The Ottawa Senators have been officially eliminated from the playoffs. It’s seemed inevitable for a while now so the mathematical announcement comes with a whimper rather than a shockwave, but it still cements what has been a huge disappointment.
Ottawa was a mere win away from the Stanley Cup Final just a year ago. The Senators entered the season with such promise and for a brief time it looked like they would be competitive again with their 8-3-5 start. They also made a big trade on Nov. 5 that the Senators hoped would help push them into another deep playoff run by acquiring Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche.
It wasn’t long after Duchene was acquired that the Senators’ collapse started though. With their latest loss to Edmonton last night, Ottawa now has a 26-36-11 record and it’s never had a winning streak of more than three games this season. Matt Duchene has been okay, but not speculator with his 23 goals and 50 points in 73 games – 40 points in 59 contests with Ottawa. You have to wonder if he’s in private looking at the Avalanche in their Wild Card spot and wondering what if.
If there’s a silver lining it’s that the Duchene trade did provide them with a touch of protection from this eventuality. The Senators are giving Colorado, among other things, a first round pick. By default it’s supposed to be the Senators’ top pick in 2018, but if that’s a top-10 pick, then Ottawa will surrender its 2019 first-round pick instead. So Senators fans with one eye towards the Rasmus Dahlin sweepstakes don’t need to worry about Colorado getting that pick.
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TAMPA BAY 7 NY ISLANDERS 6
This wasn’t an easy win for the Lightning. They had a 2-0 lead after 2:35 minutes and later had 4-1 and 7-3 leads. However, every time it looked like the Islanders were buried, they clawed their way back in to make it interesting.
J.T. Miller scored two goals, including the game-winner. He has 20 markers and 52 points in 74 games.
Brayden Point found the back of the net and registered two assists for the Lightning. That gives him 28 goals and 61 points in 74 games.
Anthony Beauvillier netted two goals and registered an assist for the Islanders. He has 18 goals and 31 points in 64 contests.
Jordan Eberle assisted on three of the Islanders’ seven goals. He has 25 goals and 54 points in 73 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was charged with all six Islanders goals over 41 shots. He’s now allowed at least three goals in each of his last seven starts.
PHILADELPHIA 4 NY RANGERS 3
Jesper Fast did everything he could for the Rangers in the losing effort with his two goals and an assist. He’s up to 13 goals and 30 points in 66 games this season.
Travis Konecny scored a pair of goals for the Flyers. He has 22 goals and 44 points in 74 games.
Claude Giroux assisted on three of Philadelphia’s four goals. That gives him 26 goals and 90 points in 75 contests. This is the second season of his career where he’s reached the 90-point milestone with the other coming in 2011-2012.
Alex Lyon stopped 33 of 36 Rangers shots. The 25-year-old rookie has a 4-2-1 record, 2.49 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 10 games.
There was a rookie goalie on the other end of the ice too in Alexandar Georgiev. He turned aside 32 of 36 shots for New York. That gives him a 3-3-1 record, 3.09 GAA, and .918 save percentage in eight games.
CAROLINA 6 ARIZONA 5
Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner, and registered an assist. He has 22 goals and 44 points in 74 games.
Phillip Di Giuseppe found the back of the net and registered two assists for Carolina. That gives him three goals and seven points in 41 contests.
Jaccob Slavin assisted on three of the Hurricanes’ six goals. The blueliner has eight goals and 28 points in 74 games.
Cam Ward turned aside 28 of 33 shots. He’s allowed at least three goals in five straight starts, but at least he ended his four-game losing streak.
Alex Goligoski scored a pair of goals for Arizona. He has 11 goals and 33 points in 70 games.
Darcy Kuemper kicked out 24 of 30 Hurricanes shots. He excelled with Los Angeles, but since joining Arizona Kuemper has a 3.17 GAA and .888 save percentage in seven starts.
COLUMBUS 4 FLORIDA 0
Sergei Bobrovsky earned a 33-save shutout. That extended his personal winning streak to seven games while Columbus as a whole has won 10 in a row.
Jonathan Huberdeau tied for the team-high in shots with four against Bobrovsky. Huberdeau has 23 goals on 173 shots, which translates to a 13.3% success rate.
