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Don’t Trade Erik Karlsson

Don’t Trade Erik Karlsson

Rumours are Swirling Around the Captain The writing at Silver Seven Sens exists in an oftentimes nebulous middle ground between fandom and what might be considered traditional sports journalism. As the old saying goes: “There’s no cheering in the press box”. There is definitely cheering on these pages, and I actually don’t believe that it has a negative impact on the quality of the work, but we do strive to be factual and thoughtful in our analysis. On this topic, however, there is no room to be measured. This is a plea to Guy Boucher, and Pierre Dorion — but especially Eugene...
Dec 10, 2017
Senators Becoming a Laughing Stock as they lose 5-0 Again

Senators Becoming a Laughing Stock as they lose 5-0 Again

Ottawa loses their 11th in 12 games after an embarrassing display of what one would call “playing hockey” Three seasons ago, the Senators went on their California road trip in February with their playoff hopes hanging on by a thread. They miraculously won the first two games against Anaheim and Los Angeles, and coming into their last game against San Jose, the mood from fans (myself included) seemed to be “if they can win this, then I’m back in on this team.” Fast forward to present day, and the mood at the end of this three-game gauntlet (within a larger road-trip) is completely...
Dec 9, 2017
Game 28 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ San Jose Sharks

Game 28 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ San Jose Sharks

Wrapping up the California road trip. If you’re anything like me, you could really catch up on some sleep after a couple late starts during the Senators’ annual California road trip. They come back East after tonight’s game versus San Jose, trying to squeeze out as many points as possible. Ottawa’s on a bit of a losing skid, going 1-9-1 in their last eleven games. Thursday’s game against the Kings gave some hope with the late comeback, as well as Erik Karlsson regaining his elite form. Although they only managed to come out with a single point, it’s hopefully a building block to...
Dec 8, 2017
Ottawa Senators alumni game roster announced

Ottawa Senators alumni game roster announced

Yes, Alexei Yashin will be making an appearance A little over a week ago, the Senators alumni game captains were announced the nobody’s surprise: Chris Phillips and Daniel Alfredsson. Today, we found out the rest of the roster. The biggest deal is likely Alexei Yashin. The manner in which he left Ottawa was not the best, but it’s important to remember he’s 10th in franchise history in games played, 3rd in goals, 5th in assists, and 3rd in points. It’s nice to see that any bitterness seems to have been buried and he can play in a game for fun. Speaking of bitterness, it’s nice to...
Dec 8, 2017
Five Thoughts for Friday

Five Thoughts for Friday

Five Thoughts on Coaching It’s become de rigure for Sens fans, and perhaps more surprisingly the media, to criticize Guy Boucher in recent weeks as the team has tumbled down the standings to the point of jeopardizing their chances at the post-season. The change in attitude towards the head coach is something to behold considering that a mere six months ago the team was but a goal from the Stanley Cup final and reverence was at an all-time high. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find too many people imploring others to Trust The System. Our Five Thoughts, then, are dedicated to Guy...
Dec 8, 2017
Senators earn point, fall to Kings 4-3 in OT

Senators earn point, fall to Kings 4-3 in OT

What was nice was seeing the Sens able to come back Last season, I was fully convinced the Senators could come back from anything. If they’d been down 5-0 entering the third like they were against the Jets on the weekend, I would’ve thought, “It’s possible. You never know.” Tonight, when Dustin Brown scored with 3:28 left, I thought “It’s all over.” But then Ryan Dzingel tied it up with 10 seconds to go, and the game went to overtime. Of course, the Sens still lost, but watching them fight back to even earn a point after allowing such a heartbreakingly late goal feels...
Dec 7, 2017
Full Coverage, Game 27: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

Full Coverage, Game 27: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

Full coverage of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings
Dec 7, 2017
Game 27 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

