Game Day- Lehner Gets the Start in Jersey

SensChirp December 18, 2013 295
Game Day- Lehner Gets the Start in Jersey

The first 35 games of the season has been anything but predictable for the Ottawa Senators.

Each time it looks like this team has turned a corner, they come out the next night looking flat and uninspired.  They haven’t won back to back games in over a month and there have been times where it felt like the sky was falling in the Nation’s Capital.  Yet heading into tonight’s action, the Senators sit just three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with both the Leafs and the Red Wings in HBO free falls.  The door is open.  It’s time for the Sens to step on through.

The Senators had another one of those “corner turning” games on Monday against a powerful St. Louis Blues team.  They put together their best 60 (65) minute effort of the season against one of the top teams in the entire National Hockey League.  The challenge for Paul MacLean’s group is to repeat that sort of effort against the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils are one of a growing “chase pack” in the Eastern Conference.  With Both the Leafs and Wings struggling, there are now as many as six teams within six points of the final wild card spot in the Conference. I have overused the term “must-win” in the first few months of this season but it sure would be nice to beat the Devils in regulation tonight and then repeat that tomorrow at home against an improved Panthers team.  The teams in front of them have given the Senators a fighting chance and now it’s time for Ottawa to capitalize by stringing a few wins together.

I hate how often I’ve been able to use this video lately but here’s a look at Paul MacLean addressing his team before tonight’s game.

Marc Methot has missed the last few games with the flu and will be sidelined for a fourth straight game.  He declared himself ready to play before the game against St. Louis but it looks like MacLean is hesitant to change a winning line up. Eric Gryba and Matt Kassian are the other healthy scratches. Here is how the Senators are expected to line up for this one.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Phillips-Ceci
Wiercioch-Corvo

Robin Lehner gets the start for the Senators.  The Devils will counter with Martin Brodeur.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30 PM with the game available on TSN.

 

The Daily Chirp- During the Senators early season struggles, the team was looking at any and all options to address the slide.  One team they spoke with at length with was the Edmonton Oilers.  The Oilers apparently had a pretty serious interest in forward Colin Greening but the two sides could not agree on a deal.  Mentioned the name before but I believe the guy the Senators looked at what Ales Hemsky.  It seems as though the Sens have since decided that Mika Zibanejad fills the void in the top six quite nicely.  Colin Greening has been better lately as well.

  • MikeS

    Methot apparently a healthy scratch…atleast according to tsn1200

    • SensChirp

      Yup he is. Left the wrong pairing in from the morning skate. Methot and Gryba both scratched.

      • sprucesens

        i assume corvo draws in?

        • SensChirp

          Yup. Lineup posted above

      • CaMo

        This seems fishy as hell to me. Why would the Sens sit their best defensive defenseman? There has to be some kind of deeper issue here, they can’t be planning on trading him could they? Is it possible he told Maclean to F off and is getting punished? Him being out isnt the reason for the sens winning lately. SOMETHINGS UP and if you dont think so you’re BLIND!

    • Sensnation

      Stick with the winning combinations!

    • Sensnation

      Stick with what’s working. Methot did have a tough stretch before the flu, and it’s just temporary anyways, we all know Methot is a top 4 D on this team right now.

  • Hax

    Bottom pairing would have to be Corvo and Wiercioch then?

    • SensChirp

      Yup. Changed. Vultures! Haha

      • Hax

        Just part of the unofficial quality control team. LOL

  • the dude

    HUGE opportunity here to turn this season around! I hope they seize this great chance to get into the wildcard position.
    5-0 Sens WIN tonight!!

  • sprucesens

    interesting daily chirp. while agree greening has certainly picked up his physical play, if its a hemsky for greening swap, i’d probably do that deal regardless. However, if they plan long term on keeping greening on the 4th line, and he continues to embrace the nastier side of his game, i’m fine with keeping him. But the experiment of up and down the line up has to stop. He’s peaked.
    Of course this also means Pmac has to agree with murray that zibby is top 6. If he keeps using him in the bottom 6, we’ll have a hole in the lineup. Seems like “zib in the top 6″ statement by murray has made an impact on that.

    • Hax

      No way it was one-for-one or even close. Partly because the Oilers would want more and partly because we’d have to balance the money.

      As for Mika, while I love him in the top 6 I think the best possible team we could ice next year would have Mika as 3C with some decent two-way wingers and our top 6 adding two more quality wingers for Spezza and Turris. Maybe Stone/Hoffman/Prince fit that bill somehow or Greening finally clicks as Bickell-lite. But more likely we’ll need to add someone if nothing else to replace Michalek.

      But maybe Mika plays wing and Grant ends up as 4C or something.

      • Tooks

        Mika at C is over, he’s big winger with speed and drive, You dont want Mika playing a great 2 way game as a 3C, screw that, you want him to score and score a plenty from the wing in the top 6. Put him on the wing with Turris and Ryan, leave him there!

        But I agree, Mac and Spezza are gonna need another legit top 6 player and no that aint Hoffman/Prince or Stone…lol.

      • Sensnation

        There’s also Pageau in the fold, he’s been very good at C.

        I could see Zibanejad going back to C if Spezza isn’t re-signed, but aside from that he should stick to the wing with the odd faceoff duty for now.

        • Hax

          Yeah that’s another way to go but I’d rather some size at center. Especially since Mika is the only center besides Smith that bangs much. While it’s possible, the thought of Turris-Zibanejad as 1/2C makes me worry. Too much like the old days of Spezza-Fisher where we really needed one more elite pivot in the mix.

          Though the way both have played some nights I could get behind it. I’d still assume they’re going to do everything they can to resign Spezza. Only that he’ll be sort of 1B to Turris eventually.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Lets not forget Lesard, he’s a centre as well.

  • Sensnation

    35 games into the season, there is still plenty of time for this team to join the playoff ranks! Toronto, Carolina and maybe even Montreal or Tampa are bound to regress now that the more skilled teams are starting to come into their own. Similar story every year, just wish you fans would remember it and stop overreacting so early just because the media tells you to!

    GO SENS GO!!!

    • Tooks

      Wait, who are the more skilled teams, NJ, FLA, CBJ, PHI lol.
      Whats he story, we finished 7th or 8th only to bow out when we face an elite team. (BOS, PIT) Only reason we didnt go out first round last year was Anderson and the Habs.

      IF we make either 2 Wildcard spots, we are facing heavy comp in the first round. And unless Anderson stands on his head like last year, which seems impossible right now, Lehner would have to steal the show.

      • Sensnation

        Tookie you are retarded! Why would you even think FLA and such? Your whole argument had nothing to do with what was said, but hey it’s your site, write away! You are the worst example of a sens fan, and I can’t wait for this team to put you in your place once again. I’d bet you, but we all know how you don’t honor those!

        • sprucesens

          I think because you said “more skilled teams are starting to come into their own” he assumed you meant the teams that are on the upswing, and not in the playoffs yet, which includes all the teams that he listed. And us. The only teams left are buffalo and islanders. So if you assume the teams you listed “Toronto, Carolina, montreal and tampa regressing” and that they are not skilled teams, and the teams tooks listed AS the skilled teams,(since they are all that is left in the east, outside of the obvious teams at the top, boston, pitts and so on) it does look strange, especially that you should call him handicapped.