Cam Atkinson scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He’s up to 18 goals and 37 points in 59 games.
Thomas Vanek found the back of the net for Columbus. It was his 21st goal and 50th point in 73 games.
Roberto Luongo kicked out 29 of 32 Blue Jackets shots. He has a 15-10-2 record, 2.55 GAA, and .927 save percentage in 29 starts.
EDMONTON 6 OTTAWA 2
Connor McDavid led the charge for Edmonton with two goals and two assists. That gives him 36 goals and 94 points in 74 contests.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal and registered two assists. He’s up to 21 goals and 42 points in 56 games.
Darnell Nurse assisted on three of Edmonton’s six goals. The blueliner has six goals and 25 points in 74 games.
Cam Talbot stopped 33 of 35 shots in his third straight win. He’s 28-27-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .909 save percentage in 59 starts.
Matt Duchene found the back of the net for Ottawa. It was his 23rd goal and 50th point in 73 games.
Craig Anderson kicked out 32 of 38 Oilers shots. He has a 21-22-6 record, 3.32 GAA, and .899 save percentage in 53 contests.
WASHINGTON 1 DETROIT 0
Philipp Grubauer turned aside 39 shots to earn the shutout. He improved to 12-9-3 with a 2.29 GAA and .926 save percentage in 31 games.
Andreas Athanasiou tied the team-high with five shots against Grubauer. Athanasiou has 14 goals on 149 shots for a 9.4 shooting percentage.
Brett Connolly scored the only goal of the game. He’s up to 15 goals and 25 points in 63 contests.
Jakub Vrana registered an assist for the Capitals. He has 13 goals and 27 points in 67 games.
Jimmy Howard stopped 25 of 26 Washington shots. He has a 19-26-8 record, 2.86 GAA, and .909 save percentage in 55 games.
TORONTO 5 NASHVILLE 2
Auston Matthews returned from a month-long absence and found the back of the net. That gives the Maple Leafs forward 29 goals and 51 points in 54 games.
James van Riemsdyk scored a goal and registered an assist. He has 34 markers and 51 points in 73 games.
Scott Hartnell found the back of the net for Nashville. It was his 13th goal and 23rd point in 56 games.
Pekka Rinne surrendered five goals on 28 shots. That brought an end to his winning streak at 11 games.
At the other end of the ice, Frederik Andersen stopped 23 of 25 Predators shots. He has a 34-19-5 record, 2.80 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 60 starts.
VANCOUVER 5 CHICAGO 2
Alexander Edler scored a pair of goals for the Canucks. He has five goals and 30 points in 62 games.
Bo Horvat netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He’s up to 20 goals and 40 points in 56 games.
Jacob Markstrom kicked out 39 of 41 Blackhawks shots. That brought an end to his five-game losing streak and his run of three straight starts where he allowed at least three goals.
Matthew Highmore scored a goal for Chicago. It was the rookie’s second career goal and point in 11 games.
LOS ANGELES 7 COLORADO 1
Anze Kopitar scored an incredible four goals on Thursday. That propelled him to 33 goals and 86 points in 75 games. He had already established a new career-high in terms of points and now he’s just one goal shy of his career-high in that category.
Tobias Rieder found the back of the net twice for Los Angeles. He has 11 goals and 22 points in 71 games.
Jonathan Quick kicked out 29 of 30 Avalanche shots. He has a 30-26-2 record, 2.41 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 58 contests.
Mikko Rantanen scored a goal for the Avalanche. It was his 27th marker and 80th point in 73 games.
SAN JOSE 2 VEGAS 1 (OT)
Logan Couture scored the overtime winner. He’s up to 31 goals and 56 points in 70 games.
Brent Burns accounted for the Sharks’ other goal. That gives him 11 goals and 59 points in 74 contests.
Tomas Tatar found the back of the net for Vegas. It was his 19th goal and 32nd point in 74 games.
Martin Jones turned aside 24 of 25 Golden Knights shots. He has a 27-18-6 record, 2.47 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 53 starts.
Malcolm Subban kicked out 42 of 44 shots last night. He’s 11-3-2 with a 2.51 GAA and .917 save percentage in 18 games.