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Sens Get Bolted in Crucial Game

DECEMBER 5: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators tries to check Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 5, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

After coming off a much-needed win against the Florida Panthers, the Ottawa Senators fell 3-1 to theTampa Bay Lightning Thursday.

Going into Thursday evening’s tilt in Tampa, the Sens were five points back of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final playoff seeding in the Atlantic division. A win against Tampa, a regulation Toronto loss, and the Sens would’ve been within striking distance of the final Atlantic playoff spot going into their weekend date with the Maple Leafs.

Following the loss, they now find themselves seven points behind Toronto.

Read more at Hooked on Hockey Magazine.

Ottawa Senators Predictions | Dec. 3-7

NOVEMBER 17: Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators stretches during warmup prior to a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Canadian Tire Centre on November 17, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

THIS WEEK’S PREDICTIONS

Sens 4 Panthers 2 (7-15-5) | Dec. 3

Sens 2 Lightning 5 (16-9-1) | Dec. 5

Sens 4 Maple Leafs 3 (14-10-3)  | Dec. 7

LAST WEEK:

Sens 2 Capitals 4 (14-11-2) | Nov. 27 | Result: Sens 6 Capitals 4

Sens 2 Canucks 3 (14-10-5) | Nov. 28 | Result: Sens 2 Canucks 5

Sens 3 Red Wings 2 (14-7-7) | Dec. 1 | Result: Sens 2 Red Wings 4

Prediction record: 14-12 (Week: 1-2)

SENS FROM TO – The Ottawa Senators brought in December with a loss against Daniel Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings. Following the game, the Senators sent down defenceman Mark Borowiecki and forward Derek Grant to Binghamton, and recalled forward Mike Hoffman. Hoffman returns to the nation’s capital with 11 goals and 15 assists in 21 AHL games this season, and is currently second in AHL scoring. Paul McLean has said that he has no found his best team in the combinations he has already tried, but says he’s confident that his team will enjoy the end result of its season. The Senators go into tonight’s game against the Panthers with a 6-1-1 record against teams in their division (Panthers are in Ottawa’s division). Craig Anderson, who is set to start, has a career 9-1-1 record against Florida.

IN THE STANDINGS:

Ottawa (10-13-4 | 24 points) – 6th in Atlantic (14 points behind division leading Bruins)  – 6th in east wild card race (7 points back of a wild card)

Red Wings Prevail in Alfie’s Return

DECEMBER 1: Fans show their support with signs as Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Detroit Red Wings skates during warmup prior to his first game back at Canadian Tire Centre to play against the Ottawa Senators on December 1, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

OTTAWA – It was a beautifully scripted night for Daniel Alfredsson.

In his first game in Ottawa after signing with Detroit, the Red Wings won 4-2, and it was Alfredsson who scored the empty-net insurance marker. Prior to the game, the Ottawa Senators organization paid tribute to his 17 years of service in Ottawa, on and off the ice. Fans cheered in a three-minute ovation for the former captain before puck drop.

“He got the respect that he deserves,” said Senators captain Jason Spezza. “The fans were great supporting us the rest of the game. It would’ve been nice for us to tie it up.”

For head coach Paul McLean, it was just another game, and he didn’t embellish following the loss.

Read more at Hooked on Hockey Magazine.

Ottawa Senators Predictions | Nov. 27-Dec. 1

NOVEMBER 23: Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Ottawa Senators gets congratulated by teammates on the bench after scoring his 2nd goal during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on November 23, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Ottawa defeated Detroit 4-2 (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

THIS WEEK’S PREDICTIONS

Sens 2 Capitals 4 (12-10-2) | Nov. 27

Sens 2 Canucks 3 (12-9-4) | Nov. 28

Sens 3 Red Wings 2 (11-7-7) | Dec. 1

LAST WEEK:

Sens 3 Flyers 2 (7-10-2) | Nov. 19 | Result: Sens 2 Flyers 5 (10-11-2)

Sens 1 Wild 3 (12-4-4) | Nov. 20 | Result: Sens 3 Wild 4 (15-6-4)

Sens 3 Red Wings 2 (9-5-7) | Nov. 23 | Result: Sens 4 Red Wings 2 (11-7-7)

Sens 1 Hurricanes 2 (8-8-4) | Nov. 24 | Result: Sens 1 Hurricanes 4 (9-10-5)

Prediction record: 13-10 (Week: 3-1)

Sens From TO: TORONTO – The Ottawa Senators continued their win-one-lose-win ways with losses to the Flyers, Wild and Hurricanes, but a win against the Atlantic division rival Detroit Red Wings in the middle. Not many positives came out of last week as the Senators were, once again, victims of themselves. Coach Paul McLean said his team wasn’t playing with enough respect against teams at the bottom of the league and that they weren’t putting enough effort in. Clarke MacAthur, one of the only positives that came out of another losing week, scored 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in four games. In addition, Craig Anderson has disappeared from team USA’s Olympic radar despite having Vezina numbers last season. Erik Karlsson continues to be a point-per-game player with 7 goals and 17 assists in 24 games despite being a -3 in these past four contests.

Craig Anderson will get the nod tonight against the Washington Capitals.

IN THE STANDINGS:

Ottawa (9-11-4 | 22 points) – 6th in Atlantic (12 points behind division leading Bruins)  – 6th in east wild card race (6 points back of a wild card)

Sens Stunned In Philly – Again

Derek Grant #57 of the Ottawa Senators gets checked into the boards by Jay Rosehill #37 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

 

The Ottawa Senators allowed five goals to the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time in the past seven days Tuesday.

