12:09 PM EST, Fri December 09, 2022
5 hours ago
Five Thoughts for Friday: DeBrincat’s alright... I think

Five Thoughts for Friday: DeBrincat’s alright... I think

Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Also, where are all the callups? It’s Friday, which means it’s time for a S7S writer to give five disorganized thoughts. Writing the preamble to these is the worst, so I’m just jumping straight in now. 1. DeBrincat’s alright... right? NKB had a great piece earlier this week about Alex DeBrincat’s early struggles this season, which look like a combination of bad luck and uninspiring linemates. I definitely agree with the bad luck. After all, a guy who’s shot 15% through his first 370 games doesn’t suddenly start scoring...
12 hours ago
Senators Get a Point in Bizarre 4-3 Overtime Loss to Stars

Senators Get a Point in Bizarre 4-3 Overtime Loss to Stars

Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Another frustrating loss, but at least this one was entertaining The annual “dads trip” is here, and the Sens have decided to spend it disappointing their fathers. This was the second Sens game in a row where there was an entire suite reserved for the players’ dads, and although the team put together a much better effort tonight than whatever they did against the Kings, I’m starting to wonder if maybe the dads’ presence is the problem here. First Period The Sens have had Dallas’s number over the last few years, and they looked...
21 hours ago
Game 26 Hub: Sens @ Stars

Game 26 Hub: Sens @ Stars

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Sens go looking for a bounce back game on the road The Ottawa Senators have hit the road to Texas, and will try to resume their climb out of the basement against the Dallas Stars. Dallas, for their part, will also be looking to bounce back from a game where they got seriously goalied by Matt Murray. The lineup has some changes from last game, but all in the bottom six. Dylan Gambrell draws back in and bumps Derick Brassard down to the fourth line wing, and Parker Kelly sits for the second time this season. Forsberg looks to be getting...
Dec 8, 2022
Thursday LNN: Marie-Philip Poulin Honoured, Tage Thompson Continues to Dazzle, Shane Wright Scores His First and More

Thursday LNN: Marie-Philip Poulin Honoured, Tage Thompson Continues to Dazzle, Shane Wright Scores His First and More

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Thursday’s Edition of the Links, News and Notes We have passed the quarter mark of the season and while it’s not quite the start we’d envisioned for the local heroes, it has been an interesting and entertaining season so far overall. Another week, another trip around across the hockey world: Marie-Philip Poulin has earned the respect and admiration of hockey fans everywhere. She has been a force ever since she entered the spotlight and hasn’t stopped amazing everyone with her hard work and pure skill. Finally, after all these...
Dec 7, 2022
The Curious Case of Alex DeBrincat

The Curious Case of Alex DeBrincat

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Can we explain his “struggles”? On the surface, the question of whether Alex DeBrincat is struggling might seem a bit silly; one of the Ottawa Senators’ biggest off-season acquisitions is, after all, on pace for 66 points. A 70 point pace, almost exactly his career average, would be just one more than his current 20 in 25 games. He’s tied for 84th among all forwards in scoring (interestingly enough with his old line-mate Patrick Kane) — pretty much exactly the type of output you’d expect from a first line player. The top line...
Dec 7, 2022
Depleted BSens Win One of Three

Depleted BSens Win One of Three

As the injury list remains long, the BSens were able to secure two of six points on a triple header weekend. The Belleville Senators had a busy weekend as their schedule saw them play three games in three nights against three fellow North Division teams. With games against Syracuse and Utica at CAA Arena on Friday and Saturday, Bellevillet then had a quick trip down the 401 to Toronto for a matchup with the Marlies on Sunday. The weekend started out about as well as you could have hoped. Despite still missing a big chunk of the roster, the BSens were able to muster a win...
Dec 6, 2022
Sens Fall Behind Early in Loss to Kings

Sens Fall Behind Early in Loss to Kings

Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/ The Ottawa Senators dug themselves into a 4-1 hole through the first 20 minutes of action on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings and never recovered, losing 5-1 at the final buzzer. Coming into tonight, the Senators have started to feel more like the team that won four straight at home in October and less like the team that couldn’t have anything go right for an entire month. With the LA Kings in town, the Sens were looking to sweep the season series and pick up another two important points in hopes of getting back...
Dec 6, 2022
Game 25 Hub: Senators versus Kings

