Game Day- Anderson Starts vs. Washington

SensChirp January 21, 2014 223
Game Day- Anderson Starts vs. Washington

On Saturday afternoon, the Ottawa Senators came out flat and spoiled a great opportunity to finally jump into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They’ll get another chance tonight against the Capitals.

A win in Washington combined with a Columbus loss in regulation against the Los Angeles Kings would mean the Senators could finish the night in the second wild card spot in the East. There’s still a ton of hockey left to be played but it would obviously be a significant milestone for a team that appeared to be down and out about a month ago.

This upcoming four game road trip could go a long way towards deciding the Senators fate this season. With games against Washington, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Columbus, Ottawa is taking on teams that are all around them in the standings. It’s crucial that they pick up some points during a difficult stretch of road games.

At yesterday’s practice, Mark Stone went down with looked like a pretty serious injury to his wrist. Reports from the skate suggested that he took a pass in his skates and tripped up, crashing into the end boards. The severity of the injury isn’t known just yet but the fact that the Senators were so quick to call up Da Costa suggests the news can’t be good for Stone.

With Da Costa returning, MacLean will do some juggling with his forward lines.  No changes to the defence though. Here’s how the Coach has them lined up at the morning skate.

(UPDATE 12:24 PM)- According to Head Coach Paul MacLean, Marc Methot suffered an injury in practice and will not play.  Looks like Patrick Wiercioch will draw in for the Senators.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Phillips-Ceci
Wiercioch-Gryba

The Senators may catch a bit of a break as Alex Ovechkin is being called a game time decision. While the Sens, and Erik Karlsson in particular, have always done well against Ovechkin, his loss would be a significant one for the Caps.

Craig Anderson gets another start for the Senators. Braden Holtby guards the net for Washington. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM with the game available on TSN.

The Daily Chirp- Yesterday, Bob McKenzie was the first to report that Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk and General Manager Bryan Murray were in New York at the league’s head offices. It’s believed they were there to present the findings of the “investigation” into last year’s incident between Matt Cooke and Erik Karlsson. In an interesting twist, TSN pulled the story from their site despite the fact that they were entirely correct about the purpose of the visit. That was certainly part of yesterday’s discussion, anyway. The Senators didn’t intend for the details of this visit to be public and likely could have snuck in and out on a quiet Monday if not for the media coverage of the John Tortorella hearing. Will be interesting to see if the Senators comment any further.

  • SensChirp

    @Citizenkwarren- Even though Zack Smith is on the wing, he will inherit the defensive responsibilities which the centre normally takes on

    • Jacques

      You have to admit that things aren’t leaning to the SENS re-signing number 19 have you heard anything Chirp?

      • SensChirp

        Have talked about this a lot. It’s just too early to discuss right now.

        Not going to get anything of value via trade and can’t even discuss an extension until next season. Whether they want to sign him to a new deal or explore trading him at some point- either way he needs to stay healthy and produce.

        • Mat

          Jason has a NTC and probably doesn’t want to leave Ottawa and uproot his young family. He will also not sign for anything less than 6 and will want 5-7 years.
          I fear we are doomed with reagards to this.
          Here’s a question a friend of mine asked me recently. Did not have to think long about the answer to this..: Is Jason Spezza a captain of a Stanley Cup winning team? Let’s be honest here…

          • SensChirp

            Is that a trivia question? Not yet, is the answer.

        • NickofTime

          It’s amazing how quickly Spezza’s status has fallen off with the fans & the organization, it reminds me of Redden’s demise which was also sudden & quick. Unless he can start contributing & producing his extension is far from certain but he still has lots of time to turn it around. The only question is, can he?

          • SensFanInMTL

            Oh yeah. Tons of resentment, frustration and almost hatred towards Spetz. Still love him though.

      • Hax

        Sens are in a great position when it comes to Spezza. Turris has evolved into someone that can realistically be the 1C and Zibanejad is showing he can be 2C. So we have all the leverage in contract talks. Hopefully that leads to Spezza signing a 3 or 4 year deal at a decent cap hit. I still think we’re a better team with him than without him.

        • Jacques

          C’mon r u going to sign your 3rd line center for 5,5 millipn plus a season? Murray is smaerter than that.

          • SensChirp

            This is my favourite comment in quite some time.

          • Hax

            Well I wouldn’t sign him for that much if I truly expected him to be 3C. Even today I don’t see him as 3C really. Look at the ice time and the lines opposing coaches are using against Spezza. He’s not a typical 3C.

            What I’d like to see ideally is signing him for maybe $4.5M for 3 years and he and Turris as 1A/1B. Turris playing more 5-on-5 but Spezza getting more PP time. Rolling three lines hard (so Mika plays a lot) and a fourth line sparingly depending on the situation.

          • NickofTime

            Don’t you think he might be able to get more on the open market. Lacavilier did after he was bought out by Tampa & signed with Philly.

          • Hax

            Quite possibly of course. But I think leaving after one year (or two) as captain might not sit well with him. Especially considering there hasn’t been much praise for his work as captain.

