Game Day- Ceci Makes NHL Debut vs. Buffalo

SensChirp December 12, 2013 334
Game Day- Ceci Makes NHL Debut vs. Buffalo

The Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres play the back half of their home and home series tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre.

For the last two weeks I have used this paragraph in the game day post to talk about the importance of the night’s game often using the term “must-win”.  Well tonight, I mean it.  If the Senators want to play their way back into contention in the Eastern Conference, they absolutely have to beat the Sabres on home ice.  One point will not do, either.  Ottawa has to win this damn hockey game.

As deep a hole as the Senators have dug themselves over the first 30 games of the season, the last couple playoff spots are actually still within reach.  The Toronto Maple Leafs currently hold the 8th and final spot and have an incredibly tough schedule ahead of them this month.  Just five points separate the two teams heading into tonight’s action.  While the Senators host the league’s worst, the Leafs have to play the Blues in St. Louis.  It’s a great opportunity for the Senators to chip away at that five point deficit.

The Senators will be down a couple guys on the blueline tonight.  Jared Cowen will not be available as he serves the first of his two game suspension.  Cowen took a lot of heat earlier in the season but has actually been pretty good since being made a healthy scratch earlier this month.  Marc Methot missed the morning skate with the flu and will not play.  Down two defenceman, the Senators have recalled Cody Ceci from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.  The first round pick will make his NHL debut tonight.  Ceci has 17 points in 24 games at the AHL level and has really impressed the organization lately.  Great opportunity for him to see how he matches up against NHL competition.

Here is how the forwards are expected to line up. Defence pairings are a bit of a mystery right now but it sounds like Ceci will play with Phillips to start.

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

Wiercioch-Karlsson
Phillips-Ceci
Corvo-Gryba

Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal.

  • WolfInSheepsClothes

    Without making any serious brain-farts, looks like we’ll have some really solid puck movement tonight!

    • Tooks

      Umm neither has Michalek, atleast CC89 goes to the drity areas, opens up room for the others, Michalek skates north/south.

      • WolfInSheepsClothes

        Not going to help MM9 break his funk playing limited minutes on the bottom line. We know what his upside is when he plays well. Conacher on the other hand has not been the same since he came to Ottawa and has been given lots of opportunity.

        • Millennium

          Neither 9 nor 89 have played to expectations, however 9 is likely gone after this season or sooner, while 89 is probably given at least another year to try and find some semblance of success. From that perspective, Michalek was given 30 games to produce, and hasn’t really. Conacher has been tossed around the lineup trying to find somewhere that he fits in (and still searching). He seems like more of work in progress for Mac by the way they are giving him consistent NHL minutes.

        • Tooks

          So has Michalek…I would much rather have a guy (89) who plays hard every shift than a guy (9) who coasts and looks disinterested…

  • Millennium

    This team just knows how to get me back on the hype train. Stoked to see the game tonight, and that’s the first time I’ve felt that in about 10-15 games.

  • ZibbyFan

    Wow. I like seeing Cici in the lineup and hate that Methot is out again. And yes, I agree that Cowen seems to finally be clicking – hope he doesn’t lose what he gained when he gets back. The boys up front need to support the weakened defense corps tonight.

    • Tooks

      Its Ceci…

  • Tooks

    FFS start the kid with Phillips?!?! Hopefully he shows great fortitude and doesnt get held down by Phillips all night.

    • SensChirp

      Where would you start him? Blueline is pretty thin as is, and ideally have him with a left handed shot. Not many options.

      • Tooks

        With Corvo, obviously Corvo has been MUCH better than Phillips, why does CP4 get 2nd pairing?

    • FistsofNeil25

      Tookie hasn’t been bad at all Tookie. He had a terrible start to the season but he’s settled in big time the last few weeks. You;re reaching big time my man. You’ll say anything to put members of the Sens down unless his name is Spezza.

      • Tooks

        Corvo has been better, Corvo and Ceci would be great to watch.

        • CrackAttack

          If it were me, I’d avoid pairing a young guy with someone like Corvo who is offensively-minded as well (but indeed, playing quite good as of late). Better to pair Ceci with a defensively minded defenceman, so that Ceci can relax a bit, try to play with his strengths, contribute offensively a bit, and not worry too much about being screwed like he would be when he and Corvo find themselves behind behind the other team’s goal line on a change of possession!

          • Tooks

            Listen, if you want Ceci to succeed and play his game you dont pair him with a guy who has been terrible this season in his own end, as a defensive defenceman, he’s slow, cant pass and makes many bad decisions. You think Ceci will be relaxed scrambling to get the puck out after CP4′ many blunders…

        • cc

          I would think Corvo and Ceci will pair on the PP, though pairing them together would be a defensive liability.

        • Jacques

          Plus they are both right handed shots pay attention! haha

    • aegiszx

      Starting the kid with a veteran who has 1000 games experience…

      How can that be bad?

      • Tooks

        LOL have you watched this season at all? or the past 2 seasons? Those 1000 games sure do show on Mr Phillips now and not in a good way.

        2 things will happen, 1. Ceci will be forced to play a defensive style as Phillips coughs up the puck everywhere. 2. Ceci will look bad trying to cover up for Phillips’ mistakes and even struggle himself as Phillips puts him in bad situations in the DEF zone.

    • Miguel

      gotta say ( sorry Chirp ) I completely agree with Tooks on this one.
      Look at what has happened to all the young guys we have had paired with CP4 before Corvo…. Gryba PW46 and even Cowen, were all blamed for playing bad.
      Well sorry the coincidence here is that every one who has been stuck with Phillips has been labelled the bad D-man and this goes back to last year, when we had Gonchar with stints with CP4.
      People it is not always the poor guy stuck with Phillips that is the problem… perhaps ( and I am just throwing it out there ) maybe the problem is Phillips?
      Corvo is the one that is playing very well, and helping CP4, not the other way around…No?

  • Tooks

    I guess PMac wants puck movement on all 3 pairings, only way to justify Phillips Ceci…Otherwise I would have done:

    Wiercioch-Karlsson
    Corvo-Ceci
    Phillips-Gryba <—-Play them sparringly.

    • Millennium

      Except Gryba was actually not terrible the last couple games he played. He doesn’t need to be limited right now.

      As for Ceci, you have to play him with some veteran presence, and as much as I like Corvo’s game this season, Phillips provides more mentoring and stay-at-home support to let Ceci try and play his own game. Its not ideal, but its probably the best option available.

      • Tooks

        Right, cuz Phillips has been a rock defensively…he’s a pylon. Corvo and Ceci would do just fine, plus they both skate very well.

        Gryba hasnt been terrible I agree but he is a 3rd pairing guy.

