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Derek Stepan had an assist during a 4-2 loss to Edmonton. He had two shots, two hits, and two blocks while playing 16:10 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: The veteran who was traded to Ottawa in December from Arizona has one goal with two assists and a minus-six rating in nine games played.

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Thomas Chabot had an assist during the Senators 4-2 loss to Edmonton. He also had two shots, four hits, and a block in 28:03 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: In nine games this season, Chabot has two goals and three assists. He even has a respectable minus-two rating which is good considering the struggles Ottawa has had this season with a 1-8-1 record.

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Tim Stutzle scored a goal and had two shots on goal during Ottawa's 4-2 loss to Edmonton. He also added a blocked shot in 15:08 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: The goal is his third of the season and Stutzle has now scored in back-to-back games. The rookie is still feeling his way in the NHL and is looking for his first assist in seven games played. Ottawa will likely have a tough season but look for Stutzle to get plenty of experience in all situations this season.

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Ennis scored in the second period of the 4-3 overtime loss to Anaheim on Tuesday. He was also credited with helping Andreas Athanasiou in the third period.

Fantasy Impact: Overall, the center has 35 points in 62 games (-2) and is off to a good start with his new team.

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Craig Anderson has been activated off the injured reserve and will start against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. It will be Anderson's first appearance since November 25th. (Source: Hailey Salvian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson had been nursing a lower-body injury, but he'll return in the minimum amount of time in order to take the start on the second night of a back-to-back. Backup Anders Nilsson has struggled of late, so Anderson has the opportunity to seize some playing time. He will carry an underwhelming 4-8-0 record into the game, along with a 2.96 GAA and .904 SV%. On the bright side, Anderson had conceded two goals or less in three out of four starts prior to his injury.

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Brady Tkachuk turned in a solid fantasy performance in Ottawa's 5-2 loss to the Canucks on Tuesday. The American recorded an assist and stuffed some categories with eight shots on goal and six hits across 17:45 on the ice.

Fantasy Impact: Tkachuk's season totals of nine goals and seven assists (16 points) in 28 games certainly don't jump off the page, but it's his ability to turn in stat-lines like we saw on Tuesday that makes him a valuable fantasy commodity. He now places seventh in the NHL with 105 shots on goal and fifth with 101 hits. He's the only player in the league that can say they're even top-15 in both categories. With that unique productivity in mind, it's almost a bonus he contributes the amount of offence that he does. Keep him rolling, the 20-year-old is only going to get better.

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Colin White had an assist on Tyler Ennis's third period goal in Ottawa's 5-2 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday. He chipped in two shots and one hit in 17:33 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: It's been a very quiet season for the 22-year-old forward. This was just White's sixth point of the season (two goals, four assists) through 21 games played. This represents is a major step back from his 41 points in 71 games in his first full NHL look last season. White has been averaging consistent ice-time (16:29) and is getting a solid look on the power-play (2:26 per-game) and yet, it still has translated to fantasy production. Until he proves otherwise, White shouldn't be on your radar.

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Anders Nilsson stopped just 11 of 15 shots before being pulled in Ottawa's 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. This was the Swedish netminder's third straight loss and it dips his record for the season to 7-7-1.

Fantasy Impact: The month of November began magnificently for Nilsson, as he went through a scorching stretch that saw him win six of seven starts. Unfortunately, he lost his final two starts of the month and has now dragged his recent poor play into his first start of December. After seizing the majority of starts in the Ottawa net, Nilsson has conceded 11 goals in his past two games and now Craig Anderson is due to come off the injured reserve and start on Wednesday. Nilsson is probably going to have a 50/50 share of starts at best for the rest of the way unless he finds his solid form once again.

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his 15th goal of the season in Ottawa's 5-2 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday night. He added four shots, three hits and one block in the game.

Fantasy Impact: After a break-out November that saw him put up the third-most goals in the league (11) behind just Connor McDavid and David Pastrnak, Pageau continued to light the lamp in his first game in December. Pageau has unexpectedly risen to fantasy prominence with 21 points (15 goals, six assists) in 28 games so far this season. His contributions of 67 shots, 44 hits and 23 blocks make him a well-rounded piece to for fantasy owners to fill out their lineups.

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The NHL and NHLPA provided a joint media release on Wednesday morning announcing that Bobby Ryan will be taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. As a result, he will be away from the team for an undetermined period of time. (Source: Hailey Salvian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The player assistance program was implemented in order for NHL players to have access to receive assistance if they are dealing with personal hardships such as addiction or mental health issues. Hopefully Ryan receives the help he needs and will be back on the ice soon. Until then, the Senators will be without the thirteen-year veteran that had contributed four points in 16 games so far this season.

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Anthony Duclair sniped his eighth and ninth goals of the season and added an assist in the Senators' 4-3 win over Detroit on Tuesday night. He threw three shots on goal during his 17:18 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: The three-point outburst for Duclair has dragged his season point total up to 13 (nine goals, four assists) in 21 games. However, he's posted 12 of those points in his last 13 games. The 24-year-old is unbelievably already with his fifth team in his six-season career, but he's finally starting to settle in and produce consistently. It looks like he may finally have found a home in Ottawa, playing alongside Brady Tkachuk and Logan Brown at even-strength and on the first power-play unit.

