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Player Spotlight: Chris Phillips

Thursday, 08.16.2012 / 2:57 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Player Spotlight: Chris Phillips

(Editor's note: As the 2012-13 season draws closer, ottawasenators.com will take a daily snapshot look at some of the returning players from last year, with both a look back and a look ahead).

CHRIS PHILLIPS

2011-12 stats: 80 GP, 5 G, 15 A, 19 PTS, 16 PIM, +16 rating

Last season: Like a lot of members of the Senators blue line, Phillips enjoyed a much-improved season over 2010-11 and the big boost in his plus-minus number (from -35 to +16) is reflective of that. Phillips is also the Senators' resident ironman and, for the sixth straight season, he suited up for at least 80 of Ottawa's 82 regular-season games. Along the way, Phillips joined captain Daniel Alfredsson as the only players to reach the 1,000-game career milestone by playing all of it for the Senators.

The highlight: Without question, it came on Feb. 9, when the Senators edged the Nashville Predators 4-3. Phillips produced his first two-goal game in more than two years, one of them being the game-winner. And all of that happened to fall on the evening he played his 1,000th career NHL game. They write movies about nights like that.

Looking forward: With Filip Kuba departing via free agency, Phillips' veteran presence becomes even more critical in the season to come — especially considering the Senators' blue-line brigade includes two new names (Marc Methot and Mike Lundin) and could add another young face, such as Mark Borowiecki or Patrick Wiercioch, to the group. Expect Phillips to provide the same kind of steady, stay-at-home presence that has been the hallmark of the career of the former No. 1 pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Quote (on his 1,000th career game): "What can you say? It was just an unbelievable night to begin with. It just kept getting better and better. How often do I score, let alone two? And (to have) the game-winner ..."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 15 1 1 .938 1.85
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49