Scouting Report: Ottawa Senators
CALGARY, AB -- The Ottawa Senators are left playing out the string.
Failing to gain any traction in the Eastern Conference chase by sporting just a 3-4-3 record in their past 10 games, the Senators have failed to keep pace and have been all but eliminated from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ottawa sits 12th in the East with 74 points, eight back of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings, who both hold down the two wild card spots at 82 points.
The Senators would need to jump at least four teams, too, in order to keep their streak of back-to-back playoff appearances alive.
This Season: 30-29-14, 74 points (12th in East)
Last Season: 25-17-6, 56 points (7th in East)
Notable Injuries: Forward Bobby Ryan (hernia) is out for the season. Defenseman Chris Phillips (upper body) is doubtful.
Flames Season Series Record: 1-0-0
MacArthur has rounded into offensive form for the Senators this season, hitting the 20-goal plateau for the third time of his career in just his first season in Ottawa. His 23 goals -- a career best -- is a team-high (shared with Kyle Turris and the injured Ryan) while his 52 points are third. He’s also been hot of late with two goals and four points in his past two outings.
Zibanejad has made nice progress for the Senators this season. In his second season in Ottawa the 20-year-old has 13 goals and 27 points in 62 games. Unfortunately, he’s mired in an inconsistent stretch that has seen him go pointless in his past four outings. He’s got just two points -- both goals -- in his past dozen games, too.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
A Norris candidate, Karlsson has had another standout year in Ottawa. He leads all NHL defencemen in scoring this season with 69 points, while no blueliner has scored more than his 20 goals. His knock is a minus-17 rating, though he does average 27:15 of ice time per night, second only to Minnesota Wild rearguard Ryan Suter.
His trade from the Edmonton Oilers at the NHL Trade Deadline has been a bit of a productive one for Hemsky. The 30-year-old has seven assists in nine points in the 11 games he’s suited up for Ottawa this season, pushing his season total to 35 points in 66 games.
Turris has had a breakout year with the Senators, his third in Ottawa. He’s posted career highs in goals (23), assists (29), points (52) and penalty minutes (37). As such, he’s been relied upon heavily by the Senators, averaging 18:39 of ice per game -- the most among any Ottawa forward.