Ottawa looks to same core group for another playoff run

From the outside, it would appear as if the Ottawa Senators stood pat during an offseason in which Eastern Conference rivals retooled. In general manager Bryan Murray's mind, it was a case of believing in a group that made a strong finishing kick last season and reached the playoffs. ''Basically, the same group as last year,'' Murray said. ''I hope there's a confidence factor. We...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ottawa Senators season preview: Expectations create a double-edged sword

Plus: The Senators should have a quieter season off the ice this year than they did last year, when the team endured multiple tragic situations as general manager Bryan Murray was diagnosed with terminal cancer last fall and assistant coach Mark Reeds passed away from cancer days before the playoffs began. The players also had to adjust to changing systems, as Ottawa switched head...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryan Murray Speaks: Chabot’s Performance, Roster Cuts, O’Connor a Future NHLer

After assigning seven more players to Binghamton and signing 2015 first round pick (18th overall) Thomas Chabot to a three-year entry-level contract, Senators general manager Bryan Murray met with the media this morning to discuss the latest happenings with the club. To stream the interview, you can use the embedded player at the bottom of the post. As always, my thoughts are in...
Via The 6th Sens
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Part One: Predicting Sweden’s World Cup of Hockey Roster

Team Sweden. You know who they are, they tend to do really well when hockey is involved. Known for their strong defense and their dynamite starting goaltender Henrik Lundqivst, the Tre Kronor is a favourite in every single international event at pretty much every level. Obviously, in a small international tournament like the World Cup, Sweden will be a contender, and after a bunch...
Via The Hockey House
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Your 2015-16 Ottawa Senators Preview: 19 Talking Points for the Upcoming Season

I wanted to publish this to coincide with the official start of Senators training camp, but like Josh Ho-Sang, sometimes things run a little bit late. Unlike last year which was a bit of a cluster because the team had missed the playoffs in 2013-14 and the majority of fans were caught up in things like the internal budget or the uncertain status of impending unrestricted free...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Erik Karlsson doesn’t do any conditioning during the summer

Erik Karlsson is arguably the best defenseman in the NHL, particularly when it comes to his offensive contributions and his skating. What does he do to hone his skills during the summer? Surprisingly, not much. Karlsson spoke with TSN and mentioned that he doesn’t do any conditioning during the summer, but it’s not because he’s lazy. “I do all my conditioning on the...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Senators' Karlsson admits he doesn't do any conditioning during summer

Most NHL players take some time off from working out and conditioning during the summer, but then they typically start conditioning again at some point during the offseason.Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson isn't most NHL players. "I do all my conditioning on the ice," Karlsson told reporters Tuesday. "I don't do any conditioning during the summer."Karlsson explained to reporters...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Hockey Team Preview: Ottawa Senators

Welcome to NHL team previews, a series that will breakdown every NHL team this offseason. You can expect to see new posts all summer, from the 30th place team to the Stanley Cup champions. With so many changes coming in the offseason, some teams will be improving dramatically, while others will be forced to make some tough decisions for the future. It’s going to be a fun summer...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Erik Karlsson wins best random run-in of the week

Erik Karlsson's summer vacation tour seems like it will never end. The Senators' captain started the summer with a trip to the Kentucky Derby followed by a stop in Bali. Then it was back to his native Sweden, followed by a short jaunt to Vegas for the NHL awards. Next, Karlsson spent some time in Ottawa around Canada Day, but then he returned to Sweden. Recently, Karlsson jetted...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Senators Hire Jimmy Blixt As Their New Swedish Scout

According to a report out of the Swedish tabloid newspaper Espressen, the Ottawa Senators have hired a new European scout named Jimmy Blixt who will predominantly focus on players within Sweden. And yeah, that’s Jimmy Blixt in the adorning photo that I pulled it from his LinkedIn page where I’m hoping the Senators found him, his resume and this accompanying photo. I can...
Via The 6th Sens
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ottawa boy with rare disease steals show at NHL Awards

The NHL Awards are supposed to pay tribute to the best players in the league, but they also paid tribute to one of the bravest fans of the game on Wednesday night. Young Jonathan Pitre, an Ottawan who suffers from a rare skin condition Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), was surprised on stage Wednesday night by members of the Senators and was rewarded with tickets to next year's All-Star...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Ottawa's Karlsson wins 2nd Norris Trophy as NHL's top D-man

LAS VEGAS (AP) Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators has won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman for the second time. Karlsson accepted his second trophy in four years at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. Karlsson had 66 points to lead all defensemen in scoring for the third time in four years. He ranked third in the NHL in total ice time and scored 30...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Erik Karlsson, Mika Zibanejad decline World Championship invitation due to injury

