Game Day- Lehner Starts vs. Wild

SensChirp January 14, 2014 287
Game Day- Lehner Starts vs. Wild

With points in their last six games and the Eastern Conference playoffs suddenly within their grasp, the Ottawa Senators roll into Minnesota to take on Matt Cooke, Dany Heatley and the  the lovable Minnesota Wild.

With a 25-18-5 record and 55 points, the Wild are one of the teams that have put together a pretty impressive first half yet find themselves on the bubble in the chase for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. They currently hold the second wild card spot (appropriate, really) and have a four point cushion over the Phoenix Coyotes. Like the Senators, they too are coming off a win over the Nashville Predators.

They have also been ravaged by injuries lately and will be without a few of their best players in Mikko Koivu, Josh Harding and Zach Parise.

After a couple days off following a win over the Predators, it seems like the Senators will make a couple changes to the line up. Patrick Wiercioch will draw back in, taking the place of Joe Corvo. Matt Kassian returns while Jean Gabriel Pageau goes back to the press box.  Here’s how MacLean has them lined up at the morning skate.

MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
Conacher-Zibanejad-Michalek
Greening-Spezza-Stone
Kassian-Smith-Condra

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Ceci
Phillips-Wiercioch

Robin Lehner gets the start in the Ottawa goal. This is Lehner’s first start since a 5-0 loss to the Bruins back on December 27th. Anderson started six straight since then and has picked up points in each of them. Safe to say this is a big start for Lehner.

Puck drop is scheduled for just after 8:00 PM with the game available on Sportsnet East.

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The Daily Chirp- Yesterday really was a fascinating day. In the morning, you had the news that Bryan Murray had signed an extension and that the goal for this organization was to win the Stanley Cup with him as GM. Murray made it clear the team was willing to move young players and that the focus was on adding another veteran forward to the current roster. Then in the afternoon, Sens Owner Eugene Melnyk hit the air waves, reiterated the Stanley Cup aspirations but stopped short when asked to commit to additional spending. Moving prospects is one thing but you can’t seriously compete with a cap floor roster. It just doesn’t work. What I did get from yesterday is that Murray has the go ahead to add a piece at the deadline and some hints dropped by both Murray and Melnyk suggest it could happen before the Olympic break. Interesting days ahead.

  • iKarly65

    Any idea what players the Sens will not trade, and what players they might be looking at?

    I’d advise against trading Zibanejad, Ceci and Lehner at all costs.

    And of course Ryan, Turris, Karlsson, and MacArthur (but I was speaking of “young” players).

    I’d be fine with moving Conacher, Pageau and Stone though. Sens would likely rather move Greening/Condra IMO, but the former have slightly better value. Since Greening/Condra/etc are immovable it seems, then the Sens will have to demote/waive/trade the others if they don’t plan on keeping them on the NHL roster.

    • Senatollah

      would depend on the return. Is it a rental or a keeper? Greening hard to move due to contract and expectations. Could be a good candidate to be a compliance buyout this summer to make room for some great players still in Bingo (or allow room for Lazar to earn a spot – wishful thinking)

      • Hax

        Sorry but there’s no way Greening gets bought out. Melnyk’s not going to pay a guy to not play and, as pointed out, with the new cap he’s really not overpaid that much if at all. If he was a guy we couldn’t justify playing every night that would be different but the “knock” on Greening is that he’s an excellent fourth liner or decent third liner while the expectation was that he’d be Bickell 2.0.

        • Senatollah

          I agree, just stated that if the team wanted to use a compliance buyout (with no cap implications) his contract is the only one that sticks out (long term, pay higher than value to team per point in standings).

  • ghost of Moose Vasko

    Our Ragnar Lothbrok has been sitting on his mountain for 18 days

    He WILL be ready.

    • LeafsSux

      I cant wait for the Vikings to air back up in Feb!

