Game Day- Ottawa vs. Columbus, TSN New Home of the Sens?

SensChirp January 28, 2014 381
Game Day- Ottawa vs. Columbus, TSN New Home of the Sens?

The Ottawa Senators have just seven games left before they take 18 days off for the Olympic Break. It’s a stretch of games that could very while decide whether or not this is a playoff team. And it starts tonight with a huge game in Columbus.

Every game is big right now but when you’re matched up against one of the teams you’re chasing, the two points become that much more significant. A regulation win would be a huge boost to this team’s playoff aspirations.

Columbus has started to cool off a little bit after a stretch of eight straight wins put them into third place in the Metropolitan Division. They lost to Buffalo on Saturday night and last night, blew a 2-0 lead against Carolina, eventually falling 3-2 in regulation. Those two losses caused them to slide out of the playoffs altogether. That’s how tight things are in the East right now.

The Blue Jackets currently have a two point lead on the Senators.

Because of the struggles the Senators went through earlier in the season, there really are no throw away games at this point. They need points and they need them badly. A quick look at the website Sports Club Stats shows that 89 points is the likely cut-off point to make the playoffs in the East. So let’s say 91 to be safe. That means the Sens need to go something like 17-10-3 over their final 30 games. Not impossible but they need to start stringing some wins together soon.

MacLean juggled his lines a bit at practice yesterday (go figure) and then juggled them again at the morning skate. Originally it looked like Condra would play with Spezza and Greening but he has been moved to the Zibanejad line.

One change on the blueline as defenceman Chris Phillips will not play. Patrick Wiercioch takes his spot in the line up and will be paired with Cody Ceci.

MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
Greening-Spezza-Michalek
Conacher-Zibanejad-Condra
Smith-DaCosta-Neil

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Gryba
Wiercioch-Ceci

Craig Anderson gets the start in goal for Ottawa while Columbus is expected to counter with Curtis McElhinney.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM.

In case you missed the news on Twitter this afternoon, the Ottawa Citizen is reporting that TSN is expected to be the new home of the Ottawa Senators.  The team’s regional rights are available at the end of the season and it looks as though TSN has grabbed the highly covered regional broadcasting rights.  A dollar amount will be hard to come by but this is believed to be a pretty lucrative deal for the Senators.  Great news for the organization!

The Daily Chirp- Something a little different today and it’s a simple reminder that today is Bell Let’s Talk Day. Texts, Facebook shares, phone calls and tweets all help to raise money for programs that promote Mental Health awareness. Check out this post for additional information on the initiative and the powerful “Purple Hearts” segment that aired on Sports Centre last night.

  • Tcharger

    Interesting FW lines….D pairings look SO much better with Philips out of the lineup.

    • A-Train

      I hope they do look better. Ceci plays with so much confidence…hope he can maintain that. Not often you see a teenager on D stay on an upward curve forever.

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Phillips a healthy scratch?

    • SensChirp

      Waiting for word from the Coach but he didn’t skate so I’m assuming there’s an injury issue.

      • sprucesens

        Phillips scratched….parenteau scratched….hmmm……
        haha, dream on

      • Sensnation

        Is the foot issue from earlier this month back? Has he been playing injured?

      • PraiseAlfie11

        “Minor bobo” according to the coach.

        • Sensnation

          Haha, great injury descriptions by PM.

  • Sharmarke

    So does the tv deal mean blackouts for the fans that live in Toronto?

    • A-Train

      Read my mind.

  • Sharmarke

    Last time Phillips missed a game we lost 5-0.

    • my2sens

      Aren’t you a ray of sunshine

    • runningbear1974

      I think the previous time Philips missed a game we went on a winning streak…

  • sell the team Eugene

    SOOOOO – why hasn’t Corvo been put on waivers ?

    • sben

      no one will pick him up and melnyk doesn’t want corvo sent to AHL for 900,000$. At least use him a bit than not use him at all.

      • not |YOUR wingman

        Corvo is making a lot less than $900K.
        He’ll get the money no matter where he is playing or not playing.
        So why not have him play in the AHL ?

  • Tcharger

    I actually like the top two lines…especially if Greening can just park it in front of the net and get some dirty goals. Guy is apparently strong as almighty hell, so moving him should be tough….Get dirty goals, and draw penalties…that is it that is all, oh and play a bit of D. Hell be a backboard for Spezza to bank shots off of, don’t care.

    The third line looks good too, although I would prefer someone over Condra, not sure who…but someone, so hard to complain about the line, as it seems to be a situational, who is left sorta line

    • runningbear1974

      I really like the 3rd line… I think they’ll get tons of scoring opportunities…

    • Shibal

      Don’t really know how you have hopes for Greening. According to Yost, Greening has one the lowest points per 60 minutes in the entire league.

      • Tcharger

        I couldn’t care less what Yost says, I honestly have my doubts that he has ever even watched a full 60 min Sens game…..or hell a full 60 minutes in a week cumulative.

        Greening did pretty well that season when he was essentially parked on this line…so I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Is he overpaid? Absolutely…does he have potential, yeah…could he become a tough sob to play against in frt of the oppositions net…sure

        I don’t see anywhere that is worse for us to put him at this current time.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Sorry Tcharger, I don’t see the potential you do in Greening. I’d like to think that he could be a tough sob in front of the opposition net but he never has been. He’s shown rare glimpses in his career of the player we hope he could be, but he just doesn’t seem to have the mentality. He doesn’t have a bad bone in his body.

          I don’t think there’s a “good” spot for him anywhere in the line-up. He’s the first forward that should be replaced on the team, especially before his new contract kicks in.

          • Shibal

            Bullseye!

          • Tcharger

            Agree completely…but he has yet to be replaced, and not entirely sure that we have anyone better suited to take his place right now

          • Sensnation

            “Doesn’t have a bad bone” – he has 8 fights in the last 3 years I believe.

            Look I know Greening is having an off year, but he’s still one of the strongest, fastest and hardest working players on the team, let alone in the league. Worst case he’s a great 3rd liner, best case he finds some old chemistry with Spezza.

            I’d replace Da Costa, Kassian, Conacher and even Condra before Greening, but it all depends who other teams see value in and it sounds like Edmonton would like Greening.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Well obviously Da Costa and Kassian would be replaced before Greening, but they aren’t regulars in the line up so I didn’t take them in to account.

            So what if he has 8 fights in 3 years? Fighting doesn’t help the team win. It doesn’t mean that he has an edge in his game. He very clearly doesn’t.

            So what if he has top end speed? What good is speed if he can’t use his speed with the puck? How many times do you sit there watching a Sens game and are blown away by Greening’s speed? I never am. I know he possesses it, but he is rarely ever able to use it. You know what impresses me more than speed? Quickness, agility, and explosiveness.. none of which are assets of Greening.

            You know why I would take Condra over Greening any day of the week? He’s arguably our best penalty killer, although Turris and MacArthur are both solid. He’s smarter defensively, he possesses greater hockey sense than Greening, he’s an extremely good possession player, and he can actually somewhat make plays. I would rather a player who plays with the puck than one who continually has to play away from it. He also makes half the amount of money.

            Anyways, every fan has players they like and dislike. Greening is just one that I’m not a fan of.

          • Joe Adams

            greening had a good season and netted 20 goals, but his potential is extremely low and it doesn’t look like he is going to be improving at all in the future, if we can move him for anything it would be lucky

      • Zelle

        A good screen may not get the player points but it’ll help the team get a goal.

    • FistsofNeil25

      I really like the Zibanejad line. They aren’t going to push anyone around but they should be a possession monster. Condra takes a ton of heat but he’s one of the best defensive forwards on the team and has underrated playmaking abilities.

      The biggest weakness on those top three lines is clearly Greening. I don’t care how strong he is if he doesn’t use his size and strength to his advantage. Maclean is obviously trying to spark some of the chemistry Greening-Spezza-Michalek showed together 2 seasons ago but it’s evident that none of these guys are the same player they were back then.

      • SENSsmile

        post deleted.

  • FistsofNeil25

    So with TSN taking over the regional broadcasting rights does that mean the end is near for Dean and Denis? I wouldn’t be overly upset if either were replaced… mostly Denis. haha Denis is possibly the worst color commentator in the business. (Glen Healy excluded)

    • SENSsmile

      Denis is probably the most boring commentator ever. When he goes rambling on a topic, he’ll repeat the same point over and over and doesn’t know when to quit. I don’t know how many times Dean had to interrupt him because a goal was scored.

