Ottawa Senators

Ducks recall ’11 first-rounder Noesen, acquired in Bobby Ryan trade


After an incredibly unlucky run of injuries, Stefan Noesen could soon make his NHL debut.

Noesen, taken 21st overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled to Anaheim from AHL Norfolk, the club announced on Friday. The 22-year-old came to the Ducks from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade of ’13… and has suffered through two major injuries and rehabs since.

Just a few games into the 2013-14 campaign, Noesen ripped up his knee — tearing both his ACL and MCL — which shelved him for all of the regular season and part of Norfolk’s playoff run. While he did return to get some postseason action, Noesen was again sidelined at the start of this season when he suffered a severed Achilles following a skate cut in mid-October.

Noesen only returned to the Norfolk lineup in mid-February, but made an immediate impact. He’s scored 10 points in 19 games since coming back and could provide a boost for the Ducks heading into the playoffs; Noesen has good size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and his playing style has earned comparisons to his new teammate, Corey Perry — from a fairly legit source in Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, who drafted Perry to the Ducks and Noesen to the Sens.

Video: Rookie Mark Stone stays red hot with 20th goal

When talking about the Ottawa Senators’ surge into relevancy in the Wild Card battle, the name that most often comes up is that of goaltender Andrew Hammond’s. That’s easily justifiable given the run he’s enjoyed since mid-February, but he’s far from the only cause of Ottawa’s late season success.

Rookie forward Mark Stone has been another major factor. Going into tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Stone had 11 goals and 37 points in 40 games since the start of 2015. He kept that incredible run going Thursday night with a goal just 5:03 minutes into the first period:

That was Stone’s 20th marker of the 2014-15 campaign. He’s emerged as a contender for the Calder Trophy, although Nashville’s Filip Forsberg and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau are still ahead of him in the rookie scoring race.

Ottawa is three points behind Boston in the battle for the second Wild Card spot, but the Senators have played in one less game.

Goalie nods: Slumping Elliott sits, Allen starts for Blues


All the latest from the blue paint…

St. Louis turns to Allen

With Brian Elliott having lost four straight and the Blues winning just once in their last six, Ken Hitchcock will turn things over to Jake Allen tonight for a tilt against Calgary.

Allen — who was in goal for St. Louis’ last win, a 3-2 OT decision over Pittsburgh — could potentially throw a wrench into the Blues’ plans of Elliott being their definitive playoff starter. Elliott hasn’t played well lately, going 1-3-1 with a .902 save percentage over his last five games, and Hitchcock did leave the door open slightly when asked if Ellliott could be usurped as the postseason No. 1.

“Obviously if [Elliott] doesn’t play well at all, then we’ve got to reassess it like any team does,” he explained, per the Post-Dispatch.

As for Allen, he’s gunning for his 20th win tonight and is coming off two pretty solid performances, stopping 24 of 26 shots in the aforementioned win over Pittsburgh, and 23 of 25 in a 2-1 OT loss to Detroit on Mar. 22.

For Calgary, Jonas Hiller will start in goal.


Isles at Jackets: Jaroslav Halak vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Caps at Habs: Braden Holtby vs. Carey Price

Bolts at Sens: Ben Bishop vs. Andrew Hammond

Bruins at Wings: (No Boston starter yet) vs. Petr Mrazek

‘Canes at Panthers: Anton Khudobin vs. Roberto Luongo

Rangers at Wild: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Devan Dubnyk

Canucks at ‘Hawks: (No Vancouver starter yet) vs. Corey Crawford

Oilers at Kings: No starters for either team yet.

PHT Morning Skate: Guess which Celtic revealed that Dougie Hamilton has broken ribs?


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

So much for Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton’s injury being undisclosed. notes that his apparent Boston Celtics buddy Kelly Olynyk (pictured) blurted out Hamilton’s injury while discussing his own black eye (also pictured). (

Aside: while the resemblance isn’t Tim Lincecum-spooky, does Olynyk remind anyone else a bit of the kid from “Dazed and Confused”? No, OK moving on …

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Is Andrew Hammond for real or just a flash in the pan? (The Hockey News)

Apparently the Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to restrict playoff ticket sales to Florida residents. (Sportsnet)

Suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov apparently went under the knife while his career’s in limbo. (

A scathing take on Dustin Byfuglien’s cross-check. (The Toronto Star)

Hammond, Hudler, and Dubnyk are NHL’s three stars of the month


Senators goalie Andrew Hammond, Flames forward Jiri Hudler and Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL’s three stars for the month of March.


Hammond went 10-1-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .930 save percentage to help the Senators (38-26-12, 88 points) complete an 11-3-2 March and climb within three points of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Hudler led all players with 13 assists and 23 points to power the Flames (42-28-7, 91 points) to a 9-3-3 March, helping the team jump from the outside of the playoff picture and into third place in the Pacific Division.

Dubnyk paced the NHL with 11 wins, compiling a 1.78 goals-against average and .942 save percentage to lead the Wild (44-25-7, 95 points) to an 11-3-0 March and the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference.

Plenty has already been said and written about the first and third stars — both are great stories that have received league-wide attention — but Hudler’s accomplishments have flown largely under the radar outside of Calgary. How many hockey fans know that the 31-year-old has 71 points, and that only six players in the entire league have more points than that?

Not bad for a $4 million cap hit.

Hudler’s career high before this season was 57 points in 82 games (2008-09, with Detroit).