      • Sandy

        Love the Vikings… also like the Game of Thrones…
        The Borgias was good as well.. but they cancelled that one.
        Hoping for a really good game by Ragnar tonight… I’m sure he was mad as hell for the 5-0 loss to the Bruins… Focused and angry… best parts of Ragnar..

  • spezzerman

    Nice to see Wiercioch draw back in for Corvo. I suspect/hope this team is waiting to spend money when it needs to – as early as this summer.

  • Jason

    Thank god Corvo is out of the lineup, both Weircoch and Gryba are improvements over him.
    I’ve been impressed with Kassian’s play lately, he doesn’t do anything special but he makes the simple play and then heads off on a line change. Nothing wrong with that at all IMO. Once Neil is back I think Pageau should be sent down again.
    Nothing against Lehner but I don’t think he should be starting tonight. Anderson always gets on these hot streaks for a month at a time so we shouldn’t be interupting it. Especially when he’s had 2 days off since the last game, maybe if it was a back to back game I could understand.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Agree 100% Jason, the only reason I can think of that would have Mac make this change between the pipes is Andy’s awful record in Minni. Still would like to see the hot guy play, no different then when he sat Robin after being named NHL player of the week going 3-0.

      • spezzerman

        Lehner has to play sometime and the games against the habs and the rangers later this week are way bigger. You need your #1 to play the big games and Andy will most certainly play both

        • CUP 2014-15

          No question, he needs to get in but Andy is on a 7-0-1 roll and 2 pts are 2 pts. There are back to backs next week. I am OK with Robin starting, just trying to figure out the rational. I think Robin is just as capable of going on a run.

        • Jason

          I disagree, these are NHL goaltenders. They are on the ice every day practicing. It’s not like he’s not playing at all.
          As long as Andy is hot and not overly tired he should continue to start every game.

      • Sandy

        Lehner has to play sometimes.. and with the Olympic break coming shortly.. he has to get in the net…

        • CUP 2014-15

          Agreed just tough to watch anyone sit when their this hot. It’s not law but the norm is to “ride the hot hand” that being said, I think Robin is a blue chip and can go on his own run.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I agree w/ you on Anderson. Lehner is the future. And, that future may not be too far off. But, right now Anderson is hot. Our schedule isn’t too busy (so he doesn’t really need a break). He’s owned the month of January in the past. I’d stick w/ him. Coach is probably worried about Lehner sitting too long.

      • aegiszx

        I dont remember who said it a few weeks back, I think it was Pmac, but the NHL is a two-goalie league now… 1A and 1B, instead of 1 & 2. Trading Andy, and running with Lehner/Lawson = 1 & 2. Andy & Lehner gives us 1 A/B.

        Look around the league, the top teams have a very scary tandem of 1A/Bs. The position is so competitive now.

        • Aaron 2.0

          I agree w/ you! I just meant that sooner or later Lehner will need to play more games, especially if we are considering him 1B. It might not be this season, but over the next few seasons, he’ll deserve more games. And, when that happens, I think that’ll muddy the waters about who is 1A and who is 1B. I obviously have a lot of faith in Lehner. Time will tell if i’m right or now. But, having both Anderson and Lehner works just fine for me.

  • Lorenzo72

    PW46 is coming. Thx God. He is one of my favorite players. I really don’t know why is he always sidelined.

    • CUP 2014-15

      LOL, Either you or I will be upset soon as I feel the same way only it’s Gryba I wish was playing and when you talk about always sitting, well…. I am pretty sure either your guy or mine will be gone by Monday.

      • SuperSENS

        If by gone, you mean traded, then I think Corvo would be gone before either of them.

        • CUP 2014-15

          I would like to agree but if we’re looking to get anything back, A young D will be gone, IMO

          • Hax

            Also true. A Corvo trade would be to a playoff team looking for a depth PMD and we’d likely be getting a pick or prospect back – and nothing sexy either way. The Q4Q trade would likely include one (or both) of Wiercioch and Gryba.

