Game Day- Anderson Starts vs. Philadelphia

SensChirp December 9, 2013 293
Game Day- Anderson Starts vs. Philadelphia

Despite falling in a shootout on Saturday night, there were certainly some signs of life from the Ottawa Senators against their provincial rivals.

The Sens will look to build on a strong Saturday night showing when they play host to Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers. In every blog post for the last two weeks I’ve called the game a “must win” and tonight is no different as the Flyers are one of the team’s Ottawa has to pass in the Eastern Conference standings.  Controlling games and outshooting opponents is one thing but the Senators need to find a way to come away with two points on Monday night.

The Flyers have been playing some decent hockey of late, posting a 6-4-0 record in their last ten games.  After a dreadful start to the season that cost Peter Laviolette his job, the Flyers have turned the corner under Craig Berube and played their way back into the mix in the Eastern Conference.  The Flyers currently have 28 points and are one point clear of the Senators.  After a dreadful start of his own, Claude Giroux has come to life a little bit of late, and now leads the Flyers in scoring with 20 points through 25 games.

For the Senators, the performances have improved lately but the results still haven’t been there. On Saturday they scored twice in the third period to salvage a point but came up short in the shootout.  Paul MacLean has decided to make Mike Hoffman a healthy scratch.  His ice time was limited on Saturday night so the move should not come as a surprise.  Eric Gryba will join him in the press box. Despite being one of the team’s best players recently, Mika Zibanejad will start the game on a line with Matt Kassian and Cory Conacher.

Not exactly the best use of Zibanejad’s abilities but the Senators are in a tough spot with just four centres on the roster.  It would be nice to use Zibanejad on Spezza’s wing for a game but that would mean putting Greening as the centre on the fourth line.  Here is how the Senators are expected to line up for this one.

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

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Corvo
Cowen-Wiercioch

Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Come on Anderson get a 50 save shutout so we can move you for a useful piece!

    • Brian Garland

      If we did move him who would backup Lehner? Would Lawson be called up or would we try to obtain a solid backup? I’m asking because I haven’t seen much of Lawson.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Lawson has been outstanding but I think they would still want a back-up in return. Both Junior goalies look great are about two or three yrs away (we hope).

  • FistsofNeil25

    When I first heard that Conacher was drawing back into the line-up, I was a little excited at the though of lining up a Hoffman-Zibanejad-Conacher line, but now that I see Kassian is dressing for the game, all I can do is shake my head.

    There isn’t a scenario that is acceptable to play Kassian, there just isn’t. He’s not going to contribute anything to this team that will help us win. Over or under 2 minutes of ice time for Kassian tonight?

    And why call up Hoffman if we’re just going to sit him in the press box.

    And I see Anderson is starting again. I love and respect Andy for everything he’s done for us the past three seasons but I’m sorry, the Lehner gives us the best opportunity to win, it’s plain to see. Couldn’t be more obvious.

    • hq8

      i think Maclean dresses Kassian to find an excuse to not play a line of his choosing at all during the game.

  • Sharmarke

    Coach Should have gone with the same lineup from the 3rd period last games. That was the best period ive seen the sens play in a long time

    • xN1Cx

      What were the lineups?

      • hq8

        lol that was a 3 line team playing the game. Hoffman, Neil and Kassian sat the period.
        but hey, these days Paul Maclean just feels that guys like conacher have been here and have been playing you know and not producing so it makes them better than guys like Hoffman who have not been here as long and have not been playing as long and have not got the chance to produce.

  • xN1Cx

    Also, kid picking nose in picture….let’s hope it’s not another one of “those” games. Looking forward to a solid follow up effort tonight. I just hope the boys continue to hold their heads up high.
    Go Sens Go!

  • FistsofNeil25

    I just don’t understand what is going on here. Zibanejad has been dominant on the wing the last 10 or so games. Grant was a capable 4th line center. We send down two competent players, Grant and Boro to call up Hoffman, only to play Hoffman for 5 minutes against the Leafs and to scratch him in favor of Kassian when we desperately need two points against a rival team who is competing against us for one of the wildcard positions.

    By sending down Grant we have now forced Zibby to center the 3rd or 4th line to play with linemates who lack any kind of stick skills or hockey sense.

    Why did the team put themselves into this position by sending down Grant. That line-up we’re starting with tonight is honestly a joke. Why not call up Hoffman and demote just Boro, keep Grant to center the 4th line, and leave Zibby on the top line where he has been a monster.

    Mac-Spezza-ZBad
    Milo-Turris-Bobby
    Hoffman-Smith-Condra
    Greening-Grant-Neil

    • Brian Garland

      I would rather see Greening on the wing with condra, I like the way they work together

      • FistsofNeil25

        Yeah I only put Hoffman with Condra because I don’t know how effective Hoffman could be on the fourth line with Neil. The line-up I proposed yesterday had Greening with Condra and Pageau, just like in the playoffs last year.

        Mac-Spezza-Zbad
        Michalek-Turris-Ryan
        Greening-Pageau-Condra
        Conacher-Smith-Neil

        I still think those line combos give us the most balanced line-up.

  • Millennium

    PMac is making it really hard to like this team right now. Every good combination has been avoided, and he consistently throws out these cringe-worthy lines that just make me shake my head.

    When teams are having bad seasons, one of the few highpoints for fans is seeing their favorite players/lines/pairings play well, work on chemistry, and improve for next season, but PMac seems insistent on taking even that away from me this season.

  • One Gun Mitty

    Kassian played ONE minute on Saturday.
    Why not dress Gryba as a 7th D-Man to do some of Kassian’s fighting and
    more importantly to help kill penalties ?

  • CUP 2014-15

    Well, Well here we go again. Z-Bad back to fourth line centre with Kassian , WTF? Hoffman sits, WTF. How does Gryba get back in ? they win when he plays, he has the best corsi. He can’t get in when they are loosing then he’s done. I hate watching young players rot in the stands so trade the 6’4″ 230 right handed 25 year old somewhere or dare to wave him because I can assure you he will not clear.

    • hq8

      yup guaranteed he wont clear. sens management and coaching is stupid and thats why this season sucks.
      its not the players, its not the owner. its the middle level numb nuts running this team who were lucky to have two stellar years out of anderson and a bevy of youngsters playing their hearts out last season. this season, the reality has come to roost.
      Philly will cake walk tonight. you can just tell. anderson has not been good all year. he looked exceptionally weak on the 3rd goal against toronto and then the shootout was like ‘why are you even trying to shoot’.