      • Senatollah

        Clearly you don’t know how to enjoy a Sens game. Time to play the DDP board game. Evey time he tells an Islanders story take a sip, every Florida reference take a shot, every time he laughs at his own joke chug a beer.

        • SENSsmile

          So this is how it’s done? Thank you for the tip… if I follow your advice, I should be drunk as a skunk by 9:30 p.m. tonight. Cheers to that… LOL.

      • Jayme Reid

        No i would not say he is one of the most boring.

    • Jayme Reid

      I think Dean will be doing many national games next year as for Denis who knows.

  • sprucesens

    yes, is there more info about the tsn broadcasting rights. Are they going to actually try to broadcast all the sens games nationally!!?? If so i’ll be getting tv again, since I can actually get TSN here, wheareas sportsnet east is not even available through shaw. If so, i’m super stoked. Anyone know the specifics?

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Optimal lineup for the first time all season… I can’t wait to see how it rolls….

    I don’t wish anything bad to any Sens player but I do hope Philly is given some time off…

  • Zelle

    Wow am I ever excited to see Wiercioch and Ceci playing together tonight. Good move by Pmac imo. Phillips is not useless but he should be used sparingly. Come on Sens big win tonight!!

    • sell the team Eugene

      welllll – not much NHL experience in that PW/CC pairing
      It’s going to be “interesting”

      • Zelle

        Yes that is a concern, but Ceci plays the game like a vet. Plus they are the bottom pairing so I’m assuming they will get the least minutes. I’ve been waiting to see this pairing in action for a long time.

        Unlike others I’m not worried about making or not making the playoffs this year, since it would take a miracle to win the cup anyway. I’d rather use this season to try stuff out, like Pmac seems to be doing.

  • EK65

    So, I’m confused. Didn’t Rogers just win the broadcasting rights for the NHL? What’s this about Bell now? What does this mean exactly?

    Someone help! Haha

    • SensChirp

      Sportsnet won the national broadcasting rights. But the Senators have their own regional rights that were up for grabs.

      • EK65

        Oh, okay. So basically an exact opposite of the current setup (excluding CBC). The Sens are usually on Sportsnet locally, TSN nationally.

      • xN1Cx

        So what will this do for GameCentre subscribers. Currently I live in the GTA and am only able to watch the games via GC from the SNET-E feed. From what I understand I will now need cable to watch TSN next year? Or prhaps TSN-E will be shown on GC?

        • spezzerman

          I cannot recommend Hockeystreams.com enough. It is cheaper than gamecenter and no blackouts. Shows all pre game and intermission stuff as well. amazing quality and you get the AHL and CHL games taboot. As well as things like the NHL behind the scenes show the Sens are currently featured in.

          • Zelle

            Wow thank you so much! I’m going to check this out asap.

          • sprucesens

            yeah, I use that too right now, but its less than optimal if you can afford center ice. Of course the big difference is regional blackouts. I’ve had problems since day 1 with hockeystreams’ website. They put up a new server a month or so ago, which seemed to resolve the issue, however is still choppy. The biggest thing for people is to have a good connection speed, and you will use a lot of data, so you need that as well, for HD feed.

          • spezzerman

            Really, eh? I primarily watch on the Hockeystreams Roku app and I find it to be perfect, and very impressed with the HD quality of the stream.I dont watch directly on my computer often but have never had issues. I do have very high speed internet and unlimited data.

            I have both Gamecenter and Hockeystreams as well and I am leaning towards only going with Hockeystreams although I would miss the Gamecenter app for phone/tablet.

    • Sandy

      My understanding is the national rights for Sportsnet are for Wed, Sat & Sun games.. TSN would get the rest.
      Really glad TSN got the regional rights for the Sens. They are the most professional of the ‘big 3.. Their panelists are the best and I love Duthie…
      Glad I won’t be forced to watch Sportsnet for all Sens games.. it’s just another version of Leafs TV..

  • Moudy Mahfouz
    • H POTTER

      You will get some thumbs down but it’s clear that the majority is feeling like you !! Hope this will kick him in the butt.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Can’t wait to see what this team can look like without Phillips. This could be a blessing in disguise

    • SENSsmile

      They’ve been blessed with a similar arrangement that led to a 4-game winning streak for the Sens. We NEED this win tonight! Anderson, please be good… Cowen, please don’t screw up… Spezza, please be useful.

  • Sensnation

    Nice that we’re getting McElhinney tonight. This is a huge game for us, can’t afford to have a slow start or anyone coasting!

    Wondering how much longer they’ll keep DaCosta up here, he just loses value every day he sits on that 4th line. Hopefully he’s just a placeholder for the upcoming trade, as it sounds like Stone may be out for a bit.

    Our D looks like the test case for life post-Phillips, should be interesting!

    • FistsofNeil25

      They’re definitely just rewarding him with a few NHL paychecks for his strong play in Bingo. He’s likely never going to be an NHL caliber player full time. Some bottom feeder might give him a shot as a 2C some day but he’s just too weak for the NHL.

      The skill is there but the size and strength isn’t. He’ll also never pass the likes of Spezza, Turris, ZBad, Smith, and Pageau on our depth chart.

      • Sensnation

        I think he’d be playing in the NHL if he were in Buffalo (TM?) or any other spot short at C. He’s definitely worth a fair shot as a 2 or 3 C on another team. I’ve always liked that BM rewards guys throughout the organization even if it’s just a temporary payday, he just seems to be messing up the lines more than contributing anything.

        Agree though, those 5 are well ahead of him and Lazar still on the way after that!

        • Senatollah

          Feel bad for him, clearly he has the hustle, the hands and the speed but just too light on his skates. If he could stick to the ice like Jessie Winchester did (does in Florida) he could fight for the 2C/3C role, but until then looks like AHL lifer

          • Sensnation

            Yup, he definitely needs to add mass, but he’s still reasonably young and as you said he has the other skills. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when/if a team gives him a full season on their NHL roster.

          • A-Train

            Feel like the team is wasting a lot of time, effort and development opportunity on DaCosta.

            They picked this guy up for nothing. It was a good shot in the dark, but enough already. When I watch him play I just can’t see an NHL forward in there. End the experiment.

          • Deadly

            Thankfully the Sens treat their players better than that. If they didn’t they would never sign these University players as free agents.In any business it is a good idea to treat staff well as the future depends on it.
            Imagine talking to a prospect..well we would like to experiment with you and sign you for a couple….no wait please listen

          • CUP 2014-15

            As a VP of a company, my outlook and instruction to HR has always been and always will be to send out ambassadors of our company when you need to let someone go. They need to feel as though we did everything possible to make them successful and provide them with as much help as possible in finding a new position.
            Make no mistake that BM did the right thing with Fisher as well as Kelly. That is the sort of stuff that allows free agents to understand they are NOT just another number. Now get SDC the hell out of here already.LOL

          • Deadly

            Agreed,but in defence of SDC I think his role on the BSens has helped the development of some of our more skilled players.

          • CUP 2014-15

            No question he’s been outstanding down there. There is no doubting he does not belong in the middle on this team, hell, I would prefer Grant or JGP if need be, but like I stated above, he needs to know the organization gave him a chance. I don’t know how much of a chance it is when you consider who he plays with. I hope he has a couple of good games and gets some interest from another team.

          • Hax

            Great take and I wish people in general understood this concept better. Murray doesn’t have money to burn and never will. So he has to go even further in other areas. Though I tend to think he’d be the type of guy to act the way he does even if he had an unlimited budget.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Agreed Hax, He’s a class act

          • Sensnation

            ATrain, DaCosta’s main priority in the scheme of the Ottawa Senators is to help bring along Stone, Puempel and other wingers while they are in the AHL, and then hopefully one of these years return some value in a trade. He’s not useless just because he won’t fit our top 6.

      • Deadly

        Wow,are you saying Melnyk is paying more money just to be nice?

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Ceci was told that he’s staying in Ottawa for the rest of the season. That must mean someone will get traded or waived since the Sens are carrying 6! I am guessing a package of Weircioch + for a T6 F.

    • Sensnation

      He can finally get his own place. Great for the kid, it’s well deserved!

      What do u mean Sens are carrying 6?

      • Alcatraz

        Why get his own place when he can crash in his parents basement forever

        • Sensnation

          His parents seem cool and all, but we all know why as men we want our own places as adults!