          • MethotToMyMadness

            Corvo’s contract is so easy to digest, it’s worth keeping him on the roster this year. But at the same time, that’s what makes him such a good trade option, teams getting him get a great value contract for the remainder of the year. But, the return is minimal.

          • Hax

            Great point and that might save the situation. Teams at the cap looking for a depth PMD might see Corvo as the best option that they can actually squeeze under the cap.

          • SuperSENS

            I guess I should have clarified my position a bit.

            I see Murray moving Corvo in the immediate future, as he’s basically redundant at this point, and it would clear up the problem of having 8 defenceman on the roster. Sure, we’re not going to get anything ‘sexy’ back as Hax put it, and I certainly didn’t expect we would either.

            In regards to Wiericoch and/or Gryba getting traded, it really comes down to the player they are targeting — at this point, it’s not public knowledge who exactly that might be, even though we are all speculating on the matter. Don’t forget that we have Claesson, and a couple of good forward prospects in Binghamton, as possible trade bait too.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Hope they waive/move Corvo as you mentioned. We are going to find out soon who is going and I hope your right, there are to many variables as we don’t know about CP04 being re-signed. Should the ORG decide to sign him and with Boro coming I would think Gryba is gone, if they don’t want to resign him I thin PW is gone. This is just me having some fun with it as there is nothing to base this on except numbers and a need to give to get.

          • SuperSENS

            Yeah, of course, I totally agree you need to give to get. I don’t disagree that we might have to part with Wiericoch or Gryba, and I’m fine with that if it gets a good impact player in return, since we still have good prospects coming up the ranks.

        • Hax

          Except that Corvo has very little value at the moment while I could see teams wanting Wiericoch or Gryba as a young D.

          Hopefully Corvo plays a few good games between now and the deadline so we can find a taker.

        • Sandy

          If a contending team has injuries on the back end… Corvo could serve the role as a 7th D with a very cheap cap hit..

          • SuperSENS

            Yep, that’s why I think he’ll be moved. With Karlsson mostly returning to his former self, Wiercioch’s continued development, and the emergence of Ceci, Corvo seems to be expendable.

  • sbs138

    for what its worth, not much from Hockeybuzz, Sens are interested in Hemsky. thoughts?

    • LeafsSux

      No!

    • Jason

      No way. If we’re going to make a trade we need to get a useful player otherwise what’s the point of trading? We’re just starting to get good chemistry and look good so why disrupt that for a mediocre player like Hemsky. If it was Eberle or Nugent-Hopkins then yea, for sure.

    • CUP 2014-15

      well if BM is going to bring in a vet and give up little in return then I am OK with this as long as this is not the big move and simply more dept.

    • Pasky

      If Edmonton would take Greening for Hemsky, maybe with a mid-late rounder then I’d be OK with that. Slot him next to Spezza and keep the top 6 intact. Add more of a scoring punch than Greening. Plus I hated that contract from Day 1 so it’d be nice to get rid of it.

      • Senatollah

        doubt Edmonton would do it. If Ottawa was offloading those real dollars they would ask for Turris, whats $800,000/yr difference between friends right

        • sprucesens

          haha, and the phone would slam down so fast. T-..SLAM. It’s thoughts like that why the oil haven’t traded him in the past. They think he is worth other teams prized possessions. Hence they still have him. We’d give up puemple at max. Likely something like wiercioch or gryba. Or like pasky said, greening and a mid pick would get it done. Just a matter of, do we want him? He’s usually injured, but has been better the last year or so. And he’d have to be willing to take a pay cut past this year if he’s still interested in playing for us.
          I like the look of cammy more.

      • illdistrict

        Yes, I would support a move such as this. It’s been noted that Oliers are in need of a Goalie and upgrade in Defense. It’s also clear there is no power forward in sight on their roster, adding size should be on their agenda.