      • CUP 2014-15

        This really hurts, I was looking forward to the game tonight as always. Cold bevies in the fridge, hockey food ready to go and our beloved sens playing tonight. I just can’t figure this out. What have Z-Bad and Gryba done to Mac to get this treatment. I am almost at the point where I wish we tanked so we would get a good pick but that’s the Ducks bonus this year, Where to turn, ugh

      • sens23

        are you talking about the same 3rd goal against the leafs where methot pushed the biggest forward on the leafs into anderson causing him to fall out of position? you are really hanging that one on anderson?

        • hq8

          yea. and when did anderson fall out of position on that ever? the only person fallen was JVR. anderson got in position to make the save and missed the puck, which proceeded to methot’s five-hole and snuck into the net. and then anderson and methot cried foul to the ref. turris was weak on the goal too because he let Gardiner walk open and take the shot. it was a very very weak play by the sens as a whole 6 man unit to be honest with you.

          • sens23

            i guess you saw the play differently. i saw methot pushing JVR into anderson, prevent anderson from getting back to the post to make the save

  • FistsofNeil25

    I try my best to be positive about this team but holy fuck man. I hate to be a whiny fan but shit, I have questions for management, the coaching staff, our captains….what is going on with this team?!

  • Millennium

    For anyone who has watched The League, doesn’t PMac strike you as a Ruxin type? Overthinks his lineup and tinkers incessantly to the point of ruining his own chances.

    • hq8

      i dont think he thinks about his lineup at all. its all based on feel and # of years players have been around. his reasoning about inserting conacher tonight is a joke at best: “he has been around here and played here” lol
      the book is out on our coach…….
      does Philly even have a goon? i know they have pests but they dont have a heavyweight like Kassian. Rosehill maybe?

  • Alcatraz

    Who will be the first to say we should claim Pierre Marc Bouchard haha

    Anyways, I’m over questioning lines and mgmt decisions, i’m just going to watch and follow the sens for what is iced. If they do well I’ll be happy, if they do poorly, then I’ll be upset, but I’m tired of being on these boards everyday, with people criticizing every single decision

    Why start Anderson, why bench Gryba, why start Cowen, Why dress aksian, why is Zibanejad on 4th line, why is Phillips on pp, why is Neil an assistant, why is Spezza captain, why did we trade Bishop, why is Melnyk chea, why don’t we have a casino, why is PW46 benched etc etc etc

    No matter what decision Maclean/Murray make it will be criticized until we win 10 straight with the exact same lineup. Its a waste of energy trying to defend or argue a point concerning the team this year. Everyone is tired, and thinsk they know best (myself included) LEts just watch hockey and be grateful we have hockey and aren’t watching lockout negotiations.

    We got lucky the last two years with our runs, so call this Karma

    • CUP 2014-15

      never going to stop voicing my opinion. At least I can vent with others who are also frustrated.

    • Kielbasa

      I completely agree with you. This team has made it waaaaay to easy this entire season to be frustrated and to come in here and complain. I’m tired of being irritated by this team to the point that my fingers are getting sore from power typing that frustration. So like you, I’m just going to watch; bite my lips; roll my eyes; change the channel with each stupid goal the Sens let in this season…and just take the season for what it is. A huge massive bump in the road.

      On a positive note; it really can’t get much worse than this. Right?

      • CUP 2014-15

        Waite for it… the panic trade could come.

        • Kielbasa

          Sorry, but Murray doesn’t do panic trades.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I hope your right, I like the moves he has made, to the point that regardless of where the Ducks pick this year, I still like the Ryan trade. However I never expected this from Mac and his staff either.

          • spezzerman

            if you never expected losing, its on you.

          • CUP 2014-15

            ??????? You expected this season to be like this?????????

          • spezzerman

            I had them 3rd so no, but I am an optimist. I am not angry, teams lose, its all part of a process. considering our wins the last few years have come on unsustainable goaltending and we are relying on 2nd, 3rd year players to play critical roles, this isnt a huge shocker. The first sign of pressure and young players are struggling. Older players are struggling though a leadership transition and trying to do way too much.

            I really see no reason why things arent going to get better. We are going to have to be a top team here on out to make the playoffs which at this point could be a stretch but there will be some valuable lessons learned that will help in the seasons to come as this young team learns how to be a winner.

            Lesson 1. Take nothing for granted and don’t believe the hype.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I had them at around 98-102 pts. I don’t mind them loosing if we are seeing what I thought the sens would be. It’s the coaching changes that are hard to handle. Tonight is just an example but do you believe dressing Kass and sitting Hoffman is wise? Was Z-bad not our best forward last game when played with Spezza? Does Gryba not need to play (it’s Philly)? Are we limited to limo rides from Bingo to here so Grant can’t return to 4LC. Maybe this team loosing is just tougher on me, I don’t know. I can say that I don’t believe this staff is making their moves based on confidence, therefor it’s hard to expect the players to show confidence.

    • spezzerman

      Agreed. And be grateful we have a local team to support…when they are winning.

  • Mitchell

    Conacher is an orignal centre :p

  • Sen John’s

    Urgh…PMac is making it harder and harder for me to keep my glass-half-full attitude. ZBad on the fourth line ? He was arguably our best player against TO….probably a close second would be Kassian. One of the few games he’s played where he didn’t make any mistakes!

    • Kielbasa

      Take these lineups lightly. Lately PM hasn’t been using the same lines he’s had playing in practice.

      • Sen John’s

        Yah true. He likes to switch his lines from shift to shift it seems.

      • random_dude13

        True…speaking of which makes me wonder why the hell he would do that too. Why practice with certain lines then confuse them all at game time by switching it up? Another thing that just makes no rational sense this season, and the results have not been positive.

    • Alcatraz

      Wait I’m confused. Are you saying kassian was our 2nd best player versus Toronto???????

      • boom

        didn’t he only play 1 minute?

        • Alcatraz

          Ya thats my thinking, our team must have been pretty fucking bad for Kassian to clock in as our 2nd best player with only 1 minute of ice time lol

          • Sen John’s

            sarcasm.

          • CUP 2014-15

            reality

  • boom

    Hey Chirp, i brought this possibilty up a few weeks ago, but do you think there may be a
    dis-connect between Murray and MacLean? It’s as if MacLean is trying to send a message to management with his non-sensical line up decisions.
    This is the only rationale I can see. The alternative is that he really is an idiot, as I said in the previous thread.

  • hq8

    i hope Maclean just rolls three lines all night long and utilizes Cory Conacher as 4LC tonight…….it would be quite the statemet of dis-interest in making the playoffs this year if Zibanejad pops on the 4th line.

  • hq8

    maybe Maclean’s serious when he makes fun of himself as a fisherman from N.S.

  • RUSH RLZ

    Wow. This place is particularly ripe today. LOL.

