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Dec 7, 2019
Where Will Andy Finish the Season?

Where Will Andy Finish the Season?

Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via It’s Weekly Question time! Craig Anderson is unquestionably the greatest goaltender in Ottawa Senators history. The franchise’s all-time leader in games played, wins, and soon-to-be shutouts, he has been the undisputed starter since he arrived in 2011. For almost nine years, Andy has been a consummate pro, and the backbone of the Ottawa Senators. Even when his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with throat cancer in late 2016, Anderson returned to the team to lead them to the Eastern Conference Final. His performance during that season was nothing short of...
Dec 6, 2019
Nikita Zaitsev accused of taking children from his ex-wife

Nikita Zaitsev accused of taking children from his ex-wife

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via The Sens’ defenseman has not spoken directly on the matter, but his agent released a statement denying the story Today, an Instagram account belonging to Nikita Zaitsev’s ex-wife shared a video purporting to show her and Zaitsev’s children being removed from her. The video was also circulated on Twitter by @lentaruofficial. The original Instagram post appeared was posted by the user @margo_ruby: View this post on Instagram Видит Бог, я не хотела что бы вы были свидетелями...
Dec 6, 2019
Cost Per Pointcast: Sens Decade-In-Review

Cost Per Pointcast: Sens Decade-In-Review

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Trevor and Colin reminisce about the last decade of Senators hockey, with all its highs and lows. The last decade has been a crazy one from the Ottawa Senators. From rebuilding twice to making the Eastern Conference Finals, Trevor and Colin look at the best and worst moments of the decade, and the players that defined it. From Andrew Hammond to Eugene Melnyk, here’s the Sens’ decade-in-review. Time stamps are below: 0:00 — Intro 0:38 — Mark Borowiecki stopping a theft 5:24 — Erik Brännström sent to Belleville Decade-In-Review 7:48 —...
Dec 6, 2019
Five Thoughts for Friday

Five Thoughts for Friday

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Andy’s return, Tyler Ennis’ effectiveness, coaching culture and more When it’s Friday, we have some Thoughts with a capital “T”. Here are five of mine: Craig Anderson, back on top? It was not that long ago that many, including myself, were certain Anders Nilsson had wrestled the title of number one goalie away from Anderson. When Andy went down with an injury, and Nilsson put together a run of stellar form, it seemed obvious that the torch had been passed. How quickly things can change in the NHL. Nilsson’s not the only one to blame for Tuesday...
Dec 5, 2019
Sens Re-Assign Brannstrom, Hogberg

Sens Re-Assign Brannstrom, Hogberg

Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/ Bonestorm is back in BelleVegas. The Ottawa Senators have reassigned D Erik Brannstrom, and G Marcus Hogberg to their AHL affiliate in Belleville. Brannstrom, who was the principle piece in February’s Mark Stone trade, has played 25 games with the Sens this year, posting two assists. Despite the lack of offence, he’s had a solid start to the campaign, with a Corsi rating of 50.40%, which is comparable to Thomas Chabot. That said, the Senators need him contributing on the scoresheet, and playing big minutes coupled with first powerplay...
Dec 5, 2019
Mark Borowiecki Stops a Robbery, Akim Aliu Meets With The NHL

Mark Borowiecki Stops a Robbery, Akim Aliu Meets With The NHL

Photo by Matt Zambonin/NHLI via BoroCop was in full action off the ice this week. From allegations of abuse against former coaches to hockey players stopping robberies, it’s been a heck of an interesting week around the NHL. I attempt to parse through it all in this Thursday’s edition of Links, News and Notes. Since coming forward with allegations of racial harassment against former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters, Akim Aliu has transformed into a trailblazer trying to make the NHL a more inclusive league. He met with Gary Bettman and Bill Daly earlier this week to discuss the...
Dec 5, 2019
Sens Rebound to Beat Oilers 5-2

Sens Rebound to Beat Oilers 5-2

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via An Impressive Win on Many Levels After a disastrous game last night against the Vancouver Canucks, fans were looking to see how the Senators would react against the Edmonton Oilers in the second of a strange back to back trip. Just like last night, the Sens were completely dominated by the Oilers. To make matters worse, Nick Paul was seen in distress on the bench after a collision with . It was later announced that he would not return to the game with a strained neck. The Sens managed to keep the game scoreless through the first half of the period and even...
Dec 4, 2019
Game 29 Hub: Sens @ Oilers

