Game Day- Crucial Matinee in Carolina

SensChirp January 25, 2014 431
Game Day- Crucial Matinee in Carolina

Afternoon games certainly haven’t been kind to the Ottawa Senators so far this season but they’ll be hoping for a different result as they play a crucial game against Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes.

It should go without saying at this point but there will be a huge two points on the line today in Raleigh.  Like many of the teams pushing for playoff spots, the Hurricanes have been on a heck of a run the last little while and have played their way back into the Eastern Conference playoffs picture.  With 53 points, the Canes sit just a single point behind the Senators and have played one less game. They are coming off back to back wins over the Flyers and Sabres that allowed them to keep pace with the rest of the chase pack in the East.

Much has been made about this road trip for the Senators as it includes a number of teams they are battling for playoff positioning.  After the matinee in Carolina, the Senators travel to Columbus to take on one of the hottest teams in the NHL in the Blue Jackets.  As good as the Sens have played of late (6-1-3 in their last ten), there really isn’t any room for error.  Everyone around them is playing well making each game that much more important.

After a couple games as a healthy scratch, Marc Methot returns to the Ottawa blueline.  His benching had nothing to do with his play but you would expect that Methot comes out motivated and eager to make a good impression.  With Methot returning, Patrick Wiercioch returns to the pressbox.

The pairings at yesterday’s practice were a little strange with Karlsson and Ceci both taking the day off.  You would assume that Methot plays with Gryba this afternoon but the two weren’t paired together during yesterday’s skate.  It could mean Methot is paired with Karlsson to start this afternoon.  We shall see.  MacLean is expected to go with the same forward combinations as he finished the game with in Tampa Bay.  Here’s how they are expected to line up.

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

Methot-Karlsson
Cowen-Gryba
Phillips-Ceci

Robin Lehner gets the start in the Ottawa goal.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 12:00 PM.

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  • PraiseAlfie11

    For the poll, Kassian should be in there…he should be in the lineup too :)

    • SenaTHOR

      I think Kasson does OK for an enforcer BUT you need someone who can be effective for 8 to 10 minutes. I’ve met him he is a great guy.

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Looking at the team’s record with him in, I say he brings much more to the table than just enforcer.

        • Laurence Babchyuk

          Haha well he brings superstition. Hockey players are EXTREMELY superstitious

  • SENSsmile

    Lehner in goal seems like a great idea, only if his team shows up in front of him. It’s a matinee and they’re playing in Raleigh… arrgh!

    • SENSsmile

      Of course, I had to open my big mouth. Lehner is crapping his bed so far…

      • Deadly

        He is young and needs some time to become what we expect him to become. Everyone should relax and let him be the back up goalie for some time.
        His time will come.

        • SENSsmile

          Agreed, but the Sens need a win today. They need it badly…

  • mr.slapshot

    I think Clarke should be beating Karlsson IMO, as much as they’ve both been good.

    • Sensnation

      Absolutely, Karlsson has only been good offensively, his defense has been horrible this year, finally starting to become more consistent. Was surprised to even see him in the poll, but I guess a lot of fans only care about offense, unless it’s Spezza of course, then the turnovers matter most.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Uggg to the noon puck drop.

    Top 6 looks good… Not sure what I think of the third line… 4th is classic

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Ha…skipped over the lineup (RIP snoopy). That line looks like it could be very nice.

      I hope for dacosta that he starts making things happen. IMO, he has a small window left to prove his worth in the NHL.

  • Mclovin

    I have a feeling we’re gonna have to catch the Habs if we want a playoff spot with the leafs and wings winning.
    Absolutely need this game…

    • PraiseAlfie11

      The target for me is the 3rd spot as well. Habs may not hold it for long though the way they are playing.

      The Sens are right in it. Good thing they found the switch when they did…otherwise it would be over right now.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        They found the switch when spezza and Phillips were inured. Coincidence ?

    • Deadly

      The Habs seem to waiting for us but there are a lot of other teams riding our coat at Olsen.

  • Jacques

    Have faith in DaCosta he’ll surprise you!

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Mmmmm he keep surprising me… As the fact that he can’t perform at a NHL level

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This is gonna be a tough tough game. Not only does the time of the game scare me, but the team on home ice.

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

    Crucial game it is! Hopefully we show up!Happy to see Methot in the line-up. We need a regulation win! It’s a must!! I was hoping to read a bold paragraph regarding sens rumors… but nothing… quite sad.

    so i’ll make my own.

    Get Moulsson for 1-2 prospects + Conacher

    Ship Cowen for Gagner or Eberle

    If Spezza can’t make it work then we know who to blame.

    Dreaming is so nice… :)

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Gagner wouldn’t be usefull to this club. Eberle is the one oiler that would fit the sens but the price would be steep. Moulsson brings grit and I’d love it if we can get him if we can resign him. I wouldn’t want to sacrifice prospects for a rental player

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

        Who said rental… if im making a trade im hoping to keep player im getting. Im not a huge cowen fan. Id trade Phillips first I dont see it happening

    • Sensnation

      Still on the trade Cowen train eh, thanks god management doesn’t listen to fans like you, biggest mistake would be trading him, especially for a forward, we don’t have any other players who can go 2-3 on d. You’d destroy the rebuild in 1 trade.

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

        Destroy the rebuild hes been average

  • Mitchell

    one suggestion i would make for the line up would be to switch conacher and michalek. though with macleans juggling i’m sure it could happen. conacher and da costa would be just a little small and michalek has more defensive awareness imo then conacher

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Piss off with the maple leafs pregame

  • CUP 2014-15

    Going off the page here today. The team was loose in practice yesterday having fun according to Boo Boo. I think they are going to come out flying and win this one walking away. 5,6 or even 7-2. Also feeling a rough, physical game. Big day for Bobby and Karl today. GO SENS GO

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      If the bring out the peskyness they will win.
      Go sens Go!

  • H POTTER

    Let’s go BOYS
    Regulation WIN a must! Then we show Columbus who we are!!!! Let’s go on our winning streak

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Wooooooo let’s go streaking

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    GO SENS GO!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Referees are Tim Peel and a Rookie today. Puke.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Same rookie that made the terrible calls at the end of the Tampa game.

  • Deadly

    Bingo power play..SDC ,Zbad and Ceci. Good set up by SDC.

  • H POTTER

    Thank god it was Gryba on defence otherwise skinner would’ve flatten Cowen

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      LOL yep.

    • Sensnation

      Really? Man this is going to be a long game in here if you guys are already starting on him.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Puck is bouncing around like a lacrosse ball

  • bluebuyyoo

    Softie

    • CUP 2014-15

      very

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Can’t have that go in.

  • H POTTER

    Thank you grandma phillips

  • H POTTER

    Lehner was straight asleep

    • MikeS

      Dont blame him, i just woke up

  • FistsofNeil25

    Brutal first goal to let in. Phillips was so soft of the puck behind the net and Lehner was still asleep. Can’t allow that garbage to beat him.

    • Sensnation

      When he posts a shutout he gets the bench anyways, what does it matter to him at this point as long as they get the win.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Big PK

  • matsoukas45

    There is no way a 5`5 guy gerbie should outmuscle a 6`3 220 pound guy i.e phillips after that play if i were coach i would bench him,but he won`t cause the guys the coach should bench he doesn`t.They need to let Phillips go he has been more bad then good this year

    • Sensnation

      Or maybe the coach isn’t like fans and realizes you don’t bench pro players for every single imperfect play. How is benching always the answer in here. You bench someone when they don’t follow the rules, like Methot, not when they can’t make the play you wish they did.

      • matsoukas45

        So he can make 10 mistakes and you keep playing him and how do you know Methot wasn`t following the rules nobody knows,but the proof of Phillips mistakes you can see so don`t put out stuff you don`t know anything about.

        • Sensnation

          Are you serious, they straight up said he didn’t follow the rules and that’s why he was benched. You are so clueless, go troll somewhere else!

    • Sensnation

      Phillips just stood up Semin at the line, where’s the support for that? I guess that wouldn’t support him being more bad than good, so why notice it.

      • matsoukas45

        You have anything else to say what a bad pinch from Phillips he is a waste of space he is terrible and you saying other wise is also a waste of space.

        • Sensnation

          Haha, yes, you obviously right with your assessment, how could I have not known that fan matsoukas45 knows best. What a joke you are!

          • matsoukas45

            I might be a joke but everyone can read that you have no clue about hockey you just a jock sniffer the players can do no wrong for you.