    • Millennium

      My theory: The Toronto game was the lynchpin of the season; win it, and everyone is back on the hype train, lose it and everyone writes off the season. But tie/lose in SO and no one knows what to do and the fanbase continues to limp along in this limbo-eque deadzone of wanting to cheer but not seeing much to cheer for.

      :D

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Zibanejad on the fourth line…. *facepalm* Paul Maclean!

    Why does he hate Mika so much.

  • Gordon Ramsli

    If Pmac wants to play a 3 line game can he at least play 7 D. In game competition you screw up that other guy is gonna get your inside spot for the game

  • LeafsSux

    How the hell is Kassian gonna stay on the heels of Zbad and Conch?!! Can someone tell me that?

    Go Sens Go!!

  • hq8

    wow, maclean is really deep-sixing his jack adams win:
    1. on zibanejad: he is a support player for us: what the hell does that mean?
    2. on conacher vs hoffman: conacher’s been here and hoffman has not been here. DUH lol
    3. on Kassian: we need him in the lineup because of Philly – well are you gonna play him more than 1 minute then? probably not – so you dont really need him then do ya.
    4. on the shootout: he wants to give Spezza and MM9 ‘confidence’ because they are cold in the shootouts. ok then, i guess winning is secondary then.
    what B.S……..if Paul Maclean wants to hold his players accountable, he might want to start giving more accountable answers and explanations.

    • Miguel

      yup he has officially lost it!
      he really is not making any sense at all, and he ought to be stopped!

      • hq8

        yea. the one that really did it for me is when he said by sticking with spezza and michalek he was giving them confidence for next time. seriously i mean what is Maclean’s IQ lol.

  • Miguel

    wow this is an all time low for me.
    What in the hell has happenned to PMac?
    if you were to ask anyone with an ounce of hockey knowledge who would you rather on your team to help you win a hockey game
    Hoffman or Kassian?
    I am willing to bet that 99% of all coaches would easily answer Hoffman!
    Something is clearly not making sense in Sensland… there has to be something going on behind he scenes… PMac is making way to many boneheaded decisions in my opinion

    • Alcatraz

      Can’t look much further than down the 401 to what Carlyle is doing
      Frasor over Gardiner/Reilly. Orr and Maclean over Holland Smith Brodie Leivo
      Its comical and can be found across the league.

      • hq8

        hard to find around the league actually. its super-prevalent with Ottawa, Edmonton and Toronto.
        other teams have very short leashes with players.
        the worst place to be a bad player and stupid coach is Montreal. maybe sens media and fans can learn from them and keep these stupid fools honest. we pay to watch and attend games even though we are fiercely loyal, need to see product on the ice and coherent explanations.

      • Miguel

        headscratchers to say the least… really hard to figure this crap out

    • boom

      ask those same coaches if they would play Chris Phillips on the number 1 PP unit, and I bet you’d get similar results…

      • Miguel

        that to me is the most perplexing thing for me!
        CP has never in his best years played PP, yet at almost 40 years old, and clearly not the most softest of hands, has him starting our PP.
        Now if it was effective, we cant say anything, but the fact that it is completely awful, why in the heck does he continue to put him out there?
        he is really not giving his team a fighting chance

        • CUP 2014-15

          I thought Corvo and Ptty were here to supply that. Why, why, why

    • CUP 2014-15

      Agreed, I just don’t get it. If we all felt that this team had everyone on the same page, competing hard and loosing there would be bashing from the trolls only. It’s just not right to sit back as a paying fan and support the moves. I will still be sitting at the CTC and cheering tonight but damn it they are making it tough.

  • Craig Mason

    Call up Grant and run with this for 5 games, results will show

    MacArthur-Spezza-Zibanejad

    Michalek-Turris-Ryan

    Greening-Smith-Neil

    Conacher-Grant-Condra

    • CUP 2014-15

      Stop making sense, I agree. It’s like they have a problem admitting to mistakes and Grant will stay down leaving the exciting and talented ZBad playing with the likes of Kass.

  • Jason

    Honestly, wtf is the point of putting Kassian in the lineup??? He played 1 minute last game! He’s had like 1 fight all season, he’s useless. Just cut him from the roster and call up someone useful.

  • Brian Garland

    I’m probably not the only one, but I feel like we’ve been four different teams this year and its annoying me.

    There’s times when we absolutely dominate offensively and sometimes we score, (first Detroit game), sometimes we don’t, or score little, (last game). Games like this make me feel so optimistic about our team because I know we can compete like this every game. Then there’s times when we can set up anything in their end at all, passes are way off, and we just look sloppy and out if sync.

    Then we have games when we shut down defensively and we actually look like we did last year, I say it very briefly, but those flashes show me we still can pull those games out. Then theres the absolute debacles like the romp in Philly where we look like we’re running around, chasing the puck, and committing so many turnovers we can barely get out of our end. Goaltending on Andys part has been less than good but it’s the defense in front of him I’m more worried about most of the time.

    We need to just bring the same level of compete every game and not be so inconsistent.

  • SenaTHOR

    Time for some consistancy and accountability with lines. Quit f’n around. Best players play.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I wish you could make that happen,lol

  • karlssens

    This team is still very young. I have lots of hope for the future if we can manage to add another defenseman and a forward.. As for now, I just want them to compete.

    • hq8

      were we not saying that in 2011 too and in 2012 too and then this summer?

  • aegiszx

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Sens fans just want every player to do the following… score and play 60 minutes.

    Rookie to the NHL? Forget about player development.
    Just came up from the AHL? Forget about learning a new system.

    You can score goals? Ok lets give you 20+ minutes a night with the other schlums who can score.

    Just call up the entire AHL team, and have them all play forward, score goals, run and gun, GIVE EVERYONE 20+ MINUTES OF ICE TIME LOL

    If SC posters ran the team, Karlsson would be playing 60 minutes a night lol I swear to god

  • Jason

    The last few games Condra, Greening, and Corvo have really improved their games. I think i’d like to see Neil move to the 4th line and move Conacher up to the third line. Or even better move Zibanejad to the first line and put Condra on the third line. I have a feeling PMac is going with 3 lines tonight and Kassian, Conacher and whoever else is playing like shit won’t see much ice time.