After their game at the Wells Fargo Centre, the team is now 4-4-1 against teams who are below .500., and 4-5-3 against teams above .500. This would suggest they are about average, and this is reflected in their overall record of 8-9-4. What’s interesting is the fact that some fans think the team is playing horrible hockey, yet, they have not lost by more than 3 goals to a team above .500. Their two worst losses of the season to above .500 teams were not by more than 3 goals, 4-1 to the Ducks, and 5-2 to the Sharks, respectively. In another 6 games against teams who have won more than 50 per cent of their games, the team has lost by only one goal.

In addition, they have beat  Boston, who currently leads the Atlantic, and Detroit, scoring a total of 10 goals and allowing only 3 in those two games.  The rest of the games have been solid wins, or straight up ugly for the Senators.

We’ve seen a team who can man-handle powerhouses, and a team that gets ripped apart by playoff longshots. So, which is it?

Read more at Hooked on Hockey Magazine.

Weekly Sens Predictions | Nov. 19-24

NOVEMBER 17: Nick Foligno #71 and Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on November 17, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sens 3 Flyers 2 (7-10-2) | Nov. 19

Sens 1 Wild 3 (12-4-4) | Nov. 20

Sens 3 Red Wings 2 (9-5-7) | Nov. 23

Sens 1 Hurricanes 2 (8-8-4) | Nov. 24

LAST WEEK:

Sens 3 Flyers 1 (7-10-2) – (Nov. 12) | Result: Sens 0 Flyers 5

Sens 2 Bruins 4 (12-6-1) (Nov. 15) | Result: Sens 4 Bruins 2

Sens 4 Blue Jackets 2 (7-10-3) (Nov. 17) | Result: Sens 1 Blue Jackets 4

Prediction record: 10-9 (Week: 0-3)

News: The Ottawa Senators continue to struggle with consistency after dropping two games against sub-.500 teams. Had they won against the Flyers and Blue Jackets and everything else remained the same at week’s end, they would’ve been a point behind Boston, Toronto and Detroit who are all tied for second in the Atlantic division with 25 points each. Trade rumours are surfacing as an Edmonton scout was in Ottawa observing the team this past week. The Senators are apparently in search of a top 6 forward to play alongside Jason Spezza, as per Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie.

IN THE STANDINGS:

Ottawa (8-8-4) – 6th in Atlantic (8 points behind division leading Lightning)  – Tied for 3rd in East wild card race with the Hurricanes

Flyers Soar in Ottawa, Smash Sens 5-0

NOVEMBER 12: Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators lies on the ice after making a save as team mate Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators looks on during an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre on November 12, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators were beat 5-0 by the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Head coach Paul McLean summed up the game with nine words.

“Twenty giveaways, five goals against — two on the powerplay,” he said after the lopsided loss.

Read more at Hooked On Hockey Magazine.

Sens Predictions | Nov. 12-17

NOVEMBER 9: The Ottawa Senators react to Clarke MacArthur’s second period goal at Canadian Tire Centre on November 9, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/OSHC)

Sens 3 Flyers 1 (5-10-1) – (Nov. 12)

Sens 2 Bruins 4 (10-5-1) (Nov. 15)

Sens 4 Blue Jackets 2 (6-10-0) (Nov. 17)

LAST WEEK:

Sens 4 Blue Jackets 3 (6-10-0) – (Nov. 5) | Result: Sens 4 Blue Jackets 1

Sens 1 Canadiens 3 (8-8-1) (Nov. 7) | Result: Sens 4 Canadiens 1

Sens 4 Panthers 3 (3-10-4) (Nov. 9) | Result: Sens 3 Panthers 2

Prediction record: 10-6 (Week: 2-1)

News: Erik Karlsson leads all league defencemen with 18 points (6 G, 12 A). Bobby Ryan is tied for 9th in league scoring (9 G, 10 A) with 4 other players. He is tied for 12th in goals with 3 other players. Craig Anderson is expected to return Tuesday v.s. the Flyers.

IN THE STANDINGS:

Ottawa (7-6-4) – 5th in Atlantic (6 points behind division leading Lightning, 4 points behind the Maple Leafs)  – 2nd in East wild card race

Sens win 4-1 in First Rematch with Canadiens since Last Season’s Playoffs

NOVEMBER 7: Mark Borowiecki #74 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his first career NHL goal during the second period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on November 7, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators made some progress in the standings when they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Canadian Tire Centre Thursday.

“That’s essentially a four-point game,” Bobby Ryan said post-game. “It does close that gap and we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole here on home ice, so, to take care of our home ice [and] win two points, takes us steps closer to where we need to be.”

Read more at Hooked On Hockey Magazine.

Sens Predictions | Nov. 4-10

NOVEMBER 3: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his last-minute game-tying goal against the Dallas Stars with teammates Kyle Turris #7, Chris Phillips #4 and Erik Karlsson #65 at Canadian Tire Centre on November 3, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sens 4 Blue Jackets 3 (5-8-0) – (Nov. 5)

Sens 1 Canadiens 3 (8-7-0) (Nov. 7)

Sens 4 Panthers 3 (3-8-3) (Nov. 9)

LAST WEEK:

Sens 3 Islanders 2 (Nov. 1) | Result: Sens 4 Islanders 5 FINAL (SO)

Sens 2 Stars 3 (Nov. 3) | Result: Sens 3 Stars 4 FINAL (SO)

Prediction record: 8-5 (missed one game v.s. CHI)

News: Craig Anderson left in overtime after a collision with Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin Sunday. Robin Lehner will play in place of Anderson Tuesday v.s. the Blue Jackets. Anderson has a “stiff neck” and will be further evaluated Monday, Nov. 4.

IN THE STANDINGS:

Ottawa (4-6-4) – 6th in Atlantic (8 points behind Leafs, Red Wings, Lightning)  – tied for 3rd in East wild card race (4 points behind Canadiens, Bruins)

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