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Senators Fall To Last Place

Sunday, January 6, 2019


The Senators were never expected to compete for a playoff spot this season, but they have at times been okay.  In fact, if you go back a few months in the archives, you’ll see me offering some modest praise of them following a 5-3 win against Toronto.  For quite some time, Ottawa continued to be almost okay.  Back on Dec. 17, the Senators were 15-16-4, which at least isn’t horrible.  They’ve collapsed since then though.

 

With a 4-3 loss to Minnesota on Saturday, Ottawa has dropped to 15-22-5, which puts them in sole possession of last place and once again draws attention to the Matt Duchene trade.  You’re probably already aware, but on the off-chance that you aren’t, the Senators surrendered a first round pick in 2018 or 2019 to Colorado as part of the Duchene trade.  Ottawa made the controversial decision to keep the fourth overall pick in 2018 to draft Brady Tkachuk, which might result in Colorado receiving the first overall pick in 2019.  At least Tkachuk has been great though.

 

The Senators’ situation might get even more awkward as we approach the trade deadline.  They dealt Erik Karlsson before the season even began rather than lose him for nothing as an unrestricted free agent this summer.  However, Duchene and Mark Stone are also set to become UFAs after this season.  Even if it does make it more likely that Ottawa will end up in the NHL basement, they need to seriously consider trading one or both of those forwards unless Stone or Duchene agree to an extension.  It will be interesting to see what happens there to say the least.

 

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CALGARY 3 PHILADELPHIA 2 (OT)

 

TJ Brodie scored the overtime winner.  It was his fifth goal and 16th point in 43 games.

 

Matthew Tkachuk found the back of the net and registered an assist.  That gives him 19 goals and 49 points in 43 contests.

 

Travis Sanheim netted a goal for the Flyers.  He has four goals and 13 points in 41 games.

 

Carter Hart stopped 29 of 32 shots in his fourth straight loss.  He has a 2-3-1 record, 2.80 GAA, and .901 save percentage in six starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, David Rittich saved 32 of 34 shots.  He’s 14-4-3 with a 2.37 GAA and .921 save percentage in 24 games.

 

MINNESOTA 4 OTTAWA 3

 

Zach Parise scored the game-winning goal and registered two assists.  That gives him 19 goals and 38 points in 39 games.

 

Jared Spurgeon scored a pair of goals for the Wild.  He’s up to seven goals and 24 points in 40 games.

 

Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 of 27 Senators shots.  He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last three games, but he’s still 2-1-0 over that span.

 

Matt Duchene contributed a goal for Ottawa.  It was his 17th goal and 41st point in 36 games.

 

Anders Nilsson kicked out 22 of 26 shots on Saturday.  This was his first start with Ottawa since being acquired from Vancouver.

 

BOSTON 2 BUFFALO 1

 

The Sabres’ lone goal was scored by Rasmus Ristolainen.  He has five goals and 26 points in 42 games.

 

David Backes netted the game-winning goal.  He has four goals and 11 points in 34 contests.

 

Chris Wagner also chipped in a goal for Boston.  That gives him five goals and eight points in 39 games.

 

Tuukka Rask stopped 31 of 32 shots for his third straight win.  He improved to 11-8-2 with a 2.55 GAA and .917 save percentage in 21 contests.

 

Linus Ullmark turned aside 39 of 41 shots to end his four-game winning streak.  He has a 9-2-3 record, 2.69 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 15 starts.

 

TORONTO 5 VANCOUVER 0

 

Michael Hutchinson earned a 28-save shutout for the Maple Leafs.  He’s gotten an opportunity with Toronto because Frederik Andersen (groin) and Garret Sparks (concussion) have been sidelined.

 

Alexander Edler recorded a team-high five shots on Hutchinson.  Edler has four goals on 63 shots for a 6.3% success rate.

 

Auston Matthews scored a goal and registered two assists.  He has 20 goals and 39 points in just 27 contests.

 

Igor Ozhiganov found the back of the net and contributed an assist.  The blueliner has two goals and six points in 34 games.