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Vladislav Namestnikov skated 19:06 in Ottawa's 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. He contributed an assist of the shorthanded variety, and threw two shots on goal in the contest.

Fantasy Impact: It would appear that Namestnikov has found somewhat of a home in Ottawa. After his ice-time had began to dip after reaching a career peak of 17:05 per game in 2017-18, Namestnikov is averaging 18:52 with his new club. He has totalled 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 14 games this season, but all of his points have came in the 12 games since his trade to the Senators. If you're in desperate need of points, Namestnikov could be worth a cheap flier given the ice-time he's receiving. But don't get your hopes too high, this is a guy that's produced just 0.45 points per game in his career and Ottawa isn't exactly a fantasy paradise.

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Mark Borowiecki chipped in his most useful stat-line of the year in Ottawa's 5-2 loss to Boston on Saturday. The gritty defenseman picked up a couple of assists while also chipping in six penalty minutes, three hits, two shots and a block. He recorded a +2 rating in 15:10 on the ice.

Fantasy Impact: Borowiecki is certainly not known for his offensive touch, but when you mix in some points with his always reliable hits and PIMs (sixth and seventh in the league, respectively), it can turn into a solid fantasy night. He has hit a bit of a hot streak with a goal and three assists in his last four games, but don't expect that to continue. Borowiecki has collected five points total in 12 games this season and is not a fantasy consideration outside of the deepest of banger leagues.

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Connor Brown picked up his first goal of the season and added an assist in Ottawa's 5-2 win over the Sharks. He chipped in three shots, two penalty minutes and a block in 20:38 of ice-time, the most among Senators forwards.

Fantasy Impact: Don't look now, but Connor Brown just extended his point streak to four games and now has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 11 games. All of this while averaging the 15th most ice-time in the NHL among forwards (20:27); directly ahead of Gabriel Landeskog, Nicklas Backstrom and Brad Marchand. That is not a typo. His wild usage and solid production simply can't go unnoticed anymore. Don't expect this pace to continue, but there's no reason to not give him a speculative add right now.

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Nick Paul led the charge with two goals on Sunday night's 5-2 victory over the visiting Sharks. He also picked up an assist, three shots, two hits and had a game-best +4 rating in 13:55 of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: The goals were Paul's first two of the season as this was just his sixth appearance in 2019-20. The 24-year-old has historically been a floater between Ottawa's AHL affiliate and the big club, but if he continues to play the confidence and ability like he did against the Sharks, he'll certainly be sticking with these young Sens. Paul's average ice-time is under 13 minutes and his name does not have a place in fantasy conversations for now.

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Logan Brown found his way onto the scoresheet with a power-play assist in his second game of the season. The six-foot-six centreman fired two shots on goal across 15:47 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Don't look now, but since 2016's 11th overall pick got called up on Wednesday, he's found himself on the top line with Brady Tkachuk and Anthony Duclair and on the second power-play unit as well. Brown has had trouble producing offense across a very small sample size in his NHL career, but it looks like the Sens are giving him a real opportunity to show what he's got.

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Chris Tierney scored his first goal of the season against St. Louis and decided to do it shorthanded. He posted two shots on goal and three hits in 15:27 of ice-time. He has two points through three games this season.

Fantasy Impact: Tierney has been lining up in between Bobby Ryan and Anthony Duclair so far this season. Not the best of situations, but considering he put up 48 points last season on an equally-weak Senators team, he could be worth a depth spot in leagues that don't record plus/minus.

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Nikita Zaitsev posted his first point of the season by assisting on Vitali Abramov's first career goal in the Sens 6-4 loss to the Blues on Thursday. He added a shot, a hit and four blocks across his team-leading 24:57 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Obviously it's great to see Zaitsev getting his opportunity, but after a 14-point season a year ago, it's clear Zaitsev's offence has taken a back seat to his defensive side. As a result, there's not much to see here fantasy wise.

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Vitali Abramov scored the first goal of the game, the first goal of his season and first goal of his career in a 6-4 loss to the Blues on Thursday. He added three shots on goal and two penalty minutes during his 8:17 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: In what was his first game of the season, and second of his career, Abramov certainly provided a silver lining for the Senators by getting on the scoresheet. The 21-year-old was a piece that Ottawa received from Columbus in the Matt Duchene trade. However, he's not worth an add right now until he earns some more ice-time and proves himself.

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Scott Sabourin made the most of his 8:27 of ice-time in the Senators season opener at Toronto, posting his first career NHL goal with three shots, four hits and a block.

Fantasy Impact: It's a feel good story for the 27-year-old and six-year veteran of the minors. But Sabourin only had eight points in the AHL last season, so this shouldn't be expected of him going forward.

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