          • Don Cherry LOVES Mark Stone

            did you spill a box of Alpha-Bits and type what you saw ?

    • Cicero

      And faceoffs. And directing Spezza to skate on the left side. But otherwise on the wing.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Hoping for the 2 points, I am curious too see how the boys respond tonight! They play better on the road. If my dream is wrong(the boys getting blown out), look for Spezza too have a big game on this road trip. GO SENS GO

  • Phoenix

    Spezza needs to step up during this road trip. Good luck and bring home some points. On a side note, the fans should stop complaining we are not Oiler fans who are let down year in and year out with an owner who says we are rebuilding the team the right way.

  • Andrews theory

    So two high end offensive centers in between two grinders?

    Go Turris line!

    Really thought they’d move Zib over with Spezza for this one.

    Take this game down boys, Caps have been struggling recently

  • Hax

    Given that Neil always seems to do a good job on OV8 I’d be tempted to put him with Zibanejad and Conacher, dropping Milo to Spezza’s line and Condra to the fourth line. But that top 6 has been really good for a while now so I can see why PMac might not want to mess with it.

    Go Sens Go

  • Andrews theory

    Is Philips on the second d pairing or is the second and third just anyone not in the top two?

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Methot injured..WONT PLAY…

  • thepez

    According to the tsn1200, he is one of the extras doing extra work after the pre-game skate.
    Did they say he was injured or will he be a healthy scratch?

    • Hax

      Healthy scratch would be baffling. Has he looked his best? No, but he’s still one of our best D IMO. And as others have pointed out in the past, Gryba plays his best when paired with Methot.

      • Moudy Mahfouz

        he suffered a “bobo” (macleans words) in practice yesterday. He is not going to play tonight

      • SensChirp

        Said it’s a minor injury. Left practice early yesterday.

  • Andrews theory

    Better be PW coming in not uhoh

    • SensChirp

      Corvo stayed out for drills after the morning skate. Looks like it will be Wiercioch

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    If my dream is right, Anderson lets in the first shot tonight. ahaha

  • my2sens

    RE: Eugene

    What I find interesting, and hope we can see the results of the investigation, is that he DID bring something to Bettman’s attention.

    In my opinion that would point to something having been proven, otherwise he would let it go.

    • Hax

      I think the whole “investigation” is actually about some suggestions around player safety (kevlar socks etc) rather than anything about Cooke. If an any point Melnyk was actually looking to “prove” intent on Cooke’s part he’s been talked down by Murray or someone else.

      So I think he’s letting it go with respect to Cooke but still following up with some findings on player safety. Possibly that was the intent all along or possibly it became the intent to cover up Melnyk’s initial craziness over going after Cooke.

      • my2sens

        Hax, if that is the case, then why the secrecy?

        Or if he is concerned with the safety of the players, should he not storm into Bettman’s office and try to rip him a new one!? … oh wait….

        • Hax

          Not really sure except maybe looking avoid any more talk of witch hunts etc. TSN took down the article so that looks to me like someone told TSN to keep it low-key (and probably that it wasn’t a big deal).

          Who knows really of course, just speculating.

  • Senatollah

    Could the Bob Mckenzie retraction have to do with reporting the wrong purpose of the meeting. Just spit balling here but i can think of a few other reasons that EM/BM would be there.
    1. To discuss one of the Dany F’king Cheatly grievance finalization (its recent) or
    2. Sens/Alfies blatant and public contract circumvention (both sides made public and agreed during the summer) Wasn’t there talk this summer it could cost Ottawa a draft pick (under old CBA, but unclear at the time if it could carry forward or be enforced under new CBA.
    3. To discuss a new partner / present confidential financial information
    4. To discuss changing game times (afternoon games) to the evening as they haven’t resulted in higher TV audiences as anticipated (big TV deal want higher ratings)

    5. Add your own best guess______

    • SensChirp

      Lots of things to discuss but I can confirm that the Cooke thing was certainly the focus of the meeting.

      • Hax

        Do you know if it’s regarding supplemental discipline for Cooke and/or compensation to the Sens or is it more in line with player safety in general (i.e. mandatory kevlar socks)?

        • SensChirp

          Was confirmed yesterday that the meeting would have no impact on Matt Cooke or his current team so we can rule out supplemental discipline.

          • Hax

            Could it be along the lines of “Hey NHL, if you had made kevlar socks mandatory we wouldn’t have lost Karlsson for so long and therefor the league owes us $x”?

          • Mat

            I doubt kevlar socks would superseed visors or hard plastic shoulder/elbow pads in this type of situation.

    • Mat

      They could’ve had an agenda with more than one topic…
      But if it was about the Matt Cooke thing, wow, what a waist of time. Murray was probably embarrassed to go to that meeting.
      Melnyk to Bettman: “…is it not therefore possible that Cooke did this on purpose?”
      Bettman: “Is it not possible that the intense Barbados sun is affecting your ability to rationalize? Thanks for the meeting gentleman, I have a 3:15 appointment for my hair…”

  • boom

    TSN1200 is saying that Methot left the ice early – not sure if he is missing tonight’s game. They also say Stone is week-to-week.

