Description: Senators winger Ales Hemsky had three assists Saturday against the Jets.
Insight: Hemsky (9 G, 20 A) joined Ottawa in a trade from Edmonton on Wednesday, and the Sens have stuck him on the top line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. Those three accounted for one goal and eight assists Saturday.
Description: Senators center Kyle Turris has scored a goal in two straight games.
Insight: Turris had just two points in eight games from Feb. 1 to March 4 after posting 10+ points in each of the first four months this season, but he's back on track. The 24-year-old has 21 goals and 46 points in 64 games this season.
Description: Senators left wing Milan Michalek has delivered eight points in his last eight games.
Insight: Michalek (11 G, 19 A) had a goal and two assists Saturday at Winnipeg, but he's still underachieving this season after putting up 74 points in 100 games the previous two seasons. His -21 doesn't help matters.
Description: Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur will miss at least one week due to a bruised hand.
Insight: Although MacArthur had zero points in six February games he has a goal and an assist in three March games. His 44-point total in 60 games is good enough for fourth best on the Ottawa roster. Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan will have to find another winger for the next few games, likely Mike Hoffman or Colin Greening.
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza scored his 16th goal of the season Tuesday at Edmonton.
Insight: Spezza has delivered eight points in his last six games and has 47 points in 57 games this season. His -23 differential damages his fantasy value, however, and he would benefit from a trade before Wednesday's deadline.
Description: Senators left wing Milan Michalek saved the best for last Thursday in a thrilling win over Buffalo.
Insight: Michalek (ten goals, 15 assists in 58 games) scored both of his goals in the third period with his second of the night coming just 21 seconds before the final whistle. Michalek's six shots on goal were a season-high.
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza has generated 10 points (three goals) in his last eight games.
Insight: Spezza had three points Tuesday and has produced four multi-point games in his last seven. He has 42 points (15 goals), 150 SOG and 34 PIM in 52 games, but his career worst -21 differential hurts his value.
Description: Ottawa right wing Chris Neil notched two goals in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Insight: That snaps a three-game scoreless drought for the veteran. Neil's assist in the second period was only his second of the season. He's had a tough season for the most part, collecting just ten points through his first 49 games.
Description: Ottawa center Stephane Da Costa lit the lamp twice in Tuesday night's win over the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Da Costa had been held scoreless in four games this season heading into tonight's game. He's only scored six goals in his career and we don't anticipate him being much of a factor down the stretch.
Description: Senators goalie Craig Anderson came up with a 34-save shutout Tuesday at Washington.
Insight: Anderson came in with a 2.81 GAA in his previous six games and was playing a Capitals team skating without Alex Ovechkin, so fantasy owners shouldn't read too much into the shutout. Anderson still has just a 3.09 GAA and .905 SV% this season.
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza (hip flexor) has missed three straight games, but said he doesn't expect it to be a long-term injury. SOURCE: tsn.ca
Insight: Spezza doesn't have a timetable for his return but said he is making progress. Her's a big-time point scorer with 11 goals and 19 assists in 39 games, but after missing all but five games last season the team is likely to play it conservatively.
Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan was irked by comments released in an ESPN.com feature detailing a five-month process of the selection of the USA Olympic men's hockey team. In the article, director of player personnel Brian Burke was quoted as saying that Ryan is "a passive guy" and "not intense." Ryan was one of the biggest names not selected for the team. SOURCE: tsn.ca
Insight: "It was kinda gutless," Ryan said. "I almost feel degraded when it comes out like that. It is what it is -- that's their decision and that's how they feel about me." The feature also said that another selection committee member called Ryan a "sleepy" skater. "They were direct quotes," said Ryan. "It's unfortunate they feel that way. They've got to form a team. I guess to a certain degree you have to respect it. You don't have to agree with it, right? I certainly don't. They could have just cut me." Ryan is on track for his fifth career 30-goal season, but he's coming off a December in which he had just 11 points in 16 games. The Team USA snub should provide plenty of motivation.
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza (hip) will miss his third straight game Thursday but said he doesn't expect it to be a long-term injury. SOURCE: tsn.ca
Insight: Spezza is dealing with a hip flexor injury. He doesn't have a timetable for his return but said he is making progress. "We want to make sure that I squash it so that it's like anything, groins, hips, you don't want them to linger," Spezza said.
Description: Senators backup goalie Robin Lehner will get the start Friday at Boston.
Insight: Lehner was putting some pressure on starter Craig Anderson but then he allowed five goals on 33 shots on Dec. 18 at New Jersey and Anderson picked up a shutout on Dec. 23. Lehner is 5-8-3 with a 2.54 GAA And a .926 SV%.
Description: Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists Monday against the Penguins.
