Capitals Triumph Over Senators in a BIG Way

The Capitals welcomed a revamped Ottawa Senators to their home ice. Even though the Caps were playing the team in the last rung of the ladder in the league, nothing was a sure thing. Continue reading “Capitals Triumph Over Senators in a BIG Way”

Beware, Blue Jackets pick up Matt Duchene

This morning, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they have traded Vitali AbramovJonathan Davidsson, and two conditional 1st-round draft picks (2019/2020) in exchange for the Ottawa Senators’ top center Matt Duchene and Julius Bergman. While this isn’t necessarily Caps news, it is something to be aware of. Columbus is going all-in. We could potentially have a round-two with them and their newly acquired fire power.

Formerly drafted by the Colorado Avalanche, Duchene blew up in his early years as an incredible playmaker. With other stars like their captain Gabriel Landeskog and the “fastest-skater-with-the-puck” Nathan MacKinnon taking over as the face of the Avs, they were pretty stacked at the time and pushed Duchene to the backseat. He eventually went through a rough patch with the club and decided to request a trade. He got what he wished for and was traded to Ottawa. The Senators have been a struggling team for quite a while now, especially this year, placing dead last in the Eastern Conference. In hopes of getting a hold of some young stars, they put Duchene up for grabs and the Blue Jackets were happy to scoop him up.

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Columbus has been a thorn in the Capitals’ side for the past few years and solidified the rivalry after mocking Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s bird celebration after their first 2018-2019 regular season win over the team. If these two clubs meet in the post-season, the Caps must be aware of Duchene’s talent he adds to Columbus’ scoring abilities. Fast skater, quick hands, and some incredible hand-eye coordination; definitely a player to watch out for.

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Columbus now has a pretty stacked center core. They have Pierre-Luc Dubois, Alexander Wennberg, Riley Nash, Boone Jenner (flex), Brandon Dubinsky, Lukas Sedlak, and now Matt Duchene. My guess is  that Sedlak is scratched to fit Duchene in their lineup. Down the middle would be Dubois-Duchene-Wennberg-Dubinsky, Jenner is currently on the wing so he’ll probably stay put. They’re going to be a huge threat in the playoffs.

Senators Trade Matt Duchene to Columbus Blue Jackets

Earlier today, NHL Network confirmed that Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene would be the newest addition to the Columbus Blue Jackets roster. According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Columbus will be sending a 2019 first round draft pick, as well as a conditional 2020 Draft first round selection. Ottawa will also be acquiring right wingers Vitaly Abramov, a third round pick in the 2016 draft, and Jonathan Davidsson, a 2017 sixth rounder.

With the Senators underperforming for another consecutive year, both general manager Pierre Dorion and head coach Guy Boucher felt as though some changes needed to be made to their lineup. Ahead of the trade deadline, the rumor mill began to churn, and Senators Duchene and Mark Stone were right in the middle of it. Through 50 games with Ottawa this season, Duchene has tallied 27 goals and 31 assists, for 58 points (theScore). The Columbus Blue Jackets are currently one spot out of a wild-card position in the 2018-19 playoff race, and are sitting in 5th place within the Metropolitan Division.

The Ottawa Senators are currently 8th in the Atlantic, and bottoms out at 31st in the league standings. Coincidentally enough, the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets will face off tonight, and Columbus head coach John Tortorella fully intends on playing Duchene.

Pictured: Center Matt Duchene, recently traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. (TSN.ca)

theScore. (2019). Ottawa Senators Roster. Retrieved from https://www.thescore.com/nhl/teams/4/roster.