        Anyways just watch tonight, that 2nd pairing will be spending more time trying to get out of the zone due to Phillips consistancy with bad descisions.

        • Millennium

          I think its less about how well the particular player is playing, and more about the style they play. Corvo has been better than Phillips in a bunch of games this season, but his game is much more mobile and more offensive oriented. Ceci has been playing his AHL season with the support of a stay-at-home Boro, so that setup lends itself to his success. If Cowen was having a strong season or Methot was playing, I would have expected them to pair Ceci with one of them.

        • sens88

          I will watch and I bet they’ll do just fine. I’m sure you’ll find something to shit all over Phillips about though. Your criticism of him is overly harsh

      • Shibal

        I bet you guys never knew that Corvo is the oldest guy on our team, albeit Phillips has more NHL experience.

        • Millennium

          Well actually I did. I think Corvo is about a year older than Phillips. But to the point, age doesn’t necessarily bring the mentoring qualities that people are really talking about when they talk about veteran players. And that’s not a knock on Corvo, but he doesn’t strike me as a mentor, or the kind of guy who wants to play support to the young guys. He just wants to play his game, play it well, and go home. That’s probably a symptom of having moved from team to team, so he doesn’t have much invested personally in the franchise.

          • CUP 2014-15

            He did work as a security guy on the Springer show so maybe he could keep the young lads from drinking too much …You are the father, shit should have gone home early.

  • sens88

    Feaster finally got canned. What a joke he was.

    • RUSH RLZ

      Yeah… they should have started a rebuild 2 years before us… mind boggling really.

      • sens88

        The Ryan O’Reilly fiasco should have been the end for him.

    • Millennium

      Remember when they hired Burke and insisted that wasn’t a vote of non-confidence in Feaster? Yeah, no one in the hockey world believed that for a second. This was inevitable.

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    And Michalek has found his way down to the 4th line. Is the AHL next NHL 14 style?

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic
  • CUP 2014-15

    This is going to be fun tonight. JGP is back, as some of you were smart enough to call for yesterday. That means ZBad gets the ice time in the top 6 that he has earned. I expect to see Gryba drop the mitts tonight, he has to be pissed. Look forward to seeing CC in the line-up. Agree with SC, He will need to at least start with Phillips, they did play together in the preseason and with 4 righties on D I wonder if any other team has had that happen this year. Most teams are dying for RD, Hell Toronto would kill for one. Lets Go Sens, lots of God damn energy, urgency and play like your post season depends on it, because it does. GO SENS GO.

    • Millennium

      if Ceci and Conacher both stick around, we’re gonna have to come up with a compromise on the CC situation….

      • CUP 2014-15

        LOL, you are correct, he can only stay until MM returns as they used a medical recall on him to save options for the future so he has to go back down upon the return. I hope he has a good one and with any luck he gets a shot in CP’s spot on the PP. I have already started referring to CC89 as the little rat so when CC is here to stay, hopefully soon, your right it needs to be addressed.

        • Millennium

          I doubt they do it, but technically the team has the ability to convert an emergency callup to a regular callup after the emergency is over. But yeah, i suspect Ceci goes back after 2 games max.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I think he can only stay until Methot returns, nothing to do with Cowen. Not sure about that however.

          • Millennium

            Well by 2 games, I was assuming Methot might need a couple days off, but come to think of it, I’m not actually sure when the next game is. Either way, like I was saying, they don’t have to send him back down when Methot is back if they really want to keep him up. They can convert his callup to a regular one.

          • CUP 2014-15

            got ya. next game v LA Sat afternoon.

          • Jacques

            Barring a trade! haha

          • CUP 2014-15

            If CC plays lights out, who knows.

    • SenaTHOR

      I’d like to see G62 throw a few bomb checks(eller dwellers) and stay on the ice tonight. Short of Dmen already.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Ok, this is a big game point wise against a team that we SHOULD beat. I just hope we don’t continue to play down to the competition. Giving these guys a point or two will not be good for our chances going forward.

    Hoffman was sent back, so he cleared waivers? I was sure he’d have too, but I guess teams at the NHL level were not ready to snag a guy who hasn’t shown the NHL scoring side yet.

    Happy with JGP coming back up, give him a chance to show his stuff and we already know he has some chemistry with a few of the lads. As for Ceci, perfect game for him to jump into the NHL, especially on home ice in his home town. How many kids really get that opportunity? I bet he has his entire Family and all his Friends in attendance. Put them in the lower bowl so it looks like we have a full building tonight, lol.

    Down Cowen hurts, but down Methot is somewhat scary. I hope PW picks up where he’s left off playing next to EK, and Phillips can help foster Ceci. I have no worries about Corvo and Gryba on the 3rd pairing, Corvo should make up the speed factor. The lines are bound to change anyway.

    As for Feaster in Calgary, I think everyone knew that was coming when Burke was hired with some made up job title. It was only a matter of time before they hand him the keys to the whole thing. Which is what I figured will happen.

    • Millennium

      Hoffman didn’t require waivers to be sent down, although I’m not entirely sure why.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Really, I thought everyone was saying he did before he was called up. Was there some loophole or was just waiver exempt?

        • Millennium

          Just checked, here’s the answer: Less than 10 games/ 30 days after being called up, so doesn’t need to clear them again.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I have one fear,,,if Karl and PW don’t have the puck it could be very, very scary. Please no D zone face-offs with that pair. Lets hunt some F#@kin Buffalo.

  • sprucesens

    dammit all, I really want to watch Ceci. Was a huge fan and so excited when we drafted him. And I have to go to the oilers game tonight because it was a bday present for the father in law, to watch the bruins. DAMMIT. hopefully he does well and I can watch him maybe on Saturday.

    • RUSH RLZ

      Yay! First world problems!

      • Tooks

        Atleast out of the 4 teams, the Bruins are a solid team to watch.BUF OTT EDM not so much.

        • sprucesens

          so tonight at the end of the game, can someone please put a fairly accurate and non biased opinion of his play? I’m sure chirp will have a good write up tomorrow too. thanks all. go sens

          • Miguel

            I am as biased and self proclaimed homer as they come…Ceci plays awesome… gets his first professional point, and makes CP4 look like he is 22 again!!!
            Going to the game and will be cheering on our Sens,
            Go Sens go

    • CUP 2014-15

      Happy b-day, belated or otherwise. Enjoy the game.

      • sprucesens

        i don’t know that it does. now he just brags about how good his team is all the time….