Insight: Karlsson has eight points over his last six games. He's attempted 124 SOG this season, second among defensemen. The only thing hurting his fantasy value is a minus differential, but he helped that out with a +2 Monday to bring it up to -8 on the year.
Description: Senators goalie Craig Anderson blocked all 27 shots the Penguins sent his way Monday for his second shutout of the season (first since the first game of the season).
Insight: Anderson has been dreadful this season, posting a 3.42 GAA and .897 SV% in 24 starts going into Monday's game, so shutting out an offense the caliber of Pittsburgh's is huge for the 32-year-old.
Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan has 13 goals, 24 points and 69 SOG through 25 games with his new team.
Insight: Ryan potted two goals Wednesday at Washington, giving him 13 in 25 games after scoring just 11 in 46 last season with Anaheim. He's a four-time 30-goal scorer and should make it five this season.
Description: Senators goalie Robin Lehner will start Tuesday for the first time since Craig Anderson returned from a neck injury. He'll take on the Flyers on the road.
Insight: The 22-year-old Lehner has won his last three games and has a 2.13 GAA and a .945 SV% this season. Anderson has given up 11 goals in three games since returning, but he's not in danger of losing his job.
Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan is questionable for Sunday's game, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
Insight: Ryan took an elbow to the head from Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg during Friday's game. The winger said Saturday he was dealing with stiffness in his back, shoulders and neck but didn't have any issues with his head. He was able to skate with the team Saturday afternoon. In his first season with the Sens after six years in Anaheim, Ryan has scored 10 goals and 20 points in 19 games.
Description: Senators goalie Craig Anderson allowed five goals on 31 shots in his return from a neck injury Tuesday against the Flyers, one of the lowest scoring teams in hockey.
Insight: Anderson better pick up his play to avoid losing starts to youngster Robin Lehner, who is 3-2-2 with a 2.13 GAA and a .945 SV% and played well while Anderson was out of action for more than a week.
Description: Senators coach Paul MacLean said that Craig Anderson is ready to return from his neck injury. He'll start Tuesday against the Flyers.
Insight: "Craig Anderson is the No. 1 goalie and he's ready to play," MacLean said, according to Bruce Garrioach of the Ottawa Sun. Anderson is 4-4-2 with a 3.14 GAA and a .912 SV%, but he'll hold onto the starting job over Robin Lehner, who is 3-2-2 with a 2.13 GAA and a .945 SV%.
Description: Ottawa center Kyle Turris extended his scoring streak to seven games with a goal and an assist Saturday against Florida.
Insight: Turris has scored a goal in two straight games, giving him four this season. He has 18 points in 17 games, putting him 11 points from tying his career high of 29. The addition of Bobby Ryan has helped the 24-year-old Turris break out.
Description: Senators backup goalie Robin Lehner had a second straight excellent start Thursday against Montreal. He saved 33 of 34 shots in a 3-1 win.
Insight: The 22-year-old Lehner blocked 32 of 33 shots in a 4-1 win at Columbus Tuesday. He has started the last two games while Craig Anderson deals with a stiff neck. Anderson was on the ice Wednesday but is still without a timetable for his return. There's a good chance Lehner will start again Saturday in a good matchup versus Florida.
Description: Ottawa center Kyle Turris has produced at least one point in six straight games.
Insight: Turris scored his third goal of the season Thursday against Montreal to move his point total for the season to 16 in 16 games. He's never had more than 29 points in a season but has broken through due to the addition of Bobby Ryan.
Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan has three goals and nine points during a five-game scoring streak.
Insight: Ryan had one goal and two assists Thursday against the Canadiens, which gives him nine goals and 18 points in 16 games. He's just two goals away from his goal total from all of last season and looks to be back in 30-goal form.
Description: Senators backup goalie Robin Lehner will get a second straight start Thursday against the Canadiens.
Insight: Starter Craig Anderson is day-to-day with a stiff neck. The 22-year-old Lehner blocked 32 of 33 shots in a 4-1 win at Columbus Tuesday and would be a solid pickup if Anderson has to miss an extended amount of time.
Description: Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson is doubtful for Thursday's game against Montreal.
Insight: Anderson was on the ice Wednesday, but no timetable for his return has been announced. He is off to a bit of a rocky start (3.14 GAA, .912 save percentage) after dominating during the 2012-13 campaign (1.69, .941).
Description: Senators backup goalie Robin Lehner will start Tuesday at Columbus.
Insight: Starter Craig Anderson is day-to-day with a stiff neck. The 22-year-old Lehner has gone 0-2-2 with a 2.73 GAA and a .938 SV% in five games (three starts) this season. It's tough to trust any Ottawa goalie right now considering how many SOG the team has allowed (38.5 per game).
