When the NHL considers its weekly three stars today, the Ottawa Senators figure to have three players on the list: defenceman Jared Cowen, who had two goals and three assists over the last week; Jason Spezza, who had three goals and five assists; and Erik Karlsson, who had four assists, including the rare feat of three in one period against Pittsburgh.

David Rundblad won’t be meeting an entirely new team in Phoenix. He already knows defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson well. The two have played together on several national teams. That’s not to say the trade didn’t catch him by surprise. It did. “Well, of course, kind of like a shock to me; I was surprised,” Rundblad told [...]