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Senators' Craig Anderson: Defending cage Thursday
Anderson will guard the net against the Red Wings on Thursday.
Anderson has appeared in all but two of the Sens' games this season and is sporting a 7-5-3 record and career-worst 3.70 GAA. Despite his struggles, the team will continue to ride its workhorse netminder. With no back-to-back in the near future, the Illinois native may not get another night off for quite some time.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Colin White: Questionable against Detroit
Coach Guy Boucher is hopeful White (undisclosed) will be able to play Thursday against the Red Wings, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
The good news is White's injury doesn't appear to be overly serious, but his status for Thursday's contest is still up in the air at this juncture. Another update on the 21-year-old pivot's condition should surface following Wednesday's practice.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Zack Smith: Will play Thursday
Smith (face) will return to the lineup against the Red Wings on Thursday, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Smith -- who still needs to be officially activated off injured reserve -- figures to slot into a bottom-six role versus Detroit. The center has missed the last nine games after getting hit in the face with a puck. Prior to getting hurt, the 30-year-old notched five points in nine outings while averaging 15:38 of ice time.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Drake Batherson: Called up from AHL
Batherson was recalled from AHL Belleville on Monday.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft, Batherson quickly put his name on the radar during last season's QMJHL playoffs, leading the junior league with 33 points in 22 postseason contests. His momentum carried into this season with AHL Belleville, where he scored seven goals and 20 points in 14 games. The 6-foot-2 forward is considered one of the best prospects in Ottawa's organization and appears ready to make an impact at the NHL level.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Nick Paul: Sent down to AHL Belleville
Paul was reassigned to the minors Monday.
Paul's demotion could be an indication Zack Smith (face) is ready to be activated off injured reserve; however, the team doesn't play until Thursday's matchup with Detroit, so it could be a simple cap-saving move. In six outings with the Senators this season, the 23-year-old Paul notched one helper, 12 shots and a minus-5 rating while averaging just 9:25 of ice time. Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the Ontario native will likely find his way back to Ottawa down the road as a frequent call-up due to injury or poor performance.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Ryan Dzingel: Reaches five-game point streak
Dzingel scored a goal in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Panthers.
Dzingel now has a goal in four straight games and a point in five straight. This is shaping up to be a breakout campaign for the 26-year-old winger who scored 41 points last year, as he has nine goals and five assists through 16 contests. However, he's shooting at a rate of 23.1 percent, so the scoring likely isn't sustainable.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Mike McKenna: Lit up again
McKenna allowed five goals on 40 shots in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Panthers.
It is McKenna's second start of the season, and he yielded six goals in the first one. Combine that with one relief outing and McKenna sports a .838 save percentage thus far. The team will likely lean heavily on Craig Anderson until the next set of back-to-back contests.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Colin White: Departs with injury Sunday
White sustained an undisclosed injury in Sunday's game against the Panthers.
White will not return to the contest after logging four minutes and one empty shot on goal. Consider him day-to-day ahead of Thursday's home game against the Red Wings.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Chris Wideman: Dealing with lower-body issue
Wideman (lower body) will sit out of Sunday's game versus the Panthers.
Wideman's absence will open the door for Nick Paul to crack the lineup. The 28-year-old has been cold lately with zero points and a minus-4 rating in the last five outings. His next chance to play will be Thursday versus the Red Wings.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Colin White: Scores on power play
White's third period marker with the man advantage tied the score and helped his team to a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.
White has emerged as a much more effective player than he was a season ago. At 11 points in 17 games, he's already nearly doubled last year's mark in four fewer games. His shooting percentage is still likely to come down from its lofty 18.2 percent, but as long as he's connecting like this, he needs to be in your lineup.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Bobby Ryan: Picks up two points Saturday
Ryan scored a first-period goal and added an assist on the power play in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Ryan is scoring at a consistent pace this season, as he's only had one instance of going consecutive games without a point in 2018-19. The good news for fantasy owners is that half of his points are coming on the power play, which makes him a solid option in most formats.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Brady Tkachuk: Scores first goal since October
Tkachuk scored unassisted and set up a Colin White goal, giving his team a 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Tkachuk seems to have recovered well from his leg injury, scoring in just his second game back with the Senators. If he's back to full strength, he'll be a big help to Ottawa's attack as the season continues. As for now, play him regularly if he's on your team and monitor him if someone wants him.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Duchene: Puts three points on scoresheet
Duchene scored a first-period goal and added two assists, helping his team earn a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.
With seven points in the past three games, Duchene looks like the player the Senators thought they were getting when they traded for him. With 19 points overall, Duchene is performing well with the Senators and should be owned and started in most situations.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Craig Anderson: Earns win despite four goals
Anderson stopped 24 of 28 shots Saturday but did enough to help his team take a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.
This was the light workload Anderson was waiting for, and it ended up with the Lightning scoring four on him, which would have been a loss if his teammates hadn't bailed him out. Anderson's numbers just aren't there in most leagues, and he's now given up at least three goals in his past five games. Go with another option if possible.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Mike McKenna: Tabbed to start Sunday
McKenna will face the Panthers as Sunday's road starter, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
The Senators have a back-to-back set of games on the docket, and coach Guy Boucher would rather Craig Anderson face the Lightning on Saturday. With only 26 career games under his belt as a 35-year-old goalie on a rebuilding club, McKenna is not an advisable fantasy play.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Craig Anderson: Stacked against another elite team
Anderson will start in the road goal Saturday, taking on the Lightning, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Due to the brilliant offensive play of Thomas Chabot -- the defenseman has five goals and 22 points through 16 games -- the Senators have been able to mitigate the loss of Erik Karlsson in the attacking area, but Ottawa's blue line is not what you'd call hermetically sealed. This team is working with a minus-165 shot differential and it has left Anderson spinning on his head all season. He's impressively maintained a 6-5-3 record and .907 save percentage despite facing so much rubber, but there's an ongoing fear that the wheels will fall off Anderson completely if the Senators can't tighten up in their own zone. A date with the high-powered Lightning doesn't lend much confidence to Anderson owners that he'll see a light workload for a change.... See More ... See Less