    • Luc Wolfe

      Sens getting unlucky once more.

      • my2sens

        I would say the Sens are getting lucky. Shitty to lose Stone and Methot, but look at what injuries brought to the club last year!

        • Mat

          But we were winning with all those injuries!? This is an mystery, wrapped in an enigma, sparkled with a bunch of conundrums…

    • Hax

      Minor injury in yesterday’s practice (according to Sens twitter feed). Not playing tonight, Wiercioch in.

      • Sensnation

        Looking forward to seeing Wiercioch. Methot is still good, but he’s definitely not the same force from the last year or so. Should be a lot of good puck movement in tonights game, maybe a few more turnovers.

        • SenaTHOR

          He f”n playing for most part with Karlsson..NOBODY looks good playing with him.
          !

          • Sensnation

            What are you saying? Did you reply to the wrong person?

          • SenaTHOR

            Methot with Karlsson serious minus +_ player. Karlsson sucks so bad defensively. Make the odd good play but overall terrible in the d zone.

    • boom

      sorry about that, should have read the entire post…

  • Miguel

    Really sucks about Methot, this is a very important game and losing one of our best D will not make it eaiser.
    Please PW and Gryba sieze this moment, take charge and make the best of this opportunity!
    on the complaining/bitching – the way I see it, many of us diehards had some loftier expectations from this team after beating the Habs last year, so a step back is a little tougher to swallow, however for the most part, it seems that most on here, really do love the Sens and only want what is best, so when the team struggles, with serious inconsistencies, we all have our opinions on what would improve the team. And we all have our whipping boys, and admittedly Phillips is mine.
    However as with Phillips, or Spezza or Conacher or Condra, I am 100% certain that if any of our whipping boys turned out to score the winning Stanley cup goal ( ie Phillips ) I would gladly stand on that soap box and scream to everyone that I was so WRONG about my whipping boy, and that our coaches and leaders are brilliant in making those decisions.
    So I see it more as us all wanting better for our beloved Sens!
    Go Sens Go!!!
    And Go prove me wrong Phillips… Please :-)

  • Jacques

    Maybe the Sens had a trade in the works but were dumping serious salary and the Leagure wanted to discuss the direction that the team was taking! Who knows could’ve been many reasons to go the the NHL offices.

    • SensChirp

      Haha I told ya what the damn reason was!

      • Jacques

        I know, just saying who really knows why they popped in , maybe they were catching a Broadway Play and had to go for a leak! lol

  • aegiszx

    Before the season started it was “If Zibby cant shift to the wing, buh bye. We have enough Cs, this is the NHL, he needs to learn how to adapt to wing or pack his bags, etc.” Well well, look whos laughing now… I said all along, how the hell are you goin to shift a player whos played a certain position his whole career to something different? Posters around here made it sound sooooooooooo easy.

    And then there was the Turris bashing from last season. “He’s too small, he’s too young, he’s going to be a 2C for the REST OF HIS CAREER behind our fearless leader Jason Spezza.” Well looky here! He’s been a better 1C than our “actual” 1C!

    That’s why my fellow Chirpers, Murray is the GM, and we, the fans a.k.a arm chair GMs. Man I love how unpredictable sports can be!

    • Zelle

      I can’t wait to see Conacher next year if they keep him on the team with Zbad. People are saying the same things about him this season that they were saying last season about Turris. “Too young.” “Too small.” “Doesn’t produce.” etc…

      • Sensnation

        NO! The knocks on Conacher are a lot worse than Turris. Turris was too small as in needed to add muscle. Conacher is too small as in too short. Turris produced about twice as many points last year as Conacher has this year. It’s really not the same thing at all, Conacher will struggle to remain a top 9 threat with his level of production, it would have to jump at least 2 fold if not more for him to retain this value you see.

        • Zelle

          Turris was also on the first line while Conacher was often on the fourth line, or with Spezza who was struggling. Too short? Plenty of short players make an impact. Sens have more than enough big slow guys. A speedy winger with grit and guts to take some beatings is good for this team. He just needs to get his scoring in order.

          • Sensnation

            That’s the problem though, he’s not offensively gifted enough. I just don’t see the correlation.

          • Zelle

            What you’re saying is exactly the correlation. I’m saying he is like Turris in the way that people undervalue what he’s actually capable of. I never said that Conacher would be as good as Turris or provide more points, but you undervalue what he brings to the team, in my opinion. For a guy who stands up for Cowen and all of his weaknesses/mistakes you’re not really being open to looking at what Conacher has to offer besides goals.

          • Sensnation

            If you’ve followed my Conacher comments over the season you’ll see I recognize exactly what he brings, unfortunately the type of player he is, is not worth the ice time he takes up for his production.