    • Luc Wolfe

      Thoughts don’t go on hockeybuzz

    • Sandy

      The Sens have 2 players made of glass in Spezza & Michalek. Why would they want another one in Hemsky.
      According to Wayne Scanlon.. Sens have interest in Cammerali. Murray has gone after him before…

      • illdistrict

        I support this addition.. he’s got a high compete level..

      • sprucesens

        that’s what I posted in the last thread, without any confirmation re: cammy. I think he would be a good pick up. But I think if we were to aquire him, michalek is gone thereafter in short order. Keeps closer to the budget, regardless of the new outlook. Hemsky could be had for fairly cheap I think, but lots of teams like pitts are interested, as always.

  • Hax

    I try not to get too worked up on what Eugene says or doesn’t say. He really isn’t very good at choosing his words when interviewed. So his response to Mendes on the “more spending” question doesn’t phase me really.

    Murray isn’t about to re-up if he doesn’t think his best shot at a cup is here in Ottawa. Of course, it’s not like he can go be GM of the LA Kings but I’m sure he could get a GM job in plenty of other markets if he really felt Melnyk was doing more harm than good.

    • Sensnation

      This is Murray’s retirement gig, I don’t think you can assume things about him staying given that if he didn’t stay in Ottawa he likely would’ve retired. He’s not a young pup anymore.

      • Hax

        Well I’m not the shampoo boy at the salon where Murray’s housekeeper goes so assuming is my only option.

        But if the choice for Murray was “retire or stay” I still doubt he’d stay if he felt Melnyk’s budget meant it would be near impossible to compete for a cup. He’s 71 and the only thing he hasn’t done in his career is win a cup so can’t see him postponing retirement another two years unless he sees a realistic shot here in Ottawa.

        Of course, maybe he’s just not ready to retire and doesn’t mind being GM for an owner that won’t let him spend enough to be competitive – but that just seems unlikely to me.

        • Sensnation

          All I’m saying is there’s a shot to win a cup yes, but it doesn’t hang on spending more or a commitment to spend more. We are already competitive and no matter what is or isn’t added to this core it will be competing over the next few years as that’s the way it’s been built.

          • Hax

            Totally agree. My point was basically to say that people who are worried that Melnyk’s wallet won’t allow a cup run or something can probably relax a bit.

          • Sensnation

            We are definitely in agreement there! Such an exciting time for this franchise!

  • Sensnation

    Release the LEHNER!

    Great chance to keep gaining ground on the pack. Looking forward to the hard fought battle. Let’s keep it going boys!

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Melnyk isn’t saying anything new. He said from the beginning that getting a UFA was in the cards if they were in contention.

    Thing is, he also said it would be a rental situation.

  • SensChirp

    Kind of an interesting comment from MacLean here when discussing how many games Cody Ceci has to play before be certain he’s an NHLer. Uses Colin Greening as an example as says “He’s played over 200 games, is that enough games to say he’s an NHLer?”

    http://senators.nhl.com/v2/ext/Audio/140114_maclean_morning.mp3

    • CUP 2014-15

      I would hope he is or your GM is a maroon at 2.65mm a year. We will see a better Greening here in the second half. CC is an NHL’er regardless of being under 200 games, IMO

      • spezzerman

        2.65 is not much for Greening as far as I am concerned. Plays physical and is a 15G threat. considering the cap is 71M when his 2.65 kicks in and will only go up in the remaining two years, I would keep him and see what he does. Especially with Spezza now as your #2 or #3 C he can play with spezza full time where he is most effective.

        Plus, Greening is the type of player teams look for at the deadline and will fetch some kind of a return at trade deadline, even if he isnt producing. He is essentially a carbon copy of Brian Bickel. I’d like them to keep Greening

        • CUP 2014-15

          Agree, I like him, his work speed and toughness, and I stand by what I stated above in that he will have a good second half.

