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Senators lose Michalek, Puempel; Anderson nears return

The Ottawa Senators are going into tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks with an opportunity to move ahead of Boston in the Wild Card race after the Bruins dropped their fifth straight on Sunday, but they won’t have all hands on deck.

Ottawa lost 22-year-old forward Matt Puempel to a high-ankle sprain that’s expected to cost him four-to-six weeks, per TSN’s Steve Lloyd. In other words, he is done for the regular season, but might still play for the Senators in the playoffs if they get that far. Puempel made his NHL debut on Feb. 21 and has gone on to score two goals and three points in 13 contests.

While Puempel was used sparingly, forward Milan Michalek has been averaging 17:46 minutes per game since the All-Star break and will also be unavailable on Monday. It’s not clear how long Michalek will be sidelined for, but he’s being held out due to headaches, so that’s obviously concerning.

Meanwhile, goaltender Craig Anderson (hand) is hoping to be ready to serve as the Senators’ backup at some point this weekend. A player getting healthy is never a bad thing, but his availability might worry some Senators fans that feel their best chance to make the playoffs is by riding 27-year-old rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond. While Hammond does have a 1.65 GAA and .947 save percentage in 15 games, it was just a couple weeks ago Senators coach Dave Cameron offered a strong endorsement of Anderson.

Would Cameron go back to Anderson if he had the option? It sounds like we’ll find out soon.

In the meantime, Ottawa has some important games to play without Puempel and Michalek.


Surging Sens proving importance of youth

Hammond wins first career start as Sens top Habs

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Andrew Hammond made 42 saves to win his first career start as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Wednesday night.

Milan Michalek had a goal and an assist and Mark Stone had a goal and two assists for the Senators, who improved to 3-1-1 in their last five.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Turris had the other Ottawa goals.

The Sens have now won two of three meetings with the Habs this season.

Max Pacioretty had his 27th of the season while Nathan Beaulieu scored his first career NHL goal in the loss.

Pacioretty’s goal came just eight seconds after Michalek opened the scoring at 11:26 of the second period.

The bigger concern for the Habs is the health of their blue line.

Alexei Emelin left the game 20 seconds into the first period with an upper body injury and did not return.

According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the club recalled Jarred Tinordi following the game.

Then late in the second period P.K. Subban blocked a Bobby Ryan shot off his right foot. He missed the remainder of the period, but returned for the third. Subban logged 30:45 in ice time in the loss.

Montreal is already without Sergei Gonchar, who missed his second game nursing an upper body injury suffered Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Canadiens blue line could look interesting tomorrow night when they play host to the Florida Panthers.

Dustin Tokarski made 35 saves in the loss.

Leafs captain Phaneuf week-to-week with upper-body injury

Milan Michalek Dion Phaneuf

With the All-Star Game in the books, Leafs coach Peter Horachek revealed that Dion Phaneuf is week-to-week with an upper-body injury sustained prior to the break.

Toronto didn’t provide further details on his condition, but he reportedly aggravated an existing hand injury while fighting Carolina’s Eric Staal on Jan. 19 and then made his condition worse versus Ottawa on Jan. 21, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

If you missed the Hurricanes and Leafs’ captains spar, you can see it below:

He also fought Milan Michalek in the Ottawa game:

Toronto has endured a horrendous 3-14-0 stretch that has added fuel to the speculation that the Maple Leafs might attempt to revamp their core.

Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland remain day-to-day, but on a more positive note Leo Komarov should be back Wednesday, per the team’s Twitter feed.


Leafs collapse seems to have come early this season

Stars score four second period goals to edge the Sens

Anders Lindback, John Klingberg

Dallas scored four straight second period goals to erase an early 2-0 deficit and defeat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Tuesday night.

John Klingberg scored twice while Trevor Daley and Erik Cole had the others in the second period for the Stars, who trailed 3-1 after the first period.

Ottawa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and appeared to be in control of the hockey game out-shooting Dallas 11-9 in the first period.

Clarke MacArthur’s 13th of the season midway through the first period gave Ottawa a two goal lead and forced Stars’ coach Lindy Ruff to make a goaltending change.

Kari Lehtonen was pulled in favor of Anders Lindback after allowing two goals on the first five shots of the game.

Lindback made 34 saves for the win. Ales Hemsky had the other Stars’ goal.

Mike Hoffman, Jared Cowen and Milan Michalek scored for Ottawa while Robin Lehner made 24 saves in the loss.

Cole had a questionable hit on Senators defenseman Marc Methot late in the first period. There was no penalty on the play.

Jason Spezza was held off the scoresheet in 14:56 of ice time against his former team.

After first healthy scratch, slumping Michalek returns for Sens

Milan Michalek

It’s been tough sledding for Milan Michalek this year, but he’ll get a chance for redemption on Friday.

Today, head coach Paul MacLean confirmed Michalek would draw back into the lineup for tomorrow’s tilt in Florida. Michalek was a healthy scratch for the first time this season on Tuesday, forced to watched from the press box as Ottawa beat St. Louis 3-2 in a shootout. The decision to park Michalek came after he scored just two goals in his first 20 games of the year — not nearly enough production for a former 35-goal scorer that’s making $4 million annually.

“After the first 10 games you sort out what your best team is,” MacLean told the Ottawa Sun. “The second 10 games you try to play your best team to see what happens and after the third 10 games you need results.

“This [win over St. Louis] was Game 21. You have to play the best players. We say all along that the best players play. When we looked over the first 20 games, (Michalek) and Mika [Zibanejad] were the ones that were out.”

Pretty blunt analysis from MacLean. It’ll be interesting to see if the healthy scratch lights a fire under the 29-year-old Czech; Michalek’s in the first of a three-year, $12 million deal and is on the books through 2017, with a limited no-trade clause.