        • spezzerman

          because as we all know, NO ONE from Oréans wants to make the 1.5 hour drive to CTC. ;)

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Ceci-Weircioch pairing is the one to watch tonight. Ceci has been informed he is with the big club to stay. Wonder how he performs tonight! I will be class cheering the boys on. Tuesday night classes arent fun! But I tend to find myself watching the game instead of listening..

    • sprucesens

      …. Phillips being traded…..???? something definitely coming. not likely Phillips unless he wants a shot at a cup

      • Hax

        Uh, no.

  • matsoukas45

    Great day tsn won the rights for the sens meaning alot more money for the sens about 30 million a year,but the sens will never tell you how much cause then all the fans will say if you get that much money how can you still be losing money,but next year it will be the same old story we are losing money thats why we are still a budget team.

    • Sensnation

      Did we go through this once before and you felt they hid money on you?
      At least let some of that money come in before claiming foul. This is by far the best financial situation this team has ever been in … starting next year.

      Melnyk saved this team, he is the reason you have something to cheer for!

      • matsoukas45

        If you just listen to what comes out of there mouth they said they lose 10 million dollars a year we can agree on that.Well the new national tv deal is worth 12 million per team maybe more for the canadian teams fact,second naming rights for the arena about 1 million a year and now the regional rights deal for the sens if tsn paid 68 million a year for the montreal canadians tv and radio rights then lets say that they gave ottawa 30 million a year which is half what they give montreal which is probably fair.if you add that all up its 43 million dollars minus 10 million in loses they should be up about 33 million so lets not hear anymore talk from the sens that they are losing money or can we agree something smells fishy.

        • Kohlmanator

          Are you assuming the previous national TV deal and the current regional deal were happening for free? If the new deals are not much more than the previous, then it’s still a 10M hole.

          • matsoukas45

            No you are right but what is a fact was they were getting 3 million a year from the old national tv deal now they will be getting a least 12 million a year but canadians teams could get 16 million a year so just alone on that they are up 13 million just on that deal so loses 10 million just with that new national tv deal if you subtract 10 million from the tv deal they are up 3 million no more loses thats not taken in the naming rights for the building and regional tv and radio rights do lets put to rest the sens are losing money anymore.

          • Senatollah

            but you are not taking into account that the Sens Arena company is raising the ice time cost to the Senators Team Company by more than $40m. this will ensure the Senators Team Company will continue to lose $10m a season until the City starts to appreciate the team with support and money

          • matsoukas45

            Be more specific if you can i don`t understand anything you wrote.
            .

          • Senatollah

            (will try to make it clear without being offensive, having a business background makes it easier to understand) The sens owner (EM) bought a hockey team (that is one company) and a hockey arena (another company). Money goes back and forth between the two. There are certain tax regulations to limit what can be counted for what, such as the ‘mortgage’ on the arena must be within a specific % of the market rate (where you can take money out of the business easily). The Hockey Team must pay “rent” to the arena company to play there. As the arena hosts other events it generates its own revenue. Arena sponsorship (naming, internal signage) goes to the Arena Company. This is different than the hockey team. I was tongue in cheek above about the $40m transfer but more to support the ‘sens are broke’ the sky is falling we keep hearing. If the Sens Team Company lose $10m but the stadium makes $20-25m is the team ‘broke’ and unable to add the players they need?

          • Senatollah

            Another example could be the score board. Does the Sens Team pay for it as it improves “their” ingame experience (and helps them to demonstrate losing money?) or does it get expensed from the arena. There is no right or wrong answer, you can thank lots of the confusion on the NBA sharing arenas with hockey teams which make counting revenue and expenses murky as all hell. Hope that is somewhat more simple. Doesnt include CapitalTickets as another company but its similar in its separation from the team and arena

          • matsoukas45

            Thanks so really its just a numbers game really we will probably never know whats going on financially.

          • Deadly

            It is not a public company..so the numbers are private.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Very well put. I kind of laughed when they went on about all the money spent to upgrade the arena and the cost of the scoreboard. Would not be surprised if 90% of those costs somehow got lumped on the team and when you consider the arena gets used more then 100 nights a year why should they be going on about these costs for a tenant that is less then 50% of your usage, Oh s#!t, screw it, Lets just watch this team go on a magical run and put all this silliness aside. GSG

          • Jonny

            Dont we have a huge debt to pay? Until Melnyk can pay that off (probably 10 years), The Sens will continue to lose money. Also, EM’s other failing ventures gobbled up whatever the Sens Team and Arena probably make.

          • Senatollah

            that requires a yes and no response. You never have to pay it off as long as you can manage it. It is no different from most countries like Canada that have massive debt. As long as we can pay off the interest (its a lot on $600B) then no worries. From an operating perspective its the cost of doing business. the question is always who is paying what (i.e. the team or the arena).

        • Sensnation

          You understand the deal doesn’t start paying real money until next year right? The sens financial future looks great, but until all those revenue streams start paying out they are still losing money. Nice that you want to jump ahead a year or two, unfortunately they can’t do that on the books!

          • matsoukas45

            I agree with what you said but the sens are quick to say they are losing money but now they should come out and say after this deal kick in we are no longer losing money in lets say 2 years or in year 3

          • Sensnation

            They will let you know they are profitable when it happens, there are too many other revenue streams they are trying to get parts of, that claiming rich 2 years early wouldn’t help. The new CBA has some really interesting rules on revenue sharing that Melnyk is obviously positioning himself for, I’ve been reading through it a bit here and there. But again none of this money will be real until this coming summer at the earliest. Wouldn’t expect a team to say they are profitable 2 years early because the Canadian dollar could dive and that all goes away.

        • Jayme Reid

          The National deal as i understand it each Canadian team will get $15-17 million per year then we have the new regional deal lets say its $10 million a year plus the naming rights $1 million the team will have around $28 million from those 3 things.

        • SENSible Voice

          I don’t care about creative accounting practices, all I know is that Melnyk is making alot of money with the Sens which he paid ridiculously cheap (including the building). Private company or not, you better be straightforward with the fans if you are asking them to support you financially. You can’t be giving out numbers only when they are bad, especially when the numbers don’t add up.

          Fans feel they are investing in the team by supporting them. If the owner is not putting a fair amount back into the team to improve the product, then we have every right to ask questions. If he wants to be arrogant and claim he doesn’t need to answer to his “shareholders” (ie: the fans) then we should stop supporting his fat wallet.

          • Jayme Reid

            I think some fans read to much into some things.

    • Deadly

      From a business stand point it is none of our business.

      • SENSible Voice

        As a fan who invests in the team in every possible way, including financially by buying tickets and merchandise, I have the right to know if I’m being misled.

        I’m being sold a chance of winning the Stanley Cup. I’ll spend my dollars elsewhere if I know I’m not really being sold the best product on the ice.

  • Lorenzo72

    Just look Guys. PW-CC pairing will be a miracle.

    • SENSible Voice

      PW-CC pairing will be Miracle Whip. <<<< fixed it for ya.

  • sben

    that greening spezza michalek line was together for a long time. Have some previous chemistry. Wish that stone was uinjured. Could be inserted on the 2nd or third line and improve them. Imagine spezza with michalek and stone. So much offensive talent but no defense skills.

  • FistsofNeil25

    The Sens can’t afford to lose this game tonight. I’m sure they’re feeling the pressure as much as the fans are right now. A loss to Columbus puts us even further out of the playoff picture and with Detroit @ Philly, Carolina @ Montreal, Tampa @ Toronto, and New Jersey and Washington also in action tonight, there will be plenty of points handed out to other teams that we’re in the race against.

    Losing is one thing, but losing to a team so close to the standings to us would be devastating. Just like the losses to Montreal, NYR, Tampa and Carolina were. There have been too many missed opportunities in the last two weeks. The boys can’t let this one get away from them tonight.

    • SENSsmile

      “Tonight’s the night… it’s gonna be all right.”

      Rod Stewart

  • FBP

    I’m excited to watch our games on TSN next year. The production to me seems a step above the Sportsnet games. Wonder if Duthie will be involved regularly being an Ottawa boy and having signed on long term with TSN?

    • Sensnation

      Really hope so, Duthie keeps the rest of the panel in line and love his little jabs here and there!

      • Jonny

        Duthie is the best in the Biz as a host, hope he gets to analyze ouor games with the panel even more now!

    • Kohlmanator

      They spent X amount of money on the HNIC theme song, they have to use it somehow…

  • spezzerman

    the TSN regional jets broadcasts arent that great. This is only good if their A guys are regulars, which I imagine they will be since they wont have anything else to do.