          I think I confused myself with that blurb. But he listed the bubble teams that are the only one’s capable of taking a spot from the teams you listed as potentially falling, and then you call him stupid for listing them? Then ask where the heck he got those teams’ from?

          • Sensnation

            You both made assumptions, we all know what that does!

            Elite teams who may have held a playoff position already but have come into their own and started climbing the rankings further, would also be included (Pitt and most expecting Detroit to do this at some point in the season when the injured return).

            I love how neither of you mention the Rangers though they obviously meet both your ASSuMEd criteria. Anyone making the assumptions both you did, would look at Ottawa and the Rangers and then maybe Philly as the most likely to accomplish this. But for Ottawa to get in, only 1 of the teams I mentioned needs to slip out, and imo more than 1 of them have a really good chance at doing so, but not all 4 are going to fall out, nowhere did I say that. 1-2 teams will fall out, 1-2 teams will climb into the playoffs. Simple as that.

            Similar story in the west with Vancouver turning it around, and LA and Anaheim improving their records even further. Cream rise to the top as the season progresses, not all of the playoff teams start off the season on a hot streak and the Leafs do this every year and still miss the playoffs most years. Again, it’s the normal trend in sports and hockey, as I said.

  • Tooks

    2-1 Sens tonight on another stellar performance by Lehner!

    • son of a Diefenbaker

      HUH ?
      Why do you care how many people attend a game in New Jersey ?

      • Tooks

        Cuz believe it or not, NJ has it worse than us.

    • LeafsSux

      I’m thinking we will put at least 4 by the old man in net tonight..

  • james

    Unload Greening now if the right deal comes along. He’s a streaky player who’s most likely peaked. If we try to unload while he’s in a prolonged slump, no team will touch him. I’d rather pick up an expiring contract (i.e. Hemsky) than play the waiting game with Greening to see if he fulfills his promise for the next three years.

  • SENSsmile

    Good luck to MacArthur, who will need to carry Spezza and Michalek on his shoulders.

    • son of a Diefenbaker

      SOMEONE has to play defense in the No Back – No Knees line

      CM16 will bust his ass to get it done.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Let’s hope the lads can bring 2pts home from the swamp. I still don’t like this blueline and think it’s too soft but hell if it works again tonight then I am not going to bitch. Still worried about clearing the front of the cage and battles down low as well as the PK. Go Sens GO. In regards to Greener, every team needs a newfie, ours is just over paid.

  • Roar…

    In which case it’s a great learning experience for one of the youngest teams in the league. A team that by the way didn’t have a healthy Spezza, Cowen or Karlsson against the Pens. Nor did it have a more experienced and battle ready Turris/Zibanejad. Nor did it have MacArthur or Ryan. A pens team that is now weaker after the majority of the players they acquired for picks have moved on. Like it or not the two teams are different so you really can’t say that series will have the same result. Yes they are good teams. They will be a good test of where the Sens are at and what decisions we want to make going forward.

    Despite your best negative efforts Tooks, this is a playoff team. The underlying numbers are there. The wins will come. Toronto is falling out for sure. I’ve been calling that for a long time now. Detroit looks like they might slip as well – imagine if they do… if they fall completely out… does Alfie come calling? You never know.

    • RandyCunneyworth7

      And I would take him back with open arms

    • Tooks

      Well, 1, your wrong about DET, since when have they fallen out of it…26 years ago? They will find a way to stay where they are or get better, they have Leadership up the ying yang and the best coach in hockey. They will get it done. Its probably better for DET to play on the road as far as how things have gone for them at Home lol.

      TOR is another story, Carlysle seems to be getting upset with his players haha, maybe he has to blow a fuse for them to respond. Either way I see them finishing 8th or 9th.

      PIT hasnt lost anyone that would have made a diff. They still have the best top 4 in the East in Crosby, Kunitz, Malkin, Neal, those guys would tear us up in a heartbeat.

  • matt2727

    Methot a healthy scratch?? I understand the concept of stick with a winning lineup, but were on a 1 game winning streak…that’s not even a streak. its one game. Put Methot back in already. He’s easily the Sens 2nd best defenceman and arguably most consistant. Your playing guys guys like Cowen and Wiercoch who have been inconsistant all year instead of your second best defenceman who is a workhorse and a leader. Not to mention Cowen’s selfish contract holdout. The “sticking with a winning lineup” should only applies to fringe player roster decisions. Disrespecting your best players, which is what i think Maclean is doing with Methot right now is never a good thing. If he’s healthy he should play. Maclean has continuously gone back to Anderson this year when he has had no reason to, so why hold out Methot? I’m sure this isn’t going unnoticed in the locker room. The Sens might win tonight, regardless of that, in my opnion this is another terrible coaching decision by Maclean.

    • RUSH RLZ

      There has to be something else going on with Methot. He has arguable been our best D-man during the course of the season, no way he should ever, ever be sat like this. I hope he’s not on ‘the block’.

      • boom

        The only acceptable rationale is that he is NOT on the block, but someone else is, and they are show-casing him instead of inserting Methot back into the line-up.
        Personally, I don’t think this is the case, so add it to the ever-increasing list of strange decisions by MacLean.

        • sprucesens

          I agree on the first part. While the coach has been crazy this year, its probably a combo of playing someone they are trying to trade, and giving someone who was sick with the flu an extra day or 2 off to get back in the swing of things

    • Miguel

      yah this is yet another head scratcher… another one of many that is making me lose my hair!
      All things being equal, is there any team or coach in the league that would take Phillips over Methot?
      Methot, the same one we have been praising all year last year, and the same one invited to the camp for Team Canada.
      Yes I agree that Phillips does bring some valued experience, but there is no way anyone would ever take CP4 over Methot.
      I am sooooo confused, and frustrated with some of these decisions

      • Hax

        You’re never going to have all the same info the coach has so instead of pulling your hair out why not just accept that the coach knows best? Fine to speculate/discuss but no sense in getting all bunched up about it when you’ll never sit in the dressing room and know the whole story.

    • Hax

      My guess is that he’s still somewhat underweight or something. With back-to-back games he’s likely not up to playing both (in the coach’s opinion) so they’re sitting him tonight to play tomorrow.

      • matt2727

        I hope that him not being 100% is the reason. Its the only thing that makes sense. However he declared himself ready to play prior to the St-Louis game, and that was a couple days ago now. You would think that his health is probably good enough at this point, regardless of back to back game.

        • Hax

          There’s often a big difference between a player saying he’s ready to play and him actually being 100%. I’m sure if it were a playoff game Methot might suit up but if he’s actually “okay” and only 90% then I support the idea of giving him an extra day off.

          Of course I’m someone will claim to be the hairwash boy at Methot’s girlfriend’s salon who overheard Marc is upset about being “benched”. LOL

        • CUP 2014-15

          He said himself that he has put the weight back on and feels good to go, coaches choice.