  • Millennium

    I find it interesting that Murray is really outspoken today on Zibanejad playing as a winger in the top 6. He seems to be making comments that fall closer to coaching decision territory, and given how Mac has been way more noncommittal about Zibby’s role it kind makes you think. I don’t believe for a second that there is a management/coaching rift, but Murray sure is making a strong statement saying that he think Zibby is a top six winger, and then calling up a centre to effectively enforce that. Will be interesting to hear what Mac has to say about the lineup decisions.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I felt the same thing but thought maybe it was my opinion due to questioning Mac over the last couple of weeks. But your right he sure sounded like a coach at that presser.

      • boom

        I have been suspecting – for a while now, that there is a rift between Murray and MacLean. Trying to understand some of MacLean’s decisions this year, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t….

        • CUP 2014-15

          Would be nice to know what is going on in the backrooms. I hope it works out, I do like Mac and hard to argue with BM’s trades and signing. He took the best offer he had for Bish, do you think Oiler fans wish their team had ponied up a better offer.

    • Miguel

      Gotta say this theory hold water… there does seem to be more going on behind he seems, and PMac does not strike me as a “Yessir… How High Sir” type of personality.
      Maybe the differing of opinions could be behind some of the contoroversial decisioins…. interesting and scary both at the same time

      • runningbear1974

        or, they are cooperating… Each of them explaining what their issues are, and each are trying to help out each other…

    • Aaron 2.0

      Didn’t see that interview with Murray. I’ll have to watch it. I’m glad to here the GM say something about Zibanejad (I know it’s a fine line when the GM starts talking over the coach, but as long as they are just small comments, I think it’s fine). Zibanejad deserves some accolades for the way he’s played. Those comments with MacLean saying Zibanejad is a support player really turned me off. They just reek of him making a mistake sending him down, and not wanting to admit that he belongs in our top.

      • Aaron 2.0

        In fairness to MacLean, i’m sure it wasn’t just his decision to send him down. Murray would be involved on player decision too. I’d like to see MacLean man up though, it give Zibanejad the credit he is due.

  • Jacques

    Good! Now this TEAM is doing some interesting things! Getting closer to what the Future might hold!

    • CUP 2014-15

      Cup 2014-15, lol

      • Jacques

        haha – you never know!

  • Rich

    There’s tonnes of really cheap tickets for tonight on Stubhub. Come on guys, come watch Pageau and Ceci :)

    http://www.stubhub.com/ottawa-senators-tickets/ottawa-senators-kanata-canadian-tire-centre-12-12-2013-4324244/

    • Tooks

      I’m going to guess, this is going to be the weakest crowd of the season…

      • sens88

        your nickname should be “misery”

        • Alcatraz

          lol sometimes he posts things for controversy but his assessment of tonight will probably be spot on
          If Season Ticket Holders are willing to sell their tickets for $7.50 tax and service fees included, it’s not going to be a well attended game

        • Tooks

          And yours should be “clueless”

          • sens88

            Nope just not a complete pessimist and troll like you

  • Phoenix

    I don’t think there is a coach/GM rift but rather Murray trying to express his thoughts. I think that Ceci is going to be fun to watch tonight. Its a shame that Methot is sick because it would have been really nice to see how good he could be if he had an insulator like Methot.

  • Deadly

    Yesterday I got crapped on suggesting the Claussen might be called up but I am ok with Ceci

    • sprucesens

      might be because you spelled the name wrong. Its claesson. lol. I’m a fan of both being a part of the team in the future. Especially Ceci. We know he will be, but it might be nice to get a few games for claesson to see how he plays.

  • SensChirp

    Timing of the Ceci call up is interesting because when you consider the fact that Cowen and Methot are the guys out of the line up, the team could actually really use a left handed shot in the line up.

    Mark Borowiecki would have made sense here but it says a lot that they wanted to use this opportunity to give Ceci a look. He has been excellent in Binghamton.

    • Sensnation

      Boro and Gryba are pretty similar in terms of what they can give this team both offensively and defensively. Boro’s more consistent, Gryba slightly higher skill level. It appears the coach does not like having to depend on both in the same lineup if he can avoid it. Not that I blame him, but Wiercioch-Karlsson should be a heart attack inducing pairing, I hope everyone enjoys a good high-wire act! ;)

      • SenaTHOR

        3 points each -2 rating.

    • thepez

      Or does it say that they are giving other teams a look at Ceci as potential trade bait? The sportsnet guys mentioned that Evander Kane may be on the trade block. Kane would solve the top 6 forward issue…..

      • Sensnation

        Kane is a guy I’d make just about any sens player available for in a trade. He is a force and only needs a good team!

  • Deadly

    The team is struggling so why not assess their future to see where the pieces might fit and when they might be ready.

  • Sensnation

    PAGEAU!!!

    Gonna be a crazy game tonight guys! Sens are going to win it, and tomorrow I’m sure we’ll be talking about whether Ceci should ever go back to AHL.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Sandy

    Glad to see Pageau back.. but he will be in tough against the larger LA & St Louis teams but hopefully tonight is another building block for him..
    That defense is really inexperienced.
    Defensively that first pairing is not exactly the best.
    Need a lot of play in the offensive zone tonight…
    Offensively Ceci should fit in fine. Defensively he needed a lot of work. Let’s see how Richardson did with this guy…
    Andy will have to be a lot better for the Sens to win tonight.
    And for those saying it will be a blowout by the Sens… no it won’t. Ryan Miller is one of the best goalies in the NHL…
    An interesting stat I saw on an article on Hockeybuzz.
    Goals against per game average.. Sens = 3.12 Sabres = 2.97..

    • Tooks

      The best defense is a good offense. Move the puck out and we wont have any trouble.

      And if Andy’ stats hold true, we’re going to need 3-4 goals tonight to win. Lets hope this is one of those rare offensive outbursts nights!

  • Sensnation

    Cody Hodgson is out tonight and he’s already out of his depth as a #1C. Our centres are going to have a field day tonight!

    • Tooks

      But the Sabres a good young hockey team…LOL

      • Sandy

        The Sabres have Ryan Miller…

        • Tooks

          The Sabres have no defense…

          • Sandy

            Well they had enough the other night… didn’t they.

          • LeafsSux

            The same Ryan Miller that has let 2 goals in against us in 2 games this yr..

  • Alcatraz

    I’m super pumped to see Weircioch alongside Karlsson
    Could PW46 be one of those dmen who seem to play better with better linemates (Sounds stupid, but I mean ellevate his game)
    Take Methot for example, if he skated regularly on p2 or p3 he isn’t as dominant as when he is with Karlsson. You canj ust tell
    Anyways I think PW can show that he can hang with the big boys, and its Phillips/Corvo/Cowen pulling him down
    Ideally I’d like to see:
    Karlsson-trade/UFA
    Methot-PW46
    Phillips-Borowiecki
    Next year

    • FBP

      ..

      • Alcatraz

        used in trade

    • SenaTHOR

      Could be electric….at both ends.