            He’s a diminutive full of heart forward. There are thousands of full of heart players who just can’t put up numbers at the top level leagues, it’s nothing against him. If he’s on this roster though it’s to provide at least secondary scoring, which he doesn’t.

            His checks are not slowing down or wearing down any opposition, his offense leaves a lot to be desired and though he works hard he’s not the best 2 way forward either.

            If he was the only one of this type that we had throughout our roster/organization, sure great, every team needs one, but we have plenty and I feel like the others offer much more, as I’ve been saying.

            Conacher’s a good player, but he’ll always disappoint offensively, and after that what do u have, a top 9 position for pure heart?

          • CUP 2014-15

            Agree, there are at least a dozen other wingers in this league who are smaller then him and he sure as hell doesn’t play small.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I don’t think Zbad was under performing on the wing, he was moved back to Centre because he will be a beast there in a couple of seasons. It had nothing to do with him being unable to handle the move. There are a ton of natural centres that get moved to the wing, hell Stone played his whole junior career as a centre.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Sens will no doubt come out hard tonight, playing the same offensive style we’ve seen on the previous road trip. I’ve said it before, they are just playing better when not on home ice, as frustrating as that can be for Season Ticket holders going to the games. But a Win is a Win, and I think they will pull out the W tonight.

    Ovi or no Ovi, the Sens will play a structured game against the Caps. While they must watch what Ovi is doing, they need to focus more on Backstrom in my opinion, especially since the Caps have put them back on the same line. That guy is just magic with the puck and makes things out of nothing. Reminds me a lot of a younger Jason Spezza, with better vision. You focus on where he is, and you clip the offense big time.

    Really hoping Anderson makes the big saves tonight. Nothing more deflating then a goal on the 1st shot, or 3 of 4, for that matter.

    Heading to the local watering hole to catch this one, first time out all year, as sad as that is. Go Pesky Sens Go!!

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Ovi8 questionable according to citizen. Caps are 2-0 without ovi this year.

    • Sensnation

      Good for the team, however that’s normally one of the few matchups you see Karlsson get up for defensively, was looking forward to that.

  • SensFanInMTL

    These fuckin injury bugs have now caught up to us. And crisse, look at Spezza’s linemates. Nulle part.

  • Sensnation

    Trevor Daley!

    If the rumors are true that the Stars are making him available, he’d be the perfect complement to our top 4. Also the Stars need several quality dmen, so maybe 2dman for 1 scenario could work out perfectly for both teams. Thoughts?

    • Hax

      Don’t know Daley all that well but definitely agree that the most likely scenario is us trading away at least two of our current D for an upgrade of some sort. i.e. a team that’s more in rebuild mode that is looking to get younger.

      • Sensnation

        Ya Dallas needs D almost as much as Edmonton does. They’re just retooling who their core is right now. Daley’s a good 2nd pairing dman.

        Gonchar has really proven he’s done this year, what a bad signing, but that’s exactly how desperate they are on D.

        • sprucesens

          yeah, we all knew gonchar is over his head now, and doesn’t play to the elite level he once was, not even on a very good level any more. Haven’t seen much of daley though. I’ve heard mostly good things. We’ve had rumoured interest before also. Would be ok with a 2 for 1 type deal, of D only. But no prospects going out the door is necessary for that deal, i think

          • Sensnation

            I would think if we sent Wiercioch and 1 other D we should be able to get Daley and 1 of the aging vets for a rental +/- picks on one side or the other.

            He is one of the more tempting names I’ve heard mentioned, has speed, skill and in general a pretty even type of player.

    • laffin681021

      One can only assume if there were any trade for Daley either Gryba and/or Wiercioch will be in the deal. Any rumors on the Sens making any initial calls for him?

      • Sensnation

        Package them up, grab Daley and a winger, everyone wins!

  • Guest

    Smith will be taking faceoffs, pointing Spezza over to the left side of the ice, and contributing defensively, but otherwise is playing on the wing.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Funny how one forward (Stone) coming out makes the fourth and third lines look so much less imposing. One guy who has played less then 10 game in his career, Well here we are with another big game, get the two points to keep pace and get the hell out of Dodge. Looking for a big night out of Zbad’s line tonight. PW and EG together will be an on the edge of your seat pairing. That being said, if you were to replace CP with MM, we will be looking at what I had hoped would be our D starting next season. 3 pairs of right/left D each pair with a puck mover and stay at home D. GO SENS GO

  • Cicero

    To reflect Spezza’s waning popularity, he will maintain the C on his
    jersey, but it will be rotated 90-degrees clockwise and re-sewn with an
    umlaut added above it. Turris will get the regular C.

  • Hax

    Sens game vs Carolina moved to Saturday.

    • Michenator

      why’s that?

  • SenaTHOR

    I suspect if Ovie plays they will try and get a PW and EG matchup As Ovie is a right handed shot he would generally get head up more so on Wiercioch except in front of the net where Ovie switches to the left side for the one timer. Our right wingers better be ready to cover the high slot.

