8:00 PM EDT, Mon October 14, 2019
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Sens shutout by Stalock, Wild

Sens shutout by Stalock, Wild

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via A dreary Monday matinée doesn’t go Ottawa’s way There’s consensus from those who tuned into Monday afternoon’s affair between the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild: the offence was still off for Thanksgiving. The game was choppy, with 13 (!) penalties called in total — seven for Ottawa, six for Minnesota — that disrupted the flow of play at even-strength. When push came to shove in the third, it was the Wild who emerged victorious. A cheeky slash from Victor Rask took the stick out of Thomas Chabot’s hands, leaving the...
9 hours ago
Game 5 Hub: Wild @ Sens

Game 5 Hub: Wild @ Sens

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Fresh off their Saturday night victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ottawa Senators finally have two points to their name. There is, however, one team that has still gone pointless through four regular season games, and that team is the Minnesota Wild. Here are your expected lines, with Boedker in and Anisimov scheduled, but a game-time decision: Tkachuk - White - EnnisDuclair - Tierney - RyanNamestnikov - Anisimov - BrownBoedker - Pageau - SabourinChabot - ZaitsevBrannstrom - HainseyBorowiecki - DeMeloAnderson (starter)Nilsson Here’s how we...
10 hours ago
Attendance Woes, Bill Daly, and a “Smart” Hire?

Attendance Woes, Bill Daly, and a “Smart” Hire?

Photo by Sean Burges/Icon Sportswire via It’s the Monday Edition of Links, News, and Notes! Usually if the Ottawa Senators are in the news for off-ice reasons, it’s not a good thing. Sometimes however, as a great movie once said, even a blind pig finds a truffle. There was a bit of both, this week, so let’s dive right in: The attendance at Canadian Tire Centre so far this season has been nothing short of a big yikes. The game against St. Louis drew just over 9000 fans, and Saturday saw a little over 11000. CBC Ottawa did an interesting piece on the declining numbers, citing stats...
10 hours ago
Full Coverage, Game 5: Minnesota Wild @ Ottawa Senators

Full Coverage, Game 5: Minnesota Wild @ Ottawa Senators

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13 hours ago
Three Stars, Week 2: Namestnikov, Tkachuk, Ryan

Three Stars, Week 2: Namestnikov, Tkachuk, Ryan

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via The newest acquisition made his mark this week. If you put money on the Ottawa Senators to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, then congratulations, because it was a great Thanksgiving weekend for you. It really was a solid week, all in all, for the Ottawa Senators. They offered up a damn good fight against the defending champion St. Louis Blues, and put together a fairly dominant victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It couldn’t have happened without some great performances, so let’s recognize them, shall we? Here are the Ottawa...
Oct 12, 2019
Senators stifle Lightning 4-2 for first win of the season

Senators stifle Lightning 4-2 for first win of the season

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via It was a great night against his old team for Vladislav Namestnikov You would’ve been forgiven if you’d expect this game to be a slaughter. The winless Ottawa Senators were facing the Tampa Bay Lightning, the reigning President’s Trophy winners, the best team in the league in decades (four games in April notwithstanding), and the team that had blown out the Maple Leafs 7-3 earlier this week. Instead, we were treated to a high-tempo game that Ottawa mostly controlled, and allowed Vladislav Namestnikov to play late-game hero with two...
Oct 12, 2019
Should Sens Fans be Worried About the Team Moving?

Should Sens Fans be Worried About the Team Moving?

Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via In our Weekly Question, we ponder the unthinkable This week’s question is bound to touch a nerve, so I want to start this off by saying, no, I don’t think there’s a reason to panic right now. It wouldn’t appear that the Ottawa Senators are in imminent danger of leaving the nation’s capital. I, personally, don’t think this is anything more than an extremely remote possibility. But! But. When there are less than 10k people at the second game of the season, against the Stanley Cup Champion no less, after less than 16k were in attendance at the...
Oct 12, 2019
Game 4 Hub: Bolts @ Sens

Game 4 Hub: Bolts @ Sens

Photo by Andrea Cardin/NHLI via After losing a close contest to the defending Cup champs, the Senators welcome the 2020 (and 2019... and 2018) Cup favourites into town. Tampa’s coming off a high-scoring game of their own — a 7-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs — where their offence clicked almost every time they came down the ice. Here’s how the team lined up in practice yesterday, courtesy of TSN1200: Tkachuk - White - EnnisDuclair - Tierney - RyanNamestnikov - Anisimov - BrownAbramov - Pageau - SabourinChabot - ZaitsevBrannstrom - HainseyBorowiecki - DeMeloAnderson...
Oct 11, 2019
Five Thoughts For Friday