    • Sandy

      To me.. that pairing will be good offensively tonight.. but struggle on the defensive side..

  • esk

    Asked about his “emotions’ during Tuesday’s shootout, MacLean said he didn’t have any. “I’m just trying to figure out who the next guy is,” he said. “Not pick them, because I don’t pick the right guys. I let (assistant) Dave Cameron pick them, and he picked the wrong guys too.”

    • Sensnation

      That’s pretty funny! Must be time for the stick boy to get his say.

    • Alcatraz

      To be completely deadpan serious here
      It appears obvious to me Spezza is probably our best shootout guy. Maclean always uses him 1st or 3rd. He’s a constant
      That being said, as a captain I think Maclean should tap his shoulder to pick the lineup. This could be where he gets to lead
      This could then spill over into practice where Spezza is in charge of the shootout drill. Its accountability to the captian and considering its a gimmicky skill contest why not put it in the players hands to decide.
      Maclean could get blaste dby the media for using Neil, but if Spezza sees Neil’s fancy dangles in practice he would be tempted to use him?
      Look at Daugavins last year haha

      • Tooks

        Not sure that would work, Spezza needs to keep focusing on the game at hand, he cant be bothered in looking at who is having a good game or not, less distractions the better.

        Leave it to the assistant coaches.

      • Jacques

        Yeah he should limit his focus to back checking and that will our team immensely!

      • Sensnation

        That would be a great way to switch things up Alcatraz, I’m all for it!

  • Floridasensfan

    Very cool to see Ceci and Pageau up, Ceci being with Phillips is perfect, Methot would have been the best choice but he is out.
    Phillips can be a solid on D, just not the power play please.

    • Tooks

      “Phillips can be a solid on D, just not the power play please.”

      Oops I think you meant to say, Phillips can be a solid on D, just not in the top 2 pairings.

      If CP4 sees anything close to 25min tonight, its gonna be in a losing effort. No way should he play that much.

      • sprucesens

        unless its because he’s with ceci, and ceci plays that well

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Is it just me or does Brian Burke look dead on that podium? He’s aged a least 20 years while running those Leafs. I don’t even want to think about what he’ll look like after he’s done in Calgary.

    Been thinking about the Cowen suspension. It really sucks that Cowen came out and played one of the more physical games of the year, and in doing so, get’s nailed with 2 games. I’ve read a piece that talked about how it won’t affect him and he won’t change his style. I hope not, because he looked the best that night, from a physical perspective. If he comes back and plays that way for the rest of the season, with a big chip on his shoulder, look out forwards.

    • Tooks

      Easy big fella, he hit a rookie with his head down, I’ll be saying “watch out forwards” when he can do that to Ovie or Malkin or Crosby, hell he couldnt even put St.Louis down.

      • Alcatraz

        Ever heard of baby steps tooks?

        Its a promising sign, before he wasn’t even able to catch up or connect with rookies let alone hit them. At least he is now able to hit rookies lol

        • MethotToMyMadness

          I see where your going Tooks, I just think that game, over the 30+ they played, he actually showed a physical side. He had a nice hit inside the blue line too, can’t recall who he dropped though. As for St. Louis, that guys is built like a brick shit house from the feet to his waist. Nobody can knock him off his feet. Same goes for Crosby, those guys have tree trunk legs!!

      • Sandy

        Well if he tried to hit St. Louis.. his hip would hit St. Louis in the head… LOL

  • mr.slapshot

    I would like to take a moment to preemptively congratulate Tooks on his upcoming 1000 Senschirp comment. 2nd place with 618 is Jaques. Wow

    • mr.slapshot

      Also has the second most upvotes…

    • Alcatraz

      Easy big fella, he posted a 1000 on a newly designed rookie site. I’ll be saying “congrats” when he can do that when regular users get used to the new disqus format, hell he couldn’t even double up Jacques

      • mr.slapshot

        Fair enough. Can already see folks catching up.

      • Tooks

        LOL good one!

    • Colin

      Really? Seems like 10,000!

  • SenaTHOR

    The coach and GM have to work together yet be a certain distance apart. I guess if the GM is calling who plays and they lose then you really take the responsibility off the coach and his retort would be,” You told me to do it”. Would love to be a fly on the wall.

  • Alcatraz

    Calgary and Brian Burke specifically really hates Sven Bartschi

    Bryan Murray meet Brian Burke. Brian Burke meet Bryan Murray

    Thanks

    • Sensnation

      He’s definitely skilled, wonder what the price tag would be. Delays the rebuild a bit further as he probably needs another year or two to be a consistent top 6, but at this point I’d be happy with anything over Conacher.

      At the end of the day I think the most important question is does this team have a shot before Spezza and Ryan’s contracts are up, or is Turris/Zibanejad and hopefully Ryan the core to build around starting now? I think BM is trying to keep both scenarios going at once.

  • luckan20

    Sens chirp any news on trade front ????
    Looking forward for Ceci’s game tonight. Little worried about Wiercioch and Karlson combination.

    • SensChirp

      Nothing new lately. Budget restrictions have made things pretty tough for Murray.

      • luckan20

        Thank you sir

      • spezzerman

        Blame melnyk if you want but pierre marc bouchard cleared waivers. He is a bonafide top 6 making 2million on a one year contract. No one is taking on contracts. Meanwhile thousands and thousands of ticket sgo unsold eevery night.

        Maybe that changes now that we have a glimpse into next years cap

  • sprucesens

    I wonder why people always assume a D that has good points is not as good defensively, or a forward who puts up no points is solid defensively. My point is based on ceci not being good defensively…? He’s got 17 points in 24 games. +8. 3rd in scoring in bingo and by far our best defensive prospect. Why is it that we assume he isn’t as good defensively as he is offensively. I hate that.
    For example, toews is always seen as a great 2 way guy, because he *only* gets 60-80 points a year. It seems people would automatically label him an offense first, and needs defensive work if he potted 100 points in a year. Just like karlsson’s Norris year. He was amazing offensively, and was still crazy good defensively, just not that physical. But anyone who doesn’t watch the sens every game just assumed he was a constant liability defensively. I’ll never understand that…
    /rant

    • Sandy

      After seeing him play a couple of years with the 67′s.. his defensive game needed a lot of help. I believe Tim Murray more or less said he needs to work on his defensive game.. Tonight we will find out if he has progressed..

  • SenaTHOR

    Just went to Behind the Net to look at some Advanced Stats. Goals against/60 min played.
    #65 3.26
    #3 3.12
    #46 2.95
    #77 2.5
    #2 2.2
    #62 1.59

    • Sensnation

      Gryba is the answer, put him on first line! ;)

      On a serious note, it does show that we need our top guys to be better 5 on 5, and I honestly feel like week to week, game to game, things are coming together and starting to gel bit by bit.

