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Filip Kuba of the Ottawa Senators is posting a +28 +/- rating so far this season. This is the highest +/- for any player who is not a member of the Boston Bruins. Last season he posted a -26 +/- rating. There were five worse players in the league by raw +/-. Since Kuba played only 64 games in 2010/11, he had the worst +/- on a per game basis in the league. We are seeing a significant improvement in +/- from Filip Kuba. Does this show a considerable improvement in his play?
+/- ratings are significantly influenced by the team for which a player plays. The Ottawa Senators are significantly better this year than they were last year. Last year Ottawa was one of the worst teams in the NHL and had the worst +/- in the East Conference. This year they are a probable playoff team who has scored more goals than they have allowed. A significant portion of Kuba’s +/- improvement is from team improvement.
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No captain Daniel Alfredsson. No scoring leader Jason Spezza. No problem against the New York Islanders.
Kyle Turris scored twice and had a pair of assists, Milan Michalek added his team-leading 35th goal and the Ottawa Senators clinched a postseason berth with a 5-1 victory over the Islanders on Sunday.
The Senators won their fourth straight game to move four points behind idle...
Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek scored shootout goals to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Saturday.
The Senators blew a 3-0 lead before Michalek and Spezza bailed them out in the shootout. Matt Read scored in the shootout for the Flyers.
Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil all scored first-period goals for the Senators.
Wayne Simmonds, Sean Couturier...
During the second intermission, Hockey Night in Canada's Hotstove Panel kicked around the topic of Erik Karlsson's upcoming contract negotiations. As always, my thoughts are in bold.
Tim Wharnsby started the discussion by saying:
"About ten days ago, Don Meehan, Craig Oster's actually the agent for Erik Karlsson, and Pat Morris all met with Bryan Murray and...
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Down Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson on Long Island, the Ottawa Senators were fighting an uphill battle against a New York Islanders team that had won five of its last seven games.
Led by the brilliant play of C Kyle Turris(2G/2A) and other major contributions from a crop of younger forwards, the Ottawa Senators...
Kyle Turris collected two goals and two assists and Craig Anderson turned aside 29 shots as the visiting Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff berth with a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders. The Senators, who were playing without leading scorer Jason Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson, netted three second-period goals to earn their fourth straight win. Spezza’s wife gave birth...
Kyle Turris scored twice and had a pair of assists, Milan Michalek added his team-leading 35th goal and the Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff berth with a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders on Sunday.
The Senators (41-28-10) won their fourth straight game to move four points behind idle New Jersey for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have three games left before...
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The Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers might not be geographic or divisional rivals, but when these two teams clash, fireworks are essentially guaranteed.
Saturday afternoon's contest - a 4-3 victory for Ottawa in the shootout - was no exception. Two high-flying attacks pushed the pace all night long, but in the end, it was...
So I was recently mucking around NHL.com and Behind the Net to gauge how effective a few particular Norris Trophy candidates have been while playing at five-on-five this season, and put together the chart below.
On-ice 5v5 Total Goals For
On-ice 5v5 Total Goals Against
5v5 Total Goals For
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When Edmonton Oilers forward Raffi Torres knocked out Milan Michalek with a late hit to the head back in the 2006 playoffs, it ended a promising season for the Sharks' young rookie forward.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v0KC91Wuz2k It also served as a major momentum shifter in the series, as it destabilized the chemistry of Sharks lineup combinations, which up to that point in...
The Ottawa Senators have a chance to take another step toward the postseason if they can get past a team that had its playoff hopes officially end this weekend.
The Senators will try to earn their fourth straight win Sunday afternoon with another dominant performance against the New York Islanders.
Ottawa (40-28-10) had scored a combined 14 goals over two games breaking out of...
PREVIEW 7:45 AM EDT
In the middle portion of their final three-game-in-four-day stretch of the 2011-12 regular season, the Philadelphia Flyers (45-24-8) return home to take on the Ottawa Senators (39-28-10) in a 1 p.m. matinee at the Wells Fargo Center. The game will be broadcast locally on CSN Philly, across the U.S. on NHL Network and across Canada on CBC.
This is the fourth...
The playoff-bound Ottawa Senators appear to be getting hot at just the right time.
A visit from the deflated Carolina Hurricanes seems unlikely to slow them down.
The Senators try for a fifth consecutive victory and an eighth home win in nine meetings with the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Ottawa (41-28-10), which missed out on last season's playoffs, locked up a postseason...