    • boom

      Agreed. MacLean using the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is pretty rich, given all the times he has chosen to ignore that axiom, even in the playoffs.

      MacLean sounds alot smarter when he says less.

      • Hax

        Or maybe the coach doesn’t feel he needs to explain every last detail to the media. For all we know, Methot is still 10lbs light after his flu/virus whatever. We do have back-to-back games to consider. Maybe Murray has a trade in the works that involves Methot (doubtful) or whoever would otherwise sit if Methot plays (Wiercioch? Corvo?).

        Honestly guys, don’t let stuff upset you so much. MacLean is not Clouston.

        • Sensnation

          Exactly, too much micro management and negativity about every single decision this year by fans. People need to chill the f out and just enjoy the hockey games!

          • Bob

            I believe that there is a very good reason we are here typing our thoughts and not actually making the calls.

          • matt2727

            Hard to enjoy the games when your team has been inconsistant all year and takes steps back everytime it has a chance to move forward. The team has looked poorly coached, unprepared and disorganized for most of the season. Even Jack Adams coaches get fired and they don’t turn everything into gold. I still really like Maclean but he isn’t beyond criticism. Just seems weird when your 2nd best defenceman declares himself ready to play 3 days ago and is still a healthy scratch. At the end of the day we dont really know anything, but being opinionated is just part of being a fan.

          • Hax

            So you’re an expert?

            (Just quoting Andy Sutton)

          • matt2727

            lol far from it. I have my opnion, you have yours. Its all good man. Maclean basically said in his pre game scrum that he is sticking with his the lineup that won and is giving them a chance to build on that. If he doesn’t feel that Methot is ready, then he has no reason to hide that. could have easily explained that he wanted to give him another day, which is why i actually think that Mac is sitting a healthy Methot. With that being he doesn’t need to tell us everything, so it is what it is. Methot will be abck and hopefully the Sens win tonight.

          • Hax

            Well he could have a good reason though. And he doesn’t need to provide a reason. He’s old school so I doubt he spends much time worrying about what anyone outside the Sens thinks of his coaching decisions. For all we know he could be trying to protect Methot’s slim Olympic chances by not telling the press that he lost 20lbs with the Hungarian Flu. Joking of course but my point is that we will never know what “the real reason” is let alone be in a position to decide if we agree if we did know.

            Marc my words, he’ll play tomorrow night.

          • CUP 2014-15

            This is not a mystery, Methot said he has regained the 7 lbs and is good to go. Mac has made this move on his own and I am ok with that. Not the choice I would make but hell lets just go get a win.

          • Sensnation

            I think as fans perfection is expected too often. Sports is a game of ever changing flows and streaks. A good effort does not equate to a shutout let alone a win. This team is young, and still learning and the part we should enjoy is the growth that is so evident!

            What you call disorganized, poorly coached and unprepared, most would call a young team learning what’s required to compete game in and game out while also searching for the right combinations and chemistry in the lines. I guess it’s easy to find negatives if that’s all you’re looking for.

      • CUP 2014-15

        The Lehner wins 3 in a row, NHL player of the week, goes with Andy. That one is the kicker for me.

    • Sandy

      Someone else mentioned it: back to back games.
      He lost 7 lbs in 2 days… that’s a lot… and most likely more than that over the course of the flu.
      He plays against Florida…

  • Deadly

    A one game winning streak and we are still complaining…holy crap.
    Come on guys.

  • sprucesens

    on the plus side, I just spent a grand so I can go to the outdoor game in march last night. Anyone else making the trip?? I got seats in row U I think in the 212 section I believe. Should be fun, but boy the boys better show up for a trip that expensive. (tickets were 230 a piece, 2 flights were paid for by airmiles, and still cost 300 in taxes!. still have to pay for hotel for a couple nights.) Hoping to see some other sens fans out west

  • SensChirp

    The Methot decision is confusing to me too but in this case, I think I’ll trust MacLean. We don’t know what goes on in practice. We don’t know what goes on off the ice. If a decision doesn’t completely add up (like this one), there is likely something else behind it.

    More than what we see on game nights goes into a coaches decision.

    • Millennium

      I’m with Hax on this one. Methot might feel ready to go, but if he really did lose that much weight, it could mess with his endurance, physicality, etc. Sure he’s hungry to get back out there, but sometime’s the coach needs to look at the bigger picture. And the team’s play makes it too easy to use the “if it ain’t broke” adage. I suspect he’ll be back soon enough, and back to his big minutes.

      • CUP 2014-15

        He lost 7 lbs and he said he has gained all the weight back and is good to go

  • boom

    Maybe i am too negative with respect to MacLean and his decsions, and if I come across that way, I apologize.
    I know how annoying it can be to see the same complaint from the same posters, day in and day-out, and I don’t want to come accross as one of those guys…but man, he does leave me scatching my head sometimes..

    • Hax

      All I can say (similar to what Chirp just said) is that we’ll never have all the info. So while we can debate/discuss etc there’s no point in getting too upset about what might look like an odd decision. I would wager that if we had all the info we’d be saying “oh I guess that makes sense then”.

      • sprucesens

        most of the time, yup, coach knows best. But sometimes the fans are right, and common sense is right. Think of Edmonton, how many times the old coaches would just never play the young kids, who were scoring goals at will, and playing great, mean while horcoff and smyth and those older guys were getting all the minutes. I’m talking a few years back. Mind you, now all they have is the young guys, and they are getting their playing time, but don’t have any D or goalies to back them up.
        But anyways, sometimes the coaches are wrong, whether its about player’s ice time, who sits, who is on the team and who is cut. Sometimes they don’t let the players play to the best style for which they were successful their whole life, and why they were drafted. (making a scoring forward play defensively and block shots, or making a checker try to dangle every play) There can be a disconnect, or lack of respect/leadership. There can be unnecessary man crushes, or hate-ons for certain players.
        As fans we aren’t privy to the info as to the WHY’s, but just because a coach is a coach, doesn’t mean he is good at it, let alone better than anyone else. As much as we’ve seen Pmac do some crazy moves, and while I have only so much trust in the man who is only in his 3rd year as a coach, I DO trust the man that hired him. And I do feel Pmac is the best coach we’ve had since murray was behind the bench. So while we may question all of these crazy moves, there is likely some reason behind the madness. And we will likely never know. And hopefully it all works out in the end. But we, as fans, have the biggest right to question the decisions and ask why, even if we don’t get to know the answer, because we are, after all, the consumer of the product, and pay their salary.

        • sprucesens

          and just to be clear, i’m not arguing or considering that methot not playing as an irrational move. Makes sense to me. The guy was sick and wants to get out playing again, but the coach says, you still don’t look quite right. We have 2 games back to back. We’ll get you back in, don’t worry about that. But the guys earned another game by beating one of the best teams in the league. We can give them another, to see who can come out so you can go in. Besides, we’re trying to trade X player…..;)

    • Sensnation

      I think it’s great to discuss decisions and try and figure out why they were made when we don’t have all the information. But we have a good gm, a good coach and a good core of players and prospects. This team will be fine in the end, so let’s not get so down on PM, BM or the players.