Game 27 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Los Angeles Kings

Sens look to bounce back (again) The Senators are right back at it tonight, getting on a bus going the other direction from their hotel to visit the Los Angeles Kings. Last night’s game was a significant improvement over Sunday’s game - but “better than Sunday” is about as low of a bar as you can set for the team this season. Let’s just get straight to the lines. There’s only one change. Stone - Brassard - Ryan Smith - Duchene - Dzingel Hoffman - Pageau - Dumont Burrows - Thompson - Pyatt Harpur - Karlsson Phaneuf - Chabot Oduya - Ceci Condon (starter) Anderson Here are some...
Dec 7, 2017
Belleville Drops Two in a Row in Quiet Week

Belleville Drops Two in a Row in Quiet Week

It was a quiet week as the Belleville Senators fumbled their way to back to back losses to the Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch. Friday, December 1 - Toronto 3, Belleville 1 This game felt quite familiar as Belleville was outplayed by the Marlies for the third time in a little over a week. Coach Kleinendorst, a creature of habit, lined his players up the same way he did in Belleville’s 5-4 OT win a few nights before. Pairing Belleville’s leading scorer Gabriel Gagne with the likes of Max McCormick and Jim O’Brien on the top line while keeping leaving Filip Chlapik to manage small...
Dec 7, 2017
Ottawa Senators Fall 3-0 to Anaheim Ducks

Ottawa Senators Fall 3-0 to Anaheim Ducks

The skid is turning into a downhill tumble. Nothing is going right for the Ottawa Senators. The team travelled to Anaheim for the West coast road trip, with the Sens looking to pick up a win following a dreadful loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. This was supposed to be a ‘scheduled win’ — the Ducks had just arrived from playing 65 minutes of hockey the previous night, on the road. This is also against a team playing Chris Wagner as their second line centre, while also running with their backup goalie. The tired and injury-depleted Ducks were still too much for the Senators to...
Dec 6, 2017
Game 26 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Anaheim Ducks

Game 26 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Anaheim Ducks

Californiaaaaaaaaaaaaa, here we coooooooooooooooooome! The weekend was a bit of an emotional ride. On Friday, the Senators snapped their seven-game losing streak with a big 6-5 win over the Islanders. The offence was humming, Thomas Chabot scored three points, Ryan Dzingel scored two goals, Mike Condon looked fantastic in relief. That quickly gave way to Sunday though, when the Sens got outshot 49-21 by the Jets, and maybe the best Senator of the game was Mark Stone who had two shots on goal. So now the team heads out on the dreaded California road trip, with their season in freefall....
Dec 6, 2017
Drake Batherson, Alex Formenton invited to Team Canada’s World Junior development camp

Drake Batherson, Alex Formenton invited to Team Canada’s World Junior development camp

Logan Brown and Markus Nurmi also received invites yesterday Senators fans were spoiled the last couple years with Thomas Chabot and Colin White playing prominent roles in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. They may not have the same prominence, but two more Sens prospects will have a shot at making Team Canada this year in Alex Formenton and Drake Batherson. Both were invited to the Team Canada development camp. Formenton was the Sens’ 47th-overall pick in the 2017 draft. He currently has 21 points in 17 games, after starting the season with the big club and playing in one...
Dec 5, 2017
Ottawa Senators Prospect Update: November 28 - December 4

Ottawa Senators Prospect Update: November 28 - December 4

Everybody was scoring this week. It was a big week for many Sens prospects, with seven players scoring at least a point per game. The Belleville Senators went 1-1-1, while others are making their case for the upcoming World Junior Championships. Stats Sheet ( Biggest Standouts Colin White White was Belleville’s top scorer this week, coming away with three points in three games. He started off by scoring the opening goal against the Laval Rocket on a slick breakaway move, then finished with a two point performance against the Syracuse Crunch. He also managed to score...
Dec 4, 2017
Three Stars of the Week: Week 9

Three Stars of the Week: Week 9

Not too many positives to pick from this last week For a short while between Friday and Sunday's games, Sens fans breathed a bit easier: the seemingly interminable losing streak had come to an end in exhilarating fashion. By about 7:30 eastern on Sunday, however, it felt like we were back to where were started. To say it's been a trying few weeks would be an understatement, and this past week's 1-2 performance left us scrambling for players to recognize in the Three Stars of the Week. But hand out acknowledgement we must, so here it goes: Three Stars of the Week: Thomas Chabot only made...