  • ZibbyFan

    Can someone pls. post a stream for tonight’s game if they know of one? Would really like to see SDC play well as well as the rest of the team. Early prediction – Ottawa 4-2…

  • Roar…

    Wonder what the heck the team is doing in practice to have two guys hurt the past two skates yeesh haha.

    • Deadly

      Practicing harder than they played against the Rangers.

      • sprucesens

        that wouldn’t be hard to do…..

  • Mitchell

    ice chips for the sens vs caps isn’t up yet on the tsn website. even though it’ll be on tsn. but don’t worry the leafs are up!

  • sprucesens

    i really wish the lineups would have had smith at 4c, and da costa on spezza’s wing. Or something like this

    Mac-turris-Ryan
    Zib-Spezza-conacher
    Michalek-Da Costa-Greening
    Condra-Smith-Neil

    I just hope da costa is at least given a chance to perform with offensive players. Would have made more sense to call up hoffman or puemple in my opinion, but it could be to showcase him as well. Not that you are doing him any favors on our 4th line… anywho, go sens go

    • Sensnation

      Interestingly Edmonton was one of a few teams taking a look at DaCosta early season when he was being showcased as a C. Could be that he’s being kept at C for that reason again.

  • esk

    leafs on a 5 game winning streak soo tsn gossiping more and more about the sens.

    • peetypuck

      Patrick Roy, “Two weeks ago the Leafs were trading everyone. This week they’re winning the Stanley Cup.” LOL

  • karlssens

    Sens reportedly showing interest in Moulson. A little too old for my liking. But if we can sign him on a 4 year deal I wouldn’t mind.

  • Sensnation

    Gametime! GO SENS GO!!!

    Ovie confirmed out.

  • QSenFan

    Good start. Lets keep it up for 60

  • luckan20

    Quite close for an interference penalty. We need lay the body. At moment we are on the receiving end.

    • Sensnation

      Agreed, looked a bit weak but by the book it’s a penalty. Not that there weren’t others like Zibanejad being hooked all the way down the ice.

      • luckan20

        exactly. theses officials are not consistent.

        • Sensnation

          Wow this is just getting worse. Where are the calls our way, there’s plenty to call there, yet they call these wimpy “leaning on you” plays!

  • karlssens

    Spezza is so infuriating

    • Sensnation

      Why cause he got a penalty called against him? He was playing hard!

      He’s played well so far, some good chances, a turnover or two. Keep it going!

  • karlssens

    Weak period.

  • Andrews theory

    How in the hell is that a penalty to Gryba ?

    • Sensnation

      You know when you’re both going for the same spot and the other loses his footing, clear penalty! ;)

  • QSenFan

    Where was the interference exactly. Gryba had body positioning

    • CUP 2014-15

      that is a call by someone who wants to let everyone know he is the boss out there. horrible call

  • Sensnation

    I sure wish Bobby Ryan played with the same anger for being left off Team USA as St. Louis has for being left off Team Canada. Could really use a hot streak from him!

    • karlssens

      St. Louis is a guy that gives it 120% every shift. Bobby as talented as he is, definitely seems like a bit of a floater.

      • Sensnation

        Agreed, ever since the “Bobby can’t spell intense” comment I’ve really noticed it. Just no anger in his game, he’s happy to play, no more no less.

        • CUP 2014-15

          not intense enough??? lol

    • CUP 2014-15

      or Nash 9g’s in 9gm’s

      • Sensnation

        Nash has been awesome! He was the name that surprised me but was happy he was picked. His skill was never in doubt, his team just wasn’t clicking earlier this year.

        • CUP 2014-15

          he has it all, size, shot and speed oh wait he’s a magician with the puck. Agree he is fun to watch

  • QSenFan

    I guess with all the empty seats in WSH the league needs to prop up the home team.

    • Sensnation

      Same way Phoenix is competitive every year

  • Aaron 2.0

    After the tonight’s 1st period i’m pretty uncomfortable with the team’s performance. WAS is not typically a good puck possession team if my memory serves me right. I’d say that period was about 50/50 (if not in favour of WAS). Not good enough against WAS. The effort was there, but the execution wasn’t great. When they did have quality chances, there was A LOT of missed nets. Maybe this is just an example of WAS playing a tighter game without Ovi in the lineup. We need to find space out there, and bring some more fluidity to this game.

    • Sensnation

      I felt like a lot of the 5-5 play was pretty even, two “questionable” penalty calls against us slanted it towards Washington in the end of the period. Games still up for the taking though!

      • Aaron 2.0

        For sure, there is a good chance to win here. But, 6 shots in a period isn’t going to cut it. I just felt we struggled to find space to operate. I’m hoping for a little more next period. On the flip side, I thought our defensive coverage was good!

  • karlssens

    It kills me, if Bobby had macarthurs compete level, he could easily be a perennial 40 goal scorer.

  • luckan20

    We only had 6 shots on a team has the inexperienced defensive crop. It is not good. The call on Gryba was lame.