      I’d imagine the quality of competition levels each dman faces probably relate quite a bit to those numbers too, but it is nice to see Gryba and Cowen leading a stat category.

  • luckan20

    Forwards need to back check tonight. Also, we need to move the puck out of the zone early. Andy need to be sharp. Sabers have nothing to lose except put a dent in our chances. The young Sabers team will be super in few years.

  • WaitingSince92

    Wow, did not see that one coming. Everything I’ve heard was that Ceci was still quite far away from being NHL ready. Maybe they just want to have a look, but they wouldn’t bring him up if they thought he couldn’t handle it. My apologies to that one posted I called silly for suggesting Ceci would get the call up!

    If we can’t take 3 of 4 points from a home-and-home with Buffalo, maybe we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.

    • Jacques

      Funny when he was drafted they said he the was the most NHL ready of the draft class!

  • SenaTHOR

    We just need our offensive defensemen to be defensively responsible and our defensive defensemen to get involved in the O zone. Balance is what we don’t have. For those that want both in a new player you are looking at 4-6 mill a year.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      True, real few defencemen in the league readily available like this, although I still believe the Sens could use investing in one.

  • Tyler

    Any live streams? Stuck out in the garage with my laptop…

  • Jacques

    Yeah can’t get this game for some reason in Montreal????? Banana republic that it is!

    • sens fabulous

      wtf c’ant beleive this it’s a F$?&&%$ home game and we get 5 channels of damn poker!!!!!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Anybody would rather see Lehn tonight? I know he let in a bad one and he was so so in the shootout, but at the end of the day he really only let in one measly goal. That’s pretty good.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Really can’t ask for more from him (9.72 SAVE % lat game). I’d play Lehner a lot more. But, really if Anderson turns it around we’ll be a better team. I would have started Lehner tonight though.

  • Mark

    I have Rogers and I can’t find the game. What channel should I be looking on. Why the hell is Party Poker on Sportsnet?!

    • Millennium

      Its on Sportsnet Sens, not Sportsnet East

  • Aaron 2.0

    Ceci will be happy with that first shift!

    • Tooks

      Yes and it wasnt with CP4…
      Nice of PMac to put him on early and on PP with PW46.

  • Conor_smythe

    This is exactly when we need a pp goal..

  • Colin

    P.P.P.P. Piss Poor Power Play

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol. That was brutal to watch.

  • Millennium

    Ceci making himself known early on. I like it.

    Also, the zone entry is looking better.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cody Ceci is already better than Jared Cowen.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol. I think everyone expects this to be a very small stint for him. The idea was probably to give him a little taste as reward for his play in Binghamton. But, he’s doing everything he can so far to extend his stay.

      • Sandy

        They will send him back to Bingo. There is absolutely no reason to rush this kid. He’s only 19.. Putting a young kid like him on a struggling team long term will hurt him more than help him.
        Let him play for Richardson in Bingo.. and both can come to the Sens next season.
        On this short stint….. it will give the Sens an idea of where he is in the learning curve and how he is developing..

        • Aaron 2.0

          Oh yeah. I wholeheartedly agree. I’m just saying if Methot is out next game too, and Ceci gets a 2nd game, and if he plays solid through 2 games, he’ll make it harder on the coaching staff to send him down. But, I agree, he’s going back no matter what.

        • aegiszx

          Karl played for Clouston in his first year…

          • Sandy

            Karlsson is in a class of his own.. and played in the SEL with adult players for a couple of seasons. That’s quite different than the OHL and 1/2 a season in the AHL..

          • aegiszx

            Ceci is goin to be a heck of a player. Theres only so long we can keep him in jr, not with this kids compete level..Guaranteed, PW46 gets moved.

          • Sandy

            Maybe in the future.. but not in the next couple of months..

          • SenaTHOR

            Left & right shots.

    • Sandy

      One is an offensive defenseman — the other a defensive defensemen… Kinda hard to compare the two. Will Ceci get the puck out of the zone better? Yes — is he a much better skater? Yes.. Is he as physical as Cowen? No.
      IF both develop the way expected.. they could be a pretty good mix on the 2nd pairing in the future..

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Nope, not hard at all.

        The kid is great defensively. Already blocking shots and covering forwards the way a defenseman should.

        Go Ceci

        • Sandy

          Well can’t argue with a Cowen hater.

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            Not hating on Cowen. Just that Ceci’s better ;)

          • Eugenius

            So far so good. I still think Cowen is playing well bellow what he is capable of. He wasn’t always purely a stay at home dman. Used to jump up now and then, and make decent plays. Now he’s hesitant and looks like he lacks confidence. He’s young and has time to get better…it’s guys like Anderson, Spezza, and Michalek that I worry about.

        • Tim

          Why didn’t he do that here?

        • Zorav

          Good job! Let’s evaluate players based on 7:22 of ice time and make irrational decisions! Thank god, you’re not the GM

  • Sandy

    Good start by Ceci… must say I’m impressed…
    Nice goal by Ryan… now keep it going.
    Nice to know that the Sens fans aren’t the only fickle fan base. Watching Rangers/Columbus prior to Sens game… they were actually booin Henrik Lundqvist.. Wow.. Columbus got 3 early goals and he was pulled. I guess it happens to the best of them. What that guy did for the Rangers to be treated like that. I guess it is… ‘what have you done for me lately’.

  • Sensnation

    Gotta give it to him, Anderson looking solid tonight! Best situation for this team is 2 hot goalies. Keep it up boys!

    • Sandy

      Think you said that too early

      • Sensnation

        Lol, agreed, I jinxed him.

  • Aaron 2.0

    This is a real love – hate period. Love how all the lines can carry possession. But already a lot of turnover against a team that’s not very good offensively…

    • Sandy

      New defensive pairings not used to playing together can contribute to that.

      • Aaron 2.0

        It’s actually been the forwards not getting the puck out that’s sort of caught my eye the most so far.

  • Colin

    Goalie has to stop that

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    LOL oh Big Rig…

    • aegiszx

      LOL I agree. WHAT was he doing there like a pylon?!

      • SenaTHOR

        He waived over Gryba after he stopped. Liked what I’ve seen from Ceci.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Guys. Is Joe Corvo is the second best defenceman on the team?.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      What he isn’t? lol I think he is. Playing great.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Andy has to have his paddle down on that one. yuck

    • Aaron 2.0

      A lot of goals like that this year, coming from behind the net and finding all kinds of holes w/ Anderson in weird positions. I’m not really sure what’s going on w/ these.

