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Senators' Christian Wolanin: Scheduled to skate on road swing
Coach D.J. Smith confirmed Wolanin is expected to play during the Senators' Western Canada trip, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Wolanin never really got going last year, as a torn labrum kept him out from September until March, which is when the league's hiatus began. The Senators play their next six games on the road, so Wolanin might be an intriguing budget option in daily leagues, depending on how Smith uses him.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Tim Stutzle: Will travel with team
Stutzle (undisclosed) will join the Senators for their six-game road trip, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Coach DJ Smith wouldn't commit to Stutzle playing but acknowledged "he looked good out there" at Friday's practice session. The rookie skated on Ottawa's second line role prior to getting hurt and figures to retake that spot in the lineup once given the green light to return.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Artyom Zub: Set to hit the ice
Zub is set to make his 2020-21 debut during the Senators' Western Canada swing, per coach D.J. Smith, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Fantasy owners should watch carefully to see how much ice time Zub gets, as he could be a cheap play for daily lineups once he actually cracks the lineup. Ottawa will spend the next six games in Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta, so if Zub's going to be traveling, it stands to reason that the Senators expect him to contribute in at least some of those contests.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Marcus Hogberg: Makes first appearance in relief
Hogberg stopped all three shots he faced in Thursday's 4-1 loss to Winnipeg.
Hogberg entered the game in relief of Matt Murray to start the third period and with the Senators already trailing 4-0. Murray had started each of Ottawa's first for games, so Hogberg could get the nod for Saturday's rematch with the Jets. Hogberg went 5-8-8 with a 3.12 GAA and .904 save percentage in 24 games last season.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Murray: Chased to bench after 40 minutes
Murray allowed four goals on 26 shots Thursday in a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg.
Murray was replaced by Marcus Hogberg to start the third period with the Senators trailing 4-0. The 26-year-old Murray, acquired from Pittsburgh in the offseason, is off to a rough start with his new team, giving up three-plus goals in each of his starts and posting an .880 save percentage. It's possible he gets a breather for Saturday's rematch with the Jets after having started Ottawa's first four games.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Chris Tierney: Nabs third goal of year
Tierney scored a goal on his only shot and had two PIM in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Jets.
Tierney foiled Connor Hellebuyck's shutout bid with just under three minutes remaining, scoring on a redirection while driving to the net. It was the third goal in four games for Ottawa's third-line center, who's managed to score on all three of his shots on goal early in the season. Even once regression inevitably hits, Tierney is a solid bottom-six player who had 11 goals and 37 points in 71 games a year ago.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Tim Stutzle: Remains sidelined
As expected, Stutzle (undisclosed) won't play Thursday against the Jets, Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports.
Stutzle skated Thursday and coach DJ smith doesn't expect him to be sidelined much longer, so the 19-year-old rookie could be back in action as soon as Saturday for the second half of the Senators' back-to-back matchups with Winnipeg. Stutzle has scored one goal and fired four shots on net while averaging 13:32 of ice time in two contests this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Murray: Defending cage against Jets
Murray is set to patrol the blue paint at home versus Winnipeg on Thursday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Murray has been middling at best this season as he is 1-1-1 with a 3.30 GAA and .890 save percentage. Thursday's clash will be the fourth straight start for the 26-year-old netminder, who has thus far carried the load for the Senators. The team's first back-to-back will come Jan 27/28 against the Canucks, which could be the first start for Marcus Hogberg.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Tim Stutzle: Doubtful against Jets
Stutzle (undisclosed) is in doubt against Winnipeg on Thursday, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Coach DJ Smith referred to Stutzle's injury as minor but still indicated the rookie wouldn't be ready to play in time Thursday. If the German winger is unable to play, fantasy players can likely expect Alex Galchenyuk to continue slotting into a top-six role, though Connor Brown could make a push for more minutes as well. Once healthy, Stutzle figures to rejoin the second line and could be in the mix for power-play minutes down the road.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Murray: Downed by Jets in OT
Murray turned aside 24 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
The 26-year-old was staked to a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, but Murray couldn't make it stick. His Ottawa tenure has gotten off to a somewhat shaky start, as he's gone 1-1-1 through three games with a .890 save percentage, and that could open the door for Marcus Hogberg to get the nod in net for the Senators' next game Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Murray: Between pipes Tuesday
Murray will tend the home twine in Tuesday's game against the Jets, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Murray has been solid through his first two games in Ottawa, turning aside 57 of 63 shots -- a .905 save percentage -- and recording a 1-1-0 record. The Jets are coming to town after losing 3-1 to the Maple Leafs on Monday night, and they'll be rolling with backup Laurent Brossoit in their crease.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Tim Stuetzle: Dealing with minor injury
Stuetzle won't be available Tuesday night against the Jets due to a minor injury.
Ottawa doesn't seem to be overly concerned about Stuetzle's injury, so it's possible he'll only have to miss one contest with the issue. With Stuetzle unavailable, Alex Galchenyuk will draw into the lineup and make his Senators' debut against Winnipeg on Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Murray: Pelted with pucks
Murray made 37 saves in a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday night.
Murray gives the Sens instant credibility as they rebuild, but he's going to face a lot of rubber throughout 2020-21. So his value lies in your league's categories. Early season games have been fairly sloppy, so we need a few more outings to really get a feel for expectations this year. But suffice to say that Murray won't deliver to his career stats (2.67 GAA; .914 save percentage).... See More ... See Less
Senators' Tim Stuetzle: First career NHL goal
Stuetzle scored his first NHL goal Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
It was a beautiful one-timer high over Jack Campbell's shoulder. Stuetzle has star-like quality and will be exciting to watch this season. But his fantasy production will likely be tempered simply because the Sens are rebuilding.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Murray: Starting for second straight night
Murray will defend the home goal in Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Murray recorded his first win as a Senator in Friday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs, steering away 20 shots in the process. The 26-year-old will look to repeat that effort against the high-powered Maple Leafs.... See More ... See Less