 

Jacob Markstrom saved 29 of 34 Maple Leafs shots.  He’s 17-12-3 with a 2.86 GAA and .908 save percentage in 32 starts.

 

NASHVILLE 4 MONTREAL 1

 

Shea Weber scored the Canadiens’ only goal.  It was his sixth goal and 12th point in 18 games.

 

Carey Price kicked out 28 of 31 shots last night.  He has a 16-11-4 record, 2.76 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 32 contests.

 

Craig Smith netted two goals for the Predators.  He’s up to 14 goals and 24 points in 43 games.

 

Mattias Ekholm scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He has four goals and 28 points in 42 contests.

 

Juuse Saros saved 27 of 28 Canadiens shots.  He’s 10-5-1 with a 2.71 GAA and .907 save percentage in 17 games.

 

COLUMBUS 4 FLORIDA 3 (OT)

 

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 of 30 Panthers shots.  He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last four starts, but at least the Blue Jackets have gone an okay 2-2-0 over that span.

 

Seth Jones scored the overtime winner.  It was his seventh goal and 25th point in 34 games.

 

Anthony Duclair also scored a goal for Columbus.  He has nine goals and 14 points in 35 contests.

 

Keith Yandle assisted on two of the Panthers’ three goals.  That gives him six markers and 35 points in 40 games.

 

James Reimer stopped 31 of 35 shots Saturday night.  He’s 8-7-4 with a 3.22 GAA and .895 save percentage in 23 games.

 

NY ISLANDERS 4 ST. LOUIS 3

 

Anders Lee scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  That gives him 15 goals and 30 points in 40 contests.

 

Casey Cizikas assisted on two of the Islanders’ four goals.  He has 10 markers and 17 points in 33 games.

 

Ryan O'Reilly contributed a goal for St. Louis.  He’s up to 16 goals and 38 points in 39 games.

 

Jake Allen stopped 10 of a mere 14 shots last night.  The Islanders scored once on two shots in the second period and then got three goals on six shots in the third.

 

Robin Lehner turned aside 29 of 32 shots to extend his winning streak to seven games.  He’s 11-6-3 with a 2.18 GAA and .927 save percentage in 21 games.

 

LOS ANGELES 4 EDMONTON 0

 

This was a game of milestones for the Kings.  Jonathan Quick stopped 16 shots to earn his 300th career victory.  He has a 7-10-2 record, 2.88 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 19 starts.

 

Anze Kopitar scored his 300th career goal.  In 2018-19, he’s up to 10 goals and 28 points in 42 games.

 

Jeff Carter also found the back of the net for the Kings.  That wasn’t a milestone goal for him, but he is just nine points away from 700.

 

Meanwhile, most of the Oilers’ forwards didn’t even manage to record a shot.  Connor McDavid had four shots, Leon Draisaitl had two shots, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had one shot.  That’s the Oilers’ top line.  Their other three lines combined for just one shot, which was taken by Jujhar Khaira.  It’s been said so many times before, but the Oilers have a massive offensive depth problem.

 

Mikko Koskinen allowed three goals on eight shots before being yanked 13:57 minutes into the contest.  Cam Talbot kicked out 14 of 15 shots the rest of the way.

 

SAN JOSE 5 TAMPA BAY 2

 

If you were looking at the box score, you might notice that Aaron Dell stopped a shot in 1:15 minutes of ice time and wonder if Martin Jones got injured at the end of the game or something.  Fortunately, the actual reason is a lot more lighthearted.  Jones skate broke, which meant he had to awkwardly nudge his way toward the bench, as you can see in this gif.  Dell briefly stepped in, but Jones re-entered the game once his equipment was back in order.  Jones stopped 17 of 19 shots in the win.

 

Mikhail Sergachev scored a goal for the Lightning.  It was his first goal and 14th point in 40 games.

 

Evander Kane scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner.  That gives him 14 goals and 29 points in 43 contests.

 

Erik Karlsson assisted on two of the Sharks’ five markers.  He has three goals and 35 points in 41 games.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 28 of 33 shots.  That ended Tamp Bay’s point streak at 16 games and Vasilevskiy’s winning streak at six games.



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