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Evening Line- Pierre LeBrun

No question the priority remains for the Sens to try and sign Karlsson to a long-term deal as soon as possible this July, a year before his contract expires.

One way or another, his situation has to be ironed out by then, you cannot in a Canadian market allow a player of Karlsson’s superstar level enter next season in a walk year and expect that the ensuing mayhem surrounding that uncertainty won’t sink your team’s season.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Read more (paid subscription) on Karlsson plus the Blues looking for help up front.

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The Problems With The Ottawa Senators And Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Less than a year ago they were Canada’s darlings.

A 98-point team in Ottawa that would push the Pittsburgh Penguins to double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, and a 103-point Oilers team whose journey ended just a period away from the Western Final. They were this country’s top National Hockey League entries back then, and destined in 2017-18 to break the 24-year run of American Stanley Cup winners.

Today, if you were to combine their percentage chances of making the playoffs in 2018, that number equals 10.8 per cent (according to the Sports Club Stats web site). The Oilers are at 3.9 per cent, the Sens at 6.9 per cent — both just this side of irrelevant, well before the kids are off for Christmas break.

Ottawa is on pace for 73 points, Edmonton just 71. Off of last season’s standings, that would place Ottawa 15th in the East, and Edmonton 12th out West.

Injuries, under-performing leaders, bad goaltending, and as a result, heavy questioning of the front office have afflicted both organizations.


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Video- Alexandre Burrows Fined For Roughing


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Playoff Hopes For The Ottawa Senators Fading Quickly

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As far as the Ottawa Senators are concerned, the Golden State has lost its shine.

For the first time in four seasons, the Senators closed out a trip through California without even one victory, capped by a horrible 5- 0 loss to the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center on Saturday night....

What’s going on here? This string of bad hockey isn’t showing any signs of stopping and the Senators are slowly. but surely, taking themselves out of any real possibility of making the National Hockey League playoffs.

Not only did the Senators stretch their winless streak to four games, but they also have just one victory in the past 12 after letting the Sharks skate away with the two points.


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Guy Boucher Doesn’t Like The Hook On OT Goal By The Los Angeles Kings

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The frustration continued for the Senators as Drew Doughty scored the winner to extend Ottawa’s losing streak to three straight games with a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night at the Staples Center.

Only moments after Ryan Dzingel tied it up with 8.5 seconds left to send it to OT and at least book the club a point, Doughty fired it home 31 seconds into the three-on-three....

Coach Guy Boucher felt Dzingel was hooked by Anze Kopitar and was upset at the officials after the game.

“It was a hook (Dzingel) on the winning goal. It happens. I don’t want to look at referees or anything reason for us winning or losing,” said Boucher. “I’d rather look at what we’ve done 5-on-5 during the game and that’s what most important for me.”


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Slump Continues For The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Yes, the Senators put up a better effort Wednesday night after a tongue-lashing from coach Guy Boucher during an 80-minute skate Tuesday, but this trip to Disneyland was no holiday treat as Ottawa suffered its ninth loss in the club’s last 10 games with a 3-0 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center....

Goaltender Craig Anderson suffered his sixth straight loss and now hasn’t won since back-to-back victories over Colorado nearly a month ago in Sweden.

“If we’re going to talk about effort it’s not going to get us anywhere. We played a much more solid game but couldn’t find a way to score a goal. Those are small things as well and something we need to work a little bit more on,” said captain Erik Karlsson. “We played a much better game but it didn’t give us the result we wanted.”

The Senators didn’t get the job done … again.

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Erik Karlsson On His Next NHL Contract

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun,

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson made it clear Thursday that he won’t be taking any hometown discount simply to stay with the club beyond next season.

“When I go to market, I’m going to get what I’m worth, and it’s going to be no less, no matter where I’m going,” Karlsson said following the club’s practice here Thursday, as the Senators aim to end a seven-game losing streak Friday against the New York Islanders.

“That’s the business part of it. That’s the way every player has been treated ever since this league has started, and I think the players have been a little bit on the other side of things when it comes to negotiations. I think it’s time to realize that when we go to the table, it’s business on both parts, not just (owners).”

Karlsson has this season and next season remaining on his current six-year, $45.5-million contract, and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season.


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The Slump Continues For The Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun,

The snowball continues to grow, rolling on and on downhill.

After yet another demoralizing defeat, this time 2-1 to Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Wednesday to kick off a seven-game road trip, the Ottawa Senators losing streak has hit the not so lucky seven mark.

In addition to extending the Senators ghastly slump, the Canadiens have now pulled three points ahead of Ottawa in the Atlantic Division standings.

Suddenly, the once-slumping Canadiens are on a three-game winning streak.

The Senators, meanwhile, left Montreal immediately for New York and Friday’s game against the Islanders in Brooklyn. In all too familiar fashion, they were searching for answers as they left the arena.

“We’ve got some guys working hard, doing the right things,” said left winger Zack Smith. “It’s just a matter of a little more confidence and a bounce here and there and we’ll get out of this. We’ve lost seven in a row. That’s disheartening, to say the least, but we’re definitely not out of it. We have a team that can turn things around and get us back in the playoffs.”


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The Slumping Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Citizen,

What matters is that the Ottawa Senators’ losing streak is at six games, their longest in almost four years. (They were outplayed, sometimes badly, in the other four defeats). Worse still, picking up but one point over that stretch in the modern NHL, with points for overtime and shootout losses, is devastating.

It seems so early to talk about this, but to reach 95 points — the entry spot for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference last season — the Senators need 73 points in their final 60 games. That’s 35-22-3, 34-21-5 or 33-20-7....

It’s no coincidence that captain Erik Karlsson’s personal pointless streak is at six games, the same length as the Senators’ slide. The last time Karlsson went so long without a point was his rookie season of 2009-10, when he went eight games without hitting the scoresheet. “We can do whatever we want and feel good about ourselves, but it’s results that we want,” Karlsson said. “We’ve got to pay the price a little bit more. I feel like we’re playing a little bit too much on the outside. If we don’t play the best hockey than we possibly can, we’re not going to put ourselves in situations to win games.”


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Another Loss By The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

The downward spiral continues and the question marks keep growing for the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators extended their losing streak to five games with a 5-2 defeat to the high-flying Columbus Blue Jackets Friday at the Nationwide Arena.

As the Senators flew home immediately after the game for Saturday’s date against the New York Islanders at Canadian Tire Centre, they were shaking their heads yet again....

Topping the issues among the forwards was that fact that Matt Duchene entered the game pointless in six games with Ottawa, while linemate Ryan was goalless in 12 games this season. After being shutout again Friday, those streaks are now at seven and 13, respectively.


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