Description: Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson is considered day-to-day after hurting his neck Sunday against the Stars. SOURCE: TSN
Insight: He's not likely to suit up Tuesday versus the Blue Jackets. Anderson (3.14 GAA, .912 save percentage) is off to a bit of a rocky start after dominating during the 2012-13 campaign (1.69, .941).
Description: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was stretchered off the ice during overtime of Sunday's game against Dallas after colliding with Valeri Nichushkin, but he only has a stiff neck.
Insight: Anderson, who has allowed 14 goals over his last three games and faced more than 35 SOG per 60 minutes this season, is unlikely to play Tuesday against Columbus. Robin Lehner will get the start against the Blue Jackets.
Description: Senators forward Mika Zibanejad has one goal and one assist with five SOG in his first two games since being called up from the minors.
Insight: Zibanejad, the No. 6 pick in the 2011 NHL draft, had two goals and seven points in six games in the AHL this season before Ottawa called him up. He saw time on the team's top line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek Friday night and while he didn't skate with the most frequently used power-play line still saw plenty of PP action. He's someone to keep an eye on.
Description: Jason Spezza's hat trick Tuesday against Phoenix was the fifth of his career.
Insight: Spezza had been having a relatively quiet season until Tuesday. The hat trick was the veteran's first since Valentine's Day of 2012. Next up for the Senators are the winless Devils on Thursday night.
Description: Senators backup goalie Robin Lehner will start Saturday against the Sharks.
Insight: The 22-year-old Lehner went 5-3-4 with a 2.20 GAA and a .936 SV% in 12 games last season. His play allowed the Sens to trade backup Ben Bishop to the Lightning to make Lehner the top reserve behind Craig Anderson. He's unlikely to draw many starts unless Anderson suffers an injury.
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza is expected to return from his groin injury Saturday against the Sharks, according to the Ottawa Sun.
Insight: Spezza sat out Wednesday. "I felt good. I'd imagine I'll be in the lineup," said Spezza. "At this point I've had four days of pain free so I don't know what a couple of more days (of rest) would do for it." Fantasy owners should prepare to have him back Saturday.
Description: Ottawa center Kyle Turris had a goal, two assists and five SOG Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: Turris finished as a +3 for the game and is a +4 over the first two games with four points. The 24-year-old is a former third overall pick who has never had a 30-point season in five years in the NHL. It's likely this is more a hot start than some type of breakthrough.
Description: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson scored the lone goal in Friday's 1-0 win over Buffalo.
Insight: Karlsson suffered a partially lacerated Achilles' tendon last season and only played 17 games, but he manged to score eight goals and produce 14 points and 79 SOG, numbers that extrapolate to 17 goals, 22 assists and 223 SOG over 48 games. Montreal's P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy and was fantasy's best defenseman with 11 goals, 27 assists and 126 SOG in 42 games, but Karlsson is back to reclaim the crown.
Description: Craig Anderson had 35 saves in a shutout of Buffalo Friday in Ottawa's first game of the season.
Insight: Anderson was the Vezina frontrunner last season before suffering an ankle injury that kept him out for six weeks. He finished with the best GAA and SV% in the league at 1.69 and .941, respectively.
Description: Ottawa center Jason Spezza is probable for Friday's game against Buffalo while dealing with a groin injury.
Insight: Spezza skated Sunday,Tuesday and Wednesday, according to an Ottawa Citizen report. He missed almost all of 2012 due to injury, but when healthy is a major offensive force. He had 34 goals and 50 assist in 2011-12 and is certainly capable of playing at that level in 2013-14.
Description: Ottawa center Jason Spezza's groin injury should not keep him from being ready for the season opener.
Insight: Spezza skated Sunday, according to the Ottawa Citizen report. He missed almost all of 2012 due to injury, but when healthy is a major offensive force. he had 34 goals and 50 assist in 2011-12 and is certainly capable of playing at that level in 2013-14.
Description: Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who led the NHL in GAA and SV% during the regular season, allowed 20 goals in just five games against the Penguins in Ottawa's second-round loss.
Insight: Anderson allowed just 40 goals in 24 games during the regular season and nine goals in five games during Ottawa's first-round win over Montreal, but he could not contain the explosive Penguins.
Description: Wednesday wasn't a great day at the office for Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Head coach Paul MacLean pulled Anderson in the third period after he allowed six goals on 38 shots.
Insight: It was actually a close game heading into the third but that's when the Penguins really began to wreak havoc with four goals over an eight minute span. Despite his struggles, we'd expect Anderson to be in net again for Friday night's Game 5 in Pittsburgh.
Description: Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson was stellar against the Penguins in Game 3, stopping 49 of 50 shots over 87-plus minutes.
Insight: Anderson gave up three goals on 21 shots in Game 2 and was replaced just 21 minutes into the game, so this effort is a massive improvement. He'll need to continue to play at this level if the Senators are to win and advance.