    • Hannibal

      I can live with TSN coverage so long as they do not recruit anybody from Hockey Night In Canada—yes that includes Dean Brown and Gary Galley!

      • sben

        Dean brown and gary galley are both fine announcers. Denis potvin, bob cole and several other ones are worth hating but dean and gary are both pretty good in comparison

        • Hannibal

          Dean Brown can get annoying sometimes with his errors and bland sarcasm but he is tolerable, its Galley who has been bit by the CBC bug

          • Hax

            I can understand if people don’t like Dean Brown’s sense of humor or homerism, but I think he’s generally pretty accurate.

          • Hannibal

            Sporadic accuracy is more appropriate. Watch this evening’s game and count the number of errors.

          • sben

            I don’t notice that many errors. I find potvin is ten times worse than all the bad things from galley and brown combined. Potvin can never say anything insiteful or relevant. He is stupid and I don’t think he spends any time actually researching hockey s and just assumes that basic knowledge of hockey can get by when announcing.

          • Hax

            Potvin seems more senile than anything else. Sometimes I actually like his insight as a former player and (more rare) sometimes I like his sense of humor. But most nights he just leaves me shaking my head.

            There’s a twitter account called “Shit Potvin Says” that’s a great follow.

          • sben

            agree completely. Potvin may have experience as a player and occasionally he can piece together a sentence which relays insiteful or interesting to the listeners but it is really very rare. Now following SPS.

          • Hannibal

            With all due respect Potvins’ delivery is wry, monotone and at times we have to go to tape delay to catch the hidden intentions in his humour but Potvin is a local product, superlative as to what he did on the ice (won cups) and was only shadowed by Bobby Orr in that generation. So soak up his hockey knowledge, he merits respect!

          • Jonny

            He was a good player no doubt…best in the biz but it doesnt mean anything when it comes to calling games, he is downright attrocious. He says things on air that are so awkward and his partner doesnt talk for like 10 seconds after, it like, awkward silence, then a little Potvin laugh. He’s got to be one of the worst play by play guys around.

          • Hannibal

            It is quite challenging at times. Aloofness is his entitlement but he could hone his communication skills granted that. I have a suggestion, we will inform Rogers/TSN to replace him with Glen Healy.

          • SENSible Voice

            I still don’t know if you’re being serious about Healy. I sure hope the humour got lost in the translation cause I don’t think there is any commentator I hate more than that arrogant SOB.

          • Hannibal

            I used to listen to Potvin during the Panthers broadcast and his commentary was much to be desired, but we have to take into consideration the market he was addressing. Ottawa is a passionate and hockey knowledgeable market he should elevate his commentary commensurate to the market base. Having said that we have to differentiate between analyst and colour commentary. His colour commentary is bland so take it for what it is, either an asinine bombastic anti Ottawa Healey or a dry unprepared pro Ottawa guy like Potvin. Between the two I choose Potvin hands down. If you select neither take it up with Sportnet.

          • sben

            so true. lol

          • sben

            with all due respect to potvin I don’t give a crap about what he did on the ice when it comes to announcing. If you want to be an announcer (especially a color announcer) you have to spend at the very least 1- 3 hours researching the teams their players and any interesting facts about an upcoming game. You cannot rely on basic information about the game you have to know the teams playing a game inside and out and if you don’t you should not be at the announcers table never mind color commentate. Also the game is very different now and when he played. The last season he played was more than 20 years ago. Paul maclean is more recent than him. He was definitely a good player when he played but his knowledge is not as elevant nowadays and he has clearly not educated himself to the “announcer” level so he shouldn’t be announcing.

          • Hannibal

            Cannot disagree with every point made because as long as one’s opinion is articulated clearly it has to be respected. My suggestion is we replace him with Glen Healey. Enjoy those broadcasts!

          • sben

            It is hard to tell if someone is sarcastic on comment sections so I will assume you are being sarcastic right here.

          • Hax

            To be clear are you talking about “Smith .. make that MacArthur .. takes the puck” (which I can recall happening occasionally) or complete Bob Cole style errors where he’s oblivious to the actual players?

        • Jonny

          I cringe everytime Potvin opens his mouth to talk or try to explain something.

      • spezzerman

        Well, Elliott Friedman is the best in the business IMO.

        • Hax

          Agreed but never seen him actually calling a game. He’s always in studio.

          • spezzerman

            Oh I see – I was thinking we were talking about coverage at large not just the colour and play by play

        • Hannibal

          Yes he is very good at what he does, I was just assessing the play by play team.

        • sben

          I don’t understand what all the big hype about him is. HE just says some interesting tidbits and gives his opinion on things which we could all do.

          • spezzerman

            have you actually read these comment boards? Its excruciating.

          • sben

            I would say about 3 out of ten people on this comment section have tolerable views and I’m sure that if people were paid to actually research hockey they would understand what they are talking about and not just talk about things that they are ignorant about. If I spent my whole day researching hockey I could be a commentator with most of what friedman has to offer to the table.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I understand how some can find him annoying. I am not one, as some who don’t like him have said, just listen to him. He does sound like he has gone for some wings and ales with boo boo before the game sometimes, but he knows what he’s talking about. At some point early in the first tonight he will pinpoint a couple of players that are really on their game and man he’s right 100% of the time. He sees the game like the hall of famer he is.

        • Sandy

          He and Garry Galley are the best CBC has to offer. Actually they are the only 2 that are decent. the rest are crap… including Tranna fan.. Cherry.

          • spezzerman

            at least its free

  • Cicero

    Another projected playoff threshold for remaining games is 16-8-6 — this based on the Sens’ trend of about 20% OT losses.

    Winning just over half with only 8 reg. losses out of 30 games. This is quite do-able!

  • Hax

    Odd that they’d pair Wiercioch with Ceci. Would have expected Methot to play with Ceci and Wiercioch to play with Gryba if Phillips wasn’t playing.

    • Deadly

      Thought Gryba and Methot played well during their last run of good play.

      • Hax

        Agree – but just thinking that Wiercioch and Ceci are both “PMDs” while Methot and Gryba are more stay-at-home type guys. Usually PMac likes to have mixed pairs.

        • Deadly

          Maybe he is looking at playing a more defensive pairing against Hortons line. Away game I know but he might try to do this.

      • CUP 2014-15

        They also played very well together last year. Funny how everyone thinks last year was Karl and MM.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Interesting line-up. Like all lines, will even look better with Stone and a top 6 through trade. D pairings might change during the game, CC and PW will be exciting yet dangerous in both ends. Here’s hoping they can posses the puck all night, I doubt we will see them on the ice for a D Zone faceoff unless it’s on an icing. Love their combined talent but CBJ are a big physical team. Should things get a bit out of control for that young pairing we will simply see MM switch with PW.
    Still not sure why SDC is here if not to be moved in a deal. I keep waiting to get a look at Prince et al. and it’s obvious that Smith is a far better Centre. Enough on the line-up. Let’s see that hard 2man forecheck all night long. This is a great night to win with so many other important east match ups. When we put these two points in the bank it will mean gaining on 3 teams ahead of us. T.B. V T.O., DET V PHI, CAR V MTL. Don’t care who wins those three just make them 2pt games. Need Andy to keep us in it early and let the lads get rolling. GO SENS GO

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      I went to highschool with Shane Prince, Great guy, amazing athlete and I cant wait to see him with the Sens. On another hand I hope TB beats TO philly beats detroit and carolina beats MTL

    • Zelle

      Smith is a good Center, but last game DaCosta won 75% of his faceoffs to Smith’s 45%, that’s pretty impressive.

  • Millennium

    Is there a timetable on Stone’s injury? Early reports were not good, but I never heard anything more. What even was the injury?

    • CUP 2014-15

      It’s been changed from wrist to shoulder. He was shooting some pucks in practice yesterday so that’s a good thing. They are hoping to have him back before the break and that’s all I’ve got.

  • sben
    • Sicilian

      Man, Lazar is looking good too. Didn’t realize he was leading the Oil Kings. Thanks for this

    • Sandy

      How many of them will be in the AHL next season? Some of them have been on the college list for quite a while..

      • sben

        solution: half of them are busts.

        • Sandy

          We don’t know that yet..

  • Hax

    So is the consensus that Phillips is actually a scratch but MacLean is using the “bo-bo” excuse to protect him?

    • CUP 2014-15

      His foot is still bothering him, never totally healed from last time he was out.

    • FistsofNeil25

      As much as I wish he would, I think Maclean has too much respect for Phillips to ever scratch him.

      • SensChirp

        But if he was ever going to, this is how he would do it.