          • Sensnation

            Haha, yup you got it, right on point. So smart, man, I wish I was you, must be awesome. Like a lifetime of awesome, so jealous!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Nice try by EK! What a pass by Turris man

  • CUP 2014-15

    Good PK now lets get a freaken goal

  • Aaron 2.0

    Now we’re asking Karlsson to play more PK. He can do it just fine, but how many minutes are we going to ask this guy to play every night? Another top-4 at some point will make this team much, much more formidable.

  • CUP 2014-15

    PULL HIM NOW!!!!!

    • Sensnation

      That wasn’t in

      • CUP 2014-15

        He still misjudged it badly. Maybe this break will wake him up.

        • Sensnation

          I don’t know, I grew up being told the post is the goalies friend, and if it hits the post and doesn’t go in the goalie did his job.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I know, my fault, just a tad upset at his start. In the words of Tommy B when asked about getting lucky in a playoff win due to four posts, “what you want me to stop the ones going wide too” a classic.

  • bluebuyyoo

    No goal! Tim Peel is an asshole! A fucking blind asshole!

  • H POTTER

    Lehner just got freaking lucky here but he needs to freaking start playing Merde!!

    • Sensnation

      Relax buddy, cant’ fault a goalie for a stupid ref!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    That’s not a goal.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Oh Tim Peel. I know that’s not in, but I’d pull Lehner. He doesn’t look ready to play (and I love Lehner).

  • Jacques

    Why the hell is it Tim Peel reffing us again!

    • bluebuyyoo

      He is training the rookie how call a Sens game.

      • Jacques

        He’s like MR McGoo that Bastard!

        • Sensnation

          At least it isn’t comb in hand Fraser! He’d spend the whole game teaching the other ref the right way to comb your hair in-game.

    • Sensnation

      Conspiracy! Fck Tim Peel! ;)

      • Aaron 2.0

        Well, if anything it sort of shows it’s not a conspiracy because that gets reviewed and corrected every time. So, Tim Peel is just that bad blind (lol).

        • Sensnation

          No I know, it was a joke. He’s just so god damn terrible!

          • Aaron 2.0

            I don’t get how these guys performance aren’t reviewed more often. This guys should not be a NHL ref.

          • Sensnation

            I’d love to see an NHL special on their sit downs with refs, but they don’t want to embarrass them on tv.

          • Deadly

            Was he working the Detroit ” in Foster Hewitts voice…..He hit the screen fifteen feet high…heeee Scooooorrrres. Game

  • bluebuyyoo

    Paraphrasing Barasso, “Do you want me to stop the ones that go wide too?” I love that quote!

  • Deadly

    Everyone has be asking for Lehner..cut him some slack not that we have him in.

    • Sensnation

      Exactly, they’d bench the whole team before the 1st period was out if they were coaching them. We’d be watching Zack Kassian and Smith trying to play a whole game.

    • Aaron 2.0

      In general, I’d love to see more Lehner! It’s just that we can’t afford to lose a game due to a bad goal-tending performance right now. It happens to even the best goalies. It’s just more of a feel for me; he doesn’t look comfortable today. I’d come back next period with Anderson. But, hey, maybe during the intermission he will settle himself down, and maybe he turns the post into some positive energy for himself.

      • Sensnation

        Anderson’s far from being the guy who would stop us from losing games due to bad goals.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Lol. I hear you. I’m just a little concerned that Lehner’s sort of uncomfort in that period might turn into defensive uncomfort. Nothing would make me happier if Lehner comes back and dominates!

          • Sensnation

            Ya, we came out firing hopefully can get back to that asap in the 2nd!

      • Jacques

        C’mon this isn’t the make or break game! There are two periods left, I’m not more comfortable with Andy in nets.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Apart from Lehner, it was a decent period by the Sens.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Agree, sens were the better team. Neat to generate more quality scoring chances though.

  • luckan20

    Not only Lehner, but also our guys are weak on the face-offs.

    • Sensnation

      9-11, not really worth complaining about

      • luckan20

        Do you know that we won 2 of them in PK, where Malhotra was sitting. Did you watch the game against Tampa we sucked there too with 41%.

        • Aaron 2.0

          CAR is really really good at FOs. I thought we were fine in the dot.

        • Sensnation

          Yes, not sure what the point is though. Spezza, Smith and Turris are over 50% on the year, Zibanejad is 2 wins off of being there. It’s really just Da Costa over this last stretch, which isn’t surprising given his experience level in the NHL.

  • H POTTER

    Gryba has been solid in the neutral zone and own blue line getting physical

    • Sensnation

      Agreed, really like Gryba’s play!

      • Deadly

        Remember the hate he received when he was learning his craft.He handle the puck better now,uses his body more effectively..etc.
        We have a young guy coming back from a serious hip injury……time = improvement.

        • Sensnation

          Agreed, he just needs ice time to keep developing, has a nice skillset for a DFD and I love how much he wants to lay people out!

  • Eugenius

    need to get in khudobin’s grill. if he can see it, he’ll save it

    • Sensnation

      This Khudobin has been outstanding this year!

      • RUSH RLZ

        Obi-Wan Khudobi

  • RUSH RLZ

    Come on guys, let’s learn to spell I-N-T-E-N-S-I-T-Y this is painful to watch. Again.

    • MikeS

      I feel like everyone playing just woke up 5 minutes ago this game

  • H POTTER

    Man Lehner is still asleep..behind the net soft pass. The cross ice pass he almost did not move

  • FistsofNeil25

    Khudobin is giving up a ton of juicy rebounds. Send should be all over that.

  • MikeS

    I defend spezza more than anyone but he has cement feet today

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Boy, it’s a real treat to watch Erik Karlsson play hockey on my team man. He’s worth the price of admission in himself.

    Good start to the period though, Spezz is making plays.

  • MikeS

    Did karlsson just save that by batting it out of the air?

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      He is amazing. Didn’t bat it, but still amazing.

  • H POTTER

    This is unreal..he may cost us the game

  • T K

    Had Lehner rotated in the other direction, that puck would have gone in. Lucky…

  • H POTTER

    For all you Phillips supporters..i just can’t with him

    • MikeS

      Ya, he has cost both goals today. Well that and Lehner has been crappy

      • Sensnation

        Can’t fault the goalie those last 2 goals. 1 breakaway, 1 2on1. Yes would be nice if he was outstanding and saved those, but damn what is our team doing in front of him.

        • MikeS

          I was thinking the first 2 goals….The second one Lehner would have if he was awake

          • Sensnation

            The breakaway on Eric Staal?

          • MikeS

            Ya…it was five-hole with not alot of heat

          • Sensnation

            Eric f’n Staal man, don’t think I need to defend it beyond that. He’s a superstar on a breakaway that timed the five-hole opening perfectly. Never going to blame the goalie for that!

  • FistsofNeil25

    That was just all kinds of bad. How did all 5 guys allow Staal to get behind them?

  • Sensnation

    Sens falling apart :(

  • H POTTER

    Pull him da fakk out

  • bluebuyyoo

    Remove the Lehner. The guy at the other end of the ice is vastly outplaying him so far.

  • Jacques

    Why did Methot cross the ice like that? That guy was going nowhere!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Why the hell didn’t MM just stay with him, the passer couldn’t cut to the net

  • FistsofNeil25

    Lehner hasn’t been good but the other 5 guys on the ice were absolutely brutal on those two goals. Typical afternoon game for the Sens.

    • MikeS

      Everyone has been brutal this game, except for karlsson

    • Sensnation

      Unfortunate because they came out of the gate strong for the most part.

    • H POTTER

      Same time zone for all the other teams as well..inexcusable

  • Aaron 2.0

    Team fell apart. 3-goals isn’t insurmountable. But, i’m out. It’s Saturday afternoon. Have fun guys!

  • Jacques

    2nd goal Spezz just has to stay with Staal or worst case scenario hook the bastard!

    • TylerB

      spezza was the hardest backchecker on that play… that wasnt even his man

      • Jacques

        Real hard the play was right there, he becomes you’re- f-ing man!

        • SensChirp

          As is usually the case- the whole team is a mess and you pick on Spezza.

          • Jacques

            He was practically stride for stride with him, let’s keep making excuses. He should be on the third line, don’t like Zibby on the wing makes us considerably weaker! Again Spezza’s line getting dominated as I write this,

        • Sensnation

          Actually I think he becomes Ceci’s man in that situation. It was just a complete coverage failure in the end.

