Game Day- Homestand Continues vs. Flames

SensChirp March 30, 2014 306
Game Day- Homestand Continues vs. Flames

On the heels of an impressive win over the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Ottawa Senators continue a five game home stand with a Sunday evening visit from the Calgary Flames.

If you’re as foolish as I am, you’re still keeping a close eye on the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.  The Senators come into this evening’s game eight points back of the final spot in the East. They have at least one game in hand on the team’s ahead of them but it’s still a monumental task.  SportsClubStats puts their odds of making the playoffs at 1.9%.  With a win that could climb to nearly 3%.  If they win their final 9 games, the odds climb to 92%.

So the scenario is pretty simple for the Ottawa Senators at this point….Just win.

While 13th place isn’t where they were hoping to be when this season started, there have been some signs of improvement from the rebuilding Calgary Flames down the stretch.  They are a hardworking team that rarely takes a night off under Head Coach Bob Hartley.  They’ve racked up 6 wins in their last 10 games, including wins over playoff bound teams in the Ducks, Rangers and Sharks.

Paul MacLean is expected to speak to the media at around 2:30 PM today so we won’t know the line up until then.  Chris Phillips declared himself fit to play before the game against Chicago so there is a chance he draws back into the line up.  No changes are expected up front.  Assuming Ottawa goes with the same line up as Friday night vs. Chicago, here is how the Sens will line up for this one.

Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky
MacArthur-Turris-Stone
Hoffman-Zibanejad-Condra
Kassian-Smith-Neil

Methot-Karlsson
Cowen-Gryba
Wiercioch-Ceci

Robin Lehner is expected to get the start in the Ottawa goal.  Puck drop at the Canadian Tire Centre is set for just after 5:00 PM.

  • nikeb613

    keep phillips out please…

    • jimmyjohnson

      our best lineup unquestionably has Phillips and Neil on the sidelines.

      • nikeb613

        Like this…

        FORWARDS
        Bobby Ryan ($5.100m) / Jason Spezza ($7.000m) / Ales Hemsky ($5.700m)
        Clarke MacArthur ($3.250m) / Kyle Turris ($3.500m) / Mark Stone ($0.603m)
        Mike Hoffman ($1.200m) / Mika Zibanejad ($0.894m) / Curtis Lazar ($0.925m)
        Erik Condra ($1.250m) / Zack Smith ($1.888m) / Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($0.613m)
        Chris Neil ($1.900m) /
        DEFENSEMEN
        Erik Karlsson ($6.500m) / Jared Cowen ($3.100m)
        Marc Methot ($3.000m) / Mark Borowiecki ($0.575m)
        Patrick Wiercioch ($2.000m) / Cody Ceci ($0.894m)
        Chris Phillips ($2.500m) /

        • jimmyjohnson

          That would be awesome! but they’ll never do it.

          Maclean will never sit Phillips and Neil for youngs, and they definitely aren’t moving Greening. His contract was a long term investment… he will 100% be in the lineup (barring injury) on Oct. whatever 2014

  • jimmyjohnson

    Totally off topic, but if you’re feeling a little depressed that the team is winning now when it likely doesn’t matter, talk a walk on over to the Bruins website (http://bruins.nhl.com/) and take a look at their March results on the mini calendar on the home page. I’m not a fan of their team (as a Sens fan, I have distinct residual fears haunting me from the Tim Thomas era) but it really doesn’t seem to matter. Just seeing that type of excellence makes me feel good.

    We used to be that good… Who knows, maybe it’ll happen again some day…

  • Lorenzo72

    Hey People, where is this painting? In which pub? You all will be surprised :)

    • SensChirp

      I don’t recognize that at all. Any clues?

      • Lorenzo72

        Ok, I’m telling you, because it’s not an easy question. The place is in Europe. This is “Korong” pub in Budapest, Hungary. It’s very nice thing far from Ottawa. “Korong” means “puck” in Hungarian.

        • CUP 2014-15

          LOL, Well maybe Jason could go somewhere on vacation where he will not be the scapegoat. Nice one. Were you there? if so you must have been shocked.

          • Lorenzo72

            I live there (in Budapest). :) I just walked home yesterday night with my friends and realized, there is my favorite team on the wall in a pub. Unfortunately I don’t remember this place. If this pub exist more than 15 years, this is not Jason but Yashin maybe. :) Another scapegoat. LOL

          • CUP 2014-15

            Beauty. I hear Budapest is an amazing city with incredible fashion, nightlife. One of my daughters friends took a v-ball contract there and turned down a tad more money from Barcelone.

          • Lorenzo72

            And last but not least, we had 22 degrees celsius today. :)

          • CUP 2014-15

            I was really starting to like you…..you bum!!!!!!! LOL, Enjoy we got nailed with an unexpected 10cm last night.

          • Lorenzo72

            Don’t be jealous. We were the same situation last year. This photos are from 15. March 2013. Are you happy now? :)

          • CUP 2014-15

            NO!!!!!!! LOL

    • CUP 2014-15

      I am guessing…….Mississauga but looks a tad like the Bar-B-Barn in Montreal

    • Nicholas Rawlins

      That’s hilarious my girlfriend is Hungarian, we might visit one day. I’d love to get a picture with that!

  • Mat

    I’b be content just to see them play decently until the rest of the year. Solid team effort, smart play in the D zone, and good goaltending. It starts tonight against a relentless blue collar team.

    I’m sure many have mentioned this already but I’m really impressed my Mark Stone’s play and how seamlessly he’s taken Bobby’s spot. Both he and Hoffman are making cases for joining the big club full time next year.

    And yes, whoever has Philips locked in the back of their car, please keep him there until mid April pls.

  • savagestix

    What do you guys think next year
    Hemsky spezza ryan
    Macarthur turris stone

    I hope they try it, just saying…

    • FistsofNeil25

      I would be surprised if all three of Spezza, Ryan and Hemsky are back with the Sens next year.

      • Billy Bob

        Where do you think any of them are going? Based on his play with Spezz, they’ll probably resign Hemsky, Ryan is on contract, so is Spezz, it will take an awful lot for a trade involving either of these guys. I am all for trading Spezza provided someone is willing to give up at least a 1st and a top prospect. I just don’t see it happening though.