        • FistsofNeil25

          I know… but the fact that he didn’t practice leads me to believe that he is banged up.

          I think Phillips would understand if Maclean were to scratch him in order to give him some rest and allow one of our young guys (Gryba/Wiercioch) to get some more playing time. He’s just that good of a teammate and has always been a good foot soldier for the team.

          Phillips has so much mileage on him that eventually he was bound to slow down. He’s missed very few games in his career and for the majority of it, he was heavily leaned upon to go up against the oppositions best. It was only a matter of time before he started to show signs of slowing down.

          • SensChirp

            Also, the thing about a guy like Phillips at this stage in his career, is he’s always dealing with some sort of injury. He’ll play through it most of the time but it’s easy for the Coach and training staff to say “Take a few extra days off”.

          • Hax

            Hopefully this leads to Phillips staying on as a 6/7 guy next year. Given our depth chart that’s really the only spot for him next season unless we make a bunch of moves AND he improves as well.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Borowiecki has that one-way contract next season. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the 6/7 spot over Phillips. Boro can also add some legitimate toughness to the team. I really liked the way he played in his stint in the NHL earlier this season. Unfortunately for him we just have too many other D of his style ahead of him right now (Methot, Cowen, Gryba, Phillips) and our greater need was puck moving which was addressed by Ceci

            I think Borowiecki has the potential to be a solid pro here. I hope he gets the chance.

          • Sensnation

            Personally I think this team has room for 1 of Gryba or Boro full time. They fill the same role and so far I like what I see from Gryba more. Boro’s class act all the way though and if the org decided to let him stay up all year next year, I wouldn’t fault them. It’s great fans of this team are so supportive of him!

          • Hax

            Fair point for sure. And I’d be mildly surprised if they shipped out Wiercioch since he’s Turris’ BFF and Turris is practically our MVP.

          • Sensnation

            Agreed. I can’t pin BM and where he is on PW. Some days it seems like he wants him long term and sees him as a top 4 with Karlsson, Ceci and Cowen, and other days it’s like he’s showing him for a trade. PW has skill for sure, if he was a bit more physical I think he’d be a mainstay despite his defensive deficiencies.

            Having Boro and Claesson in the wings though, definitely lots of options, can almost let the other teams decide who gets traded based on return value.

          • Hax

            I’m anticipating a move before the start of next season to clear out some of the clutter. Karlsson, Ceci and Gryba are the only righties so maybe they’re kept?

            Cowen-Karlsson
            Methot-Ceci
            Borowiecki-Gryba
            Phillips

          • boom

            Agreed, so who do they trade?

            (all lefties)
            Phillips
            Methot
            Wiercioch
            Cowen

            I can live with Karlsson, Ceci, and Gryba as 1,2, and 3 on the right side…

          • Hax

            The more I go over it I think I’d try to move Borowiecki (even though I like him a lot). Leaving Cowen, Methot and Wiercioch on the left side and Phillips as 7th D next year. Claesson keeps working in the minors for now.

          • sben

            COWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWENCOWEN

          • Sensnation

            I think Phillips next year in the Corvo role from this year, as you’d said 6/7, would still be beneficial for the young guys.

          • sben

            don’t think he will be improving at this stage in his career unless he works really really really hard.

        • Sensnation

          On team 1200 today Maclean was still very supportive of Phillips and the game and role he’s played on the team this year. I know the coach is too classy to hang a vet out to dry for no reason, but he genuinely sounded happy with how Phillips has mentored Ceci this year. At the end of the day this is a big mentorship season for this organization!

        • SENSible Voice

          Glad people are finally realizing how bad Philips has degressed this year. However, I don’t understand the love you guys have for Gryba. He’s often worst than Cowen. If BM moves a D or two, I would think it would be Gryba and Wiercioch. That said, if BM pulls another major trade, Cowen could very well be included in the package.

  • illdistrict

    why is Mike Hoffman not playing?

    • FBP

      Is he scratched for an upcoming Bingo game?

  • Jonny

    Great, McElhinney, this should be an easy win!
    We finally get to see what our D-line holds for the future, without Phillips. Hopefully they show they can hang in there tonight!

    Sens win 4-3 and PW46 gets the GW!

    • my2sens

      No win is easy as has been proven. And an easy win by your book is 4-3?

  • NickofTime

    Anythin that sheds a light on mental health is a good thing & wouldmn’t it be great if every level of government actually put some money towards it.

    Still waiting for SDC to be sent back to Bingo & be replac ed by Grant. The good news is that Phillips is scratched for tonight’s game, I’ve been calling for Phillips & Corvo to be out of the lineup at the same time since the beginning of the season. Now it allows us to see what this young defence can do. I wish PM would reunite Methot with Karlsson, Cowen with Ceci & Wiercioch with Gryba would be my pairings.

    Still waiting for BM to make a deal, the longer this goes on the less likely a deal will happen. I’m still pushing for a Phillips, Conacher & Condra trade for a forward. These two forwards are Ottawa’s weakest links, Stone can replace Condra but BM needs to bring in another goal scoring LWer to balance the sides.

  • sben

    cowen should be traded.

    • SENSible Voice

      While I agree trading Cowen should be a serious option, I think the best option should be to find a true top 4 dman. Such an acquisition would allow us to move Methot back with Karlsson and give Ceci a defensive partner that will allow him to support the offense furthermore. It would also move Cowen down to the 3rd pairing where the softer minutes will help him regain his confidence.

      • Cicero

        Well put. I also think that Cowen needs to work under Chris Schwarz over the summer on balance and core-to-skate power. He’s got a good eye and instinct, but his lanky body seems to betray him often.

    • Jayme Reid

      Only if you get a player back of equal value.

      • sben

        If you watch cowen play and note any playthat he does he is worth approximately a third rounder. He really is one of the worst players on the sens right now. He might get better in the future but he is an awful player right now and I don’t like him as a player. Get rid of him. He is a liability IMO.

        • Jayme Reid

          You can’t just look at how is playing now look at other factors such as his age/size and how he has played in the past you don’t trade him just for the sake of it you have to get return of value that would mean a top level prospect.

  • Rizzo

    Just a random thought, but I feel like PW46 gets no love. The guy has 15pts in 32 games and is +2 on a team with a lot of minus players…kid’s only 23.

    • Hax

      I would agree. I know when I slot everyone in I sort of end up without him sometimes. Too bad he didn’t shoot right (or Boro left) as I’d love to keep both.

      • Zelle

        Boro and Cowen should play split minutes with Karlsson.

        • Sensnation

          Boro 1st line D? In the NHL?

          • Zelle

            Yes I know you like Cowen and support him being first line D in the NHL and not Boro. Karlsson can carry pretty much anyone though.

        • sben

          We’d be the first team in the NHL to have 4 defense lines.

          Karlsson- boro
          Karlsson- Cowen
          Weircoch – ceci
          Gryba-methot

          That way we’ll be playing all 7 defensemen.

    • Sensnation

      I think he has a supporter in most sens fans, but in a year where our biggest problem is the defensive side of the puck, we understand why he doesn’t necessarily play more.

      • Rizzo

        Chris Phillips – 13pts in 49 games and -6. More icetime too. I think players want to play with the best players.

        • Sensnation

          Yes, but Phillips always brings a physical element on the defensive side, which this team needs. Not saying he’s perfect, but his veteran status buys him room too, rightfully.

          Wiercioch you can’t forget as well, has played very protected minutes. So yes the stats look better, but he’s also an OFD, so it’s expected.

          At the end of the day, if playing behind Phillips for 1 extra year makes Wiercioch even slightly better as a player, I am all for it.

          Short term pain, long term gain!

          • senskarlsson57

            Physical element? Phillips had trouble containing Nathan Gerbe along the boards during out last game…That’s right, the 5 5′ 178 pound guy.

            And how exactly will not playing make Weircioch a better player? lol

          • matsoukas45

            great point

          • Hax

            Phillips’ worst moment of his worst game this year.

      • boom

        I think it’s more accurate to say our problem has been getting the puck out of the defensive zone, and Phillips has, by far, the worst first pass on the team.

    • sprucesens

      i don’t think its no love, i think its that he might not have a place, if we are going for a puck mover-stay at home D on each pairing. With karlsson and ceci taking 1,2 spots. not much left for the 3rd pairing.

  • Conor_smythe

    Those defensive pairings look AMAAAAAZING!!!

    We should roll with this for the rest of the season :D

    • sben

      Cowen should not be with karlsson. In fact cowen should not be on the team. I would like boro with karl or phillips with karl than cowen.

