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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 1:00 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

While the big club has dropped the puck on their NHL campaign, Sens prospects are also in the midst of their regular seasons. Let's take a quick look and see how a handful are faring...

Ben Harpur — Sens defensive prospect Ben Harpur is off to a quick offensive start to begin his Ontario League season this year with two goals and six points in six games thus far to go with a plus-5 rating. Yesterday in Kitchener, Harpur recorded a goal and an assist for the Guelph Storm who dropped a 6-5 decision to the Rangers. He returns to action on Friday against the Niagara IceDogs.

Tobias Lindberg — Lindberg continued the solid start to his Ontario League career with a goal in Oshawa's win over the Ottawa 67's on Sunday afternoon. With the marker, Lindberg now has three goals and seven points in eight games with the Generals alongside his plus-4 rating. Oshawa hosts the Sarnia Sting on Friday night.

Nick Paul — Nick Paul continues to be a force down the middle for the North Bay Battalion of the OHL with a stellar performance on Sunday. Paul was a plus-3 and scored a hat trick for the Battalion en route to being named first star of the game in a win over the Barrie Colts. He also picked up four penalty minutes in the contest. The performance gives Paul six goals and nine points through six games this season.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.10.2014 / 5:00 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators head coach Paul MacLean passed along his thoughts and updates after Friday afternoon's practice in Tampa Bay. Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.10.2014 / 4:45 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators goaltender Robin Lehner is set to make his season debut on Saturday night in Tampa Bay when the Senators take on the Lightning at 7 p.m. He talked about getting going on Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.

"It's the first game of the season for me and it's always fun playing against good teams and they have one over there. It's going to be good."

He'll also square off against friend and former Senators goaltender Ben Bishop. Does that add anything to the game?

"It's fun before the game but let's be honest, when you're on the ice you kind of zone out and play against the puck," said Lehner. "It's fun to play against good teams so it'll be a good challenge for us."

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.10.2014 / 1:00 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens captain Erik Karlsson had a fun announcement for fans on Friday afternoon and took to Twitter to share the news.

In sum, the first 1000 fans who already own a licensed Karlsson jersey can get a free "C" put on courtesy of the man himself by coming down to the Canadian Tire Centre Sens Store. The offer takes effect on Tuesday, October 14.

"It's something I came up with. I had a lot of people reaching out and saying they wished they had bought my jersey a couple of days later or a couple of weeks later so they could have had the C on it," said Karlsson. "I thought it was a small thing for me to do to give back to the fans who have always appreciated me. It's a small token of appreciation... They had to order all of the Cs in so starting Tuesday the first thousand fans will get it done for free, they'll press it and make it look good."

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.10.2014 / 11:30 AM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators centreman Kyle Turris broke the goal column goose egg right away in 2014-15, scoring his first goal of the year on a beautiful wrist shot from the high slot on a 2-on-1. Kyle gave his account of the goal after the game.

"It was a great play by Clarkie, the one-touch off the wall to beat that defenceman. I was trying to come through with speed and create a little 2-on-1 with Bobby there," said Turris. "I felt the d-man was playing more to Bobby and was going to put his stick in the lane to make it a tough pass. Rinne is a pretty good goalie so I tried to give him a bit of a look off to Bobby to make him think pass and I was lucky enough to put it in."

The Sens return to action on Saturday night against Tampa Bay after falling by a 3-2 score in Nashville on Thursday.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.8.2014 / 5:30 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the opening of the NHL season. Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.8.2014 / 1:15 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

As the most veteran member of the Sens dressing room, Chris Phillips was drafted first overall by the Senators just one year after 2013 first round pick Curtis Lazar was born. Phillips looked back on his first NHL game when asked about the opportunity ahead of Lazar.

"It was an exciting time. My first game was in Montreal and I had a lot of family there," said Phillips. "Lots of stuff leads up to getting to the NHL — being drafted, coming to camp but you're not there until you play that first game. Being in that lineup, it's a very memorable experience."

Phillips has played 1,143 games since making his Senators debut on October 1, 1997.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.8.2014 / 12:35 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson completed a solid pre-season campaign, recording a 2-1 record between the pipes and posting a 1.91 goals-against average alongside a .922 save percentage. Coming off a year that was tough on Senators goaltending and defenders, Anderson spoke about the team's effort throughout training camp and what has been a productive pre-season.

"I think this year was a good camp. We had a better schedule than we did last year. We were able to get on the road right off the bat with a bunch of guys and come together in St. John's and I think at the end we were able to get a couple of games in with our team," said Anderson. "Last year we were having a split squad game three days before camp ended. That threw a wrench in our gameplan last year."

"This year things have gone the way we've wanted them to, we've had a lot of systems practices, gone over things that were our Achilles heel last year and we're moving forward with it. What it comes down to is we've got to be better than the guy across from us when we line up Thursday night."

With that systems work in place, Anderson thinks there is progress being made in the team's focus areas heading into the season — primarily on the defensive side of the game.

"There's going to be mistakes from time to time throughout the game and my job is there to help cover it up. We obviously need some help from the other guys around," said Anderson. "I believe headed in the right direction, we're moving on the right track. Our guys are really working hard at being a better defensive unit and playing together."

The Sens open their season on Thursday night in Nashville against the Predators. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (ET).

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.6.2014 / 6:50 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the team's opening night roster and more after practice on Monday night. Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.6.2014 / 6:40 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens GM Bryan Murray spoke to the media on Monday after the team announced its opening night roster. Here's what he had to say...

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02