          • MikeS

            To be fair to ceci he was covering another man, a more experienced d-man probably would have backed up and made it a 2 on 1 though

          • Sensnation

            Ya that’s all I’m saying, not blaming ceci, the play obviously started with the blown pinch.

    • H POTTER

      To stay with staal he would have to know grandpa Phillips would miss on his lousy pinch

      • Jacques

        That’s a given that Phillips f’s up!

  • aegiszx

    Time for Karl to start leading. Look for him soon to get that first goal for us…

  • Mark

    Lehner has not really impressed me this year. This game is over. Have a nice weekend everyone.

    • Andrews theory

      FAIL

    • Sensnation

      1 game becomes this year?

    • TylerB

      Theres lots of time for them to come back. This group has been very resilient in the last month or so.

    • Sandy

      Maybe if he played a little more.. he wouldn’t look so rusty. Most of the games he sits on the bench..
      This guy is a competitor… but he looks rusty out there for sure. Not saying Andy would be doing any better..

    • MikeS

      I think he has a shutout already this year in what? 3 games?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Chris Phillips — God bless his heart– needs to be scratched.

    • TylerB

      I love Phillips, but he has been really bad today, time to scratch him.

  • senskarlsson57

    How is Phillips even in the NHL? Can’t skate, can’t shoot, and can’t contain a guy that’s 5 5′ and 178 pounds.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Phillips is mishandling the puck every time it’s on his stick. It’s too bad his veteran status and the ‘A’ on his sweater forces us fans to watch his play decline by the game. He’s the one that should be a healthy scratch on a regular basis. Not Methot. Not Gryba. Not Wiercioch. Phillips is the 7th best blue liner on the roster.

    • Roar…

      Disagree. Claesson and Borocop are also both better. He’s probably Ottawa’s 8th or 9th best D at this point on the depth chart. It’s a travesty that he’s still playing games out of some demonic sense of loyalty from management. He’s gotta be shipped out ASAP.

  • Andrews theory

    Phillips needs some rest, it’s not just that he’s slower. He’s fighting the puck more and his decisions based on his current skill set hasn’t been as good as it can be.

  • Richard Gough

    How are they playing ?

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

    Well I don’t see us going in the playoffs now cant lose this game. This team cant focus… and the owner isnt helping with a limited salary cap

    • Deadly

      Finally today , the owner gets sucked into today’s game.

  • Sensnation

    Love how fans throw every veteran on the team under the bus. It surprises me that there are any NHL players that still remain loyal to franchise the way fans give up on them the minute they get past their prime.

    • mr.slapshot

      No one’s throwing anyone under the bus. Philips plays like shit and people say he plays like shit. Couldn’t be simpler.

      • bluebuyyoo

        I agree he is not playing well, but he is not the only problem on the ice today. Singling him out on every goal is plain wrong.

        • mr.slapshot

          Of course he’s not. Just been one of the more noticeable weak links today. I’m just saying nobodies lying by saying he has not been that great a player the last little while.

      • Sensnation

        Fans want every veteran save Neil gone. Every game all we hear is a listing of their mistakes no matter how well they played. It’s what it is, fickle fans. Impatient for this team to grow, impatient for the way certain players play. Always easy to wish for greener pastures, doesn’t mean they exist.

    • TylerB

      Phillips gets paid a lot of money, its fair he has to be better to avoid criticism.

      • Sensnation

        Criticism if fine, saying he shouldn’t be on the team or play, or in the nhl for every mistake is more than just criticism.

    • Roar…

      Chris Phillips – 6 takeaways, 36 giveaways (-30). That’s top 15 in terms of worst in the NHL by ratio. He’s been completely horrible game in and game out. He has no value. Even to coach recognizes it by only playing him 13 minutes a game. In those 13 minutes he’s still finding ways to give the puck up more than almost any other player in the league. In terms of per minute giveaways – he’s probably #1 in the NHL right now. He’s more than past his prime man. He’s completely fucking done. It’s blatantly obvious.

  • MikeS

    Ya Im out, This forum is super depressing right now

  • T K

    Lots of players standing around and watching instead of hustling for the puck.

    • Michenator

      end of a long shift… the boys just can’t play in the early games apparently. OH THERE’s TURRIS!

  • Sandy

    How much of this game is really on Lehner? That 4th goal.. how long did that kid stand there with the puck on his stick and no one went to check him?

    • Sensnation

      Agreed, Lehner isn’t playing outstanding, but hard to blame him on 3 of the goals.

      • bluebuyyoo

        Agreed. But at some point he has to match the goalie at the other end of the ice that is playing very well and giving his team a chance to win.

        • Sensnation

          A goalies performance has a lot to do with quality of chances and Carolina has definitely had better chances when they scored.

          • bluebuyyoo

            I disagree that all of the Canes goals have been on quality chances.

          • Sensnation

            Not the 1st, but then there was a breakaway, a 2 on 1, another 2 on 1 just now. 2 on 1s are quality chances, trailing right behind breakaways.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Agree. But the fucker at the the other end has been stopping almost all of the Sens quality chances.

          • Sensnation

            Agreed, but they weren’t breakaways and 2 on 1s. Now that Turris/MacArthur had a few of them we see that he’s not that much better.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Oops. Andy’s in.

          • Sensnation

            Good call, color me surprised lol

  • Sensnation

    Woohoo finally!

  • T K

    Finally

  • bluebuyyoo

    Pmac needs to call a TO or pull Lehner. Do something to shake these fuckers awake!

    • Sensnation

      I think the goal just did that :)

  • Deadly

    Time to head out and hit a bucket of balls.

  • TylerB

    I wonder how many tap in goals Turris has had this year. MacArthur could make anyone look great!

  • FistsofNeil25

    This has easily been the most embarrassing and pathetic effort by our team in a long long time. They’ve completely forgotten how to play defence. That last shift by Greening-Smith-Neil on the 4th Canes goal was hilarious. What were they doing out there? That’s supposed to be our shutdown line?!?! Absolutely brutal.

  • karlssens

    Seriously.. What is with this team and afternoon games

  • QSenFan

    The boys are sending a very clear message to Eugene: No more afternoon games next year

    • Eugenius

      That and, “Don’t expect any playoff revenues this year”

    • T K

      If the boys expect raises in their salaries, they had better get used to playing afternoon games

  • FistsofNeil25

    Nice icing there Phillips. Ever heard of a break out pass?!

    • H POTTER

      Speak louder he doesn’t have his hearing piece

  • GeeGee1313

    Ugh…the Smith-Neil-Greening line…just needs to sit today…

    • FistsofNeil25

      Today? I would be very happy to never see them as a line ever again.

      • Eugenius

        They’re a 4th line, and need to play 4th line minutes

  • F5

    Maybe the Sens thought the charity event started at noon today?

  • Sensnation

    Woohoo TURRIS!!!

    MacArthur what a pass!

  • Jacques

    Now we have a game!

  • T K

    Atta boy Kyle. Way to go Clarke

  • Jacques

    What a pass by Mac!

  • GeeGee1313

    Ride the new “pizza line” PMAC – Macarthur-Turris-Ryan…all night long

  • FistsofNeil25

    MacArthur and Turris are showing us why they should never be split up.

  • Richard Gough

    Phillips and Neil haters ASSEMBLE !!!!!!’ Lol

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sooooooo we have a game?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Clarke and Turris are something else.

  • Michenator

    get Lehner the heck out of that net….

  • Millennium

    Kyle Turris, 24 years old, $3.5M/yr until 2018. 1C/Captain material.

  • Jacques

    Lehner holy smokes!

  • Sensnation

    Nice on Methot to not take the shooter or the pass there, just help screen your goalie!

  • GeeGee1313

    Karlsson…you can’t leave Cowen alone…EVER!

    • Sensnation

      That was Methot … SEE WHAT I MEAN!

      • GeeGee1313

        …true…using Cowen as the whipping horse… that’s how one earns a Sens fan badge, no?

        • Sensnation

          Haha, correct, starts with Cowen, stage 1 badge, Spezza gets you the behind the scenes badge and Phillips, well he just gets you full access to the team, building and league!

          • bluebuyyoo

            LOL!

  • Sensnation

    ZBAD!!!

  • Jacques

    Game on!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Everything is happening!!!!!!

  • T K

    Ho ho ho thanks for the gift Mika!

  • Jacques

    That’s it Zibby centering his own line!