  • sprucesens

    I just can’t see any rational explanation for coaching decisions this year. Too many to list, but they’ve been listed many times before. And every single game, we can add another strange coaching decision. It’s beginning to make me very disinterested in what or how the team performs. Even if they win a game, and certain players play excellent, they will be demoted or scratched or bumped down the lineup. Nothing makes sense any more.
    Player plays well? bump him down the lineup and give him the worst players we have as wingers
    Player gets called up to add scoring? Bench him and insert a useless goon. Play the goon for 1 minute only.
    Same player gets called up to add scoring, send down 2 players that were playing decent.
    Possibly the worst offensive forward we have on our 1C’s wing? why?
    Play someone who has like 150 points in 1100 games on the PP? Just why?
    They keep this up, and there won’t be any fans at the game’s, period. And these are just some of the excellent reasons as to why not to go. Never mind the actual performance of many of the players.
    There is only so long sending zibby down the line up can keep him hungry. After a while it just becomes, why should I try so hard, and keep producing like I am, and doing everything asked of me and then some, only to keep getting demoted. Takes the work ethic right out of you. There are many players I don’t see having a fit on this team long term, that’s one thing. But I think its time we take a hard look at what our coaching staff is thinking, and demand some accountability. Maybe a trade will come, and it will all make sense as to why we were playing certain players. But until that time, its the twilight zone

    • hq8

      they are lucky zibby doesnt have an itch like Yakupov. otherwise, their treatment of this guy would have blown on their faces and they would be trading zibby to someone for bad baggage just like they themselves obtained Turris.
      Chris Phillips on the PP is the best example of sens coaching purposely hamstringing the team.

      • xN1Cx

        Put Zibby on the backend – kid’s got a killer slapshot

      • sprucesens

        excellent point about zib being like turris. So far, its nearly exactly how turris was handled. Some players want to play, and when they feel they’ve earned it, expect to be rewarded with the linemates and ice time. I bet phoenix wish they handled turris differently. I hope we don’t see the same thing happen because of bad coaching here to someone like zib

    • CUP 2014-15

      Man I hope your right in regards to a trade, that would allow me to understand at least a couple of the moves. Still don’t get Kass coming in, if your scared of the Flyers leave Hoffman in and take out Corvo or PW and put Man Hunter Gryba in. Then we have four lines and EK DOESN’T HAVE TO SPEND OVER 5 MINUTES KILLING PENALTIES

  • Mike

    I’ll start by saying that I love SensChirp’s posts, but I really can’t stand all of the negativity and self-appointed know-it-all’s in the comment section anymore, who think they know better than the players, the coach, the GM, and/or the owner.

    I can’t help but cringe at all of the users on here complaining about every single one of Paul MacLean’s decisions, when only 8-9 months ago you were praising every single one of his decisions as being pure genius. Have we really become that much of a fickle fanbase that the moment things get tough we decide to complain about every thing imaginable?

    Also, I see certain users have taken to the old pastime of ‘blame Jason Spezza’; at this point, it’s arguably a more popular sport in Ottawa than hockey itself. :P

    I think the fanbase needs more of a ‘rebuilding’ than the team itself.

    • hq8

      it was genius last year because it looked like genius. and its a bad thing to say but defintiely the injuries made him look like out-of-this-world in getting players to play. looks like a healthy lineup is too much for Paul Maclean to handle.

      • Mike

        Reminds me of the mentality that some of friends who are Leafs’ fans — without fail, every year, one minute they are praising the coach as being the second coming, and the next minute they want him fired and shipped off to the moon, never to be heard from again.

        C’mon, I think we’re better than that as a fanbase … at least I hope so anyways.

        • CUP 2014-15

          not reading that he should be fired, if you follow you will notice frustration, if Mac was a bum you would not see all the frustrated fans. As for your leaf friends they may also be the same ones we all agree will pay good money to watch as the team continued to make managerial mistakes over and over again. Wish I was as rich as you and could afford to go to games and leave with a ho-hum attitude win or loose, maybe if I stayed home, watched on TV and spent no money it would not be so bad.

          • Mike

            It could be due to the fact that I grew up watching this team play when they first started back in the early 90′s, and am under no illusions that the team is always going to be great when it’s basically impossible for them to do so. I’ve seen them at their worst (those early years, and again during the end of Clouston’s stint as coach) and at their best (the 2007 Stanley Cup run, and the 2003 ECFs). For me, it’s just fun to go see my favourite team play, and have a fun night out at the game with friends/family — in the end, I can’t say that the score really factored into how memorable the night (or afternoon in some cases) was. I guess I don’t look at it as a ‘life-or-death’ situation if they win or not, and don’t base my happiness on the outcome of the game. I’ll keep going to the games, because it’s always been a fun experience for me to see my team play, win or lose.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Good for you, I had seasons for the first ten yrs on the 417 and have done the mini pks since. I have gone to games when they were out of the play-offs in October and enjoyed the evening. If you go to an opera and the vocals suck, is it still money well spent, if you go to dinner and the food and service suck do you say nothing, smile leave a big tip and enjoy.

          • sprucesens

            yeah mike, sorry but that is the worst attitude a hardcore fan can have. While your attitude needs to spread to the people that are on the fence about going to a game to just have a fun night out, it certainly is not the attitude of a fan who does know and follow hockey and watches players play every single game, even when they have better things they could be doing. We pay to watch the product, and invest heavy amounts of our own time and hard earned money to do so. 3 hours x 82 games is over 240 hours of each year of your life. Add on time if you are going to the game at the rink. While I unfortunately live 1000′s of KM away and can’t go to the games, whenever they are in town(Edmonton) I do go. And I am making the trip to the outdoor game in vancouver.
            So myself and other hardcore fans included have more than earned the luxury to second guess why we pay to see top players play, only to see the most random line combo’s we’ve witnessed in years. I for one think the goalies nearly single handedly won the coach a jack adams last year, and a playoff berth last year. Also goes to show how young hungry players can out work veterans when given a chance.
            You can’t possibly tell me you think that zibby should be played with kassian on his wing. Or that kassian should be played over our highest point producing prospect in Hoffman. Or that kassian should be dressed for any reason at all. 1 minute last game. There is not 1 single way of defending that decision. Even maclean’s biggest supporters haven’t got the foggiest clue what he is up to these days.

    • spoons

      I think most people are just venting/getting their frustration out, as simple as that.

      • CUP 2014-15

        correct, it’s either this or boo them at the game and I am not about to boo them for any reason. I find it curious that most of the disappointment is directed at the coaches not the players, does this tell us anything ?

        • Mike

          Really? I see an awful lot of anger/disappointment/contempt directed at Spezza, Phillips, Cowen, Wiercioch, Kassian, etc. in the comment section just about every day on here for the past month or more.

          • CUP 2014-15

            referring to 90% of todays posts. How can you see so many bad post about a guy, Kass who doesn’t play or is the truth now considered complaining. As for PW, got to admit he is as soft as they come. I think Philly has been fine but being asked to do too much, like playing the pp. Cowen missed all last year (basically) and I believe he will be a stud but a stint of 25 min. a night in bingo might help. most of the focus is on an underachieving team that can’t find its stride, that is a leadership problem

      • Mike

        Sure, let it out … but it feels like we’ve been doing this for over a month now, and it’s pretty much like beating a dead horse at this point, don’t you think?