  • Hax

    One thing I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere is the impact of the Olympic break.

    I will all but guarantee that one or two teams per conference will stumble significantly after the break. It might be a 1st place team dropping to 5th or it might be a 6th seeded team dropping out of the playoffs altogether. Now some of the lesser teams could stumble as well and some teams might actually get on a hot streak or be lucky enough to play a lot of struggling teams, but my point is this season more than most will likely see a big change in the standings from Feb 9th to when the playoffs start.

    The break is over two weeks long and it’s really going to kill any momentum teams have going into the break.

    • Sensnation

      Very true Hax, and so far it appears the Sens don’t have too many Olympic players, so it may be a perfect opportunity for them to make that final push!

      • Kohlmanator

        Locks: Ryan, Karlsson and Michalek.
        Bubble: Anderson, Lehner, Methot and because I’m a homer; Spezza.

        We all remember Hasek… *Knock on wood*

        • Sensnation

          I agree with your locks and would add Lehner. He’s played better than Enroth who’s currently considered the 2nd best Swedish goalie, and really after Lundqvist it’s a complete toss up.

          At the current pace I could see Anderson not making it, and I wouldn’t blame them with options such as Quick, Miller, Schneider, Howard and Bishop, of which I would say the 1st 2 are locks.

          As for Spezza I’m completely in your camp, especially with the Stamkos injury, I just hope they can find room for him and he can peak for the rest of Dec to make the decision hard. Not many Cs, even those with a better 2 way game, can duplicate Spezza’s faceoff ability. Only Bergeron is above him out of the Canadian hopefuls right now, sadly though that is 1 guy he’d have to beat out.

          • boom

            Here are some guys who think Spezza has no chance…
            Crosby
            Toews
            Tavares
            Getzlaf
            Couture
            Thornton
            Marleau
            Duchene
            E. Stall
            …and the one you mention
            Bergeron

          • Sensnation

            Thanks boom, glad to see your negativity creep over into this discussion. ;) Seriously though, yes his chances are next to none, won’t stop us from hoping, as homers!

            Also, Marleau is a winger and Couture, possibly even Duchene would have to move to the wing to even have a shot.

            I’d say Crosby, Toews, Tavares are your locks, Getzlaf next most likely but Staal would be hard to leave off as well. After that the rest are fighting an uphill battle imo. The best shot is that Crosby and Getzlaf are injury prone and Stamkos already down. If all 3 of those guys couldn’t go (BIG IF) then Spezza may get consideration.

          • sprucesens

            what’s crazy, is Canada can probably ice a full team of all star centers, and still have a winning shot. And that includes defence!…not goalies though, need a true goalie for that. lol

          • Sensnation

            haha, so true spruce! I do wish they’d allow a Canada 1 and Canada 2 team like in Bobsled and other smaller team sports.

          • SenaTHOR

            Canada doesn’t want a minus a million player they want two way full spped guys.

          • Jacques

            All the other countries would love it if Spezza played for Canada!

          • sprucesens

            call it the hasek effect, but i’d rather none of our players go to Olympics, so they can all be healthy and rested and ready to race to the playoffs. Selfish? maybe

        • Hax

          Yeah I would agree that Lehner is nearly a lock. Anderson and Methot are long shots at this point. Spezza is not going to be there as much as I think he could help the team. The problem with Spezza is that he’s not better than the elite scoring centers Canada has and nobody believes he can play any other role. I wonder if MacLean has thought about playing him on Turris’ wing for a few games to show Canada that he can do that (if he can).

    • Jacques

      It will allow weak smurfy teams like the Habs to recharge their batteries too,

  • NickofTime

    I would hate to see Greening traded for a soft player like Hemsky especially with him playing so well, I would rather get rid of Conacher & Condra. With the emergence of Ceci they no longer need to trade for a PMD although it’s quite likely he will be returned to Bingo before the Christmas freeze. It would be nice to add a scoring forward but it’s quite possible we also have one of those in Bingo in Mark Stone. He has size, smarts, soft hands, great vision & continues to put up pts in Bingo. They need to call him up at some point to see what he can do in Ottawa.

  • Sandy

    Hoping for a win. They have won against the Devils at home.. but need this one to get within 1 pt of the ‘falling Leaves’…

    Interesting tidbit I saw in an article on HB:
    ” Toronto has won but three games in regulation over their last 19 games played”.
    No wonder their fans are on TSN calling for Phaneuf, Clarkson, Kadri to be traded and Carlyle to be fired. Nice to see things back to normal in Leaf land…
    Every team in the NHL goes through it’s rough spots… no team is immune to them..

    • sprucesens

      i’d be calling for Clarkson and phaneuf to be traded too if I was a leaf fan. But as a sens fan, they can stay and eat up that precious cap space. Give phagoof a max contract please. Less money for other good players!

    • esk

      lol no one will take clarkson

  • Sensturion

    I don’t understand the Methot benching. All season the team has tried to make a trade for a defenseman capable of playing hard and well defensively and when ours is ready to come back from the flu, of all things, they sit him. Maclean seems to just be making sure that every player with a contract nearing its expiry gets shit treatment: Spezza to the third line, Ryan playing 10 minutes a game, Methot benched for 2 straight games…

    • Sensturion

      Hopefully this benching doesn’t screw Methot’s chances at playing for Canada.

      • Shibal

        He has 0 chance of playing for team Canada, after the way the Sens have been playing this year; His chances were pretty low, even before the season started.

        • Sensturion

          Actually, his chances weren’t low at all. He had the inside track because of the side he shoots.

    • Shibal

      He was so hesitant to bench Cowen, yet he benches Methot so easily.

    • CaMo

      Deeeeper issues! He pissed someone off is my bet.

    • Sandy

      Ryan played almost 20 min against St. Louis.
      McLean is running with 4 lines which is good if it works… Trying to lessen up the minutes on star players so not to burn them out…

      • CUP 2014-15

        Turris and Ryan fighting the flu, look for less TOI for them tonight

  • SenaTHOR

    Corvo Wiercioch Gryba rumored for trade. Need to move someone. Tsn

    • Sensturion

      That’s not news.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      If Ceci makes a strong case to stay up in the pro’s, I have no problem trading any of the three.

      Wiercioch would yield the best return.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Agreed

    • luckan20

      Did they talk about any teams in particular ?

      I missed it. Even if we are moving it will be a player or two. We might also plan to move Condra or any other bottom 6 guys.

    • CUP 2014-15

      As you will be able to tell by this post, I am no GM but I would love to see Corvo and Patty moved keep CC call up Boro and we have 2 good O D and some mean ass D to play against with any 4 of the other 5, That would give us an offensive team with fire power up front, good PK and a tough GD team to play against, Bring on the Ruins……GO Sens GO

      • SenaTHOR

        Gryba Corvo won’t be in a trade. My guess is teams interested are waiting by the waiver wire. Why give up an asset?

  • Sandy

    The Blues have locked up pending unrestricted free agent Alex Steen for three more years for $17.4 Million($5.8 Million per season).
    Really good deal for both sides..

