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30 in 30

30 in 30: Ryan, young players alter Senators lineup

Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Ottawa Senators had to deal with injuries to key players last season but still managed to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs and knock off a division rival before getting eliminated by one of the two best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Had the Senators not been dealt such bad luck with their health, they probably would have … reached the playoffs, defeated a division rival in the first round (maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs instead of the Montreal Canadiens in the 4/5 or 2/7 matchup) then been eliminated by one of the two best teams in the East.

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30 in 30: Senators eager to build on playoff success

Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

There may be no team in the NHL that is looking forward to next season more than the Ottawa Senators.

With all the drama that has surrounded this team since the fifth game of last season, general manager Bryan Murray is eager to reap the rewards of all the adversity his players and coaching staff overcame in 2012-13.

For those with foggy memories, within the first month of the season the Senators lost Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles tendon), Jason Spezza (back) and Jared Cowen (hip) with what were believed to be season-ending injuries (though all three would come back to play). Starting goaltender Craig Anderson (ankle) and top-line left wing Milan Michalek (knee) also sustained long-term injuries.

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30 in 30: Karlsson, Anderson two Senators questions

Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Ottawa Senators had everyone questioning their ability to succeed last season, and they answered all of them with their play on the ice.

But entering this season, the Senators have a number of questions, and many of them are linked to the adversity the team overcame to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season despite missing so many of its best players.

NHL.com has chosen six of them to try to answer here:

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30 in 30: X-factor Spezza now leader of Senators

Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

For the entirety of Jason Spezza's career with the Ottawa Senators, he had someone to lean on.

It was Daniel Alfredsson's team, and there was no questioning that fact.

Now, with Alfredsson gone to the Detroit Red Wings, it would be hard to argue that the Senators are not Spezza's team.

It's a big change from an off-ice perspective, and one Spezza appears ready to embrace.

"He wants that to be the case, I know that from talking to Jason," Senators general manager Bryan Murray told NHL.com. "He has great respect among his teammates, in particular the young guys seem to congregate around him. He brings a lot to the table on our team."

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30 in 30: Trade didn't diminish Senators' prospects

Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The depth of the Ottawa Senators' pool of prospects took a serious hit this offseason when general manager Bryan Murray traded forwards Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to the Anaheim Ducks for high-scoring forward Bobby Ryan.

Though it might pain someone who drafted those players to see them go, Senators director of player personnel Pierre Dorion said a move like that is a feather in the cap for him and his staff.

"You know you've helped your franchise get a player like Bobby Ryan who can produce right away," Dorion told NHL.com, "so you feel a sense of pride that the scouts have done their job well."

The Senators' crop of prospects remains deep despite losing Noesen, and this list will not take into account the young talent already playing in Ottawa: Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen, to name a few.

Here are Ottawa's top 10 prospects, according to NHL.com:

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30 in 30: Canadiens add Briere; lineup looks similar

Monday, 08.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The offseason before the 2012-13 season was an eventful one for the Montreal Canadiens, but this summer has been decidedly quiet.

There is no new general manager or coach to get acclimated with the franchise. Only one key player exited (free agent Michael Ryder signed with the New Jersey Devils) and he had already been replaced by the signing of former Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere the day before.

The main item on the to-do list before the 2013-14 season starts is figuring out what went wrong at the end of 2012-13. After a blistering start (20-5-5), the Canadiens finished 9-9-0 before bowing out in five games to the Ottawa Senators in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Injuries played a part in the postseason, but the Canadiens yielded five goals or more in six of the final 18 regular-season games and six of the final 13 games with the series against the Senators included.

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30 in 30: Canadiens counting on young veterans

Monday, 08.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Montreal Canadiens are one of the NHL's most difficult teams to read entering the 2013-14 season.

On the one hand there's the team that got off to a 20-5-5 start last season under a new coaching staff led by Michel Therrien, effectively erasing all memory of a nightmarish 2011-12 season that saw the Canadiens finish 15th in the Eastern Conference and 28th in the League.

But the Canadiens finished the regular season on a 3-5-0 slide, and the slump continued in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Montreal was eliminated by the Ottawa Senators in five games.

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30 in 30: Price, D-men among Canadiens' questions

Monday, 08.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Montreal Canadiens enter the 2013-14 NHL season as a reigning division champion and second-place finisher in the Eastern Conference. But they are a team that lost nine of its last 14 games, including four of five in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

So if there is one question that needs to be answered for the Canadiens, it is to find out which of those two facts best represent the truth?

There are several elements to the answer; six are addressed here:

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30 in 30: Markov's health X-factor for Canadiens

Monday, 08.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

One of the biggest reasons the Montreal Canadiens were able to get off to such an excellent start to the 2012-13 season was the healthy return of defenseman Andrei Markov, a sight unseen for the better part of two years.

During the Canadiens' 20-5-5 start, coach Michel Therrien would often refer to Markov as a general, someone with the unique ability to control the pace of the game whenever he was on the ice.

Markov had been gone for so long recovering from consecutive tears of the ACL in his right knee that many may have forgotten the extent to which he is able to impact a game, whether by smartly and calmly moving the puck out of his own zone or the way he directs traffic on the Canadiens power play.

Markov began the season in the Kontinental Hockey League playing 21 games with Chekhov Vityaz during the lockout. That was one more than he had played in the two previous seasons combined.

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30 in 30: Canadiens prospects have size and skill

Monday, 08.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Montreal Canadiens have a been a very consistent team when it comes to making the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the past nine seasons, qualifying seven times in that span.

However, they have managed to win four playoff rounds over that same span, and most people often point to what has been an organizational weakness for at least that long as the main reason: a lack of size.

General manager Marc Bergevin was at the Canadiens' table for the second time at the 2013 NHL Draft in June, and for the second year in a row, Montreal opted for a big forward with its first-round pick. In 2012, it was Alex Galchenyuk who was selected No. 3 pick, a player the Canadiens hope will become the big, skilled center they have lacked for years.

This year, the Canadiens picked much later in the first round at No. 25 and went a bit off the board by selecting Michael McCarron from the U.S. National Team Development Program, a 6-foot-5, 228-pound right wing who brings an element of nastiness with his game. Their first pick of the second round also was a big forward, Swedish center Jacob De La Rose, known for being a strong two-way player with some physical edge.

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