          • spezzerman

            Yep, especially if he keeps playing with Spezza

        • Eugenius

          I don’t really have any problems with Greening, but he needs to be able to put in more than just 4 goals in 46 games if he wants to be more than a 4th liner. I was really hoping for more production from him this year. Little disappointed. Heck even Condra has more points, and in 6 less games……

          • spezzerman

            Of course he does and he has shown he is capable of more than a 7 goal season.

    • LeafsSux

      I have to admit I wasn’t high on CC from watching him down here and kept out of most conversations about him.. Glad I did cause I would of really looked bad. lol CC will be here for a while im sure.

    • Hax

      Interesting reference to Greening and perhaps a kick in the ass for him.

      As for Ceci, I don’t think it would be the end of the world if he were to end up back in Bingo at some point. Obviously at the moment he’s playing way too good, but if he slips a bit more in his play it might be best for him to get some heavy minutes in the AHL for a bit. And that shouldn’t be seen as any kind of major step back if it were to happen. MacLean maybe is setting the table in case that happens so Ceci/fans don’t panic.

  • Dirtysweetness

    I think Melnyk has seen Moneyball too many times.

  • Hax

    Am I in the minority (I probably am) in that I took the recent news from Murray and Melnyk more in relation to the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. I really didn’t take any of it to indicate a change for what happens this season. I don’t expect us to “rent” anything significant this year really. We might add some pieces if the cost is low but nothing major IMO. In fact, we may end up in the same Kuba/Gonchar boat where we essentially keep our pending UFAs rather than trade them and then acquire replacements.

    I’m hopeful that we’re able to move Michalek and Corvo before the deadline. Both in terms of getting decent return for them and not really losing anything major from our team. Corvo is expendable already but I would suggest that Michalek is only expendable if guys like Stone and Greening solidify themselves in the top 6 or 9. Or someone else from Bingo breaks through. Michalek is far from where we’d all like, but he’s still a guy we’d notice missing if we lost him.

    • spezzerman

      Well, I do believe the trade talk was for this season, but I agree the hesitation to say they can spend is in consideration for the money that needs to be spent on contracts next two years. I do think they look for a trade for either Gryba or Weircioch this year. Corvo isnt going to generate much interest. But I agree, for what Michalek will get you in return, we are better off keeping him.

      • Hax

        We have about 8 D that could easily be part of “the future” so some will likely be moved out. Especially if we’re looking to bring back a more established guy (300 games played type of guy).

        Ideally with Michalek, he keeps playing at the level he is but gets bumped to the fourth line based on other guys playing better. Then we can flip him for a 2nd rounder or something since Dorion can likely use an extra pick or two to keep the cupboards stocked. Though I do like him so I guess the dream scenario is he finds his former glory and re-ups but that’s just about as likely as Garrioch winning a swim suit competition.

    • boom

      No, I also got the impression that the “willingness to spend” talk was not specifically related to this season, and more likely a general comment around what they would do “when the time is right”…

  • Francois Castonguay

    Melnyk never said he was opposed to spending thought. He just said he would only spend for something worth it. He did talk about stuff like pts/$ so that tells me he wouldn’t be opposed to add 10 million salary if that means you get Sidney Crosby. But he won’t pay 5millions for Kovalev anymore..

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Regardless of what Melnyk or Murray has said, I’m just happy that BM is with the org for another 4 years and that it doesn’t appear the Sens are going anywhere. Open or close the purse, spend up or down, it’s all the same. Just do what you can to put the best Team on the ice and we’ll cheer this team all the way to the end.

    Hoping Lehner is motivated tonight and we see a stellar game. Go Sens Go, keep bringing Pesky back!!

  • NickofTime

    Considering what has happened here in the past it’s quite likely that BM doesn’t move any current roster players & add but do not subtract from the roster. Although it wouldn’t surprise me since they have carried 22 or 23 players most of the season.& would either have to send someone to Bingo to add or move a roster player. Personally, I would move any of these guys Conacher, Pageau, Condra, Corvo, Phillips (will never happen), SDC, JOB, Petersson or Hoffman. Michalek being a UFA is also a strong possibility.