  • Sensnation

    This game is crazy! Loving that the team didn’t give up!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I want to turn this game off, but now I can’t

    • Jacques

      Haha

  • Jacques

    Now you put Andy in to start the 3rd!

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      YES PLEASE.

      • Sensnation

        A cold Anderson is your solution to a bad defensive game?

        • Jacques

          Yes, they r warming him up in the room , firing pucks against the wall!

          • Sensnation

            Haha, as long as he warmed up ;)

          • Jacques

            I sure hope so, Lehner has to come out cause you could ruin this guy in a game like this.

          • Sensnation

            This game will fuel Lehner’s fire. We need Red Robin to come back, they’re coaching the fire out of him, he plays best with it!

    • Deadly

      Maybe you owe it the players who have not given up.Obviously Robin in not feeling it today and I might be best for everyone if he sits out the third.

      • Jacques

        Exactly!

      • Sensnation

        Scapegoating Lehner for defensive mistakes. Given that he barely plays you try and leave him in.

        • Jacques

          Not blaming Lehner but if he lets in 9 or 10 it could really do damage to his psyche, he’s proud competitor.

          • Sensnation

            Grant Fuhr – It’s not how many you let in, it’s about not letting in the last goal … hopefully we get to the point in this game where it’s tied up again!

          • sprucesens

            ha, i hope he didn’t say that, because it would sound really stupid. Your team could have lost 9-1, with the other team letting in the “last goal” lol.

        • Deadly

          Not scapegoating at all. The third period could be good or bad ,but sometimes a rookie goalie needs to be sheltered”

          • Sensnation

            No I’m saying by pulling him the coach would be scapegoating him. Not that you are. If the coach ran with Lehner when he’s hot I’d agree with pulling him, however since he doesn’t Lehner only gets these games, so let him play it out imo.

          • Deadly

            Pulling a goalie between periods is very different than yanking him out mid period. Torts version of pulling a goalie was scapegoating. Maybe the coach talks to him ( although maybe he is too hot to approach) before making a decision.
            Like in baseball with a. Reliever he might be given the choice.

          • Sensnation

            No, I agree, however the team is making a comeback with him in nets. The point of switching goalies would be to try and wake them up a bit, no? I think they woke up!

          • Deadly

            A comeback requires “shutting the door ” goaltending.
            Anderson starting the third.

          • Sensnation

            Yes he is.

          • Jacques

            Exactly!

  • TylerB

    I told you guys Ottawa is resilient this year!

    • Jacques

      Psychic!

  • Andrews theory

    PESKY

  • Deadly

    Looks like the bucket will wait.

  • karlssens

    With some good goaltending, this game is 3-3.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Maclean shuffling the deck a bit. Conacher-Zbad-Ryan just had a few shifts together.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Could be trying to Ryan going. He has been rather invisible so far today.

      • Sensnation

        Ya Ryan needs to step up, he’s been pretty cold ever since I made that comment last week. We really need him to heat up right now!

      • Eugenius

        Play him with Spezz for god sake

  • MoeDozer

    Phillips has 8:58 TOI only Da Costa, condra, conacher have less…yet phillips has had the biggest impact (negative) on this game..i gave up on him a long time now to me hes just embarrassing him self and hurting his careers reputation.

    • Jacques

      If you say it moe than I agree! he should sit and let Wiorcioch play!

  • luckan20

    Folks……some of you targeting Phillips beats me. Every defensive goes through lean patches. Tonight if we lose, it is all because of 3 poor goals on Lehner.
    4th goal was simply Ottawa guys didn’t know what the heck they were doing on the ice.

    • Sensnation

      Ya those poor 2 on 1s and breakaways, damn goalies should stop all of those if they want to be in the NHL!

    • Mitchell

      I believe you judge a man of a series of games. I’m confident enough to say I’ve seen enough of Phillips own goals in are net. His finger pointing to the left when his clearly going to cover someone already being covered. He has heart I give him that but there isn’t enough to keep him here. We don’t owe him anything keeping him here. Hockey is an honor and a privledge it’s not a right.

  • Mitchell

    Spezza really needs to get some wingers. Loving some of these lines. Although if we were losing very bad I’d probably say differently. At any rate Go Sens Go! I’d love to get rid of Phillips but we’d need a top 4 to play in the bottom 6 in return.

  • luckan20

    Lehner ad no chance on Nash and Malhotra’s goals, but looked very weak on Ruutu, Gerbe and Stall

    • Sensnation

      Staal’s breakaway goal?

  • Deadly

    Like a good book,sometimes the pesky Sens are hard to put down or turn off.

    • Sensnation

      Hell Yeah! Hopefully not too many fans turned off their sets, this got exciting fast!

  • CUP 2014-15

    ZBad, Ryan Con….strange starting line

    • Sensnation

      I just wish Conacher would bury a chance here or there. Kid tries so hard, needs some results!

    • Millennium

      Ryan’s been in a funk, not a bad idea to give him some new linemates to try and get him going.

  • Sicilian

    Could that be our first goalie switch this year?

    • Sensnation

      Anderson’s been pulled 3 times in games he started.

  • karlssens

    This loss stings

  • Jacques

    Let’s see a lot of the TUrris and Zibby lines the rest are brutal.

  • Jacques

    No hook on DaCosta , PEEL u moths Fucka!

    • Jacques

      This league is a joke!

    • Michenator

      huge hook. Puts us on the powerplay, we get a goal…. nope.

  • Michenator

    BOBBY WHY?!?!!!

  • Jacques

    R u f-ing kidding me!

  • karlssens

    Que the trade rumours again

    • Jacques

      Right now! Haha

  • karlssens

    3 takeaways from this game:

    Karlsson is amazing, good lord.
    Phillips is quite unbearable to watch, time to hang em up.
    Ryan needs to pick up the hustle, big time.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Don’t forget about Turris. He gets better every game.

    • Sensnation

      I really wish people would say Karlsson is amazing offensively and not just amazing. Again he just left Cowen on his own fending off 2 defenders while he decided to take no one!

      Turris on the other hand, he’s amazing!

      • Jacques

        TUrris our best player.

      • karlssens

        Considering the sheer advantage he gives us everytime he’s on the ice, he’s allowed mistakes. What does Phillips or Cowen bring to us.

        • Sensnation

          Let me know when that wins playoff games. This level of d by him will get lit up in the post season, he’s gotta give a shit on both ends at all times.

          • Jacques

            Man , he skates his ass off both ways ! Please you defend SPEZZA who skates hard in only one direction and criticize one of the TOP 5 players in the LEAGUE! You have lost some credibility.

          • Sensnation

            Jacques how have you missed this, I’M A SENS FAN!!! That means I defend those who are OVER-criticized and criticize those that are OVER-defended. Pretty simple. It’s never as good or bad as some of you extremists make it sound.

            Karlsson floats defensively on several occasions, he also plays hard sometimes. When he’s angling and fighting for position, I have no issues. When instead he floats and Cowen gets blamed, I have big issue.

          • sprucesens

            he almost had his foot sliced off….??? and he skates better than every player on both teams, basically regardless of who we are playing. I imagine he thinks a little bit when going into the corner now, about safety. He has also gotten a lot more physical lately. I didn’t get to watch the game today, so i can’t say anything about today’s performance. But i would skate 6 karlsson’s on D if i could. We would win every game. Even if we didn’t thow a bone crunching hit.(and yes like big Defense too, especially gryba’s game)

            He is also capable of ramping it up in the playoffs. But you gotta remember, karlsson plays HALF the game. And doing so, he out skates every player. Yes sometimes he can get a little lazy, but its usually when a play doesn’t look dangerous. And that will gradually be taught out of his system.

            And no one should ever use +/- on karlsson. If the team wins, he’s probably a plus. If they lose, he’s probably a -. He’s ALWAYS on the ice. Also, to defend cowen on age alone is dumb. He’s the same age as karlsson. Both are listed at 23. Yes different styles, and the fact karlsson is a 1 off phenom basically, makes a big difference. I’m all for giving cowen a chance, but the guy needs to learn to throw a hit. No point in putting out a big slow guy, if he doesn’t play physical. And yes, i know you didn’t argue some of these points, i just put my points, all in one spot

    • Jacques

      And less ice time for Spezza! needs wingers hell he doesn ‘t pass the f-ing puck!
      More Zibby less Spezz you’ll see an improvement. Let’s evolve.

    • H POTTER

      Methot looks slower and less confident on the puck, in the corners

  • Jacques

    No hold on ZIBBY!

