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The ‘Dead’ Kings

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

The ingredients were there for the Kings to clean up with a victory at home.

They rolled out their fullest lineup in weeks, against a fellow last-place team that was missing key personnel. And they were looking to build off a tightly played divisional game from earlier in the week.

Yet those ingredients went wasted in a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Staples Center. In a contest between teams with a combined minus-66 goal differential going into Thursday, the Kings came up negative again. They suffered defensive breakdowns in the second period in getting swept by a combined 9-2 score in the season series against Ottawa, without second-leading scorer Matt Duchene.

“That’s awful,” Kings forward Kyle Clifford said. “That’s just embarrassing, to be honest. Not much more to say other than that.”

The Kings didn’t really make a formidable challenge in the third. Ottawa got 33 saves from goalie Anders Nilsson and, in a disconcerting reprise of the October meeting, simply had more desire.

“It starts from in here in the dressing room,” defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “We need guys with more energy.... It was kind of dead in here and our play showed.”

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The Kings are 17-25-3 37 points, last in the NHL.

Game highlights are below.

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Injuries Hit The Ottawa Senators Including Losing Thomas Chabot For 3 Weeks

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The losses and the injuries are mounting for the Ottawa Senators.

Coming off an ugly 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders Friday night at the Barclay’s Center, the Senators were forced to call up blueliners Stefan Elliott and Christian Wolanin as they prepare to face the Washington Capitals Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Not only did the Senators lose defenceman Thomas Chabot is gone for three weeks with an upper body injury in the loss to the Isles, defenceman Christian Jaros is gone for four weeks with a broken finger and winger Magnus Paajarvi has an upper body issue.

They won’t play against the Caps. Jaros broke his finger in a fight late in the game and Paajarvi was also hurt in a fight. Losing Chabot and Jaros hurts a lot.

“That’s huge,” said coach Guy Boucher. “Let’s not kid ourselves (Chabot) is our top (defenceman) and Jaros is doing great. He was definitely developing at a very fast rate. He was turning into a solid defensive defenceman that has some tools with puck also.”

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Videos- Which One Was Worse?

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Decision Time For The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Once the Yuletide season has ended, the Ottawa Senators will have to get down to business.

When the Senators return from their holiday break Thursday to prepare to face the New York Islanders on Friday – followed with a visit by the Washington Capitals on Saturday – there will be no shortage of focus on the future of a couple of key players.

Once the holiday roster freeze lifts on Friday morning the business of hockey will shift back into high gear.

With the clocking ticking towards Jan. 1, 2019, the focus will turn to what the Senators are going to do with unrestricted free agent forwards Matt Duchene and Mark Stone before the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 25.

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Remember, the NHL is still dark today which means no practice for any of the 31 NHL teams.

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Video- Senators Came So Close To Scoring, Then The Devils Did

Devils' analyst Ken Daneyko loves it.

 

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Video- No Goal Montreal

Embellishment!  The Habs did win 5-2.

 

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Injury Issues For The Ottawa Senators

 

added 10:43am,

 

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Pay Mark Stone

from Travis Yost of TSN,

...we’re also about six months away from what could be one of the more intriguing free-agent classes in quite some time. Some of these names will be extended as the season progresses, but right now names like Sergei BobrovskyJordan EberleMatt DucheneJoe PavelskiArtemi PanarinSemyon VarlamovJeff SkinnerWilliam KarlssonAnders LeeEric Staal, and Gustav Nyquist all need new contracts. 

That’s a lot of impactful names, and even if half of these guys end up extending before July 1 comes around, it will still be an interesting talent pool left to pick at for 30 other NHL teams.

Maybe the most interesting name on the list is Ottawa’s Mark Stone. Stone, if you recall, signed a one-year deal last summer to avoid arbitration. The one-year deal was curious, particularly since Stone – with Erik Karlsson now in San Jose – has emerged as a face of the franchise. And because of that one-year deal, Stone and the Ottawa front office can’t begin contract negotiations until the calendar flips over to 2019.

Stone’s player profile is fascinating. When Stone entered the league, there were significant questions about his ceiling as a player – primarily related to concerns about his skating ability. Those concerns never manifested. Stone’s not a lightning-quick skater, but his hockey sense and spatial awareness are exceptional. 

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Gary Bettman On The Situation In Ottawa

from the CP at TSN,

Gary Bettman isn't concerned the development deal that would have included a new downtown arena for the Ottawa Senators is falling apart.

The NHL commissioner is, however, lamenting the plan as it stands now appears to be dead.

"I would say I'm more disappointed with how this played out," Bettman said Monday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "But these are complicated matters."...

The team has seen attendance dip drastically in recent years, including being unable to sell out the arena during 2017 Eastern Conference final.

The Senators played in front of less than 11,000 fans at a recent home game against the New York Rangers.

"For a whole host of reasons it would be nice (to have the team move downtown)," Bettman said. "But Mr. Melnyk has said if he has to make Canadian Tire Centre work, he can do that.

"Let's not draw any conclusions yet. This is a complicated situation, although in its original form, for a lot of reasons, some of which you've read in the complaint that's been filed, the project as originally envisioned unfortunately isn't viable."

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Video- Erik Karlsson Tribute In Ottawa

Well done.

 

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