Ramblings: Habs and Isles Top Lines, Dach, Maccelli, Ruzicka (Nov 13)

Ian Gooding


Alex DeBrincat led the Senators with a pair of power-play goals in their 4-1 matinee win in Philadelphia. The goals were the Cat's first in seven games. I saw someone on Twitter making a case that DeBrincat has struggled early in his first season with the Senators. Maybe in the goal-scoring department, but he's now a point-per-game with 13 points in 14 games. Get away from the panic button.

Thomas Chabot left Saturday's game after taking a hit. Sens coach D.J. Smith did not provide an update after the game, which leaves Chabot's status up in the air for next week. Jake Sanderson led Senators' defensemen in power-play minutes in this game, so his value might receive an uptick if Chabot misses time. Chabot scored a goal before leaving the game.

In his first game back in Philadelphia since being traded last season (complete with video tribute, of course), Claude Giroux recorded two assists.

Aaron Ekblad returned to the Panthers lineup on Saturday after missing nearly a month with a lower-body injury. Ekblad was held without a point while leading the Panthers with 23 minutes of icetime.

Even with Ekblad's return, the Panthers have decided to keep Brandon Montour on the first-unit power-play along with Ekblad and use only three forwards on the first unit. This is the same team that once experimented with using five forwards on that same unit, but obviously Paul Maurice has different ideas. There's no point in dropping Montour, at least for the time being. Only four defensemen currently have more points than Montour (15 PTS in 13 GP).

Sam Bennett scored a pair of goals for the Panthers while firing six shots. After a slow start, Bennett has multiple points in back-to-back games as well as goals in three consecutive games.

Tyson Barrie scored twice for the Oilers in their win, extending his point streak to four games. I know fantasy owners have been waiting and expecting Evan Bouchard