    • Harv

      Works for me. Then add:

      Hoffman – Z’Bad – :Lazar/DeCosta/Condra
      Greening-Smith-Neil

      Karlson=Methot
      Ceci-Weircoch
      Gryba-Cowen

      • Simple Jack

        Michalek and condra may not be around next season.

        • Harv

          I didn’t put in Michalek and Condra still gives us something on the PK. So, I kept him as a possible. only.

  • FistsofNeil25

    I just had a good laugh thinking back to last year leading up to free agency at all the people that had Clarkson penciled into their line-up alongside Spezza. Imagine what a train-wreck that would have been. Thank god we didn’t win that sweepstakes.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Clue number one to signing a free agent should be, ask yourself if the Blue team is interested and if the answer is yes then yours should be no. Always try to do the opposite of old blue.

  • FistsofNeil25

    As an assistant captain and long time Senator, you have to think that Maclean will put Phillips back in the line-up today. That move shouldn’t come at the expense of Wiercioch though. What about dressing 7 defencemen and scratching Greening?

    • CUP 2014-15

      Like it but we both know that’s not happening. Play the kids down the stretch Pm, come on!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Billy Bob

        They won’t dress 7 D, I’m absolutely on board for sitting Phillips again, loved Weir and Ceci last game, but as we’ve seen, there is much more going on behind the scenes and unfortunately, fans don’t get a vote.

      • FistsofNeil25

        I know it’s not happening, but I also know that Phillips will make his way back into the line-up because of his new contract and the “A” on his chest at the expense of a better player like Wiercioch

        • CUP 2014-15

          I have been more critical then most about the coaching this year and I also want PW in the lineup. Hell I was getting abused on here daily when I was going insane at Corvo and Boro playing ahead of EG. I feel the same way about PW. but I think Mac is worried about CC playing with someone as offensive minded as PW and as awful as CP has been this year, the coach seems to still feel more comfortable with him in, allowing CC to be more offensive. Just spit balling but that’s all I can come up with pal.

  • Millennium

    Its unfortunate that our ‘veteran presence’ and ‘fan favourite’ status has to be wasted on plugs like Neil and Philips. I like both guys, but damn do they make us a worse team this year. Aflie was that perfect veteran/favourite while still actually being a good player. Philips and Neil are…not.

    • FistsofNeil25

      It’s time to pass the torch to the new core of the team lead by most complete player, Kyle Turris. I don’t have too much of a problem with Phillips and Neil being supporting pieces in a limited role, but they are no longer part of the core of this hockey team.

      Phillips is probably the worst defensemen on the current roster, therefore he should be played as such. He should be the spare guy rotating in for injured players or if someone else has a bad game, not Wiercioch.

      Neiler, although I still have love for his toughness and passion, has regressed to the point where he’s probably or 12th or 13th best forward along with Greening.

      I would much rather see those “A”s on the chest of Turris, Mac or Karl.

      • Millennium

        Yep, that pretty much sums it up. I just wish Mac would use them like that.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I’m with you on both players. It’s not an indictment of them in any way. It’s just that time keeps on ticking, and players get older. Unfortunately, with Phillips’ contract, and this team’s internal budget, I’d be surprised if he’s deployed as a 7th D. But, one could hope! Maybe he’ll be so bad, or the other options so good, that the decision will sort of force itself on management / coaching.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Hey SC, I for one still keep an eye on the standings as I am old enough to have seen strange s#!t happen in sports, that being said they are 8 Pts out of 7th not 8th. A win today is a start and would be very interesting if paired with a win tomorrow v Car. Not giving up until it is officially over. Hope PW gets another shot today. They better show up to work from the opening whistle as Cal will come hard all night. Big day for Hoff today and I expect this one to be rough and a little dirty. Could get out of hand. Encouraging to see they didn’t mail it in V CHI. as it would have been easy to do if they didn’t give a damn. They are still engaged and Turris line is leading the way as they just seem to refuse to loose. GSG

  • Alex65

    Sens really needs to sign Michalek and Hemsky this summer. Hopefully it should be very nice to see Alfie back! Hope to see this line up next year:

    Hoffman – Spezza – Hemsky
    MacArthur – Turris – Ryan
    Michalek – Zibanejad – Alfredsson
    Greening – Smith – Neil

    • Billy Bob

      Alfredsson will not be in a Sens uniform next year.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        That being said, if you can make it so that Michalek plays on a third line comparable to that(say Stone or one of the other young guys instead of Alfie) and you pay him accordingly I wouldn’t be against this idea. I have never considered him a legit top line player…but would absolutely obliterate most other third line players.

        • Billy Bob

          Yea that could happen, if we don’t pay him too much, put him on the 3rd next year with Zib and Hoffman, deadly third line, I still think Puempel will push for a spot….25 goals as a rookie in the AHL.

        • Millennium

          People here always assume that Michalek would sign a massive pay cut to stay on our third line. I’m willing to bet that as UFA he could get much much more than we are willing to offer him. He’s not worth what he’s being paid now, but he’s worth more than we’re going to be willing to pay to keep him.

          Its a Hemsky in, Michalek out situation in all likelihood.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Oh I have absolutely no doubt that he would get more than we should be(not going to say will be because frankly most of the decisions lately make no sense) offering him.

            I think I would be comfortable with him coming in around 4 mil….I suspect term would be a tougher issue in regards to him.

          • Millennium

            I’d offer him the Clarke MacArthur contract, both in term and dollars. Let him prove himself all over again on a team he seems to like, and on a non-inflated contract.

    • Deadly

      Alfredson back..too funny.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Stone???

      • Alex65

        It can also be Stone instead of Alfie.

        • CUP 2014-15

          I think the kid has seen the last of Bingo and bus rides unless they “send him a message” out of camp. See Mika.

  • SensChirp

    Lehner starts. Greening out. Kassian takes his spot. Coach will wait till game time to make a decision on Phillips.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Interesting choice going back with Lehner….passing of the torch?

      Interesting choice on Greening/Kassian, and I seriously hope Philips stays out.

    • Harv

      Greening is not great but, Kassian? And, it seems if you produce you sit – Anderson was lights out against Chicago so he sits. I hope the coach explained this to Anderson. Phillips????? If he plays over Weircoch I am writing off the decision making for today. Dumb, dumb and dumber!

    • Millennium

      Well if Greening is out, and Kassian usually plays like 3-4 mins, We might actually get some good TOI for the top 3 lines.