        It’s getting depressing to read the comment section on here, when it used to be enjoyable, even when the team wasn’t always playing the greatest. Even in the Clouston days, it never got THIS bad on here.

    • Miguel

      I am not a fickle fan… I love my Sens.
      But PMac is really making some terrible decisions, and it is costing us games, pure an simple
      one goalie wins 3 games and he puts his number 1 in for the next game which results in a loss
      your #1 wins a big game in FLA, and you yank him and put your backup in which again results in a loss.
      You play your enemy rivals in a maybe the only playoff like game we will see this year, and he continues to put Phillips on you #1 PP unit, and anyone can plainly see that Phillips is the best PK for the other team, on our PP, a goal on the PP could have won us the game, and Phillips is not better than Corvo, or PW on the PP.
      Hoffman vs Kassian, easy damn call to make, yet he goes against the grain again and goes with Kassian,
      this is not being fickle this is questioning some pretty stupid moves by our coach.

    • boom

      I didn’t like his decision-making last year either (I won’t bore you with the specifics, I’m sure nobody cares). What I praised with regards to MacLean were his results, not his decisions.

  • Hax

    Zibanejad will get plenty of Condra’s shifts. He’s just officially on the Kassian/Conacher line.

    It would be nice if it was more cut-and-dried, but Zibanejad will get his ice time.

    • xN1Cx

      Yessir – 17.5 to 12 last game. This is just on paper

  • Roar…

    First of all, to Mike and all others “whining” about people having their opinions in the comment section. Get over it. If you don’t like it don’t read it. Fans like to get heated and they like to argue and talk about hockey. I am certainly no different.

    Just because the Ottawa Senators have subsection of the fan base that is highly critical and loves to think in detail about what the team is doing doesn’t mean that’s a bad thing. Your attitude Mike seems to be “get out the pom poms all the time” or “you’re all dumb because you supported P-Mac last year and now you question him”

    He gets paid millions. Fans have a right to question the decisions being made by the club. I think it’s pretty self-evident that the self-imposed salary cap is hurting the team. It’s even more evident that it’s pissing fans off.

    Do you really see any justification as to why Borocop isn’t playing as the 4th or 5th D on this team right now? The only reason is money. The only reason Grant or Pageau aren’t up right now is money.

    Conacher & Cowen have not gotten the job done. It’s not close. Cowen needs to park his ass in the press box until he practices to the point where he’s figured his shit out. Maybe get the odd game with sheltered minutes against weaker teams. P-Mac has played him to try and let him sort it out but we’re past the point here where the team can afford to do that without it causing us to miss the playoffs.

    More than likely Michalek & Conacher have been given a ton of ice because the team has been trying to trade them. Honestly though Michalek may not be getting the points but he’s looked much better the last 3-5 games. Playing well off the puck at least and helping his line win the possession battle every night.

    I don’t think anyone can argue against Zibanejad being on the 1st line and Kassian not being in the lineup. He’s completely useless in his sub-2 minutes per night. Realistically if the team had any money at all Grant would be 4th line C (or Pageau on 3rd line and Smith on 4th with Z on the first line).

    It’s all about economics. Unfortunately the Euge hasn’t managed to figure out that pissing off all your intelligent fans = less ticket sales. I’ve completely lost faith in the way the organization is doing business right now. They aren’t trying to win hockey games. Fuck that. That’s not what I sign up for as a fan. I’m not saying they need to spend to the cap, but to not even have Grant or Pageau in the lineup because you don’t want to carry the extra 500-950k against the cap. It’s fucking ridiculous and offensive to fans paying for the team to put the best product on the ice that they can and compete. Every can should be calling and complaining about this shit at this point.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Yeah I ultimately blame Eugene for this mess. That guy is a full-blown asshole. It’s not just the Sens fan-base that have turned on him, members of the organization are as well. Why else would Timmy Murray try to chase the Buffalo GM job?

      You know what I heard about Alfie and Melnyk? This comes from a source very close to the Murray family….someone who has been 100% accurate on everything he has told me to date about the team. When Melnyk heard of Alfie’s salary demands, he called up Alfie while he was drunk off his ass one night and told Alfie that he’s not worth the kind of money he’s asking and that he’ll never get it here in Ottawa. Anyone who thinks Alfie isn’t worth 5.5-6 million in this market is a goddamn fool.

      it’s not all about the numbers for Alfie, it’s the intangibles, the leadership, the respect he commands, the seats he fills at CTC,, the thousands of people that adored him in this city. He’s gone now because of Melnyk and Melnyk alone.

      What do you guys think the players think of their boss? How do you think Karlsson feels about Melnyk now? Do you guys think these players want to play for him? Do you think Bobby will resign here? Or Spezza? Or Methot? I sure as hell don’t.

      Melnyk may have saved this franchise a decade ago, but he’s going to run it even further into the ground that it ever has been before.

      • FBP

        Melnyk drunk dialed Alfie. Nice.

      • SensChirp

        Confirmed. Except it was an email to Alfie.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Oh ya maybe that’s what I was told. It was a while ago. Still, not impressed. How are we supposed to believe that players will want to play here, stay here, or come here, if we have an owner like this Chirp? It’s bad for the organization.

          It’s like any work place – if the employers don’t respect the person they work for, how can they be expected to perform to the best of their abilities?

          Melnyk is a distraction, and he’s the biggest detriment to this organization. The people that are going to suffer the most are the fans. My biggest fear is that our key players won’t want to be here for long. Is Bobby going to hightail it outta here when his contract expires? What about Karlsson? What if he were to demand a trade? It’s not out of the realm of possibilities considering how things are going these days.

          And like I said, it’s we the fans that will suffer.

        • sprucesens

          wow. chirp I think this needs a right up by itself. Not that we need it right now… but still, that’s a big topic

          • SensChirp

            It’s pretty rare you’ll see me take such an anti-organization stance on something but thought I made it pretty clear where I stood on the whole Alfie thing.

            I had heard this story from a couple people but without 100% confirmation wasn’t comfortable making it a post of its own.

          • sprucesens

            fair enough

  • LeafsSux

    Cant we all just get along here? Everybody take a deep breath…. There isnt that better?

    • CUP 2014-15

      lol, well said. Off to the pub then the game. All we need is a 7 gm win streak and were right back in it. Go Sens Go

  • gds

    mm9 will be moved before end of season, he will not be resigned at end of year…sens will try and get a dman and forward for him

    • SensChirp

      Ha. Tough sell. Have been trying since the draft

      • SensChirp

        Still think Phoenix makes some sense but I would assume they would prefer to wait until closer to the deadline.

