Not that this is news, but these are dark times for the Ottawa Senators. Erik Karlsson was traded before the season began, they have yet to re-sign their two best forwards in Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, sparking speculation about one or both of them being traded as well, and they are dead last in the NHL. That last bit of news would be a silver lining for some rebuilding teams, but Ottawa is in the unique situation of being a rebuilding squad without their first round pick (that pick belongs to the Colorado Avalanche).
The potential embarrassment of winning the draft lottery and watching the Avalanche use that pick has become a more and more likely scenario as of late. Ottawa extended its losing streak to five games on Wednesday with its 5-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. With that, Ottawa is 19-29-5 this season, which is four points worse than the next lowest team, the New Jersey Devils (20-25-7). If Ottawa does trade either Duchene or Stone, it would of course only make the chances of finishing in the basement more likely, but it might be a step the Senators have to take if the alternative is watching either forward walk away for nothing over the summer.
Of course, there is still time left. Ottawa’s not going to make the playoffs this season, but they can at least hope to finish the campaign on a more encouraging note. There’s also still a few weeks left to lock up Duchene, Stone, or both before the deadline is upon them. This is a critical time for the Senators for both the rebuild and the franchise’s hopes to save at least some face.
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TORONTO 5 OTTAWA 4
Magnus Paajarvi scored twice for the Senators. He has seven goals and eight points in 51 games in 2018-19.
John Tavares found the back of the net and registered an assist. He’s up to 32 goals and 58 points in 53 games.
Zach Hyman also had a goal and an assist for Toronto. That gives him 10 goals and 23 points in 43 contests.
Craig Anderson stopped 25 of 30 Maple Leafs shots. That’s his fifth straight loss, dropping his record to 14-17-3 this season.
At the other end of the ice, Frederik Andersen saved 40 of 44 shots. Ottawa outshot Toronto 17-7 in the third period and erased a 4-2 Maple Leafs’ lead in the process, but Toronto still got the win.
NY RANGERS 4 BOSTON 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 of 39 shots in regulation time. He surrendered two goals in seven shootout rounds and consequently missed out on the extra point.
Alexandar Georgiev kicked out 27 of 30 shots before the skills competition. He allowed one goal in seven shootout rounds to pick up the win.
Filip Chytil scored a power-play goal. It was his 10th goal and 19th point in 52 contests in 2018-19.
Pavel Buchnevich assisted on two of the Rangers’ three regulation goal. He has nine goals and 18 points in 36 games.
Patrice Bergeron found the back of the net for the Bruins during a power play. He’s up to 19 goals and 47 points in 38 contests.