Chris Phillips will be a healthy scratch Saturday afternoon when the Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Phillips’ scratch is a “coaches decision”.
The 36-year-old has two assists in 23 games this season to go along with a minus-2 rating while averaging over 22 minutes a night in ice time.
Phillips has been a minus in consecutive games and saw his ice time drop below 18 minutes for just the second time this season in Ottawa’s 5-3 loss to the Kings on Thursday night.
Patrick Wiercioch will replace Phillips in the lineup.
Interesting quote here from Kings blueliner Drew Doughty, coming off last night’s win in Ottawa while looking ahead to tonight’s affair in Montreal (from NHL.com):
After facing Senators captain Erik Karlsson on Thursday, Doughty will match up against another of the NHL’s elite defensemen for a second straight night in Montreal’s P.K. Subban.
“I always obviously want to outplay the opposing team’s best defenseman. I think [Thursday] I did it for sure, [Friday is] going to be a tough challenge.
“P.K.’s a good player; I’m going to have to outplay him if we want to win the game.”
Doughty had a huge effort in Thursday’s 5-3 win over the Sens by recording two assists, three hits and playing a team-high 26:56. While Karlsson played more (28:25), he failed to record a single point and finished minus-2.
Tonight, Doughty gets his shot at Subban.
While he didn’t directly come out and say it, one has to think these matchups hold special significance, especially since Karlsson and Subban have won a Norris Trophy — one of the few accolades that’s eluded Doughty over his seven-year career.
The 25-year-old has only been a finalist once, finishing third behind Duncan Keith and Mike Green in 2010; when Subban won in ’13, Doughty got just a single first-place vote and when Karlsson won in ’12, Doughty received just one third-place vote.
This season, Doughty is averaging the most playing time of his career — 28:46 a night — and is on pace to score 42 points, which would be his most since recording a career-high 59 during the 2009-10 campaign (which, as mentioned above, coincided with his first and only Norris nomination.)
Chris Neil suffered a knee injury late in the first period of Ottawa’s 5-3 loss to the L.A. Kings Thursday night.
It’s not apparent when exactly the injury happened, but Neil got run over by Kings’ defenseman Brayden McNabb during his final shift. He also delivered a hit to Dwight King before leaving the ice.
Post-game Senators coach Dave Cameron told reporters Neil suffered a knee injury and is week-to-week.
Bobby Ryan may be battling a broken finger, but it sure didn’t slow him down Thursday night.
The Sens’ forward dangled Kings’ defenseman Brayden McNabb before beating Jonathan Quick for his sixth of the season.
You know its’ good when the opposing team is voting it goal of the year.
Ottawa Senators Alex Chiasson had a glorious chance to open the scoring Thursday night against the L.A. Kings, but was robbed by the glove hand of Jonathan Quick.
Here’s a look at the play:
It was reviewed, but ruled no goal.
Here is the official explanation from the league:
At 15:15 of the first period in the Los Angeles Kings/Ottawa Senators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Alex Chiasson’s shot at 14:32. Video review supported the referee’s call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Los Angeles goal line. No goal Ottawa.