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POSTED ON Wednesday, 28.08.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Today in obvious headlines: Faceoffs are an important part of hockey.

Or, at least, so we think.

The all-powerful faceoff is a concept ingrained in hockey fans from the very beginning of their time in the sport. Most of us can think of numerous instances wherein we’ve watched a hockey game and noticed the commentators lament Team X’s inability to win a draw as a key component of why they’re down at the break.

But upon further inspection, do faceoffs really matter that much? Consider the number of events that occur from a drop of the puck to a goal being scored. Any number of shots, deflections, hits, bounces and divine intervention at-large can occur between a faceoff anywhere on the ice and puck hitting the back of the net. Should we be that surprised when a team has won 37 per cent of their draws and are up 4-1?

I decided to do a little homework to see if there was a clear direct correlation between winning games and winning in the faceoff circle for the 2013 Senators.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 27.08.2013 / 4:55 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With a lot of focus on Bobby Ryan at Team USA's Olympic orientation camp, it wouldn't be fair to highlight his involvement without also noting that Sens goaltender Craig Anderson is in attendance as well and vying for a spot to not only make the team, but potentially take over the number one job after his record setting season.

Anderson is part of a deep crop of goaltenders — arguably the deepest in the world at the moment — that includes Jonathan Quick (Kings), Ryan Miller (Sabres), Jimmy Howard (Red Wings), Cory Schneider (Devils) and John Gibson (Ducks). After Andy's stellar 2013 season however, it stands to reason he will be amongst the favourites to earn a spot on the squad.

EJ Hradek of NHL Network had a conversation with Andy about his past Team USA experience, the upcoming Olympics and his thoughts on the Sens — particularly playing for Paul MacLean.

Take a look...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 27.08.2013 / 4:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

During this summer's development camp, Sens TV and Inside the Senate once again (triumphantly) joined forces and sat down with some of the Sens top prospects. Now, ahead of this year's training camp and pre-season, we're going to give you a chance to get to know them before they roll back into town.

Next in our series is Sens 2012 third round pick Chris Driedger of the WHL's Calgary Hitmen. Driedger — one of the Sens top goaltending prospects — is coming off his third major junior season wherein he recorded career highs in wins (36), goals-against average (2.51) and games played (54). After a solid season, he kicked his game into another gear in the WHL playoffs, recording an 11-6 record alongside a 2.39 GAA and .931(!) save percentage to get the Hitmen within a win of the WHL Final. Since then, he has participated in Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence goaltending camp with 17 other top goaltending prospects.

Now that you've got his recent track record down, take a moment to get to know Chris Driedger...

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POSTED ON Monday, 26.08.2013 / 5:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Typically we've used this space on "Memorable Monday" to look back at some of the highlights of the 2013 NHL season for the Ottawa Senators. Given that today carries with it much more history than the Mondays we have looked at to-date, we're going to flash back to 2003 and one of the biggest days in Sens history.

On August 26, 2003, Eugene Melnyk officially took ownership of the Ottawa Senators hockey club and (what is now called) Canadian Tire Centre. The transfer of ownership was part of a long process, which ultimately saved the Senators from bankruptcy and, moreover, kept the team in Ottawa after a period of financial uncertainty.

Since then, the Sens have made the playoffs seven times in nine tries, and posting a 364-264-85 (.577) record over that span.

Now, let's go back and take a look at Mr. Melnyk's first ever press conference as owner of the Ottawa Senators...

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POSTED ON Monday, 26.08.2013 / 12:15 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Bobby Ryan is taking part in Team USA's Orientation Camp ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games and spoke to the NHL Network about what it's like to be back in camp with the national team ahead of another Olympics. You'll recall he was part of the 2010 group for the team, which took home a silver medal in Vancouver in 2010.

Don't worry, Sens fans in Canada, he talks about the move to Ottawa as well.

Take a look...

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POSTED ON Monday, 26.08.2013 / 10:55 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Sens forwards Cory Conacher and Matt Puempel are taking part in the 2013 NHLPA Rookie Showcase over the next two days as the Sens representatives of this double cohort class.

With the showcase not taking place last season, this year features rookies from both the 2012-13 season (Conacher) and 2013-14 (Puempel) from teams across the NHL. The Sens are just one of five teams with a pair of players at the event, which will give fans a chance to get to know the young NHLers better in addition to giving them a chance to have their first ever rookie cards put together.

Here’s an early look at Cory and Matt at the event, signing some memorabilia…

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POSTED ON Thursday, 22.08.2013 / 5:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

During this summer's development camp, Sens TV and Inside the Senate once again (triumphantly) joined forces and sat down with some of the Sens top prospects. Now, ahead of this year's training camp and pre-season, we're going to give you a chance to get to know them before they roll back into town.

Next in our series is Sens 2013 first round pick Curtis Lazar. Lazar has spent his junior career with the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings and was the 17th overall pick in this year's NHL draft. He has made some headlines this summer with his performance at Team Canada's World Juniors evaluation camp and will look to build on a strong development camp when he returns to Ottawa with other Sens rookies.

With all of this in mind, take a moment to get to know Curtis Lazar...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 22.08.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With the release of the AHL schedule today came the revelation that the Binghamton Senators will be playing a game on February 8, 2014 at Canadian Tire Centre when they take on the XX.

The game gives local Sens fans a great opportunity to see the team’s future stars in action on the NHL team’s ice. The B-Sens have played a handful of games in Ottawa before with the most recent instance coming on November 13, 2011 — they dropped a 5-2 decision to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

More below the jump...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 22.08.2013 / 2:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

The Ottawa Senators unveiled their rookie camp roster today ahead of the camp's opening on September 4. The roster consists of 26 players comprised of Sens draft picks, college and junior signings, as well as a pair of professional tryouts.

Here’s how the roster breaks down by number, name and 2012-13 team…

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POSTED ON Thursday, 22.08.2013 / 10:35 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

One of the best parts of Twitter for sports fans is the opportunity to interact with — and get scoops directly from — their sporting heroes.

Sens fans are especially lucky in this regard given that their favourite team is full of social savvy guys. Among the best of the bunch is Craig Anderson who took to Twitter last night and unveiled his pads for the upcoming season. If you dig the Heritage jerseys, you will be pleased.

Take a look...

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
2 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
3 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
4 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
5 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
6 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
7 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
8 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 32 7 16 -12 23
K. Turris 32 7 16 -7 23
B. Ryan 29 7 14 5 21
M. Zibanejad 30 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 31 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 29 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 30 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 29 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 32 6 7 -4 13
M. Michalek 28 3 6 -6 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 4 2 .913 2.84