      • FistsofNeil25

        I noticed Lehner doing the same thing on Tuesday. maybe it`s something the goalie coach isn’t paying much attention to. I’ve never played goalie in my life and even I know everything tender has to have their paddle down in that situation 100% of the time lol

  • FistsofNeil25

    Really strong first period by Ceci. Had a couple good scoring chances too! Really like what I see so far.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Why do our special teams suck so much? Awful looking powerplay and we got scored on almost immediately on the pk.

  • Jacques

    Ceci 7:22 ice time most of any SENS player in the first!

  • luckan20

    We have no consistency. Secondly, we can’t execute in our PP, but they took us for a clinic. Andy was soft, while Phillips and Gryba looked weak too in that shift.

    • Sandy

      It’s been like that all season

  • Sandy

    Doug McLean just said in the intermission… that Ceci had the most ice time on the Sens in the first period.

  • luckan20

    Ceci richly deserved the ice time because he was trying to carry the game, unlike some clowns in our team looking for something to happen.

  • Deadly

    From shift to shift,game to game this team is so inconsistent. They get running around in their own end where you just hold your breath. The follow up each goal with poor shifts,often letting teams back in. How can they be so close to a playoff spot?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Soft call on Karl there

  • FistsofNeil25

    How shit Andy is redeeming himself big time. A few big saves so far this period. Ridiculous!

    • Eugenius

      That’s the Andy I want to see!!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Come on Ottawa. Wake the f*ck up. Not ready to play the 2nd…

    • FistsofNeil25

      They look terrible. Very unfortunate lol

  • FistsofNeil25

    John Scott makes me laugh man lol why is this guy in the NHL

    • Sandy

      He’s truculent.. the kind Brian Burke likes. Maybe they can trade him to Calgary..

  • SensFanInMTL

    Sit down, Giant Gonzales.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Sick goal!!!!

  • Guest

    oh….we’re on the power play?….

  • FistsofNeil25

    It almost looks like Wiercioch is afraid to pass to Ceci because he knows Cody has the potential to steal his job lol

    • aegiszx

      LOL

    • Aaron 2.0

      Good job by Ceci to keep that it in. Was it Weircioch who kept it in the 2nd time? I didn’t catch the skater’s number.

      • FistsofNeil25

        It was Bobby

        • Aaron 2.0

          Bobby having a real good game!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Minute delay this is marde! WOOO nice goal!

    • SensChirp

      Are we on a delay here?

      • SensFanInMTL

        My feed is.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I get behind sometimes watch on gamecenter, and sometimes I see that a goal is coming first on this blog. Lol.

        • SensFanInMTL

          That’s exactly what I’m on since the game isn’t on SNE.

  • Millennium

    Thank you Ceci!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    SMITHY! How good is Ceci tho…………………… I’m tellin’ you guys…

  • SensFanInMTL

    This is sounding too soon but I hope these changes are what is needed to turn this thing around and make a push of the playoffs. One game a la fois.

  • Millennium

    Scott gets embarrassed any time hockey happens around him. To the point Alcatraz was making earlier, if we out play them, their goons looks bad and ineffective.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Forwards tonight with the defensive giveaways man. They’re driving me insane, and hemming us in.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Leafs losing 3-0 after the first period in St Louis. Everything is as it should be.

    • Jacques

      The Universe is realigning.

    • Sandy

      Habs losing as well — and one of Det & Tampa will lose.. But hope it’s not a 3 pt game there. Sens need this win really badly

  • SensChirp

    The Senators may have a bit of a situation on their hands here. Cody Ceci clearly looks like he belongs right now but there just isn’t room once Cowen and Methot are ready to return. Fans won’t be happy.

    • Aaron 2.0

      That’s what I was getting at earlier. The kid is doing everything he can to force their hand on keeping him.

    • SensFanInMTL

      I have total faith in Bryan. With that said, Cowen is soon on his way out to San Jose. Ha, just kidding.

    • Millennium

      “Fans won’t be happy” is the tagline of this season

    • FistsofNeil25

      He definitely looks great Chirp, but we have to keep our expectations in check. I hope they give him more than one game. Having him play against LA and St Louis would really give us a good idea of how ready he is.

      Not to take anything away from Ceci, but we are playing the Sabres. He looks extremely comfortable though. Maybe it has to do with the fact that he’s so used to playing in this building with the 67′s,

      If Ceci truly is ready to play in this league, it could give our team a really good new look. His emergence would almost certainly make Gryba or Wiercioch expendable. Even if we have to send him back down, there’s nothing wrong with have our prospects being a little over-ripe.

    • Jacques

      Trade coming! Plus Gryba’s physicality is appreciated as well in the lineup. Ceci does look likea keeper. Love watching hi

    • Jacques

      Plus Ceci and Pageau are local guys eventually they will put extra rears in the seats!

      • Sandy

        He’s only 19.. Will the Sens rush him? This team plays so bad some nights… that’s not a good way to develop a young d-man.

    • H POTTER

      Lololol…indeed

  • Deadly

    Opportunity knocks,will we answer?

  • aegiszx

    Man, Bobby is sooooo sick. Just a beauty to watch. We’re honestly spoiled that we get to watch Karl and Bobby game after game…

  • luckan20

    Karlson is having a missearble game. Spezza and Smith are turning over the pucks.

    • Jacques

      Old Spezz in a baking mood again tonight. Ceci is amazing.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Que ce qu’il ya dans le four? Turnovers?

    • SensChirp

      Now say something good about the team’s play

      • Zorav

        Ceci, Ryan and Anderson.

        The rest, still suffering from lack of confidence or whatever it is that has them playing below their capability.

        • Aaron 2.0

          The defensive turn-overs tonight have really hemmed the sens in. It’s so infuriating at times because you can see they have the superior skill and carry the game when not shooting themselves in the foot.

      • luckan20

        Cody Ceci, Ryan, Wiercioch, Pageau and more more showing up, but over paid clowns are making the team look fragile out there. If not for Andy, the score line will be different.

  • Zorav

    I feel really bad, when I see Macarthur put all his heart and soul into the shift…and then see the rest of the group just casually throw the puck around like it’s not their problem to worry about.

  • aegiszx

    Pageau with only 6 mins of ice time so far… Damn.

  • Millennium

    Man, they really aren’t sheltering Ceci at all. PP, PK, lots of big minutes for a debut game. I like it, but unexpected.

    • Eugenius

      When Paul likes a guy, he plays them a ton…when he doesn’t, well…ask Hoffman

      • SensFanInMTL

        For real man. I feel so bad for the kid. He didn’t even play 5 games.

        • Millennium

          I’ve given up trying to figure Maclean out. I have no idea what the man is going to do next. I’m just here for the free popcorn.

    • Sandy

      I guess they want to find out what they have in him… Because for sure.. he’s in the Sens lineup next season full-time. What happens to Boro? He’s on a 1-way contract next season..