  • H POTTER

    I thought some of you were just joking about the ref but man oh man

    • bluebuyyoo

      Tim Peel is terrible. I find it incredible that he gets to show a rookie ref the ropes.

      • Jacques

        Love to see the stat on how many games we win when he refs?

      • Sandy

        I’ve been saying that for a long time. Totally incompetent… Refs are human.. they will make mistakes, but this guy is over the top bad..

        • Jacques

          Always goes against us though SAndy is what kills me.

  • Michenator

    fuck.

    • Michenator

      Where did our hard skating fast moving Sens go from that good streak over the last month and a bit. We’re slowing down again.

      Spezza, Phillips, Cowen, all had brutal games. Gryba and Turris are my all stars for today.

      I really hope next season we can somehow get a schedule with ZERO afternoon games. We’re cursed….

      • Jacques

        I agree 100 percent! Methot was bad too for large parts of the game.

  • karlssens

    This game was brutal.. Playoff hopes dwindling by the game.

  • Jacques

    Way to go PEEL u got us again! Come on Murray pull the trigger. That bullet in the chamber is getting rusty!

  • Jacques

    Games over calls a penalty.

  • karlssens

    To be honest, is anyone else really disappointed about Ryan’s response to burkes comments? Ever since he said it I find Ryan is playing less intense then before..

    • Michenator

      Totally agree!

    • bluebuyyoo

      Definitely. His response has been to justify Burke’s remarks.

    • Jacques

      True, I like him with Zibby and Conacher though , that could be good.

  • Sandy

    I would really like to know the stat of how many games this team loses with Peel as one of the refs..,

  • Sensnation

    Karlsson -2 and 0 points yet he was awesome, Cowen -1 and he was shit? Ya you know this board is about to get stupid, enjoy the afternoon all!

    • mr.slapshot

      Bizarro Tookie

    • Jacques

      Cowen was lousy, my eyes can’t be deceiving me!

      • Sensnation

        Ya I disagree, thought he played a solid game. Had some mistakes sure, but so did everyone. His growth is really coming along, just wish you and others would give him a fairer shake.

        • mr.slapshot

          Pretty sure everyone on this site has defended Cowen from Tookie at one point or another, and have supported him most of the time. This “growth” just isn’t happening.

          • Roar…

            Cowen has yet to play two full NHL seasons. It’s completely retarded that this team is playing him 25 minutes a night. We are setting him up to fail. Guaranteed he’ll be a much better player in 3 years. The reality is 3 years from now isn’t today. The team needs to play well TODAY. It’s a complete fail by Melnyk. Didn’t provide the team enough resources for Ottawa to keep Benoit & sign another top 4 minute eater to protect the development of Wier, Cowen & Ceci. Just plain stupid. Even the anecdotal “saying” is that a rookie/inexperienced D (I’d say less than 200 NHL games) will cost you 5 games a season. Cowen, Gryba, Ceci & Wier all have less than that. It’s the reason this team is struggling. Beyond Methot & Karlsson we don’t have a single consistently competent defender. Ceci has been great for a young player, but he’s a child out there and he still makes those rookie mistakes like you’d expect. The expectations put on Cowen have been crazy and realistically it’s killing him. Team needs to insulate these players but they refuse to spend or make a trade to do so. So continue to watch the team claw for 8th place because that’s the best they will do until they fix the really obvious problem.

          • Sensnation

            After what? Less than 2 seasons? Ya call it, he’s done, no one grows after that!

    • FistsofNeil25

      Yeah because their plus/minus was indicative of how they played the game. I didn’t think Cowen was bad at all in that game but your comment was ridiculous lol Karlsson was the best Sen on the ice as usual.

      • Sensnation

        Karlsson is an offensive first player, if he has 0 points and is on the ice for 2 goals against in a 6-3 game, on top of countless other opportunities he floated on, he was not having a good game. I would say MacArthur and Turris were by far the best sens on the ice today, not sure how Karlsson gets the nod over them and that’s what’s driving me mad about our fanbase. Karlsson can do no wrong, just like Alfie was god … until he wasn’t.

    • H POTTER

      Ridiculous comment here

  • FistsofNeil25

    That loss hurts big time. We’re now 6th in the wild card race while losing 4 of our last 5. Those were some big points to drop while everyone else in the playoff hunt is on fire.

  • luckan20

    Now we are 1-10-1 in PNC arena in the last 12 games. Yikes….

  • luckan20

    We need some help tonight. Already Bruins is leading 4-0 on Flyers, but need Habs win against the Capitals, and Sabers win against the Jackets,

    • Sandy

      Hmmm. Sabres are not beating the Jackets.
      This stretch of games will determine if this team is a playoff team or not.. So far 1 win, 1 OT loss and 1 loss…

  • Andy_M

    What do we think now that playoffs are looking a little more distant? Do we trade sooner rather than later and give up assets, or do we accept our fate and wait until things shake down in the summer?

    • Jacques

      I would package Cowen, he blows.

      • Roar…

        And you’d be a complete retard to do so, unless you’re getting back a very excellent player (Tyler Myers comes to mind) in return. Reality check bud. Cowen has played less than two full NHL seasons. Completely expected that he’d have a tough Sophmore year especially with the amount of pressure put on him. Sure take a full year off hockey for really serious hip surgery then come back with your 82 games of NHL experience and be expected to be a solid top four defender even though your mobility still won’t be back to 100% for about a year based on others who’ve had the same injury.

        Selling low on a player who has been completely set up to fail is beyond stupid. Cowen will be a top four defender and you will all be in love with him 2-3 years from now. Not everyone is Erik Karlsson. They can’t all immediately be impact players. Talk to me when Cowen has played 300 NHL games and isn’t coming off missing a full season of NHL hockey with a very serious injury that takes an extremely long time to recover from. Then I’ll give a shit. We certainly don’t sell low now. P-Mac is trying to play him out of it. That’s one way to go about it. The better way would be if Ottawa actually spent their fucking cap space on two guys who can play as 3rd and 4th D while the kids get some insulated minutes to develop and build confidence and not be so stressed that every night the game is on their stick because the team is too damn cheap to have anyone else.

        Anyone think this team realistically is going to beat Boston or the Pens? Why are we all so stressed about making the playoffs? Some misplaced sense of pride? I’d like to see them do it, but make no mistake this team is a number of important pieces away from being a contender. Time could fix the defense (Ceci, Cowen & Wier will all probably turn out to be solid top 4 guys) but they sure as hell aren’t there yet. We’re going to be slaughtered if we make it in. Team isn’t willing to do put the right talent on the roster and the struggle shows on the ice. Laughable that we thought we could get away with dumping Benoit & Gonchar (solid 20 minutes a night from both of them last year) and not have things go roughshod.

        • SenaTHOR

          “Not everyone is Erik Karlsson”

          Yes if he don’t get 2 points you are a minus player! Not everything is rosey in Karltown.

        • Jacques

          HIs skating is deficient and the puck is like a grenade on his stick! Move him now and get something for him, the guy is no Chara!

    • Jacques

      If you fall way out there will be a fire sale for draft picks, you can bet on that!

      • Andy_M

        Would that not indicate that the rebuild to date has been a failure though?

        • Jacques

          No, to be honest, we retooled not really a rebuild. Getting rid of fisher, Kelly, Ruutu, Kovalev is not really getting rid of key pieces in my book. When Spezza, Phillips,Neil, and a few young guys are traded, then you will have rebuilt it and THE FANS WILL COME!

          • Jacques

            The young core of this team is awesome! You have a TUrris,Zibby, and Karlsson , hard to beat that.

  • karlssens

    It’s okay guys, there’s lots if time left. However, Murray needs to make a deal to improve this team any way he can.

    • Jacques

      U have to make that trade now so the player or players can get accustomed and have an impact sooner rather than later. No first round pick, Sens have to make the playoffs. Or fall out and final phase of the rebuild will be taken care of.

  • Sandy

    Methot, Gryba & the Turris line were the only + players today..

    • Jacques

      Surprised by Methot, thought he made a lot of wrong reads defensively. But he was playing with our star defender GRYBA!

      • CUP 2014-15

        That’s the type of game he can bring and now that he has played six games in a row and is up to game speed, I think we’re seeing more of the game Eric Gryba brings. Don’t look at the two battle wins along the boards leading to two goals. He also always seems to be looking to knock someone in to next week and like Denis said he doesn’t always throw the Big hit but he always finishes hard.