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      That’s way too much money imo. I don’t see him keeping up that scoring pace for the rest of his career

      • Sensnation

        Or even this year! Complete career year payoff right there!

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          Agreed.

      • sprucesens

        it probably is too much, but someone else would have paid more than that based on 1 great year, with a few decent years. Looking at you clarkson/leafs

    • luckan20

      Sandy, dont you think it is little too much?
      He has only scored in 3 occasions over 20 goals. His highest tally is 24, which he will most certainly pass in the current season. MacArthur deal for Ottawa looks better. I would have expected around $4.5 to $5M deal. Any how, now Ottawa knows how much will it cost to lock RYan.

      • Sensnation

        Ryan is 3 years younger and proven more consistently offensive already. Unfortunately it’s not even the low end for Ryan’s next contract.

        • luckan20

          Agreed. Ottawa will try to throw Kessel type of a deal. He will most likely earn close to $8M.

          • Sandy

            Melnyk had better pony up..

          • Tooks

            Easily 7-8Mil per, Eugene had to know this when he acquired Bobby in the first place. Its $$$ or see Bobby and possibly Spezza hit the road as UFA’s.

    • Eugenius

      It’s a lot of money, but it’s also a short term. If it were for 6 years, I’d be scratching my head. End of the day, someone out there would have tossed that kind of money at him, and he’s a player they obviously didn’t want to lose. Heck if Clarkson makes 5.25 for 7………..

      • sprucesens

        i love that clarkson deal more, every time i see it written down. 6.5 more years of overpaid mediocrity!

      • Sensnation

        Agreed, but they have some key players in need of pay raises in the offseason. Berglund, Sobotka, Schwartz are all RFA, Halak, Roy, Elliott are UFAs, though i could see them only keeping 1 goalie and letting the other two walk with Allen ready. Should be interesting trade deadline and summer for that franchise.

  • Sensnation

    PM on Ceci ” We’re going to keep putting him out there until he can’t go no more!”

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Let’s hope he can go the entire season because the kid is a gem!

  • sprucesens

    hmmm

  • Eugenius

    another great start……..come on guys

  • CUP 2014-15

    25 15 14 on the pp again, headscratch

  • Kielbasa

    That was a nice brain fart from Corvo to start this game.

    • 4thStringGoalie

      Yes… but Karlsson needs to take the pass away on a 2-1, Lehner had the shot, Karlsson needs to do a better job blocking that pass.

  • luckan20

    Alright it was a dismal PP display by Ottawa, but why did PM send Smith line for the next 1 minute of man advantage, when we have Turris sitting rested.

  • CUP 2014-15

    NJ will dump and chase all night, how is this D going to handle the cycle game, no toughness but I know….man can they skate. Then stop giving the puck away and f#@kin skate

    • Tooks

      Giving the puck away has nothing to do with skating, lol. Its cuz Cowen, Karlsson, Phillips, Corvo are all touching the puck too much…lol.

  • SenaTHOR

    Om is there any defense

  • CUP 2014-15

    WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE KNOCK SOMEONE ON THEIR F#@KING ASS, SOFT SOFT SOFT

  • Eugenius

    ….this game is going to get chippy

  • Sandy

    -2 for Corvo so far tonight. Guess who comes out when Methot goes in tomorrow…
    Down 2-0 against a stingy Devils defensively play… Going to be very hard to come back this game.

    Why can’t they win 2 games in a row? They are blowing the chance of catching the Leafs…

  • Mark

    Frig, this team is baffling. Down 2-0 again!!!!!

    • Sandy

      Exactly… world beaters one day…. uninspired next game…

  • Conor_smythe

    Lehner looked bad on both goals

    • Sandy

      I don’t think he had much of a chance on the 2nd one. Wiercioch should have had Boucher there…

    • H POTTER

      We’re probably not watching the same game. A 2on 1, weak attempt by EK to repair oh-no corvo’s mistake. The 2nd one again in oh-no Corvo caught at the blue line tripped, odd man rush, shot off the wall big bounce…

      • Sensnation

        Corvo strikes again … and again … and … please why did we sign this guy a 2nd time. Let Gryba/Boro knock some f’ers out instead!

    • Tooks

      The 2-1 is all on Karlsson not taking away the pass, a goalie is expecting the D to do that, cimmitting to the shooter, Karlsson did the exact opposite.

  • H POTTER

    Here we go again with the one strong performance against a top team and lousy effort against a NJ weak team…ridiculous…can only imagine the beating we’re getting tomorrow on a back to back with shaky Anderson in net…it’s just frustrating at this point…

    • Sandy

      New Jersey is 2 pts behind the Sens with a game in hand..

      • Tooks

        Doesnt mean they are not a bad team…cuz they are, like us, lol.

    • aegiszx

      A weak NJ team that ices Jagr, Henrique,Brunner, Zajac, and Brodeur. They’re doing poorly, yes but by no means are they weak.

      That, and their “back-up” Schneider is miles better than our “starter” Andy lol.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I didn’t think it was a horrible period.

    And for some reason I have no doubt that the guys will figure it out and come back. The bounced just didn’t go there way.

    • Sandy

      Devils are a very difficult team to come back on..

  • Tooks

    Will the real Ottawa Senators please stand up, please stand up….oh wait this is the real Ottawa Senators. 1 good game out of 5 or 6 then its back to reality.

    Getting dominated by a pugid scoring team like the Devils. Corvo playing on the edge, cant really fault him on the 2-1, I mean ya he gave up a 2-1 but Karlsson played that like it was his first game on D, always take the pass away, this is DEF 101, even I know this and I aint no D. Leave the shooter to Lehner. Karlsson did the opposite.

    The 2nd goal well that was a penalty on Ryder!!

    • H POTTER

      Exact on the 1st goal. It’s not the first time we see EK play a 2-1 like he did. I don’t get it. Eliminate the pass,trust your goalie will make the stop. He does neither, kind of stuck in both decisions and it screws the goalie

    • Jacques

      Yes you can Corvo is terrible. We sit a young kid who plays good D for a guy who’s only here for this year and really could care less.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    For some reason I’m not worried at all about the Sens the bounces just didn’t go their way the first period. Didn’t think it was a total shipwreck. The guys will come back.

    GO SENS GO

  • Shibal

    I know that Karlsson is a magician with the puck, however I’ve noticed especially this year, he is not passing the puck enough; especially when he blows by a bunch of players. He instead elects to take low quality shots on the goalies.

    • Sensnation

      True, but at least he’s skating like his old self again!

    • H POTTER

      Pass it to whom??? Most forwards are too slow to put themselves in a scoring position and the others just looking at him in amazement

  • Aaron 2.0

    I think Corvo was okay on both goals. Trying to keep the puck in is the right thing to do. Karlsson has to handle his defensive role better and back up his partner, who is in a vulnerable position. The 2nd goal is a missed call. All that said, that was a despicable period for Ottawa. The score is absolutely indicative of the play…

  • bluebuyyoo

    Fucking refs catch Ryan, but don’t see Corvo getting tripped.

  • Colin

    Karlsson again

    • H POTTER

      120% right. This game is done!

