Sport: Senators could use more goaltending depth

Fantasy Hockey need-to-know: Goalie analysis and more key notes

  Fantasy Hockey need-to-know: Goalie analysis and more key notes Since last Saturday, five goalies have gone 3-0-0 but only one has managed to keep his GAA below 1.00: Matt Murray. Not only is Murray passing the eye test, but the analytics back him up, too, with a 3.66 5v5 GSAA, which is only bested by Thomas Greiss, who managed to win a 7-3 blowout even though the Red Wings were outshot 46-23. Now, the bad news: Murray lasted just 24:13 in Saturday's game against the Canucks with an apparent lower-body injury and did not return. The severity of the injury is not known, but Murray skated off the ice on his own after colliding with Jake Virtanen.

The Ottawa Senators seem to be running short on goaltenders. That became apparent Saturday when scheduled starter Anton Forsberg suffered an injury during warmups, forcing Matt Murray into net against the Canucks. However, Murray got tangled up with Jake Virtanen early in the second period and was forced to leave the game himself, leaving Marcus Hogberg as the only remaining goaltender.

a pair of skis in the snow: Marcus Hogberg is currently the only healthy goalie on the Senators roster. © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Marcus Hogberg is currently the only healthy goalie on the Senators roster.

In an unusual scare, Hogberg and Nikita Zaitsev collided within 10 seconds of Hogberg’s appearance in the game, scaring the coaching staff. Hogberg was OK and finished out the game, but with no emergency backup goalie in place due to COVID-19 restrictions, who would have taken Hogberg’s place had he been injured?

Senators sign second-round pick Roby Jarventie to three-year, entry-level deal

  Senators sign second-round pick Roby Jarventie to three-year, entry-level deal Jarventie was selected 33rd overall at the 2020 draft, but because of the three first-round picks the Senators had, he joins the organization with a little less fanfare than usual for such a high second-round pick. Doubting his upside is a mistake though, as the 6-2 winger played very well in his first full season in Liiga, Finland’s highest tier. In 48 games for Ilves Tampere, Jarventie recorded 14 goals and 25 points. Using his big frame to protect the puck, Jarventie can create offense off the cycle instead of being rush-dependent, something that will come in handy at the next level.

The Athletic’s Ian Mendes (subscription required) writes that while Ottawa did consider goaltending coach Zac Bierk, the Senators settled on putting the pads on Artem Anisimov, who was on the taxi squad, instead.

Murray is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

  • Much of the Winnipeg Jets' season could find itself in the reaction of center Mark Scheifele, who was benched in the middle of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Scheifele was benched for 17 minutes during the second and third periods while being on the ice during John Tavares’ goal, which gave the Maple Leafs a two-goal advantage. Sportsnet’s Ken Wiebe writes that the team needs Scheifele to be at his best and the benching on national TV was meant to make a point. However, it is up to Scheifele and how he will respond. He was given a chance to return to the ice in the third period and performed well, according to Wiebe, although the star did not speak to the press after the game.
  • Edmonton head coach Dave Tippett said that defenseman Dmitry Kulikov is expected to make his Oilers debut on Monday, according to Sportsnet’s Jack Michaels. Kulikov was acquired at the trade deadline for a conditional 2021 fourth-round pick and has sat out the mandatory quarantine period. Tippett added that rookie Ryan McLeod has also completed his quarantine period since being recalled from the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL. The coach said McLeod was likely to play on Monday as well at the center position. The 21-year-old had 14 goals and 28 points in 28 AHL contests.

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