    My guess is that Puempel may be the “young” guy who is moved since he IMO still could have some value. He is a former first round pick & there really isn’t any room on the roster for him unless they decide to move Conacher which I doubt at this point,, although I would. I don’t see Greening, Stone, Wiercioch, Gryba or Smith moved since I think these are all playoff performers they need & roster players.

    • Kohlmanator

      Why label Phillips being traded as “will never happen”?

      Phillips submitted a 10 team no trade list on January 1st 2014. There are 20 teams we can trade him to, without his permission. I understand he’s been here a long time and is a highly respected member of our community, but if BM see’s a deal, I think he’ll pull the trigger.

      • The Apostle

        No way does Phillips get traded somewhere he doesn’t want to go. Yes he has provided a list but if a trade with say Nashville is on the cards, Murray goes to him and asks him his thoughts before just telling him to pack his gear.

        This organisation has already looked like a bunch of amateurs for ending one supposed “life long Senators” career in terrible circumstances. No way do they allow that to happen again.

        Murray has shown time and again that he takes into account veteran’s wishes and thoughts if he does have to trade them, he’s not going to change that with Phillips.

    • SuperSENS

      Out of your list, the most likely candidate for trade would be Corvo, since playoff teams are always looking for an extra defenceman to bolster their ranks and his contract is cap-friendly for a rental player.

      • illdistrict

        Would Philips encourage a trade? Is we’re out of the playoff picture, he might actually want a run with another team and re-sign in the off season. hard to say as he’s certainly established (family wise) in the Ottawa area..

        • SuperSENS

          Don’t know what he would do if the situation arose. It’s been said in the past that he would like to play his entire career here in Ottawa.

          Personally, I’d be a bit surprised if he was traded, only because he is one of the few veteran presences on an otherwise young defence corps.

      • The Apostle

        If we want anything decent back from a trade where we send off a dman it’snot going to come from trading Corvo. For a return that could make an immediate or even medium term impact we’ll need to be talking Cowen or Wiercioch, possibly Gryba.

        • sprucesens

          cowen not going anywhere unless its in a package for kane or eberle. So not likely to happen. Gryba or PW will be gone with likely a corvo or greening to slightly upgrade. With the hemsky rumours, I would bet PW and Greening gets you hemsky and maybe a late pick. Money works and so does our wants. Works for the oilers as they need bottom 6 size badly, and they have only 1 D signed for next year. Yes, 1. They might even take 2 D, like corvo instead of greening. Who knows, they are the oilers. MacT looks like he likes trading guys. He finally found a taker for horcoff. So we’ll see how this plays out.

        • SuperSENS

          Again, I only said that the most likely candidate to be traded at this time is Corvo (out of the other user’s list). Any of the other players depends on who the team is looking to acquire, if anyone.

          • The Apostle

            Agree from the list that Corvo is the guy most superfluous but he gets a 3rd or 4th rounder at best. So do a lot of the other guys we would all like to see move on.

            For a decent return we’ll have to start thinking about which players a lot of us would prefer to keep that we’ll be saying goodbye to.

            Personally, I would like to Michalek and Greening first, but I suspect that to get a quality forward pack we’d have to add a blueliner or a prospect.

          • SuperSENS

            Yeah, it really depends on who the Sens are looking to acquire and for how long, to figure out who might be part of the deal.

            If we’re simply looking for a rental player for the remainder of the season and a postseason run, I don’t necessarily see Murray willing to trade anyone substantial to get them — it doesn’t really fit his style as a GM. But if we’re looking at getting someone who will be with the team for a couple of years, I agree that we will probably have to give up a player that, as fans, we’ve grown to love — it’s kind of inevitable.

