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Thomas Chabot recorded an assist, four shots, two hits and a block in a game-high 26:20 in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Fantasy Impact: "Game high" is probably going to be a common phrase this season, as the 23-year-old defenceman ranks fifth in the league in ice-time so far. After putting up 55 points last season, Chabot is off to a slow start with just two assists through four games. The Senators power-play has literally been non-existent this season (0/8), so if/when things get clicking, a lot will be due to Chabot's impact.

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Craig Anderson got into the win column for the first time this season, turning away 19 of 21 shots and backstopping the Senators to a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: The result itself was a shock, but maybe the most puzzling figure of the night was that the Lightning only managed to direct 21 shots on goal against this Ottawa team. Anderson isn't complaining though, as his record improves to 1-2. That being said, his ratios continue to be weak with a .882 save percentage and 3.71 goals against average.

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his first goal of the season and tacked on an assist in a 4-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday. He provided a well rounded stat-line overall, with a +3 rating, five penalty minutes, two shots, two hits and a block added to the mix as well.

Fantasy Impact: Pageau has always been known more for his energy and penalty killing more than his offensive skills, but he was certainly rewarded on Saturday. However, for a guy that has managed just 0.41 points-per-game in his last five seasons, outbursts like this aren't the norm. You probably shouldn't have him on your fantasy radar.

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Vladislav Namestnikov led the way in a surprising Senators win over Tampa Bay, 4-2. Namestnikov had two goals and added an assist. He also posted a +3 rating and put up three shots, one hit and two blocks in 21:47 (!) of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Well now, that was a bit unexpected. It only took the newly acquired Namestnikov two games to lead his team in ice-time and provide a major scoring punch. Quite a contrast from his usage in New York. Namestnikov now has four points (two goals, two assists) in two games with the Sens. Temper your expectations (one of the goals was an empty netter), but he has our attention for now.

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Connor Brown skated for 19:52 and added an assist, along with a hit and three blocks in the Senators 6-4 loss to the Blues on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: It's a pretty impressive amount of ice-time for Brown, as he averaged just 15 minutes per game during his four-year stint with the Maple Leafs. This increase does seem to be a trend though, because Brown is now averaging 19:34, the highest among Sens forwards, through three games. The two assists so far this season are nice, but there needs to be more before Brown is a true fantasy consideration.

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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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Anders Nilsson's season debut was a rough one as he stopped just 31 of the 36 shots St. Louis fired in his direction on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: It's an unfortunate result, because Nilsson's teammates actually managed to provide some offensive support. But it still wasn't enough in a 6-4 loss. If you're in need of a spot start this season, you should look elsewhere.

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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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Brady Tkachuk started his sophomore season strongly, as he posted a well-rounded stat line that included a goal, two shots, six hits and two penalty minutes in 17:32 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Tkachuk has the honour of the first NHL goal scored in the 2019-20 season as he banged in a Connor Brown centering pass just 25 seconds into the game against Toronto. The Sens eventually came up short, 5-3. Tkachuk was playing on the Senators top power-play unit and flashed a physical side of play that all fantasy owners should value. After a solid 45 points in 71 games as a rookie, that seems like the floor this season for a young player that should only get better, no matter how bad his team may be overall.

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The Senators trade Mark Stone to the Golden Knights for top prospect Erik Brannstrom, veteran Oscar Lindberg, and a 2020 second round draft pick.

Fantasy Impact: This is a huge get for the Golden Knights. Stone had 28 goals and 34 assists (62 points) in 59 games this season with the Senators. He is a bonafide star with 123 goals and 188 assists in five complete NHL seasons. It remains to be seen how he will mesh with the rest of the Golden Knights, but any positive contribution from Stone will help them in their drive to the playoffs.

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Bobby Ryan picked up his 9th tally of the season on Thursday night when the Ottawa Senators defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1. The goal was scored on the power play.

Fantasy Impact: Bobby Ryan is now up to 9 goals and 18 assists for 27 points through 42 games played this season. At this stage, Bobby Ryan is nothing more than a spot start in a good matchup for fantasy purposes.

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In just his third NHL start, Marcus Hogberg was busy on Wednesday night turning away 41 of the 45 shots he faced in an eventual 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Fantasy Impact: The Ottawa Senators are a BAD team defensively, and Hogberg is unproven. Look elsewhere to fill your goaltending needs in fantasy.

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Ryan Dzingel picked up two assists on Wednesday night when the Ottawa Senators lost 4-3 in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks. In addition to the two assists Dzingel logged 19:47 of ice time, 1 SOG, 2 PIM, 1 hit, and a +1 rating.

Fantasy Impact: With the two assists, Ryan Dzingel is now up to 29 points through 39 games played this season. Dzingel is just 12 points shy of his career high 41 points last season. With just under half of the season remaining, he is on track to eclipse that mark.

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Matt Duchene picked up his 16th goal and 24th assist of the season on Wednesday night when the Ottawa Senators lost 4-3 in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks. Duchene's goal was scored on the power play. He finished the game with 24:37 of ice time, 6 SOG, 2 hits, and a +1 rating.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Duchene should be in owned in all fantasy formats. Not only is he over a point per game player with 40 points through 35 games played, he is also a trade candidate as the trade deadline inches closer. If Duchene and the Senators are unable to reach an agreement on an extension in the coming weeks, Duchene could potentially be traded to a contender which would obviously have an impact on his fantasy value. Be sure to hang onto him until that situation sorts itself out.

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Max Lajoie registered his 7th goal of the season on Monday when the Ottawa Senators defeated the Nashville Predators 4-3 in overtime. Lajoie finished the game with 1 goal, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG, 1 hit and 5 blocked shots in 13:31 of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: After a hot start to the season; scoring 3 goals in his first 5 games, Max Lajoie has come back down to earth in recent weeks. He is not someone you should be rostering on your fantasy team.

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The Ottawa Senators have sent Drake Batherson back to the minors in advance of the NHL's holiday roster freeze on December 19th. (Source: Brent Wallace on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Drake Batherson logged 8 points in 17 games up with the Ottawa Senators. We will likely see him back with Ottawa before the season ends, perhaps as soon as the Senators first game out of the holiday break.

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Colin White scored his 9th goal of the season on Saturday when the Senators lost 5-2 to the Montreal Canadiens.

Fantasy Impact: Colin White now has 22 points through 33 games played this season. He should continue to improve as the season rolls on, especially if he continues to play on a line with Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk.

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Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 44 shots in the Senators 2-1 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: It was a strong outing for Mike McKenna who got the start in the second half of a back-to-back for the Senators. McKenna posted a .955 save percentage on Sunday, but ultimately it wasn't enough to snag a win for anyone who may have started him in fantasy. Going forward; McKenna's limited usage, combined with the Senators defensive deficiencies make him nothing more than a desperation start in an ideal matchup.

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