The offseason was already a brutal one for the Ottawa Senators, and there seems to be no stopping in the regular calendar. On Friday, it was revealed that injuries have hit the Canadian team quite hard.
The team announced Friday morning that three players – winger Ryan Dzingel (muscle injury), defenceman Cody Ceci (two separate undisclosed injuries) and winger Alex Formenton (concussion) – will miss Saturday afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Kings and Monday’s contest against the Dallas Stars.
The three key players will be missing for at least the next two games, and it surely isn't great news for Ottawa, who has managed to score some goals but still shows a 1-2-1 record in the first four games of the season.
The team is already facing loads of criticism after trading all-star defenseman and captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks and is still trying to convince fans that a rebuild is the way to go in Ottawa. Attendance numbers have gone down and the Sens were believed to be giving tickets for free to ensure they can have people cheering on their bad decisions early in the season.
This is another tough blow for Ottawa, seeing that Dzingel is tied for fourth on the Senators with four points in four games, while Ceci is a top-four defenseman for the struggling club...
“He’s definitely the toughest person from Orleans to play through the pain he played through the last game,” said to Don Brennan of the Ottawa Citizen Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, who like Ceci comes from Orleans.
The young 19-year-old Formenton cracked the team out of training camp for the second year in a row and is averaging more than 11 minutes of ice time.
As of now, the Senators had no other choice but to call up some players from their farm club in the American Hockey League in Belleville. Blue liner Christian Jaros and forward Nick Paul have been recalled from the team's AHL affiliate in Belleville, Ont. Paul and centre Paul Carey are expected to play against the Kings, however head coach Guy Boucher will make a decision on defense. He had intimated earlier in the week that Ben Harpur, who has been with Ottawa as its seventh blue liner, will soon get in the lineup.