  • H POTTER

    Wtf is Karlsson’s problem today ! MERDE

  • Luc Wolfe

    awww as soon we get closer to the 8th position we suck with style

  • Tooks

    Hmm another ill timed hit by Cowen, leaving Jagr all alone. But hey those big guys sure can hit…

    • Colin

      Cowen did his job. Jagr was EK’s man. Where was EK?

      • Deadly

        Agree with this assessment of a good hit. If he lts him go….

        • Tooks

          …he goes to the corner, where he can do nothing…Cowen can easily block the pass.

      • Tooks

        Not really, Cowen has tunnel vision, did he even look to see where is D partner was? Does he even know where guys are? Not saying EK isnt to blame but dont go for the hit if you dont got back up. This is NHL man, you learn this in Bantam…

        • Deadly

          Guessing you playe bantam

        • Colin

          and if Cowen doesn’t hit him, he gets shit on. Cowen played the man. His partner failed to back him up.

        • CUP 2014-15

          He took his man !!!!! you watch to many Leaf games,

          • Tooks

            Yeah he did, with no back up…Maybe the Sens should watch more Leafs games…

          • Colin

            Tookie. The horse is dead.

    • Deadly

      Not a big or bad hit if someone had the other side covered.

  • hq8

    zibanejad demoted again………….

  • Luc Wolfe

    omg we scored

  • Sensnation

    1 goal at a time, here we go boys!

    GREENING!!!

  • Aaron 2.0

    If sens can actually generate shots, they still have a chance. Brodeur isn’t as good as he once was. Problem is OTT is useless against trap-style teams. Add our defensive break-downs, and this is going to be a difficult game to climb back into. These guys are just a roller-coaster to watch this year. Still optimistic they can score 3 against NJ.

  • xiorcal

    Soft call again + no call on the too many on the ice for nj at the same time

  • Tooks

    Uo oh the hamster is rolling again in PMac’s head, CMac back with Turris and Zib buried somewhere…

  • Luc Wolfe

    fact of the night. 100% of the shots that misses the net doesnt go in.

    • Tooks

      False, you can pass the puck into the net or bank it off a player.

      • Luc Wolfe

        thats a shot on net

        • Tooks

          Banking the shot offa player isnt a shot on net, lol. Neither is an attempted pass that goes in off something.

  • Tooks

    We got a Zib sighting on a line with Spezza…..and Greening…Oh PMac…

  • Luc Wolfe

    make marty get a groin injury

  • Tooks

    Cowen…

    • Deadly

      All oceans fault for letting go of his stick. A bantam move to let it go like that.

  • Colin

    Slash maybe? NJD players giving refs free BJs all intermission long.

  • Sensnation

    Nice non call refs, only a slash and cross check to get the d out of the way!

  • H POTTER

    Fack the refs

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I thought it was a good goal. Maybe a case for slashing… but looked like Cowen just didn’t have a good grip on it. Lehn cannot let that in tho

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Nvm, saw a better angle. Spoke too soon.

      CLEAR slash.

      • Tooks

        LOL here we go again with the refs…
        Thats an everyday play, Cowen was soft as hell, hold on to your stick with 2 hands man and you wont lose it.

        • Colin

          100% of the time that’s a penalty. Same with the Corvo trip. Brunner was looking to see if he was getting a penalty.

          • Tooks

            Ok Aaron Ward…LOL
            MacK said hold on to your stick with 2 hands! And I agree!

          • Colin

            LOL yerself. That’s a penalty in any other game.

          • Sensturion

            Also said: It should’ve been called. Stop listening to what you want to hear.

          • Tooks

            He also said he didnt have a problem with it. Stop making excuses…

          • Sensturion

            And yet, again, you ignore that he said IN TODAY’S NHL, THAT’S A PENALTY.

          • Tooks

            Could be a penalty but Cowen had 1 hand on stick. Refs discretion. Keep making excuses for a shitty perfromance.

          • Aaron 2.0

            It sounds more to me that Bob thought this wouldn’t be a penalty if he was in charge of NHL infractions, but agreed that in today’s NHL it’s a penalty.

        • Sensturion

          It has nothing to do with Cowen holding onto his stick properly or not. Ottawa does that and they get a penalty. Double standard. I’m glad you’re not an analyst because absolutely EVERYONE on the TSN panel, including the announcers are calling bullshit on two goals and a penalty that was called incredibly late. Stop trying to be a hipster and go against everything that is said.

          • Colin

            This is all he has. It’s funny and sad at the same time watching him try to be the devil’s advocate all of the time.

          • Sensnation

            Tookie prays every night before bed for a sens loss so he can come on Senschirp and harrass all the fans. It’s been this way for years, it’s all he knows.

  • Colin

    Brunner was more stunned than anyone else that he got away with that shit

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    wtf is this shit

  • Tooks

    Sens falling apart vs New Jersey….New Jersey!!!

    • Aaron 2.0

      Trap team… Only 15 shots after 2… Still, if refs do their job, this is a 2-1 game…. It’s just a disappointing night on so many levels…

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      Hey dipshit, how did your team do against Florida last night?

    • Sensturion

      New Jersey is only 2 pts behind Ottawa, dude. They aren’t that bad of a team. When’s the last time you looked at the standings?

  • Sensturion

    Corvo tripped. No call. Jersey scores. Jersey plays 6 guys for upwards of 30 seconds. Ottawa gets a penalty that should not be. Cowen gets his stick slashed out of his hands. No penalty. Jersey scores. Are there refs out there?

    • Sandy

      Those Ref mistakes results in goals… Big difference in the game.
      I don’t know why the NHL doesn’t do something with these incompetent refs.
      Watch… they will have them again tomorrow night.
      Mistakes happen… They are only human.. But 3 in one game leading to goals?
      Bullshit.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Why even continue playing this?

    The refs have already decided the winner.

    • Luc Wolfe

      ottawa havent showed up ref are only to blame maybe on the last goal .. cowen should of grab him behind the neck and drop him down.

      • Sensturion

        And give him an automatic breakaway? Either way, the team loses.

      • xiorcal

        They are not playing that bad but are forcing the play to much.

  • xiorcal

    If the league want an new source of revenue they should force the refs to do 90 minutes of answering call on a pay per call number after every game.

  • Deadly

    Is there another game tomorrow night?
    Just too tough to take another game so soon.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    I know every team gets bad calls, but this is beyond bad

    We are getting into Tooks like stupidity here.

    • Tooks

      Yes people complaining about refs are on the level of Habs & Leafs fans.

      • Aaron 2.0

        Tonight’s game is really a combination of both the refs and the team. The refs have played their part tonight though…

        • Tooks

          No pity whatsoever from me, everyteam has to battle through it at one point or another.

    • peetypuck

      P-Mac needs to bring Luke Richardson up as an asst. coach to get the guys straightened out.

  • Jacques

    Condra is waste of a good jersey! Just like Sylvain Turgeon was in the good ole days!

