Ups and Downs: Week 14
Karlsson's up and Chiasson's down in the return of Ups and Downs
After a little hiatus over Christmas, everyone's favourite completely arbitrary review of the Senators' week that was has returned. This past week featured a pair of gutsy overtime wins, 3-2 over the Blues and 2-1 over the Bruins, alternated with two heartbreaking losses, 3-2 to the Panthers and 7-1 to the Capitals.
Biggest gains: Erik Karlsson
Karlsson is fantastic most of the time, but this week I think we saw another glimpse of just how great. He put up four points in four games, but also had 16 shots, the majority of even-strength shot attempts in all games but the one against the Capitals, nine blocked shots, and five hits. He's been on another level, even for himself recently.
Biggest losses: Alex Chiasson
The game against the Blues was his first healthy scratch since joining the Sens. He then proceeded to get scratched in the next two games. It'll be a race to see if he or Cowen find their way into more games down the stretch.
|Craig Anderson||Great game against the Bruins, pretty awful game against the Panthers. I guess that balances things out. |
|Andrew Hammond||Same story as Andy, except the great game was against the Blues and the awful one was against the Capitals. |
|Mark Borowiecki||Seems to be getting the Wiercioch treatment, in which his possession numbers get a big boost from playing with PW. |
|Cody Ceci||Looked pretty good with PW, not as great with Methot |
| Fredrik Claesson ||He actually had a pretty good week, outside of two mistakes that led to goals against the Panthers. Not gonna down-vote his bad week just from that. |
|Jared Cowen||May never play another game in a Sens uniform. |
|Erik Karlsson||See Biggest Gains |
|Marc Methot||Looks like a lot of solid play has a been because of playing with Karlsson |
|Chris Phillips||Hi Chris! |
|Chris Wideman ||Set up the OT goal against St. Louis, but looks to be the odd man out with Ceci's return |
|Patrick Wiercioch||Quite possibly Wiercioch's most solid week defensively of the season. |
|Alex Chiasson||See Biggest Losses |
|Mike Hoffman||Had two goals this week, but the normal possession driver seemed to be struggling this week |
|Curtis Lazar||Had a pretty good week by the standard of I have no idea what to expect of the guy. |
|Clarke MacArthur||Good news in that MacA actually skated this week. Without equipment or teammates, but still, that's good news. |
| Max McCormick ||Gets an up arrow for scoring his first NHL goal, and for looking like a decent fit on the Pageau line. |
|Milan Michalek||Had two points in three games after returning from injury - that's good in my books |
|Chris Neil||Has continued to not be a liability on the fourth line |
|Jean-Gabriel Pageau||Had a pretty good week. I'm hoping McCormick-Lazar-Pageau can be a pretty good third line from here on out. |
| Shane Prince ||Greening-Smith-Neil was awful. Prince-Smith-Neil has been great. I think we can learn something from this. |
|Bobby Ryan||Is it fair to give him an up arrow for having one game with three points and no points the rest of the week? I make the rules, so I say yes. Ottawa dodged a bullet in that he wasn't injured against the Bruins. |
|Zack Smith||Back on the fourth line he's been great. Still not sure why he's on PP2, but win some, lose some |
|Mark Stone||Two points, and some pretty dominant hockey from Ottawa's second-line RW (TM Bob Cole) |
|Kyle Turris||He's so snake-bitten that he's lost his spot as Ottawa's most-trusted offensive centre. Seems like he's had about 10,000 chances though so something's bound to go in eventually |
|Mika Zibanejad||Coach has put him on PP1 and as the first centre out in OT, which makes up for the poor possession numbers and lone point maybe. Ottawa dodged a bullet in that he wasn't injured against the Blues. |
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