    • Millennium

      If there’s one guy I’m most looking forward to getting rid of in terms of performance per dollar, its MM9. Thanks for the years, best of luck, but you aren’t worth half what we’re paying you anymore. Them’s the breaks.

    • Sensturion

      Are you working for the sens again? I thought you went to Edmonton…

    • sprucesens

      yikes, would have to be low quality players to get 2 players for him. I imagine murray would be looking for younger prospect forward and established D

  • Sensturion

    How much does Bouchard make? He was placed on waivers and could be a decent pick up for Ottawa if the team is suddenly so desperate for a centerman…

    • Millennium

      $2M then UFA in the summer.

      And no thanks, wouldn’t touch PMB with a 10-foot pole.

      • sprucesens

        i would take a chance on him for sure on waivers. Injury chances, but he had a good chance at putting up decent points. Just wouldn’t make him a focal point for a trade

  • H POTTER

    Hey guys. I have my shirt and tie ready. Have a nice pair of glasses, all I’m missing is a fake media pass so I can ask pmac square in his face and with all the cameras rolling and ask why is Zib doing on the 4th line ?? And before he can answer,i would tell him “and don’t give me your bullshit response of he’s a center man, because grant was a great 4th line C” I would go in to ask what is he thinking by dressing up Kassian who hasn’t played in 10 games only be use him 60sec. Why call Hoff if you’re not giving him a fare chance” I would continue till I’m kicked out and until he would show us what’s actually on his cue cards because it sure ain’t no stats numbers.” so, anyone got a spot where I can get a fake media pass,lol

    • SensChirp

      It’s a good question but as has been pointed out below, this is kind of an “on paper” thing to start the game. Mika will get a shot in the top six tonight.

      • H POTTER

        Truly hope so chirp

      • Aaron 2.0

        It really shouldn’t be a shot. He should never leave the top 6 on this team. I can’t name 6 players that have played better than him.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    If there is one thing everyone should know by now, these lines at practice mean diddly squat. Like Chirp pointed out, once the game gets rolling, so do the lines. We need to stop focusing on who is on a line and instead, just focus on cheering for this team to put a W on the board.

    • LeafsSux

      Whats the fun of that?! lol

  • Floridasensfan

    Kassian playing over Hoffman tonight, showcasing Kassian??? Guess he would have to play more than a minute.
    The line juggling may be trying to force players to play his system.
    Even think about Phillips playing on the power play, are we looking forward to the trade deadline and trying to get more for him. (finally that makes sense for Phillips to be on the power play)
    Anyways looking forward to the game tonight and the one tomorrow. win or lose.

  • Roar…

    This drunk e-mail thing deserves a post on it’s own. Out of respect for Alfredsson and everything he’s done in Ottawa. Fans deserve to know why he left. Hell, I’d leave too if the owner treated me that way. Frankly, Alfie obviously also knew Mel was going to penny pinch this year and that would hurt the teams ability to compete. Just look at the call-ups (or lack there of) & the lack of a trade to acquire an inexpensive stop-gap solution of a top 4 defender. It’s all there. Alfie left for good reason and honestly… good for him. I wouldn’t want to spend one of the last years of my career watching the owner make the team I loved a circus either.

    • SensChirp

      Was planning to use it in an upcoming “Daily Chirp” when I could confirm.

      The way the information was passed to me was not strong enough to be 100% certain of its validity. But having heard it from three separate people, with the same specific information included, I decided it was likely true.

      Good enough for me to formulate an opinion on what went wrong but I wanted to have something a little more concrete before posting on here.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Oh Anderson is starting tonight. Condra still on the top line. Zibanejad on the 4th. We’re going for a grand slam tonight aren’t we?

  • SensChirp

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

    • FistsofNeil25

      I don’t think I’ve seen the same line out there more than once tonight Chirp lol

      • SensChirp

        No? That seems to be who he’s rolling right now.

        • FistsofNeil25

          I could be wrong. Definitely some quick shifts going on.

  • FistsofNeil25

    and now we see Mac-Turris-Ryan

  • karlssens

    Lawllllll

  • karlssens

    Great foot speed from Phillips there :p.

  • aegiszx

    The hell was Phillips doing there lol, just let up *shrug*

  • FistsofNeil25

    It would have been nice to see us open up the scoring for once

  • mr.slapshot

    Clarke MacArthur is a straight baller.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Best free agent signing in the NHL this season?

      • mr.slapshot

        I’d bet my bottom Clarkson on it

  • FistsofNeil25

    Great goal by who else – Clarke MacArthur!

  • Colin

    make the PPs count boys!

  • FistsofNeil25

    I wish people would quit yelling “shoooooooooooot”!! So annoying

    • aegiszx

      I wish they would actually shoot though…

      • FistsofNeil25

        Well yeah, but yelling at them to shoot won’t help the cause lol if anything it will distract them

  • Colin

    Fuck me

  • FistsofNeil25

    Neiler’s bringing the pain tonight!! Some huge hits so far.

  • Eugenius

    Something about Zibby playing with Ryan gets me very excited…..

    • LeafsSux

      Oh yeah!!

    • FBP

      #hockeyporn

  • SensFanInMTL

    Attaboy, Kyle. Show him who’s boss.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Turris showing some heart there. is there anything that guy can’t do? haha

    • karlssens

      Fighting apparently :p

      • FistsofNeil25

        hey man, he threw a few big bombs in there. Good on ‘em!

      • Eugenius

        haha. A for effort though. Well…A-

      • Tooks

        Ya Couturier toned him up good. Terrible trade off for the Sens tho, a 3rd line C for our #2.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Turris can probably beat the snot outta you Tookie! you pussy…

  • Eugenius

    MacArthur seems to force Jay to move up the ice a little quicker (something Milo used to do…until he pulled a Cheechoo on us). I’m liking those two together so far. When Jay plays with a little more pace, he’s far more effective. I just don’t like when he slows things down too much. Gives the other team time to set up.

  • karlssens

    Cap going up to 71 mill next year? The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. :(

    • FistsofNeil25

      Yeah, we’re screwed.

      • SensChirp

        Floor will be in the neighbourhood of $55 mil. Not a big difference for the Senators. Just watch the others spend to contend while Eugene spends his money “wisely”.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Maybe we’ll be able to pick up another bargain like C-Mac?

  • Tooks

    Cmac and Spezza will be good to see for years, hopefully Pmac doesnt break them up. Now just need Zbad to move up with them.

    • Eugenius

      Yeah. Condra needs to be on the 4th line

  • Eugenius

    Look at Patty go! Looked confident on that PP

  • FistsofNeil25

    I’m enjoying this physical brand of hockey the boys are playing tonight. Good stuff.