  • luckan20

    This game is a write-offs. Obviously we were unlucky on our 1st PP with a bad bounce and letting a goal. Refs screwed us with two shitty calls. We need to go through the motion and salvage some thing out of this game. Tomorrow we have to handle a team which is well rested waiting for us in Ottawa. Panthers have won 6 out of their last 7 games.

  • Colin

    67s in shootout

    • Colin

      and they win!

  • Jacques

    Can we put Methot and Gryba in the lineup and enough of 46 and 77. With Ceci in the lineup these two become irrelevant.

    • Sensnation

      Agreed, not a fan of Corvo and PW together, though PW has played pretty well at times.

      • SenaTHOR

        Keeps losing battles behind the net …nice one pass however.

  • Luc Wolfe

    guys i think we’re losing… i was listening to mtl media and briere and thr coach aren’t on the same page and a divorce is unavoidable. well hes not my favorite player but holy moly is it better than kovalev…but we have the internal budget has an issue. well maybe it can be an early gift from the grinch melnyk.

    • Tooks

      wtf did you just say? Couldnt understand a word you just said…

      • Sensturion

        You’re kidding right? What did you not understand in that? I would’ve said you clearly can’t read, but obviously you can type… unless you’ve got someone typing up the bullshit that flows out of your mouth for you.

        • Tooks

          Obviously you didnt get it…way over your head. We dont want Briere FFS…

          • Colin

            LOL. You didn’t get it until Jacques spelled it out for you

          • Luc Wolfe

            you like michalek at 6mil instead… oh yeah he scored tonight… lets keep him

    • Jacques

      Briere is totally washed up dude!

      • Jacques

        People bitch but Hemsky would be a good pick. The guy can fly and would be great on the Powerplay. Can help possession unlike a certain guy who flings the puck out of the zone all the time.

  • Sensturion

    Don’t be surprised if Ottawa comes out swinging, if the MacArthur incident is any indication.

    • Colin

      Right. Mac got 4 minutes for swinging.

    • Tooks

      Or watch NJ score on the 4min PP…

    • xiorcal

      VS Philly ”Swinging”?

  • Jacques

    Condra brutal on the PK watch the guy. He isn’t even a real good skater!

  • Deadly

    Despite the game it seems that Ceci is holding his own.

    • SenaTHOR

      What I notice is he doesn’t make many mistakes.

      • Colin

        Oops

  • Jacques

    F we have talented two way players in bingo and this guy never takes a seat.

    • Tooks

      Condra is a God in Ottawa, apparently he does all the little things right…and according to Corsi he make sother players better, LOL.

      • Colin

        Probably due to Corsi or some other mystical shit

        • Jacques

          Who’s this Corsi and what the hell does he know about hockey… He probably has never seen Condra live… Lol

          • Colin

            Corsi is a stat used by experts to tell us that the guys we think suck are really great players.

      • Jacques

        He has naked pictures of MacLean!

  • Jacques

    Hope it wasn’t the sens who nixed theGreening-Hemsky deal for f sakes! Lol

  • Sensnation

    Woohoo!!! Nice one!!!

  • Sensturion

    Nice goal!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Beautiful goal. 2-2! Oh, wait….

    • Aaron 2.0

      F*ck. 3-2.

  • Deadly

    A shootout type shot.

    • Jacques

      Wish he could do that in the shoot out.

  • Jacques

    He’s playing well,not hurting us. Way to go Milo!

    • Jacques

      Was talking about Ceci! then Milo scored,

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Wow.

  • Luc Wolfe

    ****

  • Jacques

    F rhymes with truck!

  • Michenator

    freakin BS

  • Michenator

    and penalty… I’m done watching this…

    • Michenator

      Tuning into the 3rd to watch was a bad idea apparently. My day was too long to hurt right now.

  • Jacques

    CORVO is great! Cemented his spot alright, his feet look like they’re in CEMENT!

  • Sandy

    Gee guys do you get the idea that Tooks hates Cowen and Jacques hates Condra.. Seems like everything tonight is their fault.

    • Deadly

      One seems to be the best hockey expert ever. Might have played in the show

    • Jacques

      I’m not crazy about 15-77-46-89 either to be quite honest. Poor Pageau stuck with scrubs

      • Jacques

        And Especially 19. The rest I love them all.

        • Colin

          Ok Jacques. You are the GM. What do you do with Spezza?

          • Jacques

            Tough one Colin, but unlike a lot of people on here I think he’s done. I would package him in a deal that is too. Good to turn down cuz I think he’s close to untradeable.

            Example the 2015 draft everyone wants a first rounder ok no problem, Spezza, plus stone and our first in 2015 for Kane and another piece out of Winnipeg. They need a center and the Sens get another sniper. Something like that Colin, but to trade him sens will have to overpay? Spezz kills all our peskiness. Big guy plays like its shinny on a the rideau canal.

          • Jacques

            Then you lock up Ryan, pay the Dude he deserves it! Kane is locked up for awhile I think!

            MacArthur-TUrris-Ryan
            Kane-Zibby-Michalek

          • Jacques

            Would be a more complete top 6. Then next year Lazar will probably make the jump, or so the experts say(Bob Stauffer says he’ll being the NHL right away).

          • Colin

            You are right. Very tough. I think that if Murray does decide to move him (or any of our major assets), he has to wait. Murray will not get full value at this time. The trade deadline, draft day or FA deadline are better.

            I would rather see him act like a captain and put the team on his back. He is an incredible talent that is very frustrating to watch,

          • PraiseAlfie11

            Spezza, stone and a 1st for kane and a bag of pucks.

            You’re fired.

  • Sandy

    Pretty good game going with Rangers & Pens… Doc Emrick… he’s the best..

  • Sandy

    I beginning to think that Chirp should shut down the site for about 6 hours after a loss. Too much bullshit on here…

    • Colin

      Go check out hfboards. The folk here are quite calm and composed compared to those guys.

      • Jacques

        Yeah we can’t complain now, sheesh!

        • Sandy

          It’s the same after every loss.

          Cowen sucks — so does Condra. Well both are -1 tonight in a 5 goal against game… so it’s not all their fault.. the way you and Tooks go on you would think they are the only ones to blame.
          They win as a team… they lose as a team. They are an inconsistent team, who sometimes need a good kick in the ass.

  • Sandy

    Methot will be back in tomorrow night… so will Andy..

  • Michenator

    There is so much obstruction in this hockey game I wanna scream.

  • Colin

    I liked Mike Johnson as a player, but he is a terrible colour commentator. My dog could give better in-game analysis.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Ottawa was bad. The refs were bad. I’m sad. Catch you guys tomorrow.

    • Sandy

      Those 2 refs had better not be in Ottawa tomorrow night.
      Refs with games as bad as that should be fined or suspended. That’s inexcusable.
      The Sens also to blame a lot.. They had better pull up their socks tomorrow night.. that’s not going to be an easy game either. Maybe they thought too much of themselves after beating St Louis.

  • Jacques

    Millionaires can’t get a flu shot , Whassup with that. Come on Eugene protect your investment.

