Daniel Rainbird

Daniel is a young journalist, and current sports journalism graduate student at Centennial College in Toronto. He loves to play, write, and think about sports. He’s passionate about his hometown of Ottawa, and hopes to cover sports in the city for years to come.
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The Ottawa Senators are 20 games away from finishing this shortened 2020-21 season

The Ottawa Senators are 20 games away from finishing this shortened 2020-21 season

The Senators score during the third period in their 3-1 victory over the Flames, March 24. (PHOTO: NHL.COM/SENATORS) The Sens sit eleven points out of the final playoff spot in the North Division currently held by the Montreal Canadiens. It may sound like less than you’d expect given how poorly [...]

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Goalie woes continue, prospects shine, and Karlsson makes news

Goalie woes continue, prospects shine, and Karlsson makes news

ABOVE: Joey Daccord injured himself in the third period of Wednesday's game against the Canucks. (PHOTO: SPORTSNET.CA) The Ottawa Senators played two games last week, and both were spirited efforts against the Vancouver Canucks. Ottawa played well enough to win each game, but, unfortunately for [...]

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The underdog Sens come to life against the juggernaut Leafs, once again

The underdog Sens come to life against the juggernaut Leafs, once again

Joey Daccord dreamt of earning his first NHL win for a long time, it didn’t come in a way he could’ve imagined. Starting goaltender Matt Murray was supposed to start Sunday night’s game. It wasn’t until minutes before hitting the ice that Murray warned the backup Daccord that [...]

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Erik Gudbranson is back home, but the cheers will have to wait

Erik Gudbranson is back home, but the cheers will have to wait

Photo: Photo by Matt Zambonin, Freestyle Photography, Getty Images Last Thursday, Blackburn Hamlet’s own Erik Gudbranson found twine with a wrist shot from the point – his first goal as a member of the hometown NHL team. Scoring for the Ottawa Senators was a proud moment for Gudbranson, [...]

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The Sens have found an identity

The Sens have found an identity

The Ottawa Senators keep sending teams into tailspins. When they made a comeback down 5-1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs two weeks ago, columnist James Mirtle wrote that the Leafs needed a trade to fix the “complacency that kills them.” Last week, two consecutive wins over the Montreal [...]

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Rivalry week did not disappoint

Rivalry week did not disappoint

Here’s how last week shaped-out for the Ottawa Senators: Monday – 6-5 win vs Toronto Wednesday – 2-1 loss vs Toronto Thursday – 7-3 loss vs Toronto Sunday – 3-2 win vs Montreal That’s a two-win week for the Sens – a continuation of their trend in the right [...]

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The Sens get a bounce, and “Hoggy” bounces back

The Sens get a bounce, and “Hoggy” bounces back

After beating the Montreal Canadiens and snapping a nine-game winless streak two weeks ago, the Ottawa Senators lost their next four games, and almost lost every game last week. Almost. Enter Brady Tkachuk. The Senators began the week with two losses to the Edmonton Oilers, followed by a loss to the [...]

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Tim Stützle has arrived

Tim Stützle has arrived

On Tuesday night, it looked like the week would tell the same old story for the Ottawa Senators. The Edmonton Oilers took an early 4-0 lead over Ottawa, giving Senators fans an excuse to go to bed rather than stay up for the third period of a game that started at 10 p.m. ET. But those who stayed up [...]

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Senators a ‘fragile group’ after stretch of losses

Senators a ‘fragile group’ after stretch of losses

Well, where do I start? It's going to be a long season for the Ottawa Senators. In three games versus the Vancouver Canucks this week, the Senators combined for 116 shots on goal, besting Vancouver’s tally of 95. The combined score was 16 to 3 in favour of Vancouver, and Ottawa came away [...]

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Stickhandling through a tricky route to a professional hockey career in the time of COVID-19

Stickhandling through a tricky route to a professional hockey career in the time of COVID-19

Above: Nepean’s Graeme Clarke is focused on earning a contract with the New Jersey Devils by excelling in the AHL. (PHOTO: VAL WATTI) For junior players dreaming of an NHL career, the route to the major leagues has always been filled with obstacles, but this year they’re facing off against [...]

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