        • Jacques

          He wasn’t plus 30 something in the AHL last year on a depleted lineup for nothing. Gryba can play. Claessen doing the same thing in bingo this year. Listening to Richardson, he Thinks Claessen is ready for the bigs too. Lots of D.

  • H POTTER

    Although Methot seemed slower than usual his pairing with Gryba was real solid. The 1st pairing will never be an NHL 1st pairing with that anchor of Cowen. What a total liability this year. You either trade his asss or sir him for 4-5 games..any other Bsens call up would do a better job. And, I NO LONGER WANT TO SEE PHILLIPS

    • Jacques

      Cowen’s skating just isn’t good enough, I would move him.

      • Sensnation

        Trade everyone! lol

        He’s the one actual two way dman we have you guys want to move him. You guys sure love our prospects!

        • H POTTER

          You understand the concept of one being a 2 way player???

          • Sensnation

            Gryba is a DFD, we just hope his stick catches up enough to work in our coach’s system. Karlsson is an OFD, we need him to play hard on d too though. Cowen is a TWD, they take the longest to mature and yes it can be painful at times, but he can play offense and defense which is what we want in the end!

            You guys harp on every mistake and ignore every good play, hard to read day after day, when your conclusion is made before you go searching for evidence to support it, that’s why u miss his good plays, you’re only looking for the bad, and of course he has some, he’s not even played 2 full seasons.

          • SenaTHOR

            Gryba is a DFD .26ppg

            Cowen is a TWD .21 ppg

            Wish to recant? BOTH are DFD

          • Sensnation

            Did you read the entirety of it or just that part? TWDs take longer to mature.

            Points per game lol, you want me to quote blocks per game to support Cowen as the best ever next. My god!

          • SenaTHOR

            TWD put up numbers both ways good offensive stats and good defensive stats. Which is he putting up?

          • Sensnation

            Seriously bud, wtf is your prob. TWD take longer to develop, so those stats you want won’t be here for a couple years. Is this not English? Enjoy your night, fck this stupidity. You’ll understand 1 day.

          • SenaTHOR

            Listen take the blinders off man and watch the games.

          • Jacques

            Exactly and Gryba is better, skates better and knows how to hit someone without taking a dumb penalty!

        • mr.slapshot

          I don’t even…

        • Jacques

          He can’t skate, Spezza and Cowen holy smokes watch the games dude! You piss on Karlsson the greatest Senator ever and defend these 2 slugs!

  • Tony

    From what I hear Edm still wants Spezza and Cowen… but for less than what Ottawa wants. Plus I’m starting to doubt Spez would accept a trade there… maybe its me being a pessimist…especially when Edm has some pieces I’d love to have hear… I think its time for me to tell my brother inlaw and friend to stop sending tidbits… if a deal were to be made, it would have probably been made by now…

    • SensChirp

      There’s no way Spezza accepts a trade to Edmonton. No point in even discussing it.

      • Zelle

        No one who gets to decide where they go would pick Edmonton lol

        • Jacques

          U know what for Spezza would maybe be a smart move. Good young players to play with and they are dumb enough to pay him the money he’d be after. It can be sold to Spezza, he can get 5-6 years from the Oilers.

      • Dirtysweet

        Wade Redden ver. 2.0

    • Jacques

      That would be sweet , one can only dream!

    • sprucesens

      keep it coming. any news from the inside on any team is always interesting. Especially when it involves my hometown team, whom i despise, other than the recent 1st rounders, and my fav team. I posted a crazy trade idea. I keep floating to my oiler’s friend. Spezza-cowen-anderson for eberle+nuge+dubnyk. obviously no dubey anymore, so something else would have to come, but i think both teams get better in that situation. We get a winger, and potential 1/2C with nuge, the scoring winger we want, and a back up goalie for the time being, for lehner. Oilers get spezza as the vet forward they’ve lacked for years, and a true 1C, who knows what a canadian market is. They get cowen, who is better than every D man they have other than maybe ference. And they get anderson, who can stabilize their goaltending position, and resign for relatively cheap.

      I think both sides could bite on this, but it would be hard to swallow on both sides too. Biggest obstacle is spezza’s NTC. not sure what the limits are on it, but its possible there are outs. Maybe if management says, we don’t plan on signing you next year, and there is an offer to take 2 friends with you to go play on a promising oilers squad for a year, if you don’t like it, you can resign anywhere. Maybe thats enough to convince him. Heck, we could always say, we would resign him as a UFA if he wants to come back cheap after the trade. lol. Either way, he could give up the C on the oil, if he doesn’t want the responsibility. I think he does though.

      Anyways, its a crazy huge deal, that would certainly be a “hockey trade”. We might have to throw a pick in there to balance out the lack of contracts for anderson and spezza, conditionally. I think if edmonton is interested in spezza and cowen like you suggest, i tag on anderson, and ask for those 2 players. Would be very interesting to see if that got talks going in either direction. Would be a lot of upset fans in both cities. But also a lot of excitement in both. Oiler’s are sick of losing and need to change something up. Hell if they want an extra D, we have plenty. I think fans would get behind spezza in edmonton, and anderson as well.

      • Tony

        If Spezza would be willing to go to Edmonton, I would be a great trading scenario for Ottawa. But I have a feeling Spezza would not agree to move despite all the offenisve players they have. I just wish BM would have accepted that rumoured offer Edmonton gave during the offseason of Cowen plus Conacher plus a pick for Eberle… It seemed so close to happening, but I guess with Ryan, BM thought he didnt have need for Eberle anymore… As for now names of interest from what I hear is Spezza (but I dont think he’d go), Cowen (at a discounted rate), Smith, Greening, Gryba, Zibby, and Lazar. Latest rumour, Edm was working hard with Phi to get a 1st rounder to make a “serious offer” for Spezza… but it fell apart after two days of hard negotiations with Philly… one of my sources went as far as Spezza saying he wanted to stay and talk contract before thinking of moving.

  • NickofTime

    Another stinker for Ottawa but especially from Lehner in net. Spezza & Phillips continue to play poorly & give away goals to the opposition, no wonder PM keeps both on the bench more often now & limits their minutes. BM needs to move one of those guys asap & I would like to see Phillips traded to make room for Wiercioch.

    To all those who continue to support Conacher, Condra, Pageau or SDC I hope this game puts it into perspective for you. When you compare our small players with other NHL small players like Skinner, St Louis & Gerbe. keep in mind that those player score goals & our player DON”T. That’s the difference & if they are not scoring what good are they to us? Hopefully SDC gets sent back to Bingo where he belongs & BM can somehow find a deal out there with a team willing to take Phillips, Conacher, SDC & Condra.

  • Cicero

    Let’s not pull the fire alarm. We’re just two points out of a wild card spot.

    • CUP 2014-15

      The Voice of reason, well said Cicero

      • Cicero

        heh thanks bud…I haven’t been called that since the Leafs oh never mind :)

        • CUP 2014-15

          didn’t think you were that old. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    • mr.slapshot

      behind 4 other teams

    • Zelle

      I’m not really freaking out about making the playoffs because I doubt the team would make it out of round2 anyway. This is definitely not a Cup team YET. It will be. What concerns me is how badly they play in the afternoon, especially since management wants even more of them. Something has to be done.

    • Roar…

      Who cares? Team will get the shit beaten out of them by Boston or the Penguins. The only value of making it would be playoff experience for our young players. Seeing the compete level of one of those elite teams would be good for them to learn from. This team isn’t going anywhere this year. Not unless they make major changes at the deadline and put the team into “going for it” mode. Enough to catch Montreal and take that 3rd spot to at least give ourselves a decent first round match-up. After that maybe some confidence and anything can happen. Certainly isn’t happening unless we go out and get TWO and at bare minimum ONE 25-27 year old competent top four defender to come in here and help this club now and in the future. Problem is those guys are bloody impossible to get during the season. Off-season is the only time they are ever available, and at a premium even then. Just look at how much money Gonchar got last year.

  • Sandy

    Any one heard what the injury is to Stone other than his wrist. Is it serious?

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Serious enough to be listed “week to week”.