    • aegiszx

      Oh dont worry, Eugene has done enough protecting, by ensuring Karlsson had a speedy recovery. I mean, the guy made billions in the health and PHARMACEUTICAL industry… ya think he was gonna let Karlsson, his future franchise defenseman heal “naturally”.

      IM JUST SAYIN!!!

  • luckan20

    Depressing end to a lousy game. These zebra clowns are bad as they come. Apart from refereeing, Lehner also looked a suspect in couple of goals. We are still the kings of turn overs. No back checking by our forwards. Only able to get 25 shots on Brodeur. Also, we got shit end of the bad bounces, while Devils were lucky.

    Tomorrow Methot & Andy are suiting. I will sit Neil because the guy sucks on ice.

  • T K

    Setting aside all the controversial crap about officiating, tonight was more proof why the Sens need TWO goalies rolling at high efficiency.
    The Lehner is not your saviour (yet).

    • Mat

      Sadly, I must agree… Inconsistent goaltending is killing us right now. Among other things..

  • Nico

    I watched tonight, and boy oh boy am I sick of watching this. Its supposedly NHL
    caliber hockey, but with these clowns in stripes and absurd hits that
    go unpunished (Engelland 5 games, Tom Wilson’s hit probably 2-5 games) I
    find myself thinking I need to move on from this game. Much of my time
    is spent watching pro sports, and this year, with the increasing number
    of suspensions and poor refereeing, I find myself really wondering if
    there is a better product out there.

    2 of those goals left me completely bewildered. The 2nd goal and 4th
    goal were both OBVIOUS penalty calls that went uncalled. The Brunner
    goal in particular was just mind blowing. While I think Cowen and Lehner
    are at fault for giving up on the play, the entire focus of at least 2
    refs had to be on the puck, which was RIGHT where the infraction
    happened. The slash prevented the defenceman from making a play, that is
    either interference or slashing. In any other game, that is a penalty.
    So why not there?

    Now all that said, we came out flat. Corvo’s blunder on the SHG was
    awful, can’t have that happen that early in the game, take your man or
    the puck. After that there were extended periods of time (30-90 seconds)
    where we did not control the puck, that simply can’t happen. Coach’s
    line juggling just leaves me scratching my head these days. Conacher was
    out there 3 of 5 shifts a few times this evening. All he can do is get
    in people’s way and fall down. Every semblance of a chance to score
    simply passes by him because he’s just too small. Add a few inches and
    he makes those plays!!! After Michalek scored, coach put
    Condra-Smith-Neil out there.

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!?

    All they will do is cycle down low, clog up the boards, and kill time.
    You have 11:40 left to tie or win the game…!?!??! And of course, NJ
    ended up scoring on that shift.

    I am just so frustrated watching these guys play. The only time I saw
    anything positive tonight was at the end of the 2nd when Mcarthur lost
    his cool.

    ****!!!!

  • PraiseAlfie11

    It’s just so frustrating.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Just watched post-games on sens web-site. MacLean was as close to angry as we’ll probably every see. He even took a shot at leadership. The only reason we have a shot at the playoffs right now is because teams in our division are faltering. At some point the sens have to do their part in getting back in the race, or the opportunity will just disappear. We’re 2 games below .500 again. It’s hard to believe we’re pretty much right back to where we started at our low-point (3 games below).

    My biggest concern right now is going into the trade deadline on the bubble. Teams on the bubble are hesitant to do anything. If we’re not making the playoffs, we need to sell expiring assets and get ready for next season. If we stay on the bubble, we probably don’t do anything. Then, if we miss the playoffs… This sort of position in the standings may really hand-cuff our GM even further than he already is by the internal budget.

  • Phoenix

    Watched Mcleans presser and boy was he fired up. Need to see more of that on the bench. Love his point about the race for the 1st overall pick….except the Sens don’t have it. Ahhhhg.

    Come on boys you laid an egg out there when you showed you can play with the big boys after the STL game.

    Its time for Murray to step up and shake things up. Mclean was able to get this team to perform without the likes of Spezza, Cowen, and Michalek last year and I don’t agree with the line juggling but the guys on the ice are dropping the ball. If we are a bubble team at the deadline I really hope Murray finds a way to get back our first. I didn’t get watch the game but its really looking like the team of the 90’s. Let’s see some heart out there, and get that fire in your belly.

    We did well last year because of the 3 headed monster in net. I wonder if that’s what’s needed to push Anderson and Lehner further.

  • Mat

    Michalek had a decent game. Eh? Eh? Anyone watching? Interested? I make you good deal. Cheapy cheapy!

  • sprucesens

    i like the comment made the other day about some coach from a long time ago. After the players had one too many pathetic efforts, not unlike the one today, he said fine, you guys don’t want to play hard for 3 hours a night(60 minutes of actual game time)? We’ll do a full work day like everyone else in the world. The next day they practiced from 9-5, for a hard bag skate. This showed them how maybe working hard for 1 hour isn’t so bad. I think maclean needs to incorporate this into the next practice. Hopefully this takes place after tomorrow’s win…?

    I believe friday is the trade freeze, maybe at noon? I sure hope murray does something before then. I think Ceci will be sent down tomorrow, with methot and gryba drawing in. Likely Corvo or PW comes out as the other. Its looking more like kassian won’t be playing any more games with us either. I’m glad i’m gone for christmas. Maybe watch the world juniors, and can watch some players play on both sides, that actually give a damn

  • LeafsSux

    I think I hear the fat lady warming up…….

    • SenaTHOR

      She’ll be here after she’s done in Toronto.

  • ProudSens

    Wow, What Can we say:
    Let in a Goal within the first two minutes again (2:02) in the First; CHECK
    Let in a Goal in the last minute of the period in the Second (19:32); CHECH
    Continue with the Frankenstein experiments; CHECK.

    This is so frustrating, what happened to the Sens of last year. MacLean needs to let the beast heal before ripping into it and changing all parts throughout the game.

    I’m a big Spezza supporter and have been since he’s been here. I’ve been defending him and getting allot of flack. I just wish that he would play with more passion out there.
    Serenity now!! Go Sens Go!!
    Thx for lettin me rant ;)

  • Sensturion

    Team had a closed door meeting after the game that included the coaching staff AND Bryan Murray.

    • CUP 2014-15

      BM Had an 8 minute rant and tore a strip off of everyone (whatever that means). They are too soft to play against right now. We have skill, Offence and good in the net but God Damn our Dzone coverage is far too soft. To many Devils standing around, put them on their ass or clear the front of the net. Dress MM and Gryba sit 2 of CC PW or Corvo and lets see how often teams come through the middle with speed. They will be skating wide with their heads up, there is NOOOOO fear entering our zone because our F#@king D is SOFT, SOFT SOFT…

    • Tooks

      I hope he asked them which ones want to be packaged to Winnipeg…

  • Tooks

    I blame this loss on SC, he said it “Each time it looks like this team has turned a corner, they come out the next night looking flat and uninspired”
    This is your fault SC!! :P

  • Tooks

    Wow, well so much for “Its still early” Looks like the shit hit the fan last night after the game. Coaches lash out, players lash out. If they dont come out fired up and lose to bottom dweller FLA team. Heads will roll I hope!