Player News - Senators

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Mark Stone has been playing on Ottawa's top line and he's seeing time on the first power-play unit.

The chances are there for him to produce, but so far he has just one goal and one assist in five games. "Right now I'm just happy we're off to a great start," Stone said. "I'm just a piece of the puzzle, trying to help and support Clarke and Kyle in certain areas. They have tons of different skills that I don't have, and I have certain skills that maybe they don't have. We're kind of trying to gel together. We know we haven't played our best game yet but there's still a lot of hockey to play." If he can start picking up points then he could be someone to watch as a possible waiver wire addition.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Oct 22 - 9:27 AM

Marc Methot (back) skated a little before practice on Monday.

"He had some public skating ... just a touch," said coach Paul MacLean. "That's improvement. How close he is to practicing is still to be determined, but he did go for a skate." Methot has been dealing with a back/hip injury since the start of camp and he wasn't able to play in any preseason games as a result. His return to the lineup is still a long way away.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Oct 21 - 10:06 AM

Mika Zibanejad doesn't have a point in five games.

He's been playing on a line with Bobby Ryan and Alex Chiasson, but it hasn't led to any offense early in the 2014-15 campaign. Zibanejad has seven shots and Chiasson has posted one shot in his last three games. There's a chance that the combination could be reshuffled even though the Senators have opened with an impressive 4-1 record.
Oct 20 - 10:45 AM

After being a healthy scratch in two consecutive games, Mike Hoffman was a bright spot for the Senators on Saturday against Columbus.

Hoffman used his speed to create offense. On the game-winning goal, Hoffman used that speed to beat Jackets' defenseman Jack Johnson. He also drew a penalty shot earlier in the game. "After sitting out the last two games, I wanted to come in and do everything I could to try and help this team and help out my linemates as well," said Hoffman after the game. "For my confidence going forward, to get the first (goal of the season) out of the way here. I’m looking forward to the next game."
Oct 19 - 9:44 AM

Mike Hoffman scored the game-winning goal for the Senators in their 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Hoffman, who scored at 9:38 of the third period, also had an assist on David Legwand’s goal in the first. These were Hoffman’s first points in three games this season. There’s some potential here, but it won’t be realized until he’s more consistent and receives more regular ice time. Erik Karlsson also scored. Chris Neil had two helpers, with Clarke MacArthur picking up the other.
Oct 18 - 10:50 PM

Robin Lehner emerged with the victory Saturday after making 36 saves as the Senators took down the Blue Jackets 3-2.

Lehner has performed admirably in his two starts this season, both of which were wins on 38 saves. Craig Anderson isn’t exactly a rock in net, so Lehner could definitely earn the majority of starts down the road this season. He has a 1.92 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.
Oct 18 - 10:49 PM

Look for Mike Hoffman to draw back into the Senators' lineup Saturday night against the Blue Jackets.

From the looks of Saturday morning's skate Hoffman will take the place of Erik Condra on Ottawa's third line alongside David Legwand and Chris Neil. Neither Hoffman or Condra have any real fantasy value so this switch should not alter anyone's hockey pool plans.
Oct 18 - 11:05 AM

Updating an earlier item, Robin Lehner is confirmed as Saturday's starter against Columbus.

All signs pointed in that direction and now it is official. Make sure you have Craig Anderson on reserve and Lehner active Saturday evening.
Oct 18 - 11:01 AM

From the looks of Saturday morning's skate Jared Cowen will once again be a healthy scratch.

He continues to sit while the Sens play Patrick Wiercioch, Eric Gryba and Mark Borowiecki ahead of him. No need to roster Cowen at this point.

Curtis Lazar picked up his first NHL point on Thursday.

His shot deflected off Colorado goale Calvin Pickard's stick and it appeared to be going into the net when Zack Smith buried it to make sure. Lazar ended up with an assist on the play and Smith received some ridicule from his teammates for "poaching" a goal from the rookie.
Oct 17 - 3:30 PM

Bobby Ryan scored his first goal of the season Thursday night.

Slow starts are nothing new to Ryan, so fantasy owners shouldn't panic that he has one goal and one assist in four games. He registered five shots in Thursday's win over Colorado after he entered the match with a meager total of four on the year.
Oct 17 - 1:37 PM

Robin Lehner will get the nod for Ottawa on Saturday versus Columbus.

He made 38 stops in a 3-2 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning last Saturday in his first outing of the season. Craig Anderson has won his past two starts, but he'll get the night off.
Oct 17 - 1:29 PM

Craig Anderson overcame a rocky first period to grind out a 5-3 win over the Avalanche on Thursday night, making 28 saves in the victory.

Anderson has played solid hockey so far this season, as the 33-year-old has compiled a 2-1 record with a .939 save percentage and 2.01 goals against average. It's anyone's guess how Anderson will fare after a terrific 2012-13 season followed by a very mediocre 2013-14.
Oct 17 - 12:38 AM

David Legwand pitched in a goal and an assist in Ottawa's 5-3 win over Colorado on Thursday night, his first two points as a Senator.

Legwand's goal in the second period helped spur a Sens comeback, as they trailed 3-1 early on. His assist in the third period helped seal the deal, as the newcomer got a much needed boost from his scorecard success on Thursday.
Oct 17 - 12:30 AM

Jared Cowen will probably be a healthy scratch for a second straight game Thursday.

"I've just got to be better," said Cowen. "I need a better start and better consistency." Coach Paul MacLean has seven defenders on his roster and he wants the best six to play. Cowen will get a chance to return and when he does he will have to impress and improve his defensive play.
Oct 15 - 6:42 PM

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