    • SenaTHOR

      Reputation call? Maybe same ref as Lars interference call.

  • F5

    Wow, people relax! It’s 0-0

  • CUP 2014-15

    Let’s get a forecheck going early here in the second and get some bodies to the net. Just my opinion but their forwards are really freakin low coming back, the point should be open.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Hey… Ohhh bobby Ryan is apparently today’s whiping boy.

    It’s a tie game 0-0

    Stop complaining

    • CUP 2014-15

      LOL, were just learning to spell intensity

    • Sensnation

      Not complaining, just wishing he’d step it up and get hot right now! For all I care Da Costa could score the hat trick and I’m happy. Just anyone step up and carry this team right now!

    • bluebuyyoo

      But, he has great stats, right?

  • karlssens

    Can someone tell them they are playing hockey..

  • karlssens

    Pathetic effort so far again. 7 shots

  • QSenFan

    How about giving your stick to ceci chris…you’re standing right next to him

    • Aaron 2.0

      You read my mind. I saw more than 1 missed chance to get him a stick. Wake up guys.

  • Sensnation

    Woohoo! TURRIS!!!

  • QSenFan

    What a shot!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Turris man… that speed………….. He is so good.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Real sneaky shot by Turris. I didn’t realize it was in the net (lol). That was really the 1st dangerous play tonight by that line (obviously, not normal for those 3). Maybe it’ll energize them!

  • karlssens

    We need a winger for spezza so bad. Smith is a center not a wingerz..

    • Sensnation

      Agreed. Some good chances by that line tonight.

  • QSenFan

    What a bad penalty again by Mac. Love the guy but that is twice in two games in the Ozone

  • CUP 2014-15

    Come on CMac bad one to take, same as in the NY game he takes one on the PP . LETS GO BOYS!!!!

  • luckan20

    Yes it was a bad one to take, but we royally suck in our own PP.

  • Sensnation

    Nice to have the lead after 2, but we still need a big 3rd!

    NJ is heating up, we can’t lose ground tonight.

    • Aaron 2.0

      No help from Columbus either so far tonight. How do those guys have a 2-goal lead against LA? Those try-hards are driving me insane.

      • Millennium

        They were playing well for a while, and now Horton is playing for them finally. They are a good team.

        • Aaron 2.0

          I forgot they had Horton.

        • Sensnation

          Wouldn’t mind a few of their gritty wingers.

        • SensChirp

          LA played yesterday in Boston too. Tough back to back.

      • JAY79

        It doesn’t help that L.A. is playing their backup, although Columbus has been playing really well.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Game is in Ohio but still…..

  • luckan20

    All the teams below us are heating up. We need points and tonight is crucial. We have tough games ahead.

    • Millennium

      Florida’s gonna win tonight most likely, putting them at 47. Literally everyone except the Sabres are hot on the trail. Unreal how tight the race is.

  • QSenFan

    Lets go boys, need 2 points!!!!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    How are the boys looking. Just got home from class to catch the 3rd

    • CUP 2014-15

      slow game not much going on. Karl looks great tonight

  • H POTTER

    Man I miss Stone already!! SDC is slow and invisible

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This PP can seal it let’s go!!!

    • Sensnation

      Hell YEAH! Spezza!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Spezz.

  • H POTTER

    He needed that..yesssssssssssss

  • bluebuyyoo

    Who scored that? ;-)

  • QSenFan

    Finally!!!!

  • H POTTER

    Let’s hope Anderson gets a shut out

  • H POTTER

    Did anybody see that girl scratch smith?? Wtf

    • bluebuyyoo

      Meow

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Did anyone see Cowen stand there just staring…. Does he have a mean bone in his body?

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      The man still hasn’t realized that he is 6 foot 5 and 230 pounds.

      • H POTTER

        I think it’s a mirage..lolol

      • Sensnation

        He still needs to fill out. He’s pretty scronny for his size.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          This, I ran into him at baton Rouge not too long ago, and I am 6’2″ 230ish (at the time a little less now hahaha) and did not feel like he was large

    • H POTTER

      Unreal

    • Sensnation

      If this is the first time all game we get to this comment, he’s had a pretty good game. Still has work to do, but overall he’s taken the body pretty well this game, that was just a really bad one.

      Not knocking anyone out like Karlsson is though ;)

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Great save by Anderson.

  • karlssens

    Cowen for god sakes use your body you oaf

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Man. Columbus and I hate to say it but the Leafs are both on fire. I am liking this playoff race already going on. I refresh the standings every single night. Lets finish this game on a high note. Good to see Spezza score!

  • Sandy

    WTF is wrong with St. Louis. Losing 7-1 to New Jersey..

  • Andersonfan41

    I hope that Pierre Lebrun is right about Matt
    Moulson would really like to see Moulson
    in a Senators uniform!

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      What did he say?

      • Millennium

        Could Matt Moulson be heading to Ottawa?