      • SensFanInMTL

        In general, who would everyone prefer to see next year anyhow? Ceci or Borowiecki?

        • Eugenius

          Boro is the perfect 7th dman

        • Jacques

          Ceci. No Brainer.

        • FistsofNeil25

          It would be cool if we could have them both.

          • Eugenius

            Patty and Jared better really get their shit together. Couple of the younger guys are coming in hot. I love Gryba’s beard, but I don’t think he’s around much longer (especially if/when Phillips gets a small extension).

        • Sandy

          I didn’t say it would be one or the other… I just asked with Ceci most likely on the team… where does Boro play in Bingo?

        • Sensnation

          Karlsson, Cowen, Methot, Wiercioch and Ceci are going to be in the top 7 and then at least 1 of Phillips or Gryba.

          Not sure if Boro will make the NHL team for the full season, great story, but management just isn’t committed to him longterm.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Well, Boro does have a one-way contract for next season. I get the impression that the organization is pretty high on him.

          • Sensnation

            That was a reward for being such a great example and working so hard in the AHL. If the org were more committed to him he’d have gotten the 1way for this year instead of bringing Corvo back.

            He is in really tough to have a lasting NHL career and will be in just as tough to make the Sens next year. It’s a min salary contract, those are easy to waive to the minors, it does not guarantee staying in the big leagues.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I really like Joe Corvo.

  • Eugenius

    We’re winning…but I can’t say that we’re really carrying the play. Come on boys, gotta pull away in this one.

  • FistsofNeil25

    It’s a good thing we’re playing the Sabres tonight. If we were playing like this against a good hockey team we’d be in big trouble. Clean it up boys! We have LA coming in here in 2 days!

  • Shibal

    Wow these Sabres are playing a really good trap game. All the sens are doing every shift is dumping the puck and losing possession, because they can’t even penetrate the sabre’s defense.

    • Aaron 2.0

      We always seem to have trouble with teams playing systems that resemble the trap. Fortunate to be ahead after 2…

  • H POTTER

    Man…this team is awful tonight…any of the 28 other teams and we’re loosing by a field goal. so many turnovers this is pathetic. We’re lucky Anderson came to play tonight. No sustained pressure in their zone. It’s all in our zone. Each turnover creates a 1 full minute of pressure in our zone. I don’t understand this team this year. Really happy if we can win tonight but damn, there is noooothing here to be bragging about IF we win

  • luckan20

    Absolutely correct with some of you. The system Sabers playing are super. It is unfortunate they dont have Ryan’s or MacArthur to finish some of their plays. Also, rightfully they must be happy Spezza is not playing for them or even Smith to that matter. These two centers needs to pick their game in our zone.
    Karlson so far with team leading 4 give aways.

  • Jacques

    Gryba – 6 hits,1 blocked shot and a fight. Just what a bottom pairing guy needs to bring!

    • luckan20

      Absolutely. right.

  • SenaTHOR

    Note for Gryba. Don’t keep feet beside each other in a fight, NO balance.

  • Sandy

    10 giveaways for the Sens to the end of the 2nd period. Dominating the faceoff circle..
    Ceci is a +2 so far..

    Looks like Richardson is really helping him…. Now to get Richardson up in Ottawa to work with the D we have here –would help a lot..

  • Sandy

    4-1 St Louis over Leafs.. The patient and slow building of the St Louis team.. really seems to be paying off the last couple of seasons..

    • FistsofNeil25

      Yeah the Blues have been a fun team to watch for a couple seasons now. I still think they lack a true # one center and an elite goaltender to go head to head with Chicago, LA, or SJ in the playoffs though.

      • Sandy

        Maybe that could be the landing spot for Ryan Miller. Can you imagine him on a really good defensive team like St Louis?

        • FistsofNeil25

          That could be deadly.

      • Mitchell

        I think there goaltending is great. They lead with so many shutouts with Elliot and halak

        • FistsofNeil25

          Elliot and Halak are a product of the system the team plays. Every goaltender to play for Ken Hitchcock puts up good numbers.

          Leclaire in 2007/2008 had 9 shutouts
          Mason in 2008/2009 had 10 shutouts

      • sprucesens

        the blues are the team i cheer for in the west. Love a lot of their players. Also i felt bad that nobody seems to cheer for them. I’ve never met a blues fan, so i figured they could use some help. So i bought a hat. lol. I wonder if bryan murray is still circling around to TJ oshie? That had been mentioned through the years that they really like him. Now that perron is gone though, i doubt he’d be available. Would love him to be a senator in the top 6.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Game needs a little more Pageau.

    • Tooks

      Or Pageau might need a bit more game.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Man, most of the team needs it as well.

      • Jacques

        How r the Leafs doing?

  • Sandy

    Need another goal guys… badly

  • Tooks

    I see PMac was quick to remove PW46 from top pair, Corvo took the place, not that he’s dong bad in it but PW46 was doing well with EK65.

  • Sandy

    Almost 7 min into the 3rd and no shots for the Sens? Come on guys.. You need this win to gain ground. Andy isn’t playing well enough to hold them off…

  • aegiszx

    God damn it must be so boring to be a Sabres season seats holder…

    • Sandy

      Is it better to be bored or frustrated?

  • Aaron 2.0

    Pageau line has been pretty good for us tonight in their minutes.

    • Jacques

      JGP over 70 percent in the dot.

  • FistsofNeil25

    I think Spezza and Karlsson have completed more passes to Buffalo players tonight than their own teammates. Terrible games by both of those guys.

  • Jacques

    10:14 Ottawa Senators OTT J. Spezza giveaway
    10:01 Ottawa Senators OTT J. Spezza giveaway

    • Eugenius

      Almost hope Jay is hurt. If he’s healthy and this is his idea of giving 100% during every shift (aka lead by example)….oof

    • Sandy

      Yeah he must be terrible tonight. Over 90% in the faceoff circle…

      • Eugenius

        How about the rest of his play?…..

        • Jacques

          Wonder if Winterpeg would accept Spezza for Kane. Hell we could sweeten the pot.

          • Eugenius

            Haha I wouldn’t mind that at all. Although I would be surprised if Jay put Winni on his list of teams

      • Aaron 2.0

        Buffalo is notoriously week in the circle. Not many true centers. Full credit for his FO %, but Spezza is having a rough night.

      • Jacques

        His only saving grace the rest of his game sucks gonads!

  • Deadly

    Anything for a post,now mention Karlson

  • SensFanInMTL

    Karlsson another giveaway. Good fuck, what in fuck’s name is going on tonight?

    • Colin

      Same shit as always. KK is a giveaway machine.

