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Taking A Look At Player Usage

A big part of coaching is finding the right roles for your players to play in to maximize their effectiveness. Being a free-flowing game where each team has four forward lines and three defense pairings, hockey is a sport that is big on player roles. Therefore, when analyzing players' talent, we should always take into […]

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What Happened To Craig Anderson?

Last year Craig Anderson was the team’s hero. When Spezza and Karlsson missed the majority of the season due to injury, Andy stepped up big, finishing the season with an astonishing .940 SV%. While it was evident that Anderson was bound to regress, it’s still a bit unnerving to see him posting a dreadful .897 […]

Issues, And A Tough Four Game Stretch

The Sens currently sit 8th in the Eastern Conference with a 3-3-2 record and a goal differential of -3. This is a tad disappointing given how well they played last season despite the injuries. Their puck possession play, which had been one of the team's strengths under Paul MacLean, isn't there to fall back on […]

Grant Recalled As Da Costa Lands Back In Bingo

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Stephane Da Costa has cleared waivers after being largely invisible and unproductive in his short stint with the big club. Mind you, it's not like he was afforded the greatest artillery on his wings. But yeah, fair to say he got his shot. In his place, the team has […]

Which B-Sen Will Surprise This Year?

Mainly due to injuries last season, the Sens were able to find regular spots for rookies Cory Conacher (acquired for rookie Ben Bishop), Robin Lehner, Jakob Silfverberg, Eric Gryba, Mika Zibanejad, Patrick Wiercioch and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, all of whom played much better than most expected. The biggest surprise of them all was Pageau, a hero […]

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Should Ottawa Be Worried About The Penalty Kill?

Getting exposed vs Pittsburgh and Montreal Last year the Sens led the league with a penalty kill rate of 88%, a 6.4% improvement from their 20th ranked penalty kill in 2011-12.   What does an extra 6.4% mean over 82 games? The Sens were on pace to be shorthanded about 265 times in an 82 game […]

Joe Corvo Makes Ottawa Comeback Tour

As per Doni B the Sens have brought back Joe Corvo for his second stint in the nation's capital on a one-year, $900,000 deal. Corvo's 2 years here weren't exactly glamorous as his dumb turnovers and poor defensive play never went unnoticed among fans, and didn't get along well with the media, earning himself the […]

Sens Acquire Bobby Ryan for Silf, Noesen, ’14 1st

  The Sens have acquired RW Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for a 2014 1st round draft pick, Jakob Silfverberg and 2011 1st round pick Stefan Noesen. This move provides the Sens with an immediate upgrade as Ryan will replace Silfverberg without losing any other players on the roster. Bobby Ryan has averaged […]

Sens Sign Clarke MacArthur

The Sens have signed left winger Clarke MacArthur to a 2 year, $6.5 million dollar contract . After spending his career in Buffalo, Atlanta and Toronto, the 28 year-old finally has a chance to play with a decent hockey team. During his time in Toronto, MacArthur primarily played on the team's second line with Grabovski […]

Jason Spezza Returns

Coach MacLean confirms Jason Spezza will be in the lineup tomorrow — Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens)

Zack Smith And The Myth of The Slump

When the Sens shocked the hockey world last season by making the playoffs in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, Zack Smith was a big part of it. He improved tremendously on his 2010-11 season, scoring 17 more points, and solidified himself as a gritty third-line center with some offensive ability. His 2011-12 […]

Sens Acquire Face Puncher Matt Kassian For Pick

  The Senators have acquired forward Matt Kassian from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a 2014 6th round draft pick. The 6'5, 247 pound left winger is 26 years old, and has played just 28 games in his NHL career, none of which this season, and is a career 0.1 PPG in the AHL.  […]

Daugavins Almost Scores Shootout Goal Of The Year

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sa4sJCKA7D8?rel=0 During the 4th round of the shootout in last night's game, friend of the blog Kaspars Daugavins decided to try something a little different, by pressing the toe of his stick on top of the puck before executing a 360° spin towards the right post. Unfortunately, Rask made a great save, and stopped DOGMAN'S […]

Has Ottawa Improved Defensively?

Last season, the Sens struggled defensively, giving up the 6th most goals against, and 2nd most shots against in the league. Fortunately, they had the 4th best offense, allowing them to slip into the playoffs as the 8th seed. Now things have changed completely; they currently sit 1st in goals against, but are 27th in […]

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