Game 29 Hub: Sens @ Oilers

The Sens take on McDavid and Draisaitl. With their losing streak now at five games, the Ottawa Senators (11-16-1) will look to salvage the western swing of their road trip with at least one win, when they take on the Edmonton Oilers (17-9-3) tonight at Rogers Place. DJ Smith has yet to name a starter for tonight’s contest. Anders Nilsson started in Vancouver last night, but was given the hook after allowing four goals in the first, and Marcus Hogberg played the remaining two thirds of the game. Whether Smith opts for the hot hand, or the rested hand, is anyone’s guess. The Senators’...
Dec 4, 2019
The Usual Suspects Propel Belleville to a Perfect Week

The Usual Suspects Propel Belleville to a Perfect Week

Jason Scourse Josh Norris, Alex Formenton and Drake Batherson continued their hot play, helping the B-Sens blow through three games in five days. This time two weeks ago, the Belleville Senators were sitting comfortably right above the basement of the North Division. Riding some mixed performances, and dealing with the many roster moves associated with a rebuilding NHL team, there were (and still are) a lot of question marks surrounding this team. One thing this club has managed to do over the past few weeks is prove that they can score with the best of them. Currently tied for 4th in...
Dec 4, 2019
November Reflections

November Reflections

Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via You can’t ignore this team’s potential. November started with a troubling game against the Boston Bruins with a tough loss and some major injuries, but things settled well afterwards. The biggest takeaway from this month was the confusion among fans on whether to enjoy the wins or cheer for losses. There were brief moments where fans were adding up the points to a wildcard spot, and it was fun until reality set in by the end of the month. Nobody is expecting this team to make the playoffs, but their wins have certainly been entertaining...
Dec 4, 2019
Catastrophic First Period Dooms Sens

Catastrophic First Period Dooms Sens

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via The Canucks got four quick ones past Nilsson While mortals slept in the nation’s capital, the Senators went about business as usual on the west coast against the Vancouver Canucks and by business as usual I mean growing pains. The Senators didn’t exactly spoil those of us who committed to the 10PM start time. Jet lag may have played a role in the horrendous start for Ottawa in this one as Vancouver capitalized on several Ottawa miscues to establish a daunting 4-0 lead early on and while Ottawa gave it the old college try, the last forty minutes seemed...
Dec 3, 2019
Game 28 Hub: Sens @ Nucks

Game 28 Hub: Sens @ Nucks

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports The search for scoring continues on the west coast The Senators will try to stop their losing skid at half as many games as Montreal four in a row with a somewhat strange stop in Vancouver, between visits to Calgary and Edmonton. Craig Anderson took a full practice yesterday and is eligible to come off IR today, but DJ Smith confirmed that it will be Anders Nilsson starting with Marcus Hogberg backing him up tonight. It also looks like Logan Brown will draw back in with J.C. Beaudin sitting this one out. Tkachuk - L.Brown - Duclair Paul - Pageau -...
Dec 3, 2019
Prospect Update: Drake Batherson, again!

Prospect Update: Drake Batherson, again!

Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Christian Jaros, and the NoDak trio also stand out during a busy week in prospect land With December upon us, it’s almost World Juniors time in prospect land. While we’ll have some news on some Sens-related WJC content later in the update, there’s a lot to cover with strong weeks for the Belleville crew, the collegiate talent, and some of the players overseas in Europe. Good to see Andreas Englund back into the lineup this week to help a depleted BSens corps. Another ho-hum week for Alex Formenton, with three goals and 12 shots in...
Dec 2, 2019
Taylor Hall on the Trade Block, Discussing Hockey Culture, Chris Driedger’s Shutout

Taylor Hall on the Trade Block, Discussing Hockey Culture, Chris Driedger’s Shutout

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Links, news and notes from around the NHL. As the NHL marches past American Thanksgiving and into December, trade talk is starting to heat up as the trade deadline looms closer. One major trade target is discussed in this week’s edition on Monday Links, News and Notes, along with much more. The New Jersey Devils appear to be fielding offers on Taylor Hall, who’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. While the Sens are all but guaranteed to be out of the running for the star winger, it’s a tale we’re familiar with after the team’s...