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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.08.2013 / 4:55 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens first round pick Curtis Lazar is in the midst of Team Canada's World Junior evaluation camp and is getting set to take on Finland, Sweden and the USA in Lake Placid this week.

Curtis hopped on the air with the Team 1200 in Ottawa earlier this afternoon and talked about his experiences at camp, his expectations for his time in Ottawa and more.

Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.08.2013 / 2:50 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

When it comes to expressing your fandom or appreciation of something, there are few ways more effective or compelling to convey your love than turning your wedding into a living tribute of said thing.

A quick, well-worded YouTube search shows us that hockey-themed weddings are not necessarily a rare occurrence, though the best of the best are easy to distinguish. It’s one thing to wear a bunch of jerseys to a hockey wedding, but a true homage requires added depth.

Over the weekend we received the above wedding photo from a group of Sens fans that opted to use their special day as a tribute to the 1905 Stanley Cup Champion Senators — the Silver Seven.

More below the jump...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.08.2013 / 11:45 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens prospect Quentin Shore has been added to the list of the final 31 players at Team USA’s World Junior Evaluation Camp.

The group will play against teams from Sweden, Finland and Canada before the roster is finalized ahead of December’s tournament. Shore has played with Team USA at both the U17 and U18 levels and has recorded eight points in 11 games with the national program across the two levels.

Shore recorded a point for Team White against Finland in a 5-2 win.

More below the jump...

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.08.2013 / 11:00 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Another week of Sens Summer Camps means another chance for campers to meet one of their local hockey heroes. Ceci, Methot, Ryan and Pageau have stopped by already and the next player to make an appearance will be none other than Kyle Turris.

Turris is set to join the Ottawa Senators Summer Camps on Wednesday, August 7. Those who want to be campers can sign up now for you chance to meet, get autographs and play hockey with Kyle. Check out BellSensplex.ca for all your camp information.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.08.2013 / 2:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Last week J-G Pageau’s Game 3 performance against the Montreal Canadiens was singled out as one of the top “individual efforts” of the year and, as it turns out, a Craig Anderson Game 3 performance in the Sens next series was highlighted among the best goaltending efforts of the year.

Here’s what NHL.com had to say about Andy’s dandy performance...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.08.2013 / 10:50 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Is it possible that Bobby Ryan was subtly paying homage to the legacy of Radek Bonk when he tweeted that he was coming in hot? There's no way of knowing — we simply don't have the technology — but Bonk was clearly the first on that train of thought, as evidenced by this Bodycheck cover.

There are many things to note here, so let's have a closer look...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 31.07.2013 / 4:45 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Things are about to get awesome.

For the month of August, we will be rolling out a tribute to the game program that was: Bodycheck. In lieu of regular Throwback Thursday programming, we'll be taking a look at some of the best, most charismatic covers we could dig up over the next five weeks.

Prepare for:

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 31.07.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

J-G Pageau was the most recent Sens player to pop by Sens Summer Camps at the Bell Sensplex today as he did some drillwork and spoke to campers, in addition to spending some time with the media. During his Q&A session he covered his summer, the year that was and looked ahead to training camp.

Afterwards, Sens TV got him for a deeply revealing one-on-one, but more on that in a moment.

Here's what he had to say...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.07.2013 / 5:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

A common sentiment at the conclusion of 2013’s sprint to the NHL finish line was “How good could the Sens have been if they (you know) played a full season together?”

The roster got five games from Jason Spezza before he was lost for the season, 14 from Erik Karlsson before he was lost until the final weekend of the season, 24 total games from Craig Anderson in what could have been a Vezina Trophy winning season and 23 games from a less than 100 per cent Milan Michalek. In sum, arguably the four best players on the 2013 Ottawa Senators roster played a whopping five games together before the team was bit hard by the injury bug.

The injured list wasn’t the only instance where the shortened season affected the Sens negatively. I previously explored the Sens goal-scoring woes and, in no shock to many, much of their problems were attributed to bad luck and not — like many suggested — poor shot quality.

From much of this we can surmise that the Sens had — for the lack of a better term — atrocious luck in 2013. That’s not to make excuses, that’s just an appraisal of the situation. Losing a half dozen marquee players and shooting well below the league average isn’t something that happens every year, let alone to a team that still manages a top half finish in their respective league despite playing roughly 50 per cent of a regular schedule.

So, how good could the 2013-14 Sens be with a full lineup and 82 games to get those bounces back? According to one model, very good.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.07.2013 / 11:30 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With two right handed wingers from the 2013 Sens roster playing elsewhere in 2013-14 (Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Alfredsson), the team will be looking for a player to step up and fill the void come opening night.

Among those looking to cement themselves as an everyday NHLer is Mark Stone, who played a handful of games with the big club last season. As a natural right winger and — like Silfverberg and Alfredsson — a right handed shot, he will be poised to receive a long look from the team come training camp.

He spoke to Bruce Luebke, play-by-play man for Stone’s former junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, during their annual hockey school.

Here’s a snippet of what Mark had to say about the upcoming season and his NHL experiences thus far...

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06