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Nikolai Kulemin has been lost for at least two weeks with a chipped bone in his ankle, after blocking a shot in practice. Why he was blocking a shot in practice, I dont know. This is significant because Kulemin was taking David Clarkson’s spot on the second line during his suspension. Spencer Abbott has been called up and reportedly will take his place on the second grouping. Abbott has some offensive ability, but zero NHL experience.
Buffalo and Ottawa played to a goaltender's duel last night and both Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller were excellent. Anderson stopped all 31 shots he faced and picked up right where he left off in 2013. He's still going to be in tough to keep up with the torrid pace he set last year, but a good start nonetheless.
Erik Karlsson had the goal in the 1-0 win for Ottawa and he played nearly 26 minutes, including nearly four minutes of power play time. The next closest Senator played barely over two minutes with the man advantage.
Ottawa's line of Cory Conacher – Kyle Turris – Clarke MacArthur looked very sharp. Turris and MacArthur assisted on Karlsson's game winner.
Other than Ryan Miller, it was a difficult task to find a Sabre that had a strong night. Steve Ott gets honourable mention for throwing six hits and going over 60% on face-offs.
Michael Grabner was the best player on the ice by a mile for the Islanders in their 4-3 shootout win over the Devils. He was all over the place and used his incredible speed to generate several quality scoring chances. G