There’s good and bad news today coming out of Ottawa. D.J. Smith has announced that Ottawa Senators forward Tim Stützle will be out for at least a week with a shoulder injury. The best part of the news is that he suffered no structural damage to his shoulder. Reinforcements are coming, and Stützle’s return is not far off.
Tim Stützle Injured at Least One More Week
DJ Smith – Stutzle out at least a week. Nothing structural with his shoulder.
— TSN 1200 (@TSN1200) December 14, 2022
Tim Stützle’s injury will last at least one week. His impending return will be coming up shortly. It is a tough blow when Josh Norris is already on the shelf, but at least the team will get their other young gun back sooner than later.
Reinforcements Are Coming
Stützle is a crucial part of the Ottawa Senators’ attack. He was on a point-per-game pace before getting injured. In 28 games this season, he has 10 goals, 17 assists, and 27 points. And, despite missing time, he still sits third in goals and second in points on the team.
The team currently has only three players who have above ten goals. A lot of the team’s offence comes from the top-six group, and depth is an issue. Even though that is where Stützle does slide into the top six, he takes some pressure off players like Alex DeBrincat and Brady Tkachuk, as well as another young counterpart in Shane Pinto.
With him returning, it will provide more balance offensively and should have the team and the fans jumping for joy. Considering he can play both centre and wing, it helps round out the lineup.
Senators Marching Forward
The Ottawa Senators will keep marching forward, especially once Tim Stützle returns. As of right now, the big guns are carrying the load. Captain Tkachuk has been sensational, as well as Ottawa product Claude Giroux. The team is starving for goals as they rank 26th in 5v5 scoring and 19th in all situations. Stützle will be a boost as he has good finishing ability.
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