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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
Senators' Colin White: Healthy scratch in opener
White wasn't dressed for his team's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday.
The next few games will be critical to watch for White's dynasty managers, as it remains to be seen whether White will earn his way back into coach D.J. Smith's good graces or if he'll be a fixture in the press box. The Boston native will be 24 at the end of the month, and this is the time for him to prove he's part of Ottawa's long-term plan after a regression last season. Given what he's shown in the past, White might be worth a flier in redraft leagues if he returns to the lineup, but for now, he doesn't offer any value.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Thomas Chabot: Lights lamp on power play
Chabot scored his team's first goal of the 2021 season with a power-play marker in the first period of Friday's 5-3 win over Toronto.
Consider the power-play goal as a bonus, but don't expect these to come very often. Chabot's special teams production mostly comes from setting up goals, as Friday's marker was just the second goal on the power play in his young career. He's a strong option in all formats, but with 90 of his 120 career points coming from helpers, you're counting on him to give you assists much more than goals.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Nikita Zaitsev: Two-point effort in win
Zaitsev picked up two assists in Friday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
It was a revenge game for the former Toronto blueliner, as Zaitsev notched two helpers in less than five minutes during the second period, including one on Chris Tierney's eventual game-winner. The 29-year-old has never come close to matching the production he delivered as a rookie in 2016-17, but with a spot on the Sens' second power-play unit and an improving roster around him, he should be able to top the 12 points in 58 games he managed last season.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Drake Batherson: Two helpers to open season
Batherson recorded two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
The 22-year-old has yet to spend a full season in the NHL, bouncing back and forth from AHL Belleville, but this could be the year he sticks. Batherson is skating on a young guns line with Brady Tkachuk and Joshua Norris, and the trio combined for six points Friday in the Sens' season opener. While he doesn't have the draft pedigree of his linemates, Batherson could still be poised for a breakout campaign.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Joshua Norris: Strong start to season
Norris picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
The 21-year-old has landed the plum assignment of centering Brady Tkachuk and Drake Batherson, and Norris cashed in with his first NHL points. Norris was part of the Senators' haul in the Erik Karlsson trade with the Sharks after being the 19th overall pick in the 2017 draft, and it looks like he's going to be given every chance to start paying dividends this season.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Brady Tkachuk: Rips Leafs for three points
Tkachuk scored a goal and two assists in Friday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
He rounded out a very productive fantasy line with five shots, five hits and a plus-3 rating to get his third NHL campaign off to a great start. Tkachuk could be poised for a breakout, as the 21-year-old's own development has been mirrored by the improved talent base around him on the Ottawa roster.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Murray: Grabs win in first Sens start
Murray stopped 20 shots in Friday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
Two of the Toronto goals came on the power play while the third got past him through heavy traffic, but otherwise Murray was solid in his Ottawa debut. With the same two teams back at it Saturday, Murray will likely cede the blue paint to Marcus Hogberg.... See More ... See Less
Senators' Matt Murray: Making Senators debut
Murray will patrol the crease during Friday's home game versus Toronto, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Murray struggled in his final season in Pittsburgh in 2019-20, posting an ugly .899 save percentage in 38 appearances. Things are unlikely to improve Friday, as he'll be taking on a Toronto club that averaged 3.39 goals per game last campaign, third in the NHL, and although the Senators should be improved across the board, it's safe to assume they'll still have their fair share of defensive lapses in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less