  • Sandy

    Some of the teams the Sens are chasing have tough schedules as well heading to the Olympic break:
    Columbus plays Buff, Car, Ott, Was, Flor, then Ana, LA, SJ
    Philly plays Det, Ana, LA, SJ, Colo, Cal… and they are losing 4-0 in the 3rd period to Bos
    Det has it easy – Flo, Philly, Wash x2, Van, Flo, Tampa
    Car plays – Colu, Mtl, St Louis, Win, Flo
    NJ plays – Rangers, St Louis, Dallas, Nas, Colo, Edm, Wash
    Tor plays – Win, Tampa, Flo, Ott, Flo, Tampa, Vanc..

  • spoons

    At the end of the season: Trade Cowen + pick/grinder/medium level prospect for Edm’s first pick to get Ekblad. Then use Anderson + asset(s) as bait to try to get Eberle or maybe Yakupov or even Gagne + an asset. Then pick up UFA goalie like Scrivens or Dubnyk to challenge Lehner for starting duties. Put Spezza on the market to try and try to get another Dman. Then pick up a winger on UFA with the cap opening left by Michalek’s departure. This gives Turris/Zibanejad 2 new, hopefully more skilled wingers, 2 more quality Dman, and then lots of competition in goal. Make it happen Murray!

    • Sandy

      Edmonton is not trading their first round pick, They need defense and Ekblad would fit the bill. Next up.. IMO they don’t trade Eberle. He will be the best of the 3 of Hall, RNH, Eberle..

      What you are looking at is to re-do the re-build..

      • spoons

        You’re probably right about their first round pick but its pretty well known they are looking at moving one of their forwards for a good Dman or goalie and I hope Ottawa jumps on that.

      • Roar…

        I completely disagree. Eberle is the most one-dimensional of the three. He’s the classic diminutive small scoring forward in the mold of a Mike Cammalari. Hall is the best of the 3 (and it’s really not even close if you look at possession stats). RNH is decent, he will be much better if he can add some size and round out his game. Which should happen over the next 2-3 years. Otherwise he’ll basically be a Spezza type player – except that he’s more consistently ON in terms of playing a 200 foot game and getting lots of takeaways.

        • MrSkullhead

          You might want to go look at their stats… Jason is a much more impressive player than RNH…and was a +45 in his first 3 years in the NHL compared to a current -17… so yeah… RNH, better 200 foot game… k…

          • Roar…

            Jason Spezza never played for the Edmonton Oilers… a lottery team in most of those years…. he played for a consistent playoff performer… +/- would be a pretty damn retarded stat to use to compare to two in terms of 200 foot game capacity. When Spezza came out of junior he was heralded as an offensive superstar. RNH was thought of as a talented player who works very hard at both ends of the ice. Obviously you don’t know much about the sport so there isn’t much point in explaining anything to you. RNH is much more aggressive in coming back on the back-check. And

            This year….
            Takeaways 33 giveaways 29 (RNH) +4
            Takeaways 33 giveaways 49 (Spezza) -16

            When you talk about a 200 foot competent game… RNH manages the puck better than Spezza does. He also competes much harder on the backcheck. Spezza maybe used to be at a similar level when he was young and healthy, but even when he was young he wasn’t known as a defensively savvy player… RNH most certainly is thought of in that light.

          • Jacques

            Would take RNH in any kind of deal with Spezza going the other way!

    • H POTTER

      Send it to him in a nice email: bmurray@senschirp.ca
      Lolol

    • PraiseAlfie11

      WTF?!? Sounds like you’re a fan of the wrong team. Move to Edmonton or get centre ice if you want to watch the Oilers :)

  • Roar…

    Not at all surprised by the result. Team is sitting Wier for no justifiable reason. He’s easily our 3rd best defender behind Karlsson & Methot (yes, even ahead of Ceci). They can do whatever they want this year frankly I’m done with the cheapness of this organization. We make the 1st round it’s going to be as cannon fodder for Boston or the Penguins. It’s not entertaining to watch the team troll out Chris Phillips who is far and away not an NHL defender. Honestly I think maybe the best thing that could happen to this team is to slide a little bit and see Phillips/Gryba/Corvo/Greening/Da Costa/Neil/Michalek (hopefully re-sign that last one cheaply in the summer).

    I’m not surprised at all to see the team struggle with Zibanejad stuck with Spezza. That forces us to have Spezza on the ice 5-on-5 for 18 minutes a night. 3rd line and PP minutes was a better spot for him where Condra and Smith can protect him defensively.

    • SenaTHOR

      I really question your judgement if you have Pw as the third best dman. Nor sure what you are watching other than the point column.

    • Jacques

      I agree dude, Spezza should be 15 minutes a night, he isn’t bringing much. Let Zibby push the pace, TUrris and him are studs!

  • MoeDozer

    watched the post game interviews. always love hearing Lehner speak. very mature for just a 2nd year youngster breaking into the league accepting his situation and putting the blame on himself.

    Cant wait till he gets the chance to play a few consecutive games (or take over this team as number 1)..has that “it” factor that comes a long only a couple of times in a decades worth of talent.

  • Terry

    I have to admit that it is really hard to log on here after the Sens loose. I have to admit I have not seen highlights and I did not watch the game so I don’t know who blew what assignment. This is what I do know:
    Spezza will never be your top defensive guy. He was drafted to put up points and he usually does. He was given the “C” and has taken it apon himself to change his game (Or was asked to?). Obviously this is a work in progress or isn’t working at all and PM has to see that and address it.
    Cowen……oh Cowen. He is 22 ( I think ) and was basically told from the get go that he is a legit Top 4 Defenseman. I don’t want to give up on him yet because of his size, age and his trade value is minimal. That and I don’t think the Sens have what it takes to make it past the first round IF they make the playoffs.
    Ceci has been a great call up and is going to force the other defenseman to up their play to stick with the team.
    PW I haven’t seen play enough to give an opinion on, but he has played well when I have saw him as well as made mistakes.
    SDC is NOT and NHL player.

    This team is one of the youngest in the league and after making it to the playoffs with a depleted roster the expectations were high, possibly too high by the fanbase (myself included). I don’t want BM to sell the farm to TRY to make a run this year. Phillips and MIchalek IMO are expendable but you loose over 1000 games experience so its a toss up. Of course I am not a coach or GM, just a fan.

    • Zelle

      I agree, expecting this team to make a Cup run is ridiculous right now, so why are we so upset that they are out of a playoff spot?

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Just reading through these posts, I can tell the game was shit and we played like shit. But at the end of the day its one loss, on to the next one. We are still in the playoff hunt. No need to freak out. I did not watch the game going to look at the highlights soon enough. All we need is points with 29 games remaining. I still have hope, even back imn the fall when they were playing like shit, I had hope. Dont quit till game 82. BELIEVE BOYS

    • CUP 2014-15

      still at .500 on this trip, just need a big game in Ohio. Lehner stunk on two and an empty net so not as bad as it looked. I didn’t expect to go 30-0 down the stretch to the break.

  • Mark

    0 shots by Bobby Ryan. I know people won’t agree, but he is invisible too often. He’s gonna want 8 years at $8 million per, like Kessel and I for one have concerns about his compete level and skating. I can see why Anaheim moved on from him at times. Great way to respond to Burkes comments. Lol

  • SenaTHOR

    After a fairly good roadtrip by Gryba do you think he’s being shopped. Somebody has to be moved.

    • Mark

      I hope not. He looks like he may be a good defensive defenceman long term.

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Agreed. He looked pretty good out there.

    • Sensnation

      Playing some solid d of late, hopefully we can keep him on that 3rd pairing.

      • SenaTHOR

        I think he’s played solid all year. +-, corsi, quality of competition? I think they will trade him and replace him with Boro.

        • Jacques

          Boro is nowhere as good as Gryba, have no clue why they signed him one way next year!

    • Zelle

      I’m growing on the Methot-Gryba pairing as a true shutdown pair. Their hits are amazing and you can see players getting rid of the puck faster when they’re on the ice. I wish Cowen used his size more. His hits scare no one.

      • CUP 2014-15

        agree I think PW is the one going with CC emerging so quickly. MM and EG were great together last year but everyone always talks about MM and Karl last year. I am still a believer that you need a good shut down pair to compete.

