If you are wondering if I could possibly be so petty as to assign arrows indicating a trend based on a sample size of one game, wonder no more: the answer is yes. And if you think it's just going to be a lovefest because the Senators are undefeated as of the time you're reading this, think again, because I have standards. And I like my standards like I like my women: High.
Biggest gains: Erik Karlsson
I wrote up this beautiful, effusive, flowery praise about him, but I decided to throw it all out and let the facts speak for themselves: Most of us were wondering if Karlsson could maintain his pace from last season, and in a game where even his coach feels he could have played better, he had a goal and two assists.
Biggest loses: Robin Lehner
Lehner's NHL chances this season were predicated on Anderson faltering. As the arrows will soon show, that did not happen. So now, through absolutely no fault of his own, he's probably headed back to Binghamton. Sorry, Drago. Your time will come! I believe!
|A down arrow seemed inevitable after a pretty shaky first period. But someone must have updated his watch for the start of the second, because he shut the door and gave his teammates a chance to win, like he does most nights.
|Press boxed in favor of Lehner. Last year he was turfed in favor of Brian Elliott. When he finally gets his shot, no one can say he didn't earn it.
|See "Biggest losses."
|Benoit saved a goal, which is great, but he also got flattened by a heavy forecheck, which is not great. His size is not his fault, but it does limit his upside.
|We all hated him--until he headed to the locker room. Panic revealed our true feelings.
|See "Biggest gains.'
|Currently injured but should be back soon. Better hurry--this is a great opportunity for him.
|What Mehot lacks in skill, he makes up for in hustle. Hustle is good.
|Looks out of place playing second-pairing minutes. Got smoked by Evander Kane.
|Encouraging stuff in his debut, including the awareness to spring Michalek for the team's first goal of the year.
|Don't panic; it's just rust.
|Quietly led his line with three shots on goal.
|Odd man out in the first game. Don't see that changing in the second game.
|Looked stronger this year, but not much else so far.
|A few good chances early don't excuse two penalties. Top six guys can't be putting their teammates on the PK like that.
|A great goal helped the Sens turn the game around.
|Stupid penalties are washed out by goals.
|He really played a solid game on the fourth line.
|Liked the way he played, but he curiously got very little ice time.
|Didn't look out of place in his debut, which is all I was expecting. Now he just has to grow into his role.
|A pretty rough two periods, but he really turned it on in the third period. It was almost Z. Smith, and not Erik Karlsson, who blew the game wide open.
|Has to do more offensively, especially against a team like the Jets.
|Didn't show much chemistry with his linemates, but scored a goal himself. Nothing wrong with that.