Five Thoughts For Friday

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Sad state of a franchise, Cody Ceci and Mental Health Awareness With such a long break, we weren’t blessed with too many Sens losses games to watch this week but nonetheless, the hockey world is never a dull place. 1) Sens Attendance and Ownership Rumours: One of the main topics of the week has been the rumours of a potential Melnyk sale being imminent. While Chris Johnston did add more gasoline to the rumours, I personally don’t buy it; not yet. At this point, what concerns me with a potential sale is whether it truly will fix the state of this...
Oct 10, 2019
Sens Start Hot, Fall to Defending Champs

Sens Start Hot, Fall to Defending Champs

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via They put up a good fight, but the Senators fall to 0-3. The St. Louis Blues are the Stanley Cup Champions for a bevy of reasons, one of them being resilience. They had more than one come-from-behind victory in the 2019 playoffs, so when they fell behind 2-0 to the Ottawa Senators early, they had to feel like it was well in hand. The two teams traded goals to the very end, but ultimately, it was the Blues that would come away with a 6-4 victory. Ryan O’Reilly led the charge for the Blues offensively, tallying a goal and three assists,...
Oct 10, 2019
Game 3 Hub: Blues @ Sens

Game 3 Hub: Blues @ Sens

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports The defending champs come to town The Ottawa Senators are back on the ice tonight after a five day break, easing back into things against... Oh, the defending cup champion St. Louis Blues. No morning skate today, but based on yesterday here are the expected lines courtesy TSN1200. Tkachuk-White-Ennis Duclair-Tierney-Ryan Namestnikov-Anisimov-Brown Abramov-Pageau-Sabourin Chabot-Zaitsev Brannstrom-Hainsey Borowiecki-DeMelo Nilsson (starter) Anderson Game Notes Russian the rebuild: the Senators are dressing four Russian players tonight, the highest in...
Oct 10, 2019
Thoughts on the Namestnikov Trade, Tkachuk-Doughty Beef and is Melnyk Selling?

Thoughts on the Namestnikov Trade, Tkachuk-Doughty Beef and is Melnyk Selling?

Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/ It’s the Thursday Edition of Links, News, and Notes! With five days between games, there’s been time for several developments in the world of the Ottawa Senators. Between Drake Batherson and Filip Chlapik’s demotions, Vitaly Abramov’s recall, rumours of a potential sale, and the trade for Vladislav Namestnikov, we’ve got lots of ground to cover: We’d be remiss if we didn’t kick things off by mentioning that Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston was on the radio yesterday talking about the possibility of Eugene Melnyk putting the...
Oct 9, 2019
Influx of Young Talent Has Belleville Eyeing the Playoffs

Influx of Young Talent Has Belleville Eyeing the Playoffs

Jason Scourse With a new season upon us, we take a look at intriguing storylines and what we should expect from the Belleville Senators. Whenever an NHL team puts together a strong roster, the conversation tends to focus around a window of time in which the particular team, with its elite young core, can compete for a Stanley Cup. For teams like Tampa Bay and (sigh) Toronto, that window is right now. For our Ottawa Senators? Not so much. What’s important to consider is that in order to have one of these windows open at the NHL level, it needs to start in the AHL. In my opinion,...
Oct 8, 2019
Prospect Update: We all sing for Alsing

Prospect Update: We all sing for Alsing

Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Markus Nurmi, Lassi Thomson, and Olle Alsing have big performances in week two of the prospect update Welcome to week two of your regular Ottawa Senators prospect update! Like Colin mentioned, I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to provide you with coverage this season, especially when the NHL squad looks... worse than expected. With the NHL and AHL beginning play this week, almost every league has started its official schedule The two major exceptions to this are the ECHL (Joey Daccord) and the NCAA, which start this weekend. Based on...
Oct 7, 2019
Sens Acquire Namestnikov, Recall Abramov

Sens Acquire Namestnikov, Recall Abramov

Photo by Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via The Sens ship Nick Ebert, and a 2021 4th in return. The Ottawa Senators have been busy today, after dropping the first two games of the season in less than stellar fashion. The biggest news was broken by Bruce Garrioch. He announced that the team has acquired Vladislav Namestnikov from the New York Rangers, with $750K retained, in exchange for Nick Ebert, and a 2021 fourth round draft pick. Expect the Ottaw Senators and New York Rangers to announce. Trade tonight. Namestnikov to the Senators for draft picks.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger)...