      • Conor_smythe

        Cowen-Karlsson will become a powerhouse pairing in this league

        agree about boro, he should be our extra guy instead of corvo

  • Sandy

    Hoping the team comes to play tonight and get’s this ‘old lady’ a nice birthday present..
    Watched the Purple Hearts on TSN… brought tears to my eyes. These young women are outstanding people, teammates and friends to carry the love and memory of their friend through the years. What a tribute — takes a lot of courage to turn something so hurtful and tragic into something so positive. The same for the Richardson family… The pain they must feel everyday over this tragic loss and how they deal with it is truly remarkable and admirable..

    • iKarly65

      Happy Birthday, Sandy

      • Sandy

        Thank you… celebrating tonight.. or should I say drowning my sorrows.. When you get old… you don’t celebrate birthdays..

        • iKarly65

          why not, another birthday means another year you’ve made it! At any age, that’s a good thing.

        • sben

          Happy birthday! Don’t have that attitude. Celebrate the years you do have rather than worry about the years you don’t.

        • PraiseAlfie11

          Haha! Try to enjoy all the same. Happy Birthday!

        • sprucesens

          someone once asked a wise man what the secret to long life is. He responded “keep breathing as long as you can”

        • CUP 2014-15

          LOL, tough getting old but it beats the alternative. Happy Birthday Sandy

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Go Sens Go!! That is all. ;)

  • SENSible Voice

    Gotta scratch your head at those defensive pairings. Methot and Gryba should be paired with PMD. The only way I can make sense of PM’s thought process is that he must believe that Ceci is better defensively than Gryba so he’s the best choice to put along Wiercioch. Since both are young, he will shield them by assigning them to the 3rd pairing? That’s what I conclude from those pairings.

    • spezzerman

      I think you can make a pretty strong argument that Ceci has been our 2nd best dman in the last 10 games so putting him with Weir who is in and out makes sense. Its gotta be the surprise of the season that Ceci has accomplished that.

      • sprucesens

        for me the only surprise is that he is still on the team. I knew he would be as good as he has been. He looked just as dominant as a 67. It’ll be nice once he starts finding the net more often like he did in junior. I say its a surprise, becuase i didn’t think they would bring him up, with all the D we have

  • Joshua Delorme

    I like this Greening/Spezza/Michalek line … These guys have played well together in the past.

    • sben

      Maclean said during the pregame interview that the lines today will try to spark some “old magic”

  • Tim

    Lawson back for the BSENS! Time to start think bout that Division crown! I know a few people talked abt Grant getting called up. He has an abdominal pull, but should be good to go for this weekend…

    • CUP 2014-15

      Thanks Tim, any thoughts on Cory Cowick ?

      • Tim

        Cowick has come a very long way. He is tremendous in the community. He really deserves a shot and has paid his dues down here. He has stated to people I know that is he wasn’t given a shot he was moving on after this year.

        • sprucesens

          yeah, would make sense for him. Seems very low down on the depth chart

        • CUP 2014-15

          Thanks Tim, hope he gets a shot. This cities fan bass loves this guy. Good to hear he has come along, he was a very good junior here and is one tough guy, would like to see him for a couple on the fourth line. My over under on a fight would be 1.5 shifts.

  • Aaron 2.0

    It feels like forever since our last game! I’m excited to see how the team responds tonight. I guess the conversation here is mostly about the lineup. Here’s my 2 cents (feel free to shred if you feel differently; discussion is the fun part). I love our D pairs! I’m really excited to see Weircioch & Ceci. I think they’ll have a great game. I’m not as thrilled about the forward combinations though. Spezza and Michalek have both lost a stride in their game from 2 years ago, likely due to the injuries. Greening is probably the most useless player on the team. I don’t see that line being successful at scoring or preventing goals. I think Spezza would be better off with Condra. On the flip side Zibanejad is already a possession wizard. Giving him Condra seems a little redundant. I know the coach is trying to balance things out here, but now both lines don’t look all that great to me. Regardless, I’m hoping everyone on the team realizes the importance of these games leading into the Olypmics, and are prepared to battle tonight!

  • Cicero

    Tonight’s Top 3 Stars in the Sens’ 4-1 victory over Columbus:

    1: Clarke MacArthur (1G, 1A)
    2. Craig Anderson (23-24 .958 SV%)
    3. Jared Cowen (:P)

  • Mr Hockey

    It might have been mentioned already but can someone explain to me what the difference between regional and local rights are for broadcasting nhl games is? Does TSN get to broadcast any Sens game to the Ottawa area? If that’s the case what does Sportsnet get?

    • spartacus

      I am also wondering what the TSN deal means for Sens fans on the west coast. Are we able to watch on TV or is it going to be like Sportsnet East (regional restrictions) which we don’t receive?

      • A-Train

        In the current agreement ending at the end of this season, the NHL’s national broadcasting rights are split between CBC, TSN and Sportsnet. So you get HNIC and most playoff games on CBC plus some weekday games broadcast nationally by the two others.

        The new deal struck late last year by Rogers is very different in that they own the rights to ALL nationally broadcast games for the next dozen years. Exactly what this will look like hasn’t been formally determined yet, but it sounds like Saturday, Sunday and at least two days during the week will feature nationally broadcast hockey on Rogers’ various television and cable platforms — Sportsnet, City TV and a side deal with CBC for Saturday night (though Rogers will retain editorial control). Rogers has touted that there will be “no blackouts” in its national coverage though what this means isn’t clear — if they are doing a Sens/Lightning game and a Leafs/Habs game, will Sens fans in Toronto have the option of watching the Ottawa game on a television platform now? Unclear still.

        But teams also control their own local rights — the right to broadcast games on radio and television to their own regional audiences. This is where blackouts come in as the teams jockey to preserve the value of those packages. With the Senators local rights now going to TSN I don’t really see the blackout situation changing. We will have to see. But as television, cable and the Internet become less distinguishable the concept of blackouts is starting to seem a little old-school.

        • spartacus

          Thank you for your insights. I also think blackouts should be a thing of the past. I love my Senators. Da Csota just scored.

  • sben

    #BellLetsTalk (‘f only it worked on disqus.

  • sprucesens

    huh, sportsnet panel just said in the summer it was macArthur or mason raymond. Anyone else ever hear that? i never thought we were even considering him…

  • Cicero

    http://www.nutjob.eu/njtvx33.html is streaming well at a higher resolution than normal

  • Aaron 2.0

    Looks like we’re loading up top 2 lines. I like that a lot better then the earlier lines reported today.

  • CUP 2014-15

    WOO HOO for SDC

  • QSenFan

    Happy for the kid!

  • bluebuyyoo

    There’s the MM9 we have been waiting for.

    • Aaron 2.0

      If #9 keeps moving like that, we could be looking at a very good line w/ Zibanejad on Spezza’s wing.

      • sprucesens

        thats the problem though, thats basically only a handfull of times we’ve seen him move fast like that this year. A couple times up the center on a breakaway, and maybe twice on the outside. Maybe he’s finally starting to have confidence in his knee again, and is willing to push it again…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    A half-way-through-the-first-period-report without Chris Phillips: so far so good.

  • Aaron 2.0

    I think Gryba’s ability to make the first pass out of the zone is probably under-rated. Nothing crazy. But, he seems to find the open stick more time than not. Great start tonight. CBJ haven’t shown up yet tonight. Keep the pressure on them boys!

    • sben

      now that I think about he does always seem to make that move to get away from the offenseman and get the puck to a player that is pat the blueline.

      • Sensnation

        That’s the system, they all do that. Funny how Gryba gets praised for it, others get ignored or maligned for it.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Kyle Turris is so fjhkrjbvirenfer good

  • Aaron 2.0

    How nice of Greening, teaching all the kids out there what not to do. Lol – Potvin.

  • Cicero

    Okay commercial break. Time to resume normal breathing. Great pace to this game!

  • Cicero

    CTC should have a ballista if Columbus has a cannon….

  • Tim

    Nice SDC! Well deserved

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Andy was pretty good in the first period.

    • Cicero

      He’s a kracken!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Good 1st period. The 2nd penalty was BS, I thought. But, it results from the D running around near the end of the 1st penalty. Lets kill it, and get some puck possession back!

