Back to back wins remains an unreachable goal for the Ottawa Senators. On the heels of a strong performance against one of the best team’s in the league in the St. Louis Blues, the Senators responded with a disappointing effort against the Devils. It’s an act that is getting pretty old for the team from the Nation’s Capital.
They’ll look to get back in the win column tonight against an improving Florida Panthers team.
It was a fairly dramatic scene after last night’s loss as the team held a closed door meeting to discuss their first half struggles. The difference this time is it wasn’t a meeting called by the players but instead was the coaching staff and management that had some grievances to air. Pretty strange to see the General Manager in the locker room addressing the team after a loss but that’s the desperation of the situation in Ottawa right now. If the team doesn’t respond to being called out by the Coach and the GM, the next move is usually a trade. As we have discussed at length on this site, that is easier said than done with an internal budget but Murray is a creative guy. If he wants to make a trade for the sake of change, he can do it.
I’m not sure which straw is going to be the one that breaks the camel’s back but it has to be pretty close.
Just an optional skate for the Senators this morning with most of the team’s leadership group skipping the skate. Interesting that Paul MacLean was also absent. Word was he may have been taking the opportunity to meet with the leaders on this team to discuss the issues this team is having. A lengthy conversation, you would think. Couple changes to the Ottawa line up. Marc Methot and Matt Kassian draw in, Patrick Wiercioch and Cory Conacher join Eric Gryba in the pressbox. We’ll have to wait till game time to see how MacLean lines his team up.
Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal.