News and Line Combination Notes
Before unveiling some bizarre line combinations, the Ottawa Senators announced that Jean-Gabriel Pageau had been returned to the Binghamton Senators this morning.
The demotion should not come as a surprise. The financially strapped Sens were carrying a 23-man roster and thanks to an undisclosed injury, Pageau missed three games before stepping back into the lineup for Ottawa’s October 27th game versus the San Jose Sharks – in which he was largely ineffective, finishing the game with one shot on goal and a -2 plus/minus rating in 10:35 of ice-time.
As a player who thrived late last season and in the postseason versus Montreal, Pageau’s play (like most of his teammates, actually) left something to be desired. Of particular concern was his inability to win faceoffs – his 30.9% success rate is the worst rate in the NHL for players who took more than 20 draws – and it negatively affected his and his linemates’ ability gain possession of the puc...