      I hope PW is left in, he deserves his games. Let Philips ‘rest’.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Probably Lehner tonight and Anderson tomorrow due to back-to-back games. About time that MacLean deploys them this way, IMO.

  • FBP

    Holy crap Chirp! Have fun on the glass!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    I know the playoff chances are slim but this team always has me choosing to watch their games over doing homework. I always have to make time for my Sens. Lets hope for a great game. GO SENS GO. I am a greening hater so it feels good not to have to watch him play for once

  • Millennium

    Atta boy Chirp! Front row seats!

  • CUP 2014-15

    O.K. for those of you who are dreamers, as I am. Tbay needs to continue on its 7-0-3 run by beating Det in reg. tonight. Nash beats Wash and Ottawa wins today. We get up tomorrow and the standing:
    CBJ 74 82
    Det. 75 82
    Wash 75 80
    T.O. 76 80
    NJ 74 77
    OTT 74 76
    Fight to the end, if nobody did, there would never be miracle comebacks. GO SENS GO

  • Shibal

    Puempel with number 26!

    • CUP 2014-15

      GIDDY UP.

  • sben

    You know, at this point it is still a miracle if the sens make the playoffs but if there is any time for the sens to do it that is now. The schedule is amazing. The following are the teams that we are playing in the next 9 games including today:

    Calgary, Carolina Islandersx2, Rangers,
    New Jersey, leafs and the penguins.

    Other than the penguins, none of those teams are really hard teams. This is the last afternoon game and if the sens can win a couple good ones maybe we can squeeze in.
    Detroit has only 8 games left and have to deal with Tampa, Boston, St. Louis and Pittsburgh while also playing buffalo twice and carolina once.

    Columbus has 8 games to play and is facing Colorado, Philly Chicago, the islanders, Phoenix, Dallas Tampa and the Panthers.
    Detroit will have some issues and Columbus might very possibly fall out. I’m not saying it is likely by any means but the possibility is very real. A win over calgary tonight could do something real good. Personally if the playoffs don’t happen all I hope for is a higher spot than toronto.

    • Zelle

      Except that Sens have an awful chance at beating the Leafs this year, for some inexplicable reason.

  • CUP 2014-15

    B.G. Tweeting CP skating with PW. CC looks to be odd man out

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      stupid…

  • Don Ciccio

    I have lost all respect for Paul Maclean…..He cares more about appeasing his veterans than winning a hockey game……Ceci and Wiercioch should both be playing and Phillips
    should be sitting. Last 3 games without Phillips, 5 points for Ottawa

    • CUP 2014-15

      I agree 100% Don but after the Ryan news I have to think CC is ailing. Putting in CP is a no win for Mac. He’s not scoring the winner and is prone to cost us this game. That on top of CC looking forward to the match up against his old friend SM, would have given him extra drive.

      • Don Ciccio

        I don’t think Ceci is ailing at all. It’s just easier to sit him than Phillips because he loves Phillips…..Maclean does not play best players

        • CUP 2014-15

          CP was healthy last game as well.

          • Don Ciccio

            Yes, but it’s easy to say to take one more day off.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Well it kind of makes sense that CC would be hurting. The entire media found this game time decision to be strange as we knew CP was healthy on Friday. The game time may have been CC

    • sben

      I blame this more on Murray than maclean. Murray was the one to sign him and not trade him. You cannot expect a coach to consistently sit an “ottawa veteran” who was just signed for two years.

      • Don Ciccio

        A coach has a big say in who gets signed as well…..Coach’s job is to play the best players

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Okay now I am really analyzing Phillips game tonight. He better prove why he should be in the lineup over Ceci. A veteran would have a good game and we will see if Phillips does.

    • Harv

      Agree. This will prove of Phillips should actually play any more games. Unfortunately, the team still loves him.

  • Billy Bob

    Anyone know if this is an injury thing? Why is Ceci sitting?

  • Cicero

    Free online moochers – HQ clear broadcast today on http://lag10.com/channel28

  • sben

    why are they so slow

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Paul Maclean is a damn idiot.

  • Don Ciccio

    Just announced that Ceci is indeed a healthy scratch

    • CUP 2014-15

      Caught that this is just dumb

    • Jacques

      Ridiculous decision.

  • Mark

    Why is Ceci a healthy scratch?!

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Because Maclean is an indiot

  • sben

    why do I always feel like hoffman should be on the first line?

    • CUP 2014-15

      With that shot and that speed, it would look great and Milo would fit better with3rd line min.

  • sben

    Ceci is probably injured or something

  • CUP 2014-15

    SPEZZZZZZZZZZA

    • sben

      why do I always check this comment section even though I know it will foreshadow every goal?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Milan Michalek should be re-signed.

  • karlssens

    The good and bad of Jason spezza

    • Jacques

      Exactly!

  • Jacques

    You get a goal from that line and then they’re on the ice for one against! All year it’s been like that! Cover your effing guys but hell you might actually work up a sweat! God forbid!

    • CUP 2014-15

      They need to play that line with JC and EG. With Karl on the ice at the same time, there is no Dzone coverage.

  • sben

    uuuugggghhh

  • karlssens

    That was a terrible stick check attempt by spezza.. And that’s our leader.

  • sben

    This happens with almost every game. The sens work extremely hard for ten minutes getting chance after chance and not scoring until there is either a lucky bounce or a very skilled type goal for the sens. Then afterwards the sens stop moving their feet and the other team scores a simple stupid goal. It happens all the time.

  • Cicero

    Stone and Hoffman both demonstrate a level of hockey smarts beyond their years.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Murray has always talked about drafting players with hockey smarts

  • sben

    Is just me or does it seem like Methot has lost some of that “always defensively responsible” play that he had when we first traded for him. It seems like he makes alot more mistakes than before.

  • CUP 2014-15

    SC has to be lovin this

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Every SPezza hater sit down

    • Colin

      and that’s the rub with players like Spezza and Karlsson. Very talented and extremely frustrating.

    • Billy Bob

      Spezza was awesome letting All-Star Matt Stajan walk right in and one time that goal too. F the Spezza haters it’s all about offence.

    • Shibal

      Spezza can produce, but with his defensive play it’s impossible to think that this guy will ever lead the sens or any other team to a Stanley cup .

      • Millennium

        Pat Kane disagrees

        • Shibal

          Kane plays wing and he is clutch-something Spezza is not. Also having Toews,Hossa,Sharp,Kieth and Seabrook helps alot.