    • Eugenius

      Haven’t seen the boys impose their game enough this season. This team can play, they just need to keep the intensity level up.

  • FistsofNeil25

    and as usual Z-Bad is all over the ice making things happen. The guy is a gem.

  • LeafsSux

    Hit the net!! How the hell can these guys miss the net this much?!! I dont get it

    • Eugenius

      I don’t know. It’s Melnyk’s fault though

    • FistsofNeil25

      Maybe they just need to change their philosophy when it comes to shooting? Aim to miss and then maybe we’ll see more shots on goal lol

  • FistsofNeil25

    FUCKIN EH RIGHT BUD WHAT A GOALLL!!!! WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Colin

    Sens have the lead!! Woo Hoo!

    • Colin

      …and it’s gone. :-(

  • mr.slapshot

    Nice to see the boys having a good time. Atta be!

    • FistsofNeil25

      I don’t want to jinx it but so far but the first half of this game has been Paul Maclean hockey. Fast, puck possession, physical hockey. The way it should be.

      • LeafsSux

        Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

    • SensChirp

      Says something about how rough things have been lately. Was just thinking how nice it was to see them smiling in that goal celebration haha

  • Eugenius

    I would marry Bobby Ryan

    • FistsofNeil25

      he’s so dreamy

      • SensFanInMTL

        JK

        • FistsofNeil25

          his hockey skills are dreamy – obviously what i meant..

          • SensFanInMTL

            Haha no harm done bud.

        • FistsofNeil25

          I use this clip on a daily bases man. love it

  • karlssens

    The lead was nice while we had it :(

  • FistsofNeil25

    I wish we would be stronger in front of our own net. We can’t just let Simmonds sit there all game.

  • karlssens

    Anderson blows

  • Eugenius

    hm……….

    • mr.slapshot

      that was weird

      • Eugenius

        haha. fuck sake…..

  • mr.slapshot

    Hmm

  • LeafsSux

    Everyone knew it was coming

  • FistsofNeil25

    lucky bounces for Philly, time to respond. We’re going to have to face lots of adversity to make the playoffs now. No time like the present. Let’s go boys!

  • karlssens

    Anderson kills momentum

    • Eugenius

      I wonder if that rumour of the islanders being interested in him is true…..mind you he’s a pretty great backup tender

      • SensChirp

        Where does that rumour come from?

        • crzyman

          The internet, duh.

        • Eugenius

          I read it in the comments here not long ago….obviously not a strong rumour. Nor does it make much sense, IMO. Not sure who we’d go after. I’d want Travis, but we’d have to offer up a bunch more.

        • sprucesens

          i saw it on spector’s hockey, i think last night i posted some of my own ramblings about there not really being a trade their unless we stole a top prospect from them, which would be incredible (strome, reinhart, pulock). But it was someone else that originally mentioned it

  • FistsofNeil25

    We’re going to win this one… I can feel it

    • SensFanInMTL

      Right behind ya bud.

  • luckan20

    Karlson was the big culprit on the 3rd goal. Voracek has been lucky with his goal The funny part is his last goal was against Ottawa on Nov 12th, which is again on PP . We need a point or two from this game.

    Our line 3 was poor in back checking against 2 goals.

    • mr.slapshot

      Karlsson won that but the puck went off the ref. Bad luck all around.

  • mr.slapshot

    Baller

  • FistsofNeil25

    Man, I picked up Clarke MacArthur in my hockey pool about a month ago. The guy is making me look like a genius. Just a sick player.

  • SensFanInMTL

    What part of bouncing off and no sign of kicking or punching motion do these asshats not understand?

  • FistsofNeil25

    Cowen has looked much more confident the last couple games. Great to see!

    • Tooks

      He’s -1 and has looked terrible again.

      • FistsofNeil25

        you’re too busy slobbin’ on spezza’s knob to notice anyone else out there anyway.

        • Tooks

          Your hardon for Cowen is stuck in your mouth. The last coupple of games he has been terrible, remember the brutal pass and belly flop just 2 games ago. PW46 has been much better, obviously his impact speaks for itself.

          • FistsofNeil25

            wow big Jared Cowen going hard to the net creating havoc! lots of confidence…

            ps – “Your hardon for Cowen is stuck in your mouth.” – weak chirp bud.

            I said he’s been much better lately, I didn;t say he’s been great lol so settle down. He’s definitely improving.

          • Tooks

            pps – ” you’re too busy slobbin’ on spezza’s knob ” Not much better bud, lol.

          • FistsofNeil25

            it was slightly more creative lol

          • Tooks

            Not really, its rehash of 90′s.

          • FistsofNeil25

            The 90′s were a solid decade..

          • Tooks

            70′s were so much better.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Boys, boys, boys. The 80′s is where it was at!

  • Tooks

    Spezza +2, Cmac +2 If Pmac changes this combo I am physically going down to CTC and shaving his Stache and make him smoke it.

  • mr.slapshot

    Drunk Flyers fan trying to throwdown with Sparty

    • Tooks

      Do they have any other type of fan?

      • mr.slapshot

        Hungover Flyers fan?

  • Tooks

    Finally some puck luck, Turris just puts it on net, deflects off Philly D man…nice!

  • Tooks

    Bobby is totally worth that 1st round pick!!

    • Eugenius

      Filthy mitts

  • karlssens

    Anderson effect

  • FistsofNeil25

    Anderson you stick bud. Wowwwwwww

  • mr.slapshot

    Kinda not feeling Anderson

  • LeafsSux

    Wait for it……

  • karlssens

    Anderson is easier to score on than those Canadian tire goalie mats

  • luckan20

    Come on Andy…….

  • FistsofNeil25

    Every time we’ve grabbed momentum Andy finds a way to blow it. I mean come on. I’ve been so positive all game, The guys are playing great, and then Craig Anderson happens. RELEASE THE LEHNER!! NO MORE OF THIS SHIT!

    • Tooks

      I agree!

  • mr.slapshot

    The wrecking crew out there now

  • FistsofNeil25

    and then he has to go and make a save like that… wow.. what in the…

  • Tooks

    GEEZUS!! Just let them walk right in boys….Phillips and Cowen….WOW!

    • mr.slapshot

      wasn’t that corvo and philips?

      • Tooks

        Possibly just saw Phillips and thought immediately of Cowen.

  • karlssens

    By all accounts.. Cowen has had a pretty good game.. For him.

  • Deadly

    Hoping for a shoot out just to see who takes the shots.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Spezza, Michalek, Alfredss…. oh wait.

  • realsenschirp

  • realsenschirp

    hmm

  • FistsofNeil25

    This game has had a little bit of everything. Entertaining stuff. Let’s just get those 2 points.

  • Tooks

    4 on 4 I’m going with Cmac, get his trick!!