Description: Ottawa center Jason Spezza will return to action in Game 3 against the Penguins Sunday, according to Scott Burnside of ESPN.com.
Insight: Spezza has missed all but five games this season due to a back injury that required surgery. Ottawa coach Paul MacLean doesn't have a set plan for Spezza's minutes, but he expects him to play a big role on the power play.
Description: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson put the team on his back again in its Game 1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, saving 48 of 50 shots in a 4-2 victory.
Insight: Anderson led the NHL in GAA and SV% this season but missed nearly two months with a sprained ankle. If he plays like he did in the regular season, he could take No. 7 Ottawa further than expected.
Description: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson led the NHL in goals against average and save percentage this season. He had a 1.69 GAA and a .941 SV% in 24 starts.
Insight: Anderson did most of his work in January and February before missing nearly two months with an ankle injury. He returned in April and went 4-5 with a 2.02 GAA and a .917 SV% in the month. The injury will likely prevent him from winning the Vezina Trophy.
Description: According to the Ottawa Citizen, Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles) will return to the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Karlsson hasn't played since suffering a partially lacerated Achilles' tendon on Feb. 13. He was the top fantasy defenseman prior to his injury and could play in the final three games for Ottawa.
Description: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson shut out the Devils with 33 saves Friday night.
Insight: Anderson was the Vezina Trophy frontrunner when he went down with a sprained ankle on Feb. 21 against the Rangers. He lost his first two starts after returning to action, but he returned to form Friday night. If someone dropped him in your league, don't hesitate to pick him up for the stretch run.
Description: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (ankle) will return to action and start Sunday's game against Florida.
Insight: Anderson was the Vezina Trophy frontrunner when he went down with a sprained ankle on Feb. 21 against the Rangers. He has an 8-4-2 record, 1.49 GAA and .952 SV% with two shutouts in 15 starts this season.
Description: The Lightning have traded rookie forward Cory Conacher to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop.
Insight: It's a bit surprising to see Conacher get traded, considering he is second among rookies with 24 points. However, his production has slipped lately and it's possible the Lightning thought his production was a result of playing with Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. Conacher's 24 points are more than any player on the injury-riddled Senators.
Description: Senators goaltender Robin Lehner made 47 saves on a ridiculous 50 SOG Tuesday against Boston in a 3-2 loss.
Insight: Ottawa's goaltending is a major reason why the team is in playoff contention despite so many injuries. The team allows a ton of SOG but the trio of Craig Anderson, Ben Bishop and Lehner have combined to post a save percentage of .939.
Description: Ottawa goaltender Ben Bishop will start Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.
Insight: Bishop has been losing starts to Robin Lehner but he earned a second straight start with a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey on Monday. With Craig Anderson (ankle) getting ready to return, Bishop will likely return to his backup role and Lehner will go back to the minors.
Description: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (ankle) practiced Monday morning but coach Paul MacLean said he is "going to have to practice a little bit before he gets into a game." SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen
Insight: Anderson was off to a great start going 8-4-2 with a 1.49 GAA and .952 SV% prior to suffering a sprained ankle on Feb. 21. Robin Lehner has gone 3-1-4 with a .940 SV% and 2.05 GAA and appears to have taken over for Ben Bishop as the starter until Anderson returns.
Description: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (lacerated Achilles) has not ruled out returning for the playoffs, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
Insight: Karlsson suffered a lacerated Achilles' tendon in February when he was cut by Penguins winger Matt Cooke's skate in a freak accident. The 22-year-old will not return for the regular season so fantasy owners can move on unless it is a keeper league.
Description: Ottawa Senators winger Daniel Alfredsson had two goals with five SOG Saturday against the Lightning.
Insight: Alfredsson had a four-game scoring streak snapped Thursday against Boston but he now has four goals and nine points over his last nine games. He only had three goals and six points over 16 games from Feb. 1 to March 3.
Description: Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar has scored 13 points during his eight-game streak.
Insight: Gonchar had zero goals and 10 assists over his previous seven games and added a goal and two assists Tuesday against the Islanders. He has replaced the injured Erik Karlsson as the team's go-to blueliner on the power play.
Description: Ottawa winger Milan Michalek (knee) is out indefinitely after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday, Sens coach Paul MacLean said. SOURCE: Jesse Spector, Sporting News
Insight: Michalek has just two goals through 16 games this season after scoring 35 in 77 games last season. He has been dealing with a knee injury for most of the season and aggravated it after returning too soon so it's likely we have seen the last of him until the postseason.
Description: Ottawa center Kyle Turris poked home the game-winner in overtime Saturday against Buffalo.
Insight: Turris finished the afternoon with two goals and one assist. It's been an up and down season for Turris so far (18 points in 28 games). Perhaps Saturday's strong outing was a breakthrough of sorts.