          • Millennium

            Right but that’s my point. An offense-only player isn’t the only difference maker; it’s the quality of the entire squad. Spezza is not what’s holding this team back. We have way bigger problems than his back check (as much as it drives me crazy). Give us Toews, Hossa, etc etc etc, and Spezza would have a cup too.

        • sben

          Pat kane did not lead his team. Toews did. Pat kane was just there and helped majorly with the offense.

      • Zelle

        His defensive game has really improved lately, imo. He may not be too old to learn new tricks. I’m neutral on his trade, I fear what he may to do the Sens on other teams, but as the captain on the Sens I’d like to see 100% effort every game from him. NO coasting.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Re sign Milo.

  • Cicero

    Is it the SNW mic array or is the CTC a dead zone for fan noise??

  • Lorenzo72

    Milo, Milo, Milo! Hattrick please :)

  • sben

    According to Yost (statistics) michalek will get 6 goals today.

  • karlssens

    9 more wins!!

  • luckan20

    Now what ??? MM is forcing BM to think twice on his contract talk.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I’ve been saying it for several weeks now I think Milo would be a good re-sign.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Mendes obscure stat. Sens 7-0 when Milo pots 2

  • karlssens

    I’ve told you guys all along.. Michalek AND Hemsky need to be resigned! With the emergence of Hoffman and stone, and the acquisition of Ryan, we would have one of the deepest offenses in the east.

    Mac – turry – Ryan
    Michalek – spezza – hemmer
    Stone – zibby – hoff (kid line)
    Greening – smith – condra
    Neiler

    • Millennium

      Find the money for it. UFA market will inflate MM’s contract, and our team will balk at paying what others will to have him.

      • karlssens

        The moment Melynk prevents us from retaining a player is the moment he gets run out of town.

        • Shibal

          Not as long as he is the owner.

        • Millennium

          This is Ottawa: people will complain, and nothing will happen (not that there’s much anyone can do. It’s his money, he has a right not to spend it. It would be the NHL that would have to intervene).

      • CUP 2014-15

        If we could keep that entire line for about 16.5 M per that would work

      • Cicero

        I think BM will present Melnyk with an ideal, but practical, scenario, and those of us who want to see key assets re-signed will be pleased with the off-season contracts. All eyes will be on Melnyk to put his $ where his mouth is. After last summer, this had better be the story….

  • Nicholas Rawlins

    Watching that Detroit game yesterday made me realize I forgot how amazing Alfredsson is, dude straight battles game in game out. Easily the worst decision Ottawa ever made letting him walk.

    • sben

      I hate it when people say that the sens let him walk or when people say that he elft on his own. IT is very obscure and I think it was something to do with both sides and I think the sens would have kept him for more than his battle but the fact that he he was the captain for the sens and had done so much good for ottawa and its fans and that is what matters more.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Could not agree more, this was not a separation it was a full out divorce. Nobody really knows what happened except those in the relationship.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Milo 6g 4a with Hemsky (game 11)

  • Nicholas Rawlins

    SN just said ottawa could be a potential destination for Marty brodeur, could you imagine? Haha

    • sben

      uuuuugggggghhhhh. Sports analysts with nothing to talk about..

      • Nicholas Rawlins

        Exactly

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Ya I don’t understand how Martin Brodeur fills a need.

      • CUP 2014-15

        back up for Robin

  • karlssens

    Lehner is so bad positionally

  • Cicero

    Lehner….patience bro.

  • sben

    watch all the sens legs. No one moving

  • Lorenzo72

    We have horrible week defence.

  • Millennium

    2 Flames goals because of 2 horrible Defensive break downs. Like… Bantam league bad.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Please don’t play Karl with that line, it’s no good for any of them. Play him with Turris line and Zbad

  • karlssens

    Phillips strikes again!! So useless

  • Zelle

    I get home, start watching. Flames score and then get a PP..

  • karlssens

    This defense is miles better when Phillips isn’t in it.. They gotta figure something out with him.

  • sben

    aaaawwww macarthur. Good save from Lehner

  • Harv

    We beat Chicago and have trouble with Calgary. Tell me it isn’t so!

    • sben

      We also beat St. Louis both games we played them.

      • Harv

        And then lost to …….. Edmonton? And …….. Florida?

  • CUP 2014-15

    Again with the second period

  • Zelle

    Two goals since I started watching. I’m just going to shut it off now.. :(

  • karlssens

    Oh boy

  • sben

    what the hell

  • karlssens

    Lehner has to have that.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    timeout

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    You may say that Condra’s fault but it’s actually Cowen’s. That big idiot literally followed the Calgary player down the ice playing man to man on the penalty kill instead of staying where he should have been down low.

    What a waste.

    • sben

      waste of what? A ninth overall, Money? Roster spot? I have a feeling what you’ll say…

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        LOL. You can pretty much pick anyone I guess.

    • CUP 2014-15

      LOL, They have been rotating like that since October on the PK. He didn’t just wonder up ice.

  • luckan20

    Pathetic D + poor goal given by Lehner; sickening to watch.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Just tuned in for the 2nd. The 2nd Cgy goal was a weird one. But, overall Lehner’s getting no support this period. These sort of mental time-outs by the team is exactly why are goalies struggle at times. It’s not easy being in the Ottawa crease these days. Hopefully they wake up. It sounded like the 1st period was fine.

  • Lorenzo72

    Shots 18:1 in this period? WTF?

    • Harv

      Beyond belief.

  • sben

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    pic.twitter.com/UPkPAne5OE

  • Harv

    Ottawa being outshot 18-1 in 2nd. Could that be a problem?

  • sben

    18-2

    • Harv

      Wow! 100% improvement.

  • Cicero

    Game makes me sad. So I log back on here. Why did I do this??

  • sben

    Hearing some boos for cowen after that inability to hold the puck in the blueline

  • karlssens

    Cowen.. Just can’t believe it. Just when he has a decent game he follows it up with a beer league performance..

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Easily.

    • Harv

      Where is Ceci when you need him. Oh, yeh, healthy scratch!

      • Aaron 2.0

        What? I hadn’t followed along today in hockey land. Ceci a healthy scratch?

        • sben

          yup

        • Harv

          Why not. We have Cowen and Phillips playing!

    • Aaron 2.0

      Well, at least that tells us he’s capable. He’s young. If the crowd is starting to get on him, that won’t help.

