11:08 AM EST, Tue December 18, 2018
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Drake Batherson Sent Back to Belleville

Drake Batherson Sent Back to Belleville

Rookie’s production has declined with Duchene’s injury The Ottawa Senators announced this morning that Drake Batherson has been reassigned to the Belleville Senators of the AHL. The move is not a complete surprise as Batherson has looked lost at times in the past few games. The timing of the move coincides with the roster freeze to come in effect tomorrow night and will also give Belleville a roster boost ahead of their 3-game road trip. The Senators have two long breaks in the upcoming 2 weeks, so this is the ideal time to get Batherson consistent playing time to get his game back on...
1 hour ago
Ottawa Senators Prospect Update: December 18th

Ottawa Senators Prospect Update: December 18th

World Junior news, Wolanin returns from injury, and more. It’s been a quiet week in the land of Sens prospects, between the NCAA starting their holiday break and others attending World Juniors camps. Belleville’s losing streak doesn’t help either, although there were still a few players with standout performances. Stats Sheet ( Biggest Standouts Joel Daccord What a season it’s been for the Sens’ goalie prospect. Arizona State University has gone from underdogs to one of the NCAA’s top teams, in massive part thanks to Daccord’s stellar play. He’s in a similar...
4 hours ago
The cap floor myth

The cap floor myth

The cap floor isn’t all that hard to hit Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of variations on a single argument as to why the Senators will absolutely, positively sign Mark Stone and Matt Duchene: Waivers, one ways, two ways, it doesn’t matter. I am more interested how the #Sens get to the cap floor next season when Duchene, Stone, and possibly Dzingel exit left.— SensInsider (@SensInsider) December 16, 2018 It’s a compelling argument. After all, teams have to hit the cap floor, and after shipping out Erik Karlsson, the Sens may have a harder time doing it. Stone and...
12 hours ago
Sens survive comeback, beats Preds in OT

Sens survive comeback, beats Preds in OT

It wasn’t pretty, but they won The Nashville Predators came to town with a sterling 10-0-0 record against Eastern Conference teams. They left with a slightly tainted 10-0-1 record, after the Senators nearly gave away a game in which they were up 3-0, but managed to win just 20 seconds into overtime. It was also country night, which led me to include a bunch of heavily forced references to country songs in this recap. The first period was the Senators’, led by the guys who don’t look a day over fast cars and freedom. First, Thomas Chabot drew a penalty just a minute into the game. On...
15 hours ago
Open Thread, Game 35: Preds @ Sens

Open Thread, Game 35: Preds @ Sens

Come talk about the game! Preview: Silver Seven Opposition Blog: On The Forecheck Start time: 7:30 p.m. Watch: TSN2, TSN5, DRS, FS-TN
20 hours ago
Game 35 Preview: Preds @ Sens

Game 35 Preview: Preds @ Sens

Ottawa looks to avenge their 3-1 loss from six days ago. After a game in which the disparity between them and the NHL’s top-tier teams was on full display, the Ottawa Senators (14-15-4) will try to close that gap tonight when the Nashville Predators (22-10-1) come to town. The Predators, who are currently sitting in second place in the Western Conference, are riding a three-game winning streak. One that began with a 3-1 win over Ottawa just six days ago. The Senators, meanwhile, are looking to reset after the third 5-2 loss to the Montréal Canadiens in a week and a half. Puck drop is...
Dec 17, 2018
Three Stars of the Week: Week 11

Three Stars of the Week: Week 11

Familiar faces, familiar results Another disappointing week for the Sens saw them drop their third straight game against the Montreal Canadiens. While the win against the Red Wings was entertaining, the Sens are having issues carrying momentum through games. Boucher, however, has become an expert at making excuses for them. Three Stars Colin White: The progression of Colin White has been one of the brightest spots for the Senators this season. He continues to be consistently reliable every game especially with Duchene out of the lineup. Mark Stone: The Captain has this never-ending...
Dec 15, 2018
Habs Down Sens 5-2....Again

Habs Down Sens 5-2....Again

Sens can’t keep pace with the speedy Habs for the third time in two weeks Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Montreal Canadiens badly outplayed the Ottawa Senators en route to a 5-2 victory. These three games in the last two weeks vs. the Habs are like a dystopian version of Groundhog Day, where I’m trapped watching the same shellacking over and over again. The broad points are well-known by now: the Sens hang tough in the first period, and the game seems within reach (if not winnable!) at the end of the second but Montreal completely trounces our local heroes in the...
Dec 15, 2018
Open Thread, Game 34: Ottawa Senators @ Montréal Canadiens

Open Thread, Game 34: Ottawa Senators @ Montréal Canadiens

Will tonight be the night where Brady Tkachuk has his way with the Habs? Opposing blog: Habs Eyes on the Prize GO SENS GO
Dec 15, 2018
Game 34 Preview: Sens @ Habs

Game 34 Preview: Sens @ Habs

After losing a home-and-home to the Habs earlier this month, can Chabot and the Sens bounce back? Coming off a solid win against the Detroit Red Wings last night, the Senators are in Montréal to take on a Canadiens team sitting in the second wild-card spot, five points up. Ottawa will be looking to get revenge for their poor play last week, and trim that differential to three points. There are still a few line-up decisions to be made, with Guy Boucher noting during his afternoon availability that he doesn’t know whether he’ll go 11-7 like last night, or with a more balanced 12-6...
Dec 14, 2018
Sens Defeat Red Wings, 4-2

Sens Defeat Red Wings, 4-2

They actually outshot their opponent!!!!! The result was basically decided before the first drop of the puck. Normally, when I write that in a recap it means the Sens lost, as they tend to do whenever I write the recap. It’s quite distressing, honestly, both because I have to pay close attention to a terrible game and because I have to live with the guilt of knowing that I, and only I, am the cause of their terrible play. But no. My recapping yet another win was not the only miracle to occur tonight. Tonight, for the first time since joining the Ottawa Senators, Tom Pyatt was a healthy...
Dec 14, 2018
Open Thread, Game 33: Ottawa Senators @ Detroit Red Wings

Open Thread, Game 33: Ottawa Senators @ Detroit Red Wings

Preview: Silver Seven Opposition Blog: Winging It In Motown Start Time: 7:30pm EST Watch: TSN5, RDS
Dec 14, 2018
Game 33 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Detroit Red Wings

Game 33 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Detroit Red Wings

The Sens look to redeem themselves against the Red Wings. After a disappointing loss to Nashville to kick off the road trip, the Sens will look for a win tonight against the 20th-placed Detroit Red Wings. Only two points separate the two teams in the standings, although both would need to go on a pretty impressive winning streak in order to sneak into playoff spot. Craig Anderson is in net once again, though Boucher has confirmed that McKenna will start tomorrow against Montreal. This morning’s skate was optional so we don’t have the official lines yet, but here’s who they went with...
Dec 13, 2018
Don’t forget about Högberg

Don’t forget about Högberg

He may not be the new hotness, but he still has a promising resume On Saturday, Marcus Hogberg nearly stole a game himself, leading the Belleville Senators to a 1-0 overtime loss against the Toronto Marlies in which the B-Sens were outshot 36-10. That’s an atrocious lack of offensive support for Högberg, and it’s incredible to think he was that close to stealing an undeserved victory. So far this AHL season, he’s played four games, with a 1.76 GAA and a .934 save percentage. It’s just a reminder that he still has the potential to be a very good goalie for the Sens. I had him 9th...