Game 25 Hub: Senators versus Kings

Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Sweep. The. Series. Game Notes: Tonight the Sens host Indigenous Peoples Appreciation Night and you should definitely cop one of those sick Jay Odjick shirts (just my humble opinion). You can check out lots of other cool performances and support local indigenous organizations. Do it. Artem Zub rejoins Jacob Bernard-Docker and Josh Norris on Ottawa’s injured list while Alex Iafallo and Brendan Lemieux (who won’t get to bite Ottawa’s captain this year) represent Los Angeles’ injuries of note. The last time these teams...
Dec 6, 2022
Prospect Update - December 6th

Prospect Update - December 6th

Photo by Marissa Baecker/ Two Senators have been named to WJC camps, with two more likely to push for spots as well. Forwards Zack Ostapchuk He’s been carrying the draft class of 2021 since last year’s playoffs, and with an infestation of injury bugs plaguing the organization, he’s been doing the same for the prospect pool as a whole. On top of a shootout-winning goal on Saturday, Ostapchuk added another goal, along with 6 assists in 4 games, and now has 29 points in 21 games on the year. That’s not an especially dominant pace, but it’s incredibly encouraging...
Dec 5, 2022
LNN: Zub Out For a While, Point Streaks, Team Sale and More

LNN: Zub Out For a While, Point Streaks, Team Sale and More

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports It’s the Monday Edition of Links, News, and Notes Another day, another dollar am I right? With the Ottawa Senators coming off back-to-back wins over the weekend, you wouldn’t be blamed for feeling like the good vibes might just last forever. Alas, Monday comes for us all. Luckily we have Links, News, and Notes to help ease us back into the pain of working for a living: I’m a big believer in hearing the bad news first, so we should get this out of the way off the top. Artem Zub’s injury appears to be at least moderately serious,...
Dec 4, 2022
Weekly Question: 2nd-best enforcer

Weekly Question: 2nd-best enforcer

Chris Neil in his most famous pose | Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via We all know Chris Neil comes in first — so who’s second? The news came out a month ago the that Senators will give Chris Neil the ultimate honour, and retire his number 25 jersey in February. There’s no disputing that Neil is the best enforcer/pest/tough guy/energy guy in Sens history. He played 1026 games for the team. He’s the franchise leader in PIMs with 2522, and second place is Chris Phillips with 756. Longevity gets him points here, but we can all remember noteworthy games, whether...
Dec 3, 2022
Sens Dominate Sharks

Sens Dominate Sharks

Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/ The Ottawa Senators had one of their best games of the season at home against San Jose Sharks, picking up an important two points and bringing their record to 4-1-0 over their last five games. After the theatrical game on Broadway, the Ottawa Senators welcomed Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks to the Canadian Tire Centre tonight. With Artem Zub out and Anton Forsberg between the pipes, the Sens were looking to build off a big win in New York against the similarly ranked Sharks. The game started out with San Jose drawing...
Dec 3, 2022
Game 24 Hub: Brady Tkachuks vs Erik Karlssons

Game 24 Hub: Brady Tkachuks vs Erik Karlssons

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ Send Brady Tkachuk’s #7 the rafters yesterday. I can’t express how different this preview would be had it not been for Brady Tkachuk’s heroics yesterday. There would’ve been comparisons drawn between Alex DeBrincat’s shot and Connor Brown’s, and pining for the return of Chris Tierney and Colin White down the middle. It would’ve been despair itself. Instead, we get to enjoy the third victory in the last 4 games for the Ottawa Senators, and a fair amount of optimism heading into tonight’s contest against the San Jose Sharks,...
Dec 2, 2022
Brady Tkachuk Propels Sens to Electrifying Comeback Win Over Rangers

Brady Tkachuk Propels Sens to Electrifying Comeback Win Over Rangers

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The captain was the star of the show, with 2 goals and a Gordie Howe hat trick in his 300th NHL game We needed that. The Sens needed it. But the fans needed it too. I’m not just talking about the 2 points in the standings. I’m not sure those are important anymore. I mean the way that win happened - the way the Sens finally broke some of their most annoying habits and showed us that maybe the “Pesky Sens” haven’t been completely forgotten. It felt fitting that the leaders - the co-captains - the two players who have been around since the...
Dec 2, 2022
Game 23 Hub: Senators @ Rangers

Game 23 Hub: Senators @ Rangers

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Note to self: There are three periods. Game Notes: Injuries haven’t changed since Wednesday: Jacob Bernard-Docker and Josh Norris remain out for Ottawa and no injuries(!) for New York. Ottawa did well to avoid the penalty box for the most part in the last game. Let’s see if they can make a habit of it. They also played a relatively clean game against the Kings if you recall. Ottawa and New York have inverted powerplay results as the Rangers generate more chances but the Sens convert more of theirs. On the penalty...