  • sben

    shots: 31-15 Flames

  • sben

    #ReleasetheCowen… Release Cowen from the team.

  • Harv

    This could be a 35 shot period for the Flames!

  • karlssens

    What is Cowen’s potential? A 5-6 d man? Seems like a waste of a 9th overall..

    • Harv

      I’d give him one more year and if he doesn’t get better, fire his butt anywhere that would take him!

  • MikeS

    karlsson on a rush and kassian drops the gloves….sigh

    • MikeS

      Atleast he filled him in pretty good

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I HATE it when enforcers take offensive zone possession fights. Why??

      • MikeS

        I mean he got the instigator anyways, why not instigate it when the other team has the puck?

    • SENSsmile

      I know, that was idiotic!

  • Harv

    Tie Kassian to the booth and feed him beer – please!!!!!

    • sben

      Melnyk: “What NO! wasted Money.”

  • CUP 2014-15

    WOW some of you guys would eat your own. . Cowen getting all this heat for rotating up high and they have done it all year with the winger dropping down low as the D gets closer to the boards. All this and not a beep over Karl’s minus 2 and so far not heard from.

    • Harv

      Ok, I’ll bite, CUP. Give Karlson a year and if he doesn’t get any better, send his butt to anyone who wants him.

      • CUP 2014-15

        No got me wrong. All I am saying is Cowen gets heat even when he’s not a fault and Karl not having his best game. There is literally no player in the league I would trade Karl for.

        • Harv

          Turris!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          I know that, CUP. I am joking!

      • Aaron 2.0

        Yikes, even as a minus player this year, you can pretty much guarantee a lot less goals by the team without him, especially on the power-play.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol. When you’re getting outshot 18-1 at one point in the period, no one player is the problem, that’s for sure!

  • sben

    5 more shots to tie the record for the most shots against ottawa in a period.

    • MikeS

      Any doubt this will actually happen?

  • MikeS

    Phillips just missed that pass by about 10 feet ….

    • Harv

      He’s getting closer.

  • sben

    yyaaaaayyyy Turris

  • Aaron 2.0

    That should change the tone in here a little. Hopefully this gets the team out of that brutal 2nd period slumber!

  • sben

    Question: Where is Greening? I couldn’t watch yesterday so I may have missed something.

    • CUP 2014-15

      lower body

    • luckan20

      lower body injury

    • Harv

      Healthy scratch – no injured – whatever – sitting – finally!!

  • Aaron 2.0

    That pass by Neil just made my laugh. Wife is looking at me strange.

  • sben

    Question: Which three players do you want the sens to get rid of the most?

    • Harv

      Kassian, Greening, Phillips

      • Millennium

        Yep, that’s pretty much my list

      • Aaron 2.0

        Spot On. I’m not sure Neil has much left. Kassian & Phillips for sure. Coin-toss b/w Greening and Phillips. I might still see more utility in Greening (over Neil).

        • Harv

          I tossed between Neil and Greening but still keep Neil.

          • SENSsmile

            Let’s resolve this in an easy fashion by picking FOUR players instead: Kassian, Phillips, Greening and Neil.

    • MikeS

      Get rid of or sit? I would want them to sit cowen, but still think he will be a good player eventually. Get rid of: Kassian, Phillips

      • sben

        get rid of

    • CUP 2014-15

      Kassian, Condra CP

    • Lorenzo72

      Melnyk, Murray, MacLean. LOL

      • sben

        the three “M”s.

        • Lorenzo72

          the three musketeers :)

          • sben

            OOOOO. I didn’t think of that. Some sort of pun should be worked with Timmy leaving.

          • SENSsmile

            The Timbits…

  • Harv

    Finally, a Sens fires a puck at a ref. Way to go Turris!

  • karlssens

    Zibby has been very quiet for most of the second part of the season.. Hopefully has a good offseason and comes back stronger

    • MikeS

      Something to do with playing on the bottom line maybe?

    • Harv

      He’s had a great year.

    • Shibal

      He’s produced 90% of the time whenever he’s played wing on the top 6. Otherwise; whenever he is center, he gets bottom line minutes-which includes Smith stealing his ice time.

  • sben

    OOOH- Kassian may be suspended by the league for coming off the bench to fight.

    • CUP 2014-15

      THAT WOULD MEAN A CALL UP

      • sben

        PUEMPLE FOR HIS FIGHTS AND GOALS!!!

        • CUP 2014-15

          like to see him with ZBad and Hoff for a game

          • sben

            Or maybe bring up Dacosta and reunite Stone hoffman and Dacosta line. The put Puempel with Macarthur and Turris for the time being and next year trade Greening or something and put puemple with Neil and Smith.

          • Zelle

            Stone is looking real good with Turris and Mac, might not be a bad idea to keep him on their line.

    • Harv

      Let’s hope it is 8 games.

  • sben

    I still don’t like Cowen

    • Harv

      Own goal, but we’ll take it.

    • runningbear1974

      Yeah, he seems slow to make a decision … Need him to get angry and go hulk on people… He’s got strength, he needs to use it to be effective…

  • Aaron 2.0

    Good for him. A weird one. But anything that will give Cowen confidence is what’s needed. Generally, he’s been better over the last little bit, IMO.

    • Harv

      Agree. Hopefully he will be more consistent next year.

    • runningbear1974

      He’s responded really well to being sat out…

  • Harv

    Time to put the pedal to the metal.

  • Sicilian

    Stone has really picked up some speed

  • Aaron 2.0

    Not the flames best PP tonight, but they are quite impressive w/ the man advantage. Everybody is always moving their feet.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Phew. Good kill.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Big PK, Gryba was a beast

  • CUP 2014-15

    What a pass

  • sben

    beauty

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    These guys don’t like shooting the puck eh

  • Aaron 2.0

    Hemsky makes that 1st PP unit soooo much better. He’s so creative.

  • Harv

    Good stuff. Got to keep this going against Carolina. Turris, McArthur, Stone for next year?

    • Zelle

      I am starting to think you put in anyone reasonably good with Mac and T and you have a winning line.

  • Zelle

    OK I never stopped watching. And I love Turris. He’s incredible with two healthy wingers on his sides.

  • Shibal

    Turris hitting 60 points this season will really make me happy. It will justifiy him being a former 3rd overall pick, and it will make Phoenix look like assclowns who could not recognize and develop talent when they had it. The only good talent they ever developed recently was Larsson.