        • Aaron 2.0

          I guess it’s just more of a personal preference (you like having a shut-down pairing), I prefer each pairing to have 1 “puck-mover”, and 1 “stay-at-home”. I’d keep Karlsson, Weircioch, and Ceci. PW has the greatest up-side of any defender that could get traded, IMO. I feel that trade could really come back to hurt us. He was good last game. Hard to figure out why he was sat this game. I guess Gryba is playing well too. And, # 4 will never come out…

          • CUP 2014-15

            Agree Aaron, there are two thoughts on this and I am not sure which one works. Maybe it’s my old school thinking, I am not sure but I truly believe we need four guys that can play in our end. CC may be one of those in a couple of years as he looks to be a complete D, much like Doughty. When he gets there then I will switch over to your way of thinking and would not mind that 2nd D that’s weak in the D zone and magic at moving the puck.
            I also agree that PW has much better upside then EG or Boro but he will also bring the best return. I just feel uncomfortable with him, CC and Karl all in the line-up at this point.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I find our defense situation to be just a big mess right now. There are just too many players back there. It’s just sort of impeding the development of young guys. It’s hard to even know what we really have at times. I think Boro on a 1-way next year too? Corvo has to go (probably no one argues with that one – lol). And, I hate to say it, but offer Phillips management next season. If he wants to keep playing hockey, it can’t be here.

          • CUP 2014-15

            No kidding it’s been a mess all year. Corvo has to be waived at this point as him playing in front of any of the kids makes no sense. Your bang on with CP as well, he’s been the good soldier for ever and is loved by his team mates. He’s caught in the numbers game. Boro has a one way but that doesn’t preclude him from starting in Bingo, he still will not have to clear and his cap hit is minimal. I think that after today we might see CP sit his first game in Columbus.

          • Aaron 2.0

            It’s definitely time to sit CP. I’m skeptical MacLean will do that. But, I hope you’re right!

          • CUP 2014-15

            Mac has been dropping his min’s and he had a season low of 13 and change today. Hoping that’s a sign

          • SenaTHOR

            I think he will have to clear.

          • Jacques

            Number 4 should come out though.

      • weirdcock

        it really amazes me how soft cowen is. he is awful. Sow eak on the puck and on the boards. not even NHL worthy in my opinion….

        • Zelle

          Yeah I don’t understand it at all. He’s huge, people should fear him. Instead he pinches, poke checks, and tries to dangle.. makes me sad.

      • CUP 2014-15

        No kidding Skinner tried to go middle today and got the same treatment as the last guy (Sid) who tried it against this pair. CRUSHED!!!!!! Sooner or later the media will have to stop ignoring his stats. everytime someone makes a freakin chart EG stands out but they always call it to small of a sample or a blip,

  • weirdcock

    History has shown time and time again that when you have a big centreman up front (i.e. Jason Spezza) and you have a younger guy in the background (i.e. MZ93) who has shown that he has the potential to be a number 1 C, that number 1 C impedes the younger guys development. Let’s face it, spezza peaked years ago and is losing his value as each year goes on…. If we traded spezza (who still has value now), zibby will grow into a top 6 froward with the 20 minutes a night. He is better defensively and is real strong. I really see him growing into a legitimate top 6 forward. Does anyone not see what he does when he is a centreman. The kid has a great shot and is good on the boards. Hell he would score 30 goals if he played top 2 minutes. Really has lots of potential…

    Word is byfuglien is on the market. Trade spezza in a deal that will involve byfuglien (left handed defenceman). Sign a top 6 forward in the offseason and this team looks real good. Imagine karlsson, byfuglien playing 25-30 minutes a night with methot and weircioch, ceci in the back…..

    • PraiseAlfie11

      And what if zibby doesnt mature into a 1C? You make it sound so easy to get a 1C. Do you remember just how long it took for the franchise to get a center of Spezza’s caliber?

      • weirdcock

        My point is that Spezza won’t be considered a number 1C is 3-4 years from now. He has been on a steady decline and with the injuries mounting up, his body will give up. Why do you think he can’t skate to play defence? His back.

        If you trade him with weircioch, and get a return like byfuglien and other assets (maybe scheifele). The jets would drool for the chance to get a “number 1 C” to play with evander kane. Hell you could get even better offers from other teams in the league…

        Remember when boston traded thornton? best move they ever made. Gae space for younger players to develop. (and thornton won the art ross). Could be very similar situation here with zibby and lazar coming up….

    • CUP 2014-15

      I agree 100% on ZBad he reminds me a lot of Hoss, although Hoss is a right winger they both have great speed vision puck skills and are stong as bulls at 20 years of age. Also no doubt he needs to play Centre as far as our D, I totally disagree the idea of Buff, Karl PW and CC, Who the hell is going to play D, clear the front, win battles down low and kill penalties?

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    leafs down 2-0 at least we have something to be positive about today.

  • luckan20

    Don Cherry was absolutely right on the Subban clown

  • luckan20

    Sabers are leading 2-1 on Jackets. It is a tough game for Sabers to win, but if they do, we need to send them some free pucks.

    • CUP 2014-15

      3-1 now

    • Simple Jack

      So.., send them corvo?

      • luckan20

        Not a bad idea too.

  • luckan20

    Folks I heard that Bruins are interested in veteran defenseman. Phillips might be a good choice. I will like this trade if it happens since we can get a prospect and a 2nd rounder

    • Sandy

      The rumoured return for any trade for Boston is young defenseman Bartkowski.. (I think that’s the name).

    • SENSsmile

      Do it yesterday!

  • Simple Jack

    Im actually against trading for a rental or player. Our gm needs to decide who he wants back next year and trade the ones that dont fit long term for draft picks and prospects.

    Promote from within, dacosta needs waivers to back to bingo, would like to see prince and pneumple get a call up too.

    Trade corvo for anything at deadline teams will likely overpay on deadline day.

    Keep the other 7 d for the rest of season and for the playoff push.

    • luckan20

      Agree. May be even call Petersson. The guy needs a shot.

  • Simple Jack

    I cant seem to get the senschirp desktop or full website to work right. You cant post anything… i tried updating drivers, java, adobe, flash still comments are frozen into the site. Anyone else having issues?

  • Deadly

    Well,watching Price having a bad game.# forgive the Lehner.

  • luckan20

    Habs are falling off the cliff. Only 5 shots in the game after 36 minutes of play.

    What scares me is our Canadian goalies are looking weak.

    • CUP 2014-15

      no shit !!!! I just looked and being out shot 27-6. That team is falling off the map, wow

  • Sandy

    Haven’t watched the game.. but Prust was kicked out on a game misconduct… had 2 min penalty plus a 10 min misconduct and a game misconduct…
    Any one hear what happened?
    The Habs have 9 shot at the end of the 2nd period.. to Wash 27..
    In the Sabres/Jackets game the Sabres had 2 shorthanded goals…

  • Sandy

    If the Sens don’t make the playoffs and the B-Sens do… I’m planning on heading down again.. of course, with a stop in Syracuse for some shopping..

    • LeafsSux

      Let me know if you do ill meet up with ya for a few beers…

  • Sandy

    Gee, so much about me saying that Buffalo would not beat the Jackets.. Now 4-1..

  • Zelle

    You know what’s frustrating. When we were badly outshooting the Habs, like Caps are doing right now, you couldn’t get anything past Carey. Now it’s like 4 goals on 20 shots :(

    • SENSsmile

      Typical Sens curse.

  • Sandy

    So with the Habs loss.. and the f’in Leafs going to OT… Tor jumps to 3rd in the conference and Mtl falls into the wild card spot. I guess those small bodies on the Habs are wearing down..

    • Zelle

      Yeah too bad TO came back. Was a good come back though… If the Sens woke up for every game we’d be in a wild card spot too.

      • Sandy

        The Sens haven’t played the way they did the first part of Jan since the loss to the Habs in that great game by Price..

        • Zelle

          I know, which is really unfortunate because if they played every game like that it’d for sure be another win streak.

  • sprucesens

    so phillips’ name came up again in trade talks with boston. How are we not pulling the trigger? He’s a great guy, but if we can get anything back we should do it. He’s a great guy and all, but his on ice play has just fallen so far. I would love if he’d stick around to be a D coach starting next year.

    On the other side, the bruins just keep winning. Why would they want to change what is working? I guess as insurance come playoff time, since they’ve called up most of their top D currently. I would try to pry out Boychuck. They need some cap relief. I guess it makes no sense in a phillips trade though. He would be an amazing pick up though. Like methot with a harder shot. anyways, interesting to keep seeing the B’s and phillips’s name coming up.

  • Cicero

    Yankee Stadium. Go Rangers! (I think) Go “In Regulation”!

  • PraiseAlfie11

    After yesterday, we are now 6 points out of 3rd with 2 games in hand. Hardly worth panicking at this time.

  • sben

    next game is a must win. We are out of the playoffs if we don’t win unless we go on a run.