  • Cicero

    after-20 random thought….The void left by Alfie’s departure has been filled more than fully by a number of players. Alfie used to carry the burden of re-energizing the team during a lull, and today we have so many players that can ignite the team.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Turris’ line has been running a clinic all period long. Spezza line also had some good looks.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Great team speed tonight. Big difference.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I understand the need to play all the guys so everyone’s rested but if I’m Mac I’m leaning heavy on these two lines the rest of the game.

        It’s coming down to crunch time and these two lines are playing well. Deploy them as much as we can. Maclean needs to start getting a little desperate.

  • Cicero

    9-19-93. Even my numerologist likes it.

  • Deadly

    Started strong,backed off…holding on.
    First period summery.
    Need a better second.

  • Sensnation

    Cowen is playing great! 2 straight amazing shifts in a row, hope people noticed!

    • Cicero

      OH YEAH.

  • CUP 2014-15

    SDC SDC SDC

  • SensFanInMTL

    Da Costa one away from hatty? HOLY FARK.

    • Sensnation

      Talk about raising your value! Is he Spezza’s new winger?

  • Sensnation

    Nice goal! Woohoo!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Nice Goal by Da Costa! A guy that small, with both of his goals tonight right in front of the net. Love it. No clue why Spezza hadn’t started moving back, but it worked there!

    • Aaron 2.0

      BTW, good pass by Spezza. Finding the stick with that traffic – Not easy.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Yeah he’s great at delivering those. As much as they become turnovers, most of the time no one touches it except for the teammate he’s passing it to.

  • A-Train

    If DaCosta scores 4 tonight, think he will stroke his baguette?

    • Deadly

      I think you inspired him today.

      • A-Train

        I know! Ripped him HARD on an earlier thread. I’ll be happy if he proves me wrong though.

  • luckan20

    Much needed 2nd goal. We need to make sure that puck doesn’t stay too long in our zone.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Quite a few of the right teams are losing so far tonight. Go Sens!

  • QSenFan

    Weak coverage by EK

    • FistsofNeil25

      Not much Karlsson could have done on that goal. Cowen was in no man’s land on that play. Got caught way too high. Other than that goal Cowen has had a pretty solid performance tonight.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Lazar has officially surpassed his assists total from last year’s season and draft year. Puempel 2nd in goals behind Hoffman.

    • Terry

      I am really excited for Lazar!!

    • sprucesens

      those are my next 2 callups. Hoffman and Puempel. Don’t think hoffman has a future with the team though, given they never really give him much of a shot in the top 6. Likely stay’s in the AHL or is packaged in a trade.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Karlsson is too sick.

  • Terry

    How’s the team looking?

  • Aaron 2.0

    What was Ryan thinking? MacArthur just saved his a** big-time!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Always a bullshit call. Hooking and diving. It’s either a hook or a dive.

    So, Zib axled into the boards on his own?

    • Millennium

      Technically the call is Embellishment, not diving. That implies he made it look worse than it was, but that there was still an infraction by the other guy.

      Bullshit call though.

      • sprucesens

        is that what they called it? i thought maybe it was an icing or something. weird. seems like we haven’t played zib much tonight anyways…

  • Deadly

    Quite a call on Zbad.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I’m surprised to say it, but Jared Cowen has played well tonight defensively. A lot of good pass breakups, and for the most part his passes have been to sticks of guys on our team.

    And I understand Mac is impressed with the way Smithy’s line’s been playing and so am I. But good grief they’re not going to score. Turris’ line and Spezza’s line needs to play more than Smithy’s. Like c’mon.

    • sprucesens

      agree, i actually noticed cowen playing very well tonight. Properly playing the 2 on 1 by taking the pass, playing simple hockey. A few more rough hits, and thats exactly the game he needs to play consistently. Hope he keeps it up.

      Smith’s line has been playing well. could almost see it on the first shift, when smith came out skating hard. Thats what they are paid to do, and need to do every game. keep it coming.

    • A-Train

      You’ve put your finger on a very annoying trait of P-Mac’s style.

      He’s a good coach, and I credit him with helping get the most out of Erik Karlsson. But managing elite talent is a very subtle art. Don’t think guys like Ryan and Zibanejad flourish under this kind of an approach.

  • NickofTime

    Pass the crow Chirp, I can’t believe SDC scored … let alone twice. Still would prefer the bigger Grant though, this might keep SDC around for another game, then again maybe not, who knows?
    Anyone miss Phillips? Didn’t think so. Nice to see Anderson giving Ottawa some decent goaltending for a change, now let’s see these guys close this one out in the third something they have had trouble doing all yr.

  • QSenFan

    Ok enough with these bs calls!!!

  • luckan20

    It was pure offsetting call. Bloody rubbish.

  • QSenFan

    Bloody hell man

  • LeafsSux

    Typical…

  • Aaron 2.0

    Coverage has been very poor on the PP tonight. Come on boys, don’t let this slip away. We need 2 points, preferably in regulation.

  • karlssens

    WHERE IS THE INTENSITY

    • Aaron 2.0

      The team’s tendency to shut down in the 3rd is really bad. In fairness though, a lot of those calls that shifted momentum were suspect. But, the team needs to find a way to deal with these. This team played last night, and has a back-up in net. They need to find their killer instinct other wise this will keep happening…

  • bluebuyyoo

    You don’t see hits like Methot’s too often. I guess the refs got caught off guard and found another bullshit play to penalize.

  • Millennium

    2 dumb penalties by Smith tonight.

  • karlssens

    Smith again?? Good god

  • H POTTER

    While hoping we do kill this P, we need to win in reg! Off note, anybody missing CP4? Lol

  • H POTTER

    Man if the refs hadn’t call this….@?$#;!

  • Cicero

    Surprised Walsh didn’t call embellishment too….

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Karl’s too slick

  • Cicero

    LETS GO SENS GET THE REG WIN HERE

  • Aaron 2.0

    Okay boys, lets get it back!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Spezzzzz with the winner

    • bluebuyyoo

      Yea baby!

    • Andrews theory

      Nice call!

    • Cicero

      Wow you have fast download speed….

      • CUP 2014-15

        Just spoke to a buddy named Jacques and thought our pal Jacques on here would appreciate the pick, LOL

  • Andrews theory

    What channel is this on?

    All I see is Leafs and Tampa
    Washington

  • Andrews theory

    Fuck just found it….

  • H POTTER

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    WO!

  • bluebuyyoo

    and the fucking whistles have disappeared

  • H POTTER

    Nice for Spezza. We really need Ryan to get back to scoring if we want any kind of longevity in playoffs

    • Andrews theory

      Ryan will be fine, he’s a bit steaky

    • karlssens

      He gets gassed after like 10 seconds on every shift haha.. Needs serious conditioning!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    How are the boys looking tonight? Just got home to watch the last 1:30. My professor took my laptop away so I couldnt catch the game haha!

    • sprucesens

      decent game. lots of momentum shifts. A few weak calls, and a few missed calls. Especially when gryba got the stick slashed out of his hands, and it almost hit the damn ref. Not sure how you miss that call

  • H POTTER

    All Ryan had to do to get going and he can’t skate…fakkkkk

    • sben

      end of the shift

  • QSenFan

    HUUUUUUUUGE 2 points!!!!

  • Andrews theory

    Ok open net shooting practice!

    • sprucesens

      i think they do practice it. its just led by condra

  • Sandy

    How many Sens players missed the open net there?

  • H POTTER

    The break is going to do him some good

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    LOL Cowen you big piece of shit

    • sben

      HOW DO YOU HIT THE POST ON A LITERALLY EMPTY NET!!!!!!!!!???

      • CUP 2014-15

        Did you have the over on the 5.5 LOL

      • Ruth-Crisp

        you have never played hockey have you? 5 players tonight hit the post, give it a try.

  • Cicero

    Gotta love the tenacity to hang in there and get that reg. win!! Played a VERY determined team coming off 2 losses after 8 straight wins. GG SENS!

    “Recrease The Anderson!!”

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Andy was real good.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Big two in reg. great road win and a good time for the Captain to score a 5-5 goal snapping a 24 game streak.

    • Millennium

      Spezza’s was on the PP

      • CUP 2014-15

        damn your right make it 25 games and counting. LOL

  • Sandy

    2 big points tonight.. Det lost

  • Aaron 2.0

    Not the most convincing win, but we’ll take it. Tough game upcoming against TB. This team still needs to find more consistency.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Leafs outshot 42 – 26, and win another one…

    • bluebuyyoo

      Yea. I guess they are back to winning the Cup again.