  • nikeb613

    Heres a lineup where the two assistants sit and greening is bought out or traded…
    FORWARDSBobby Ryan ($5.100m) / Jason Spezza ($7.000m) / Ales Hemsky ($5.700m)
    Clarke MacArthur ($3.250m) / Kyle Turris ($3.500m) / Mark Stone ($0.603m)
    Mike Hoffman ($1.200m) / Mika Zibanejad ($0.894m) / Curtis Lazar ($0.925m)
    Erik Condra ($1.250m) / Zack Smith ($1.888m) / Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($0.613m)
    Chris Neil ($1.900m) /
    DEFENSEMEN
    Erik Karlsson ($6.500m) / Jared Cowen ($3.100m)
    Marc Methot ($3.000m) / Mark Borowiecki ($0.575m)
    Patrick Wiercioch ($2.000m) / Cody Ceci ($0.894m)
    Chris Phillips ($2.500m) /

    • CUP 2014-15

      Not bad but leaving EG out of this lineup is nuts. Just another great game from him today. +4, team high 5 hits 19:46 TOI and our best penalty killer and yet fans want Boro over him, WOW must be great to be a hometown boy. LOL

      • Zelle

        Really liking Gryba now. I thought he lost his edge a bit after the Eller hit but must he ever hurt now. Great asset in the playoffs IMO.

        • CUP 2014-15

          I just think that with his PK and the way he punishes players in front along with winning almost every puck battle, you need these guys to win.

          • Zelle

            Completely agree. I think he’s a keeper at this point, either playing with Methot or playing with Cowen.

          • CUP 2014-15

            LOL, Talking to some of the lads during the game we talked about how good they looked together last year.

          • nikeb613

            So no personnel changes on the D next year? Or just hoping for a trade?

          • Zelle

            If you consider how young our D is and Karlsson being Karlsson, I’ve seen many improvements in this season alone. More than enough to warrant no big changes next season and see how their training goes at camp. What I would like to see most next season on the D is dressing a 7th defensemen, playing Phillips conservative minutes, and bring up a young D from Bingo to share his minutes and try him out.

            I’m still iffy on Cowen but if he keeps improving and ups his confidence to make timely decisions he’s definitely someone we want wearing the Sens jersey. I like Gryba, Methot, and Karlsson. Ceci is doing well for his first season.

      • nikeb613

        The sens need to orchestrate some kind of change on the back end. I believe that all the other defencemen have higher potential than Gryba. Gryba is also replaceable with two players from Bigo either immediately or in the next 1.5 year in Boro or Claessen.

        I do think he had a great game tonight!

        • CUP 2014-15

          You really underestimate the jump to the NHL. The fact that this guy is +12 on a team of minus defensemen and has off the chart corsi numbers after 50 games in this league is no small feat. Add to that the fact neither Boro or Cleasson can play the right side and that Boro has what you could call an off year or O.K. year, it does not compute.

      • Jacques

        People don’t realize or they just don’t watch the games how good Gryba is.

      • Brutus5247

        Gryba in Boston would sound nice.

        • CUP 2014-15

          He’s a proto type Bruin and I am sure he would embrace playing in Beantown after spending 4 years there winning an NCAA Championship. Boston fans would be wearing fake beards lol

          • Brutus5247

            I think it was the Orpik hit was what put a bit of fear in him(not fighting) and not throwing big hits at the beginning. Seems to win most battles and get the puck moving. Let him walk and replace with Boro would only save money.(He will be looking at between 1.8-2.8 mil)(Eric Brewer 3.6, Luke Schenn 3.8) If the Sens let him walk I would be shocked because he is a bonifide NHL shutdown guy in the same category as Boychuk. He has some serious defensive numbers and I don’t think half the people understand the importance of defense.

          • CUP 2014-15

            that can be a problem when a team doesn’t have an identity. This high flying offence with defensemen that can flat out fly is one way to view your team or you could look at Boston. No question they are and have always been a tough team…Big Bad Bruins. When some fans see their team as an offensive up tempo team, they tend to forget that they still need PK work and defensemen that can actually play defence. I also believe your correct with the Orpik hit along with him just getting his confidence after missing camp and playing behind Corvo and Boro early in the year. Case in point is Toews is day to day….well look at the end of the second period of the Sens game. Gryba goes into the corner with him and he is last off the ice favoring his right arm. He hurts people when he makes contact.

    • sprucesens

      i honestly think we will be trading PW and borowiecki and maybe greening or condra at the draft. Managment won’t let phillips sit, and they prefer the size and style of EG over PW. Ceci, karlsson, cowen, Methot, Phillips, with maybe boro as the 7th is my guess next year. I know a team like the oilers are in desperate need of serviceable D and anyone to fill out their bottom 6. Probably try to get a 2nd rounder or so for a package of those type of players. If not the oil have to try and do the same thing they did this year, and sign random players to overpriced contracts. And we saw how well that worked. I know MGMT likes boro, but i think by signing phillips, the writing was on the wall for boro to be moved, to be given his shot in the nhl. And PW’s constant benching will likely see him traded as well. In that case, claesson may get the 7th spot. So many options of mid level players likely not being on the team next year…

  • Jacques

    Our future Captain was amazing tonight , he was often the first guy back on the back check. I really love his game, 200 ft. None of this watching the other team in his own zone. The puck, he’s hungry for it!

    Great job KYLE TURRIS!

    • Sensturion

      GET OVER YOUR SPEZZA! IT’S GETTING OLD

      • Jacques

        Two times tonight he throws the puck to the point on the Powerplay and nobody is there he doesn’t even look up! Great stuff! Could of been a breakaway the other way, puck management or he just doesn’t give a fuck! 2nd goal against was standing picking his nose next to the net! First line center on a team should be leading the plus minus big time! See two goals in two goals against, and I bet if you tally up the shots more against his line then any other!

        Oh let’s extend that crap for another seven years c’mon Murray bungle it like you did for Phillips! TUrris is the leader, let him take over this team and you’ll see a big difference in the overall EFFORT level!

        • Sensturion

          Two times Karlsson glided back to stop a play and luckily Lehner made the stops. I don’t hear anyone bitching and moaning about him, do I?

          • Jacques

            Cuz he skates all night not like the FLOATER! You would seriously resign Spezza. This is critical, resign him we’re fucked! Hope Murray understands this.