      • SensFanInMTL

        I believe he is only meaning to do well and wanting to create many chances and plays. Not happening with all those turnovers tonight though.

        • Colin

          Agreed. He is trying too hard sometimes. When he is on though, he is pure magic.

  • Colin

    Weak pathetic call

    • Sandy

      Bad time to get a penalty.. basically the rest of the period…

  • aegiszx

    What a weak call wtf

  • Colin

    Ceci out for the PK. Great stuff!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Exactly 50 games left including tonight’s. If we do the match, we need about 32 wins to possibly enter post season. Then there’s the wildcard in effect which I didn’t take into account. So…..

  • FistsofNeil25

    Well I’m sure happy we got the two points but that was 2.5 hours of my life that I wish I could get back. Hell of a game by Ceci. Great stuff!

  • Sensnation

    Sens win, dominate the faceoff circle (Spezza 20-2), Pageau & Ceci looked great!

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • SensFanInMTL

    I still feel incomplete with this win.

    So wake me up when it’s all over. When I’m wiser and I’m older.

    • sben

      This season will be very long. Feels like the rebuild all over again.

      Hey brother there is an endless road to rediscover…

  • Colin

    6 out of 8 points in the last 4 games. Solid performance from Anderson. Ceci makes his case. Oh. The Leafs lost too. Nice.

  • Millennium

    Spezza and Karlsson had bad games. Ceci, Turris, Andy, and Ryan had better games.

    Take the 2 points, and look to improve on it.

  • luckan20

    Questionable call on Gryba’s slash or Michalek’s holding. Anderson was our big star. Great game and two points in the book.

  • Sandy

    Mtl lost… Leafs are losing… And Tampa & Detroit will be a 3 pt game.. damn them…
    3 pts in back of a playoff spot right now..
    But the hill to climb comes in the next 2 games. Have the giveaways against LA & St Louis and it will be blowouts…
    Glad Andy played better. Maybe he is slowly getting back to the Andy of the last 2 seasons.
    Will fear of being embarrassed have them play better on Sat & Mon?

  • Shibal

    Ironically; Anderson’s best game since his first game against the Sabre’s in the season opener.

  • aegiszx

    Much needed win tonight. Ceci looked promising, Andy looked solid for the first time in awhile, and Pageau continues to show hes an excellent role player.

    • Jacques

      Well said. Pageau gives us a real 3rd line, an improved one at least!

  • Luc Wolfe

    hey andy only let one in tonight, good for the guy. now lets make the Kings our next victim and get closer to the Maple Leafs.

  • Millennium

    I would like to personally thanks the Leafs for being decent enough to blow their season and let us get within 3 points of them. Such pals!

  • aegiszx

    It appears as though the Leafs mid-season tank has started 10 games early. Cue the implosion in 3…2…1…

    • Colin

      Just in time for HBO

  • Sandy

    So Sens have points in the last 4 games.. 6 out of a possible 8… Need that to keep trending onward… Points in the next 2 games will be greatly appreciated.

  • SensFanInMTL
    • senate19

      I find that oddly catchy. Not bad.

  • Sandy

    Looking at NHL news..
    Columbus is without Bobrovsky who is injured… and McIlenney (sp?) got hurt tonight. The next goalie in line., Mike McKenna.. Doesn’t he sound familiar?

    Det & Tampa in shootout. Nice to see Detroit is 0-5 in shootouts this season so far. That’s worse than the Sens.

    • Sensturion

      McKenna played for Bingo a few years back.

      • Sandy

        Thought so…

  • Sandy

    Ceci has really improved since his days in the OHL..

  • MikeS

    Ok, So I seriously need to take a harder program in school. Every time I miss a game studying the sens win

    • MikeS

      How did the youngsters play?

      • Eugenius

        Underwhelming performance. Anderson stole this one. Ceci was excellent in his NHL debut. JGP was solid (nothing special). We were great in the face-off circle. 3 concerning themes continue though:
        1. Jay didn’t show much hustle and the team followed suit
        2. We always play to the level of the opposition instead of forcing our game on them
        3. Looks like all they want to do is pass the puck around in the offensive zone…not much creativity, not enough net-crashing.

        A win is a win, but the boys didn’t do much to deserve that one.

        • MikeS

          Just watched the highlights. Andy looked great.

          I noticed Gryba was sooo lost on their goal it wasnt funny, phillips was telling him to go for like 3 seconds before just rushing over to try to cover himself

          • Eugenius

            lol Yeah, given the way Ceci played tonight (small sample size, but still), I don’t think Gryba will make this team next year.

          • MikeS

            They played him on the second pairing tonight. Im impressed that Mac has more faith in him then our regulars. Think he pulls and Zibby and forces his way on the roster early?

          • Eugenius

            Wouldn’t shock me. It was his first NHL game, and he was arguably our best Dman tonight. Still early, but never know. I think Bryan would have to trade someone for a pick to make that happen.

          • MikeS

            If he plays solid (3/4) with cowen turning the corner, our d suddenly looks like a solid 6. Weird how 1-2 depth players can flip a team on its head

          • Eugenius

            Totally. Pat showed glimpses of what he’s capable of tonight too. Him and Cow need to have a strong second half of the season if this team has any hopes of making the post season.

  • Sicilian

    Anyone notice that the first goal given up by Anderson was Phillips’ fault? He swept right through Anderson, starting with his hockey stick and spinning him around?

    • MikeS

      Id place more blame on gryba, phillips was trying to tell him to cover his side if you watch the replay. Then after about 3-4 seconds of gryba doing nothing phillips tried to rush over to hep, brushing andy

      • boom

        Yeah, except Gryba was already covering for Chris “The Pointer” Philips who was on the wrong side of the ice and chasing guys out to the point (again, on his wrong side)
        I said it last week, if pointing was a stat, Phillips would lead the league every year. I can’t believe that I’m the only who sees this?
        There’ such a tendency on this site to lay blame on the younger players and give veterans a free pass, makes me puke….

        • Mitchell

          I notice it and I hate it everyday. I hate how he micro manages everything for his mistakes

          • boom

            Thanks, I was sure that I couldn’t be the only one seeing that. He’s done it his whole career too…

        • Tooks

          Glad you see it too, all in all tho it was a pretty safe game for CP4, I guess Ceci and the way he played was able to carry Phillips and eliminate most of Phillips mistakesby carrying out the puck alot, not giving Phillips a chance to handle the puck!! LOL

        • runningbear1974

          I see it too… I’ve been complaining about Phillips’ pointing behaviour… I don’t want him mentoring our young guys… He makes them look bad… They probably feel bad too… Thanks Phillips…

    • T K

      I fully agree with MikeS. If Gryba had picked up his man coming around the net instead of just standing there watching, Andy would have had a shutout.