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Previewing the East: Ottawa

Without Alfredsson, Spezza, Senators' offense will be an effort by committee

Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Previewing the East: Ottawa
DETROIT – Ready for some hockey?

Sure you are.

The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the Ottawa Senators:

OTTAWA SENATORS
Coach: Paul MacLean

2013-14 INTANGIBLES
Last Year: 37-31-14, 88 points (11th in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Senators: 2-2-0
5-on-5 Goals: 162 (second in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency: 50-for-271, 184 percent (ninth in Eastern Conference)

POINT RANGE
2013-14 Stats Vs. Red Wings
Player POS AGE rank GM G A PT. GM G A PT.
Erik Karlsson D 24 14 82 20 54 74 4 0 5 5
Jason Spezza C 31 29 75 23 43 66 4 2 1 3
Kyle Turris C 25 53 82 26 32 58 4 0 2 2
Clarke MacArthur LW 29 65 79 24 31 55 4 3 1 4
Bobby Ryan RW 27 100 70 23 25 48 4 4 1 5
 
IN THE CREASE
2013-14 Stats
Goalie AGE Rank GM W L OTL GAA SV%
Craig Anderson 33 19 53 25 16 8 3.00 .911
vs. Red Wings
1 1 0 0 1.00 .969






2014-15 OUTLOOK

Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Nov. 4 (at OTT); Nov. 24 (at DET); Dec. 27 (at OTT); Mar. 31 (at DET).

ARRIVALS:  Forwards Alex Chiasson, David Legwand and Carter Camper; and defenseman Aaron Johnson.

DEPARTURES:  Forwards Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian.

Turris
PLAYER TO WATCH: Last season was a career year for Kyle Turris, who will turn 24 years old this Thursday. The former first-round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes will be asked to produce more of the same in an attempt to pick up the goal scoring loss with the departure of Jason Spezza. Turris collected career bests in goals (26), assists (32), points (58), plus/minus rating (+22) and game-winning goals (5). More than likely he’ll the top candidate to fill the vacancy in the middle the Sens’ No. 1 forward line with Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur on the wings.

SEASON SCOPE: In 13 months, the Senators lost the two highest scoring players in franchise history with the departure of Daniel Alfredsson and Spezza. Since they didn’t make that much of a wave in free agency – aside from the signing of Detroit area native David Legwand – the Sens will need to take more a scoring by committee approach to the upcoming season.

Four Sens – goalie Craig Anderson, defenseman Marc Methot, and forwards MacArthur and Ryan – are entering the final season of their contracts. Legwand and Alex Chiasson, who was part of the trade that sent Spezza to Dallas, need to have rebound seasons. Legwand had just four goals in 21 games for the Red Wings after the trade deadline. Meanwhile, Chiasson had a tremendous start to his first NHL season, scoring five goals in his first five games. He finished eighth on the Stars with 13 goals in 79 games.

2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Buffalo (July 24) Carolina (Aug. 7)
Boston (sep. 11) Columbus (Aug. 21)
Florida (July 29) New Jersey (Aug. 14)
Montreal (Sep. 2) NY Islanders (July 31)
Ottawa (Aug. 12) NY Rangers (Aug. 28)
Tampa Bay (Sep. 4) Philadelphia (Aug. 26)
Toronto (Aug. 5) Pittsburgh (sep. 9)
Washington (Aug. 19)




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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