a Sens game, but it's actually only been three days. The Sens actually had a decent week, beating the Hurricanes and Canucks in low-scoring affairs before being stymied by ex-Senator Robin Lehner on Saturday.

Biggest gains: Mike Condon

Many were surprised to see the Sens actually give up an asset to bring in a guy who will likely settle into the third goalie role, but then he posted a shutout in his team debut and everyone calmed down a lot. With the uncertainty facing the Andersons and Hammond's injury, Condon could get called on a lot as a starter, definitely more than in Pittsburgh. Though to be fair, moving from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins to the Senators hardly qualifies as a gain. And considering he's on a one-way deal, Ottawa isn't raising his salary by playing him in the NHL. Anyway, I hope he sees himself as this week's biggest gainer.

Biggest losses: Max McCormick

It was pretty hard to pick a biggest loser this week, so McCormick takes the fall. He was called up to fill in for the injured Mark Stone over guys like Phil Varone, Nick Paul, and Francis Perron. One had to assume it was pretty close to his last chance to prove his NHL worth. And he got five minutes of ice time and was wholly unremarkable. With Matt Puempel fighting, it's hard to see McCormick getting much of a chance again this season.

Goaltenders Trend Notes
Craig Anderson He allowed three goals this week, which is infinitely more than he allowed the week before
Mike Condon
See Biggest Gains
Chris Driedger
Didn't play this week
Andrew Hammond No injury update yet

Mark Borowiecki Boro-Wideman and Boro-Claesson both made for some good bottom pairings. Looks like Borowiecki can play in a structured system
Cody Ceci No real complaints from me about his play this week
Fredrik Claesson
Liking what I'm seeing from Steady Freddie thus far
Erik Karlsson If you're Erik Karlsson and you're not driving play and you're only scoring two points in three games, can your truly say you're Erik Karlsson?
Marc Methot We can only expect so much from Marc when King Karl isn't dominating
Dion Phaneuf
No complaints about his play this week
Chris Wideman
Too bad he's hurt, because he seems to just keep getting better

Derick Brassard
Not scoring, but has been winning the possession battle
Ryan Dzingel
Still looks good, but somehow got "rewarded" for strong play by having his ice time severely cut
Mike Hoffman Two goals this week
Chris Kelly
I sometimes forget he's on this team, which I guess means he's doing his job
Clarke MacArthur Hi Clarke!
Max McCormick
See Biggest Losses
Chris Neil Kelly's description could apply almost perfectly to Neil
Jean-Gabriel Pageau I hate to rag on Pageau, given the carousel of wingers he's been given, but the team can't afford for his line to keep getting hemmed in their own zone
Matt Puempel Fight against Carolina seems to have cemented his roster spot for a little while
Tom Pyatt
Don't get why coach keeps playing him on scoring lines
Bobby Ryan Part of a sweet powerplay setup for Hoffman's goal against the Sabres
Zack Smith Hasn't been going great for him, but at least I keep wanting him to take Pyatt's spot every time Pyatt's put on a scoring line
Mark Stone Hopefully he's healthy for real this time
Kyle Turris The OT winner over Carolina is the only thing that saves him from getting a down arrow

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