  • Tooks

    GODDAMN MICHALEK!!! Maybe you should of had your wrists repaired too…FFS!!!

  • mr.slapshot

    Oh man

  • Deadly

    Any guesses

  • FistsofNeil25

    oh god what are ya gonna do coach

  • Tooks

    Cmac-Spezza-Ryan

  • karlssens

    Spezza
    Michalek
    Don’t get to shoot again

  • Deadly

    Cma for sure,zbad

  • mr.slapshot

    Mika 1/2 putem in

  • Aaron 2.0

    MacLean needs to change it up the order here.

  • Bissmeister

    Come on Clarkie

  • bluebuyyoo

    Anderson *has* to make a stop or two as well!

  • Deadly

    To late for Lehrer I guess

  • Tooks

    Backhand , Forehand, fivehole!

  • FistsofNeil25

    did anyone predict an Anderson shootout save? low-blow? lol

  • Tooks

    CAN SOMEONE DEKE?!?!?!

  • Deadly

    Good call tooks

  • Tooks

    FINALLY!! a DEKE!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Sick. That’s the Spezza I know and love. let’s see some more of those skills!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Doesn’t that feel good!

  • FistsofNeil25

    A well deserved win. Great night!

  • karlssens

    Happy for Andy

  • SensFanInMTL

    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

  • mr.slapshot

    Atta boy Andy

  • luckan20

    Spezza and Andy………..

    • mr.slapshot

      The Demons have been exorcised

  • SensFanInMTL

    Andy was so happy. Good for him. Great game boys. Sick Spezza shootout move. Best outcome ever.

  • Jacques

    R-E-L-I-E-F! Slightly more positives than negatives tonight. why do the Sens wait till the 3rd to skate!

    • sprucesens

      i thought they had one of the most complete game’s they’ve had this year, regardless of the fact it showed up as a W

      • Jacques

        Would like to see us with a better bottom 6. They produce dick! Condra on the second line is killing me! Tough to watch. Anxious to see Ceci we need another puck mover. if we aren’t going to trade for Kulikov or Del Notto(Zotto), then we need to take a chance. I think he’s close to being ready and that 100 mile an hour shot would look good on the PP. It will give Karl room to move in on the otherside. Have to fear Ceci’s shot. Bring Pageau back too.

        • sprucesens

          Wouldn’t take a chance on kulikov unless it was for peanuts. Rumours are he has used the KHL already as an excuse to try and up his contract $. Not worth it. Del zotto i’m ok with, but again, for a low price. Maybe 2 bodies for one, mostly so we clear some room. Love to have Ceci come in and get a taste, then keep dominating in the AHL.

  • sprucesens

    Finally, a complete game by ALL the players. A few miscues by Anderson that could have cost us, but a few he redeemed himself in too. A solid win. And to point out to all the people that don’t like the “whiners or complainers when the team loses”… if they lost that game, at least they actually showed up and played hockey. Everyone played well with minimal mistakes. Yes we still had 4 GA, but that happens. If it was a loss, it could be stomached, even without the extra point. So its even better that they get the win. Shows how hard work and the entire team actually showing up to play hockey can make a MASSIVE difference on the on ice product. Keep the momentum going this week, and we can claw back in it.

    Go sens GO

  • Jacques

    Karlsson is the most amazing player I’ve ever seen. His cardio is unbelievable.

    • sprucesens

      yeah, that come back was amazing. I want to show my father in law who keeps telling me chara shoulda won the norris the year karl did. Don’t get me wrong, i’d love chara to be on my team any day. But 10 times out of 10 i would choose karlsson on my team first.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Missed most of the game tonight (just caught the 1st) with a few friends unexpectedly dropping in. I hope a SO win might help the mental state of the team. That has to be a huge victory for them knowing how much the SO has hurt them. Was really surprised to see so many goals (4-4) when I finally tuned back in. Anybody care to give a brief game synopsis? Cheers.

    • Eugenius

      Clarke MacArthur.

    • sprucesens

      A few breakdowns that led to goals. The 4th goal against was very weak wrister from the point. Similar to corvo’s a few games back. But andy redeemed himself with 2 massive saves in the 3rd at the end. I’m sure you saw. MacArthur played hard every shift, neil was hitting, greening was hitting, and all the players played hard. Very solid effort from the team. Karlsson had a few good rushes and even better back checking after being out of posistion

      • Aaron 2.0

        Thanks. I caught Karlsson’s last back-check. That was sick!

  • luckan20

    Folks, Andy has earned us 5 points in the last 3 games. Not bad.
    Also, this could be spurious correlation, but with Kassian our records looks way better.

    • Millennium

      Kassian played a whopping 2:20. I suspect it is the definition of a spurious correlation.

      • LeafsSux

        Huh??? lol

        • Millennium

          Our record is better with Kassian in the line up, but it is a misleading stat, since he plays so little that his presence has little to no impact on the outcome of the game (other than removing another forward from the lineup)

          • luckan20

            This is why I called it spurious correlation.

          • Millennium

            Right, I was simply explaining it to LeafsSux.

          • LeafsSux

            Did you not see the lol? OK so iv had a few and my humor might not be at its finest right now.. lol

          • SensChirp

            Or, it’s better because having Kassian on the fourth line is forcing Paul MacLean to shorten his bench a little bit?

          • Millennium

            Fair point. Although that begs the question, why does he have to dress Kassian to shorten his bench. That’s like breaking your left hand to force yourself to write with your right :p

  • MikeS

    2 games in a row where the sens played great, goal-tending improves and this team is back on track

    • LeafsSux

      We have been saying that since 1992….

      • MikeS

        True true, but back to back buffalo SHOULD(we all know how that works) be free wins

  • luckan20

    Ottawa needs to bring their “A” tomorrow, unlike the games we played against the Isles or Canes or Tampa or Jackets or Oilers. We sometime go on a snooze. We can’t afford to lose to a team like Sabers. The next two games are crucial and winning at least 3 out of 4 points will help.

    • sprucesens

      we need 4 of 4 points against buffalo. Anything less is considered a horrible failure. Especially after the team finally played a solid game tonight.

  • MikeS

    Lol email to team1200(tsn1200). “Thanks Carlyle for getting us Ryan and MacArthur”

  • Nikola Todorić

    I can’t fucking believe Eugene Melnyk will ruin a potential Pittsburgh like mega team… nobody will want to re-sign here… Are you people kidding me? An OWNER telling the greatest player in the history of the franchise that he isn’t worth 6mill… after everything. Fuck Eugene Melnyk, that’s not how you treat people. I gurantee you Karlsson doesn’t re-sign in 7 years.

    • sprucesens

      maybe by then melnyk will be gone