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Da Costa Recalled Following Stone Injury|Sens Predictions | Jan. 21-24

Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot sees the puck in the net after Marc Methot’s first period goal at Canadian Tire Centre on January 18, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/OSHC)


Sens 4 Capitals 3 (22-19-8) Jan. 21

Sens 1 Lightning 4 (29-16-5) Jan. 23

Sens 2 Hurricanes 3 (20-19-9) Jan. 24


Sens 2 Wild 3 (27-19-5) Jan. 14 | RESULT: Sens 3 Wild 0

Sens 4 Canadiens 2 (27-17-5) Jan. 16 | RESULT: Sens 4 Canadiens 5

Sens 3 Rangers 4 (27-21-3) Jan. 18 RESULT: Sens 1 Rangers 4

Prediction record: 25-23 (Week Record: 1-2)

SENS FROM TO –  The Maple Leafs’ five-game and Blue Jackets’ six-game winning streaks show the importance of consecutive wins as regular season games become scarce. Another week, another trio of games with direct playoff competition. Mark Stone was injured in practice Monday and will not play in Washington. Stephane Da Costa has been recalled to replace him. Paul MacLean will go with Craig Anderson. The Capitals haven’t beaten Ottawa since Dec. 7, 2011.


Ottawa (21-19-9 | 51 points) – 6th in Atlantic – 5th in east wild card race (1 points back of a wild card)


Ottawa Senators Predictions | Jan. 14-18

Mika Zibanejad #93 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his shootout game-winner against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on January 11, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)


Sens 2 Wild 3 (25-18-5) Jan. 14

Sens 4 Canadiens 2 (26-15-5) Jan. 16

Sens 3 Rangers 4 (24-20-3) Jan. 18


Sens 2 Avalanche 5 (28-12-5) Jan. 8 | RESULT: Sens 3 Avalanche 4

Sens 4 Predators 3 (19-21-7) Jan. 11 | RESULT: Sens 2 Predators 1

Prediction record: 24-21 (Week Record: 2-0)

SENS FROM TO –  Bryan Murray has received a two-year extension and has officially been named president of hockey operations. He’s also been given the green light from ownership to make some moves. On the ice, the Senators are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games going into three more important games this week. Robin Lehner, 1-3-1 in his last five starts, will get the nod against the Wild Tuesday.


Ottawa (20-18-8 | 48 points) – 6th in Atlantic – 4th in east wild card race (2 points back of a wild card)

Ottawa Senators Predictions | Jan. 8-12

Colin Greening #14, Erik Condra #22 and Zack Smith #15, celebrate the winning goal by Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Ottawa Senators against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game on January 4, 2014 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)


Sens 2 Avalanche 5 (26-12-4) Jan. 8

Sens 4 Predators 3 (20-12-9) Jan. 11


Sens 2 Capitals 4 (20-16-6) | Dec. 30 | Result: Sens 3 Capitals 1

Sens 4  Jets 3 (19-21-5) Jan. 2 | Result: Sens 4 Jets 3

Sens 2 Canadiens 4 (25-14-5) | Jan. 4 | Result: Sens 4 Canadiens 3

Prediction record: 22-21 (Week Record: 1-2)

SENS FROM TO –  Ottawa has won 4 games in a row and looks to continue their streak against some of the league’s top teams in the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators. Captain Jason Spezza has been cleared to play Wednesday against the Avalanche. As for Chris Neil, his hamstring injury may see his return pushed out to next Tuesday when the team travels to Minnesota to take on the Wild. Craig Anderson is 5-0 in his last five games with a .938 save percentage and is expected to start Wednesday in Colorado.

On the Olympic front, Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek have been named to team Sweden and team Czech Republic, respectively.


Ottawa (19-18-7 | 45 points) – 6th in Atlantic – 5th in east wild card race (2 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.

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