        LeBrun: Matt Moulson will be a very popular name as the March deadline approaches. We know he’s one of the guys the LA Kings are looking at, but the Ottawa Senators are another team. A little bit of a connection with the Senators, as GM Bryan Murray’s nephew Tim Murray is now GM in Buffalo. Moulson’s a guy that if the Senators can stay in the playoff mix over the next few weeks, I believe they will make inquiries on him.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Hmmmm interesting. Although realistically I think I would prefer him with conacher and zibby… Would be a hell of a pesky skilled scoring line.

  • Andrews theory

    Did Neil really just go offside with an open net?

    C’mon now…

  • Sensnation

    Anderson and Spezza really answered the bell tonight! Nice win by the Sens, hopefully a good launching pad for the last 30 games.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Nooooooo game on saturday is schedueled for 12pm eastern great add a automatic loss. But great 2 points to night

    • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

      eventually a bad streak has to end, hopefully saturday it is!

  • Sandy

    Big 2 pts.. but the next 2 games are the really big ones.

    Tampa is tough to beat and the Sens have lost to them already… Carolina.. they have trouble winning there — haven’t done so for a long time… Then they make it an afternoon game.. so that’s double trouble.
    Sens need to win the next 2..

  • luckan20

    We need Andy to repeat against Tampa. Karlsson had an amazing game. Same goes with Ceci.

  • sprucesens

    solid game. Best effort was anderson and spezza actually playing like he’s being paid 7 mill. A decent effort, not dominant, but good, and a much needed W. This team is definitely heading in a much better direction than they were to start the year. Let’s hope they keep it up.

  • luckan20

    Hopefully we will have Methot next game. We need foot speed in the back end. Poor Wiercioch will be sent back to press box. If I was BM, I will rest Phillips against Tampa. Wiercioch is useful in PP, while Methot can take Phillips ice time.

  • Reazy

    Good road win; build off the positives from the game and take into Tampa Thursday night because we’re going to need to play better to beat them. Was so happy to Andy get a SO tonight! Didn’t like how some fans bashed him out after the previous 2 games before tonight. It takes more than one player to lose a game and win a game. Good team win tonight! Go Sens Go

  • Sensturion

    Why is the West shitting the bed against the East now… -.- C’mon St.Louis and Colorado! WAKE UP!

    • Deadly

      It is a conspiracy. Let’s get a forensic investigation going on it.

  • Zelle

    I love Turris!

  • Luc Wolfe

    I would like to see BM pull the trigger sooner then later, i think this would benifice the sens if they can give some prospect for moulson, and become the wingman of spezza, I hate day dreaming though…..

    • spartacus

      Great road game win by the Sens. Karlson was awesome, solid goaltending, an all round good game. I find it interesting with all the negativity expressed towards Cowen’s inability to handle the puck. I see it too and wonder why he uses such a long stick. Often the puck is in his feet and he cannot reach it due to the stick length. Smith also uses an extra long stick with a little better result but not much. Only King Karlson has that unique ability.

      • Deadly

        Perhaps because he is six foot six.he needs a longer stick. Combined with his reach he might be able to poke check a bit.

        • spartacus

          I agree it can be useful to poke check but it is at the expense of good puck handling which is at the heart of a lot of complaints about him. He often cannot get the puck out of his own end and relies too much with one hand on the stick leading to bad penalties or losing the stick altogether. When I played and coached hockey we always used shorter sticks to develop puck handling skills. Don Cherry always says the same thing.

          • Deadly

            I always defer to Don. Maybe he would never be a strong puck carrier..

  • Sandy

    10 giveaways by the Sens tonight. Need to be better than that against Tampa or they will get buried.
    Shoot at the feet of Bishop.. hopefully they get lucky..

    • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

      or just score more goals then the opposition and hopefully in regulation time! :)

  • Andrews theory

    Considering PW has sat for 15 games or something, I thought he had a solid outing.

    His first pass is fantastic, giving us 3 go to guys starting the breakouts.

  • Sandy

    Scary thought.. but if the Leafs win tonight they tie the Habs in points.. but have 7 less ROWs than the Habs…

  • Andrews theory

    I’d still like to see Lehner dual Bishop…

    I could see Lehner extremely fired up for that game!

  • Zelle

    Wow 4-0 for the Leafs against the Avs and this is a back-to-back for them..

    • Zelle

      Florida, Columbus, Toronto, Montreal, Rangers, Islanders, Philly, all playing really well right now. Sens need to keep up and surpass their efforts to get into the playoffs. Not going to be easy.

    • Sandy

      And at altitude… do they run out of steam in the 3rd?

      • Zelle

        I sure hope so.

  • SensChirp

    Was really hoping to read more good things in here about Spezza after the rough ride he has been getting lately. Same goes for Anderson. If this team is going to make the playoffs and make any kind of noise when they get there, it’s going to be because those two get hot.

    Tonight was a step in the right direction.

    • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

      Spezza and Andy was amazing chirp, no question about it. My concern is our depth for scoring and helping spezza to have a solid scorer with him. I got no issues with Spezza. I think the fans need to be patient like we were with Alfie for several season were many were questioning his leadership. We all know what Jason can do, but he can do much more with elite players by his side. The Only line that needs some change is the wingers jason is playing with. Conacher, Zibby and Michalek seems to be playing well together, Turris, Macarthur and Ryan is great as always, and our fourth line is doing what it’s suppose to be doing. I’d like to see ottawa be aggrasive on the trading market, that’s all

      • Sandy

        That’s why a winger should have been brought up to play with Spezza.. Not Da Costa… I don’t have anything against Da Costa, but it messed with 2 lines shaken up..
        Unless.. Tim Murray wants a look at Da Costa again..

    • Aaron 2.0

      I thought those two were the best players tonight, along w/ Turris & Karlsson. Overall, I’d probably say not our greatest game tonight. But, a win, is a win, is a win, I guess. I thought our defensive coverage was somewhere b/w okay and good, and our execution w/ the puck was just okay. It’s probably going to take more against TB. With the way Spezza is playing (& w/ Stone out), I think it might be a good time to consider shuffling the deck of cards w/ our forwards. Maybe get Spezza back into the top 6 for next game.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Spezza led all forwards in TOI. No SH time. Scored a nice insurance PP goal.
      Anderson with a 34 save shutout that included some great stops.

      This team is much better with Spezza and Anderson playing up to their potential.

      Keep it up and light up Bishop!

    • Sicilian

      I thought Spezza was fantastic. Even better than his hat-trick game a the beginning of the year. He was great at both ends of the ice

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Spezza has played good, was not a liability. We need consistency and we will be super happy for the Spezzzz I’d love to be a Spezza fan, I really really do !

  • Eugenius

    It’d be nice if Columbus would stop winning every game……

  • sben

    something has to pop in the center log jam. You can’t have spezza or zibanejad playing 3rd line minutes. Something seriously has to happen. Just like the goalie log jam. To worsen it Lazar is also a center but he has shown that he can play as a winger in the WJCs so I’m not too worried.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Having Turris, Spezza and Zib all playing well enough to be earning top 6 minutes is a nice problem. No? :-)

    • Shibal

      Zibanejad does not even play third line minutes- He has been playing fourth line minutes ever since Spezza came back. His ice time has been behind Spezza, Smith, and Turris; Today and last game he only played 11 minutes. I have no idea why Mac is so stubborn in keeping him Center, while preferring Condra and Smith playing alongside Spezza. Zibanejad has no hope in reaching his potential as long as Spezza and Smith are on this team.

      If this goes on for the next few years, he can be rightfully considered a waste of a pick at 6th overall.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        As long as Phillips and Spezza will be with the sens… PMac will give them both more ice time then they should get. That’s a sad reality but were not the only team that has those vets eating up the ice time. Gomez in mtl had a similar contract 7.5 mil and he was eating a lot of ice time. As a coach you have players that you have to play more. Spezza is ATM our Gomez, an overpaid player that hurts the team spirit with his lazy plays, at least Spezza produce some points ! Granted, the last few games he’s doing the lil things a lil better, he shows that he cares by backchecking a lil bit and not doing dumb passes. That is a huge improvement for him.

        But whatever, as long as the sens win… I’m happy, I just want them to be pesky with or without spezza and Phillips .

        We all know now that Turris and Zbad are the #1 and #2 center PMac knows it also but he is in charge of a #3 center that eats up 7 mil… He has to play him.

  • kerovnian

    Spessa led all Sens forwards in terms of time on ice. Including at even strength.

  • Dirtysweetness

    Would adding Byfuglin as a winger make sense? (no pun intended)

  • One Gun Mitty

    Ottawa has given up one goal in their last three road games.

    Please don’t play at home again.

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  • Senator-Stanley

    just booked my flight to Vancouver for the Hertitage Classic!
    Great win tonight!

    • Zelle

      I’m incredibly jealous.

  • BigDaddy

    Interesting to hear about Moulson. Hopefully Tim has love for guys like Greening/Gryba/Weir/Hoffman/Prince because even though I love the idea of a trade I don’t want to give up a key piece or a pick. It is a tough deal to do since he could just walk at the end of the season but that should make him cheaper. At some point between now and next years trade deadline I think we do need to trade Andie. He is one of our more valuable pieces that is moveable, need to hand the team over to Lehner eventually.

  • thepez

    Good road win last night. Should have scored about 5 more if they could hit the net, but a win is a win.
    Anyone else notice that PW46 has played 2 games in the last two weeks and they both were a shutout win by the Sens? Does he make mistakes, yes and so does every other d-man on this team. Would like to see PW46 in the lineup more often.

    • spartacus

      Last win was indeed a good team win. Whenever Spezza and Karlson don’t turn the puck over we can expect to be competitive. They each have a terrible plus -minus and the team played great last year without them. If they can improve in the turnover department this team can go a long way in the playoffs but first we have to qualify. I agree they missed the net way too many times last game.