Apparently Ottawa forward Mika Zibanejad and captain Erik Karlsson played through injury in the playoffs, as both declined invitations to play for Team Sweden in the upcoming IIHF World Championships in Prague. Zibanejad told the media Tuesday that he has a bruised knee cap, but Karlsson declined to say what the nature of his injury was during media availability. Karlsson appeared...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Subban not a shoe-in for Norris

Although Canadiens fans will argue that P.K. Subban is the sure choice for the Norris Trophy, others around the league might not agree. According to Ryan Szporer of The Hockey Writers, the sure choice for the Norris is Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, not Subban."This really isn’t about Subban falling short in one way or another as much as it is about Karlsson and the Senators’...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Senators' Erik Karlsson: 'We shouldn't really have been in the playoffs to begin with'

Erik Karlsson sounded upbeat one day after the Senators' season came to an end with a shutout loss to the Canadiens in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs. The Ottawa defenseman told reporters Monday that the team had to be appreciative of the fact that they even made the playoffs in the first place. "Looking back, we shouldn't really have been in the playoffs to begin with...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Erik Karlsson Nominated for the Norris Trophy

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 20: Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators speaks after winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images) In a not-so-shocking development, the NHL has announced that Erik Karlsson is one of its three finalists for the league’s...
Via The 6th Sens
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Erik Karlsson rocks Nathan Beaulieu

Nice hit by Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson as he rocks Montreal Canadiens forward Nathan Beaulieu. There will be some that say this is a head shot, but the head isn't targeted. This isn't a violation of NHL rule 48.Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head was the main point of contact...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Senators’ Mark Stone has right wrist fracture

  Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone has sustained a microfracture and ligament damage to his right wrist, and his status for for the remainder of the series is unknown, Senators general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday. “He came back [Wednesday] night as a courageous guy after being hurt,” Murray said. “I listened to some people talk that he sold it pretty good, but...
Via Sports-Glory
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Ottawa Senators: First Round Preview

Wednesday, April 15th at 7:00 E.T. the Ottawa Senators will travel to Montreal to play the Canadiens in game 1 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. According to computer simulations the Canadiens are the favorites in the series, winning in 54% of the simulations. Montreal is also the higher seed after finishing 1st in the Atlantic division, Ottawa placed 4th. The Senators...
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Puck Dumps 4/8/15

  OTTAWA, ON – MARCH 19: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators clears the puck against the Boston Bruins at Canadian Tire Centre on March 19, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) What everyone is talking aboutWe are at the season’s home stretch, so it’s all about playoff positioning, and the biggest stories are...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Sweet Mother of Mercy, Do Not Open Sens Mile

One day after the organization taped videos featuring Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot that asked fans not to throw hamburgers on the ice, Senators president Cyril Leeder directed a letter to Mayor Jim Watson appealing to City Council to respect the organization’s wishes for ‘Sens Mile’ not to be opened until the team officially clinches a playoff spot. Below is a copy of the...
Via The 6th Sens
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Are injuries the best thing to happen to Ottawa this season?

From losing Erik Karlsson to an Achilles injury over two years ago, to developing the pioneer of injuries himself, Sami Salo, injuries have often been an untimely obstacle in the Ottawa Senators’ way over their 23-year existence. This year, I think it is safe to say, injuries have been somewhat of a blessing in disguise. […] The post Are injuries the best thing to happen to Ottawa...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Which individual talents lead to goals being scored in the NHL?

There is a great deal of evidence showing that shot metrics, specifically unblocked shot attempts and all shot attempts, are predictive at a team and individual player level in regards to future goals scored. This is a great metric to analyze a team overall, but what do these statistics really tell us about the individual player? In reality, not much. Yes, they tell us that certain...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Hammond stays hot, Karlsson scores 2, Senators beat Canadiens

  Erik Karlsson scored twice, and goalie Andrew Hammond remained unbeaten in regulation time as the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Thursday night. Eric Condra, Mark Stone and Marc Methot also scored for Ottawa, which has won nine of 11 as it chases a playoff spot. Hammond made 27 saves to improve to 8-0-1 during that stretch. Max Pacioretty scored twice for Montreal...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Karlsson scores 2, Senators beat Canadiens 5-2

MONTREAL (AP) Erik Karlsson scored twice, and goalie Andrew Hammond remained unbeaten in regulation time as the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Thursday night. Eric Condra, Mark Stone and Marc Methot also scored for Ottawa, which has won nine of 11 as it chases a playoff spot. Hammond made 27 saves to improve to 8-0-1 during that stretch. Max Pacioretty scored...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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