          • Sensturion

            Who do you suggest we replace Spezza with?Turris? Ok. Who do you replace Turris with? No one else has shown the ability to do what Spezza does as a number 1 center? Last I checked, Spezza was still second highest scorer on the team and doing so without anyone to play with most of the season.

          • Jacques

            Put Zibby in his spot with two good wingers and he would be a plus player, not minus twenty five. There is more to hockey than what 19 is bringing. Sens have given up 249 goals! That’s 18-20 minutes a game where we get dominated and outshot because of weak effort on the ice, I want to see hardworking hockey all night not the Ice CAPADES!

          • Sensturion

            Sens have given up 249 goals, yes. Spezza isn’t -249, is he? Defense is a TEAM GAME. Also, Zibanejad is a bad centerman. He’s a better winger. Who else do you have to suggest?

          • CUP 2014-15

            WOOOOW, No question the minus number is bad and would not be anywhere near what it is if he had these line mates all year. That is no reason to take it out on Zibby. I truly wonder if the real problem is having that line on with Karl 5 on 5. Mathot is the only reliable defender on the ice. Let Karl play with Turris and Zibby and give the Spezz line two defensemen. I am not buying the getting it out argument either with Milo, Spezz and Hemsky. JC or EG are good enough to make the first pass, they just will not lead the rush. Grasping at straws here but that is the only answer I can find to help keep it out of our net.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I know you were replying to Sensturion and not me, but since I posted Zibanejad’s +/-, I should just say that it wasn’t to call out Zibanejad. I love him as a player!

            That was simply to say that it’s not really fair to say that we can live without Spezza, and point to his +/- as proof of that, while also saying that Zibanejad will be able to jump into a larger role to fill the gap (and ignore that he also had a bad +/- this year).

          • CUP 2014-15

            I Think Zib is going to be an outstanding Centre. His plus minus will be fine when he gets a line and they have a season or two together.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Absolutely about Zibanejad! Everybody has really jumped on Spezza this year about his defense and +/- (I was vocal about my concern of his overall play too earlier in the season, and wondered if injuries had made that the new norm). Obviously, he’s not a defense-first minded player. But, when the point production is going, there’s really very little to worry about there. Over his career he’s a + player! So, we as fans shouldn’t really get too excited about anyone’s +/- using one season as the sample. It’s in our nature because we’re fans. But, that sort of player evaluation is really unfair to them.

          • CUP 2014-15

            But he has not always been a minus player, look at Karl this year. Anyone expecting him to become a defensive minded centre is nuts and we need his point production. Still think the answer might be keeping his line and Karl apart unless down by a goal late.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I agree with you 100%. I made that point too. Over his career, Spezza is a + player! And, his point production more than answers for any defensive issues.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Not comparing Spezz to number 4 but fans use to bitch about Jean Beliveau not being able to skate, and it sure as hell looked that way until you heard interviews of his competitors of the day. They would all say his critics were there in numbers because he played an effortless game. That being spoken as a huge compliment. In my books he is top ten all time maybe even top 5

          • runningbear1974

            He’s plus in regular season… Minus in playoff…
            People aren’t just arguing that he’s a minus player… He’s also not a strong defensive player yet he matches up against the other team’s top lines… The solution is to keep him away from the other team’s top line…
            Spezza gets lots of points… He’s had some really good linemates… Alfie, Hossa, Havlat, Heatley…
            What he does will never be successful in the playoffs because he’s always giving up more than he’s making… Spezza is awesome, but he’s not that much more awesome than the other team’s awesome players… Stamkos, Tavares, Crosby, Getzlaf,… They’re all good too… Spezza was not better than Brad Richards in the NYR series… He wasn’t better than Getzlaf, not better than Crosby…
            He wasn’t better offensively, and he wasn’t better defensively…
            Sorry it sounds like i hate him… That’s not accurate…
            When the going gets tough… Spezza will not get away with weak defense… That’s the reality of the nhl…
            He’s perfect for a team wanting to get points throughout a season enough to make the playoffs…

          • sprucesens

            while i’m ok with either resigning spezza, or trading him if the value is right, comparing him to other teams top centers is fine, by saying they are better than he is. While this is true, its not really an argument for trading him, because you aren’t likely to get a player that is better than him in return, unless you package him with other assets. And you certainly won’t get tavares, toews, crosby or stamkos in a trade involving spezza. And again with people looking at +/-. I would bet most of our players are – in playoff games, since we’ve lost more games than we’ve won. Not looking up stats at all, but i bet Alfie’s +/- in playoffs is very similar to spezza’s. They were both usually on the ice together, especially during their top seasons. But i bet most would say alfie was better defensively, which i agree with. However, and again, its just speculation since i don’t feel like looking up the actual stats, i’m sure their +/- is very similar. +/- probably reflects a stat more comparable to (winning percent vs. time on ice) than it does (goals for vs goals against, and this representing how good or bad defensively/offensively they are) ie: our best players are + players in winning seasons, and – players in bad seasons. (regardless of individual point totals)

          • runningbear1974

            I agree about the value thing… In the end that’s what matters (I’m thinking Spezza on 3rd line would be perfect)… Protected ice…

            I also agree +/- is inflated by the overall performance of the team… Not necessarily good indication of defensive play…

            My point about mentioning those players is that when Spezza faces them, he’s in trouble… They are comparable offensively, and significantly better defensively… Whenever he matches up with other top centers, the advantage goes to other team…
            I’m thinking his strengths/weaknesses makes him better for regular season rather than playoffs…
            I don’t think anyone has won the cup without a very solid defensive first line center… My memory doesn’t go that far back…

          • sprucesens

            i doubt spezz gets 3rd line minutes though, unless like this year, he has a big slump with injuries not helping. Either way, maclean will go with whoever is playing well in a particular game, making the lines kind of look like 1A,1B,1C,4th. lol. Ideally if all of our lines could be considered that good, and the 4th line be used in defensive situations and energy bang and crash situations, we should be ok.

            With hemsky in the mix and hoffman and stone, with michalek coming out, i think we can make 3 very decent lines. maybe more of a 2A,2B,2C,4th setup, but still very good. Bigger problems are on defence. And the players we are willing to maybe not have on the roster next year, are signed, and wouldn’t fetch much of an upgrade, even in a package deal. So that’s a tough one for murray to figure out.