    • Sicilian

      Yah, their games are crazy. It’s happened a few times this year but when Bernier has an off game, they lose 7-1

  • karlssens

    I really hope we can get Mike Camelerri from Calgary. Small feisty sniper that could potentially play with Spezza and Condra? Would dramatically improve our team!

    • sben

      We’ll have to pay quite a bit to get him.

  • Andrews theory

    If Spezza is just hitting his stride that’s a major bonus heading down the stretch.

    This Spezza is not the one we were watching a month ago

  • SensChirp

    Again- Jason Spezza and Craig Anderson leading this team to a big two points. Key veterans stepping up when the team needs them most.

    • karlssens

      He got a few points, but his skating is terrible, his possession numbers are down, and he’s still a defensive liability. Needs to improve skating before I’m convinced

      • Andrews theory

        He always gets points, he’s pretty always been a point a game player…he looks a shit ton better than he did a month ago, that’s not debatable.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I don’t disagree with anything you said, but I thought his line was okay tonight.

      • SensChirp

        This is a great take on Jason Spezza about one month ago. Has been much better lately. But I bet you’ve been saying the same things about Spezza for the last 10 seasons.

        He won us the friggin’ hockey game. The biggest game of the season, to date. Give the guy some credit. Yeeeeeeesh

        • karlssens

          He still looks like he’s struggling to me.. And I’m only 21, I’ve always been a spezza fan. This year he just seems so lethargic.

          • Hax

            I will say that I think the reduced minutes have allowed Spezza to get fully healthy and strength back in his back. In the first part of the season he did look a bit labored but not recently.

            You have to remember his skating style too – he skates all hunched over with long strides. That makes him look like he’s putting in less effort than he really is. Compare him to Greening who skates nearly upright with small choppy strides. Not suggesting Spezza is nearly as fast as Greening – just that the style adds to people’s “perception” of Spezza as lazy.

        • Hax

          People who don’t understand Spezza’s skating are not trying to understand it. He’s never been Clarke MacArthur and that’s actually fine (not many people are Clarke MacArthur).

          It’s a fairly easy bandwagon to jump on to just say he’s lazy or doesn’t back check etc. But anyone who wants us to win hockey games should realize Spezza’s a big part of our chances to do so.

          #TeamChirp

          • senate19

            Interesting thought on backchecking – it was Spezza’s experience/wisdom that told him to remain behind the net on that second DaCosta goal. Most guys would be rushing back thinking the puck was leaving the zone, but Spezza’s instincts told him to wait.

            Not to mention he made a great pass to DaCosta. Nothing wrong with Spezza’s game last night,

      • spezzerman

        I remember when he used to be lightning fast. Oh wait, he never was and yet he still put up more points than about 5 other guys the last 10 years.

  • Andrews theory

    Did anyone hear Potvin saying Karlsson can broad jump 13 feet on one leg? I mean we all knew he was a special kind of athlete but as more info comes out on this kid, is he an alien subspecies?

    Same with the other day when Karlsson tells the guy he’s ambidextrous but doesn’t quite seem to grasp that’s not a totally normal thing lol…

    He’s a freak of nature plain and simple..

    • SensChirp

      Ha. Yost posted the video here…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLy6wayHV-g

      • Andrews theory

        SICK

      • Sicilian

        I’m a huge Karlsson fan but is that even possible? I measured out 13′ and I couldn’t even do with both feet.

        • Sicilian

          As an addendum, the standing long jump record from 1968 is 12.17 feet and that’s with both feet

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_long_jump
          I think Potvin must have got it wrong…

          • Andrews theory

            NFL combine 2013 was 11’7, it definitely sounds made up but again nothing normal about this kid. Apparently his rookie year they were out doing a run and Karlsson was flying by guys like an Antelope.

          • peetypuck

            He must have a standing (resting) heart rate of well under 60. That’s what allows him to skate so hard for so long without dropping from exhaustion. The average person has a SHR of about 75.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Any twitter feeds started on this yet? Hey, anybody of that Karlsson. I heard he can broad jump 17 feet, on one foot, up-hill, in the snow, wearing slippers!

  • karlssens

    Imagine if we could somehow bring Hossa back?!

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      I will always remember the day Hossa got traded like it was yesterday. He is my fav NHL player. I remember sitting in bed for like 2 days shocked and rattled about his trade. I wish we could get him back so I could pop out the old vintage black sens jersey with Hossa on the back! On a positive note good win last night! Going to the game tomorrow I am 1-1-1 in attendance so hopefully we get a win!

  • Sensnation

    O Captain! My Captain!

    What a game that was! Really impressed by every single player on the ice tonight. Thought there was entire team effort to step up their game and it showed. Gryba, Wiercioch, Ceci and Cowen were especially impressive defensively. Karlsson’s worth the price of admission alone. Da Costa plain brought it. Continue to be reassured for the future!

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Mark

    So was Bobby Ryan even on the ice last night? Dude is invisible.

    • Hax

      You’re kidding right? He must have created at least three scoring chances.

  • Chris

    Trade spezza for callahan!

  • Chris

    all we have to do is trade for crosby and just get the best team in the nhl so trade spezza and a 1st for crosby (should probably work) then trade turris and 2 firsts for malkin then trade karlsson for a good all aroun defenceman like jay bomester then look at that we are contenders just get anderson back at .945 save percentage and we got a cup. maybe trade p mac for a all round coach like paul maurice too

  • senate19

    Yeah I was pretty disappointed in the reffing last night. I’m not usually one to complain about this, but it was bad. With 5 or 6 minutes left in the game the refs put ‘em away and it was noticeable. Not that Ottawa was perfect, but there were like 3 blatant missed calls at the end of the game and you could tell the refs did not want to ‘decide the game’ by putting CBJ in the box.

    Horrible.

    • peetypuck

      How many times have the refs given a Sens player a penalty in the final 2-3 minutes of a game? Quite often.

      • Zelle

        Like the penalty to Smith for a faceoff violation. First time I ever see that being called a penalty and it was in the last minutes.

  • peetypuck

    We have the money and the cap space now. Bryan, go out and get Shea Weber. He and EK65 could play half the game.

    • sben

      no. no. no. No NO NONONONONONONONONO

      • peetypuck

        Yes…Yes…Yes!!!

    • Dirk-Diggler

      Just for arguments sake, what do you think it would cost?

      • Deadly

        #65 and 7 just to offset the salary.

        • peetypuck

          His cap hit is about $7.8 million. Minus Cowen’s $3 million.

      • peetypuck

        He wouldn’t be cheap. How about starting with Cowen, Claesson and a good forward prospect ?

        • Dirk-Diggler

          I’d say..

          2015 1st, 3rd
          Stone
          Cowen
          Pumpel

        • aegiszx

          LOL… I’m going to be perfectly honest, this is what I think it would take realistically:
          - Cowen
          - Stone
          - 1st

          • peetypuck

            That’s do-able for a superstar d-man to go along with EK, Methot and Ceci. We could match the Black Hawks on defence.

          • aegiszx

            The problem is not so much the trade, its getting the trade started. I imagine they must have Weber on a very tight leash now that they lost Suter. Imagine that in 2 years they lose the 2Dmen that made that franchise what it is…

          • peetypuck

            Nashville can’t really afford Weber’s contract and I think Murray has a good working relationship with David Poile. Poile would also have the satisfaction of seeing someone other than Holmgren getting him too.

          • peetypuck

            Imagine the Sens powerplay. Turris, MacArthur, Ryan with EK and Weber firing canons from the point.

  • spezzerman

    You know Cowen is getting much better when the only thing people can find to bitch about is him hitting a post with 1 second left in a game they have won. He played a really good game and is clearly much better than what he was a few months ago.

    • Hax

      Cowen played a great game last night. His best all season I would say. I haven’t given up on him by a long shot but he has had a rough go most of the year. I think he needs to basically pretend he’s Gryba. Hit guys, be physical etc. He’s got some offensive upside but when he tries to be a PMD he gets in over his head. I think he’ll figure things out.

      • spezzerman

        I know he has had a rough go. He was likely the worst dman in the league in October – November. Given the miracly work Richardson has done i was surprised he didnt spend some time in Bingo earlier since he barely has in his development. But there are actually people calling him useless because he hit a post with a second left last night. It was an insignificant play.

        I’ve also read (elsewhere) that he is solely to blame for both goals last night which is laughable.

        Spezza and Cowen are both worlds better now than they were a few months ago but for some reason, fans want to hate them. MacArthurs amazing back check last night leads to people inexplicably calling Spezza lazy or too slow or both. ?? Ridiculous

  • SensChirp