          • runningbear1974

            We knew we had problems on defense… It’s just a matter of waiting until they get better… It doesn’t really make sense to trade any of them unless significant upgrade… Which, nobody is ever going to do… No one gives up good defense… So we wait… Could be 6 months, could be 3 years…

          • Brutus5247

            Spezza is a different player with Hempsky but will he re-sign. He is the first guy that he could play with and be productive.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Really hoping he is re-upped. Hemsky’s creativity is something that the team could really use. We don’t really have a lot of (maybe none) like him. He immidaely helps other effective at their own game. Example –> Michalek going to the dirty areas, and scoring goals there!

          • Senator forever

            Spezza is minus 25 and the Captain. How does this look to teammates? I would not be adverse to trading him. Let’s see how the remainder of the year plays out. The lineup is looking more impressive with Hemsky, MM and Spezza together. They still need to tighten the defence and that includes EK. If they add a # 2 defencemen and adopt a more defensive system, they will be alright. Gryba is a good one and must stay. That fourth line is lacking. With a lot of talent in the minors, the future is bright. Go Sens!

          • Aaron 2.0

            If we’re just considering +/- in isolation, Zibanejad is 5th last on the team w/ -14…

          • runningbear1974

            Personally, i’m shocked at how Karlsson is playing this year… The previous couple of years he seemed to always be there defensively… Now he seems to be putting himself in situations where he can’t quite be there… He’s not quite doing enough… I’m in shock, so i’m not saying much..
            Watching the Chicago-Sens game listening to Chicago guys saying Karlsson doesn’t deserve Norris, maybe a Paul Coffee award…

      • aegiszx

        Jacques is the new Tooks.

        Get used to it…

        • bluebuyyoo

          Not even close. Tooks puts much more thought into his trolling. He also doesn’t post the same things over and over.

      • runningbear1974

        Goes both ways…
        “Spezza” ==> Beautiful pass
        “Spezza” ==> Shit defense
        Gets old to hear either one… hey, lets move into the future… let go of the past, it’s over, it’s not happening…Future looks bright…

    • FrustratedFan

      The issue with Spezza is that due to his point production he will command a pretty high salary if the Sens want to resign him. With the proper wingers he will more than likely continue to produce offensively. The problem is that today’s game requires foot speed, and explosiveness, to track down the puck. Look at today’s superstars, Crosby, Toews, Stamkos, Kane………..all of these guys have explosiveness, speed and they are in great shape. Next time you have a chance to watch these guys, watch them track the puck when they lose it. Also watch them and you won’t find them on the wrong side of the puck very often. Spezza plays the wrong side of the puck a lot so when he gets lucky and wins a battle (or his winger does) then he looks great going offensive. The problems start when we lose the battle. Now other guys are trying to compensate, getting beat, and they look bad.
      In my opinion, if there is a good deal on the table, then you have to move him. We need to get a FUTURE number one centre in return plus.

  • FistsofNeil25

    How bout Turris and MacArthur? These two guys just continue to do their thing. I don’t know about off the ice, but on the ice they are the clear leaders of this hockey team. I wish some of our other forwards would take notice of how #7 and #16 play in the neutral and defensive zones.

    • Zelle

      Definitely feels like they could build a team around these two.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Those two are dynamite together. It’s one of those great pairings; they seem to elevate each other’s play. Extending MacArthur (when the time comes) needs to be a priority for this team.

    • Brutus5247

      Turris for Captain. Shows up and plays a full 200ft game everygame.

    • Mat

      I’ve been uber critical of Spezza earlier this year, but since the Western road trip, there’s no denying he’s elevated his game to elite status again (thanks Hemsky). For now, he’s still the leader of this team. We should just be glad that we have and L1 and L2 that are clicking right now. Very legit.

  • Andrews theory

    Great to see PW get some significant ice time today hopefully they aren’t just showcasing him for the draft.

  • Guest

    great game bu the sens. i was at the Calgary game when they lost 4-1. glad to see the team redeem themselves.

  • jtf927

    great game. does anyone else think that ryan has become expendable? it seems we can stick anyone with turris and mcarthur and they do well. also, the line of 9mm-spezza-hemsky is very good. i would try to sign all those three and mcarthur. maybe flip ryan for a first rounder and a prospect, or quite possible a stud dman. any thoughts?

    • Michenator

      kind of been thinking the same thing. Ryan’s a stud but we’d need a first plus something to make that trade not a complete travesty. Looking like we may have a great 4 line team next year if we keep the wingers for Spez.

    • Brutus5247

      Either Ryan agrees to an extension or we ship him. That way there is a recoup of assets. I think there is room for him if he wants to be here beyond the end of his contract. Stone and Hoffmans play has certainly closed some of the forward needs.

      • sprucesens

        i just hope to hell we resign hoffman to a 2 year 1 way deal in the 1-2 mill range. He hasn’t been given enough time to ask for more, but any less and i doubt he signs. Other teams will try to steal him if that was the case.

    • senate19

      Sounds to me like Murray really wants to keep Ryan. I do too. Stone is playing well, but it’s his first year, and to replace a proven 30 goal scorer with him is short-sighted. Ryan was injured all year, I fully expect him to come back next year and play very well. Put Stone with Hoffman and ZBad on L3 and then you’ve got a great T9

  • s3nsfan

    Had this thought last night and was just wondering what everyone thought. What if the sens signed Michalek to a 1 yr contract. Lately with Hemsky and Spezza that line really has been going. Michalek has 16 goals, if he finished with 20 wouldn’t be a terrific season but it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. So hypothetically speaking they are able to get Michalek and Hemsky signed, this is what I thought you could do.

    9-19-83
    61-7-16
    6-93-68
    22-15-25

    Now I know that puts Bobby Ryan on the third line, but realistically how is that not a great top 9. With the chemistry the top 6 have been showing right now, you could certainly try and and if people are really that up in arms then swap Stone and Ryan. Even still your top 9 is pretty sweet.

    8 more games to go only 6 points out of a playoff spot. Columbus has to win 5 and get at least 1 point in another game to clinch a spot. 6 points and we have two games in hand on Toronto. It’s not impossible.

    Go Sens Go

  • Sandy

    Didn’t realize that Folin signed with Minnesota. With all of their prospects he’s going to have to wait in line.. Curious he didn’t sign with a re-building team… or Detroit..