  • Sandy

    Big game tonight… 2 pts is a must.
    The Flames did help last night by beating Carolina… Toronto plays in Boston.. and hoping that Brodeur is on top of his game tonight in what could be his last NHL game in Montreal..
    GSG

  • runningbear1974

    Doesn’t make sense to trade Smith or Greening, both are almost perfect 4th liners… We’d be creating holes…

    • The Apostle

      It makes perfect sense to trade a 4th liner if he’s making as much money as Greening is. For the contract to be of value we need Greening to be far more effective than he has been. Big money spent on the 4th line is money you can’t spend elsewhere. Although his actual salaryt hit isn’t too bad next year I still think it’s too much for a 4th line grinder with less than 5 years experience.

      • Jacques

        I don’t like his contract, maybe Edmonton or another team will bite on it.

    • Jacques

      Ah OK Grant and Schneider wouldn’t be able to fill those roles, C’mon!

      • spezzerman

        no, they cant

        • Hax

          But the internet people tell me that all our bottom six can be replaced by Bingo guys. Was the internet wrong??

          • SuperSENS

            LOL! The internet is quite often wrong ;)

          • sprucesens

            every single call up we’ve had this year has outperformed their “on the team” counterparts. Boro was better than all D except for maybe karl and methot. ceci has been better than the same. grant was at least par with smith. Stone has played better than greening, condra and any other bottom 6, or even michalek so far. Zbad, although most assumed would be on the team, is technically a call up, who has been one of our best players all year. Pageau is the only guy that maybe hasn’t lived up to expectations, but he also set the bar crazy high at the end of last year. And Hoffman wasn’t even given a chance as far as i’m concerned. Not even sure why that is. He just keeps producing, but we won’t give him time to excel? So to have the attitude that our bottom 6 can’t be replaced, from our minors, is just plain foolish.
            The reason they aren’t is because we are allowing the prospects to grow even more as professionals, and learn the game we want them to play, while not costing the team in Ottawa. They are also giving the current crop a chance to really prove that they belong. And so far, most of the current crop this year, are proving that we don’t really need them, and can upgrade, likely from within, and possibly even via trade.
            Having said all that, smith and greening are good as 4th liners, however we are possibly paying greening too much to be a 4th. They won’t get you much on the trade market, so yes, they are probably more valuable to our team purely from that standpoint, however, they can very much so be replaced, if the need arose.

          • The Apostle

            For the most part our call-ups have been fine, but Grant has not got close to outperforming Smith.

          • SuperSENS

            I’d be curious to know what metrics you are using to say that Borocop is better than all of our defenceman (outside of Karlsson and Methot), and that Stone is better than Greening, Condra, Michalek, or any of our bottom six. Considering most of the players you are comparing against have completely different roles on this team and styles of play/skill sets, I think you’re exaggerating how well Borocop and Stone have played. That’s not to say they haven’t played well, but I think you’re reaching in your assessment and perhaps lacking some objectivity.

          • sprucesens

            boro had outplayed all the other D (no EK or MM included)when he was up. Every person on this site was in full agreement that he had earned his spot. He also felt this way, and was upset when he was sent down, as he was likely told he had played well. however we all understood the business part of it, about not carrying too many players. Stone is seen somewhere between michalek and greening, in that he has size and scoring ability. He may not be a 1st line scoring winger with speed like michalek, but is a scorer. He is likely a 3rd line scoring winger that is above average at that job, which is what greening was supposed to be, and his contract was made to reflect that. He hasn’t shown the finish, but is at least keeping up his checking role.
            Stone has been a threat in the offensive zone nearly every time he is out. So while yes, technically he doesn’t have an identical role to greening, condra or michalek, he has been slightly better and is more deserving of a spot than any of them, assuming his play stays the same or improves. So my “metrics” are that when called upon, each and every single one of our callups has met, or exceeded expectations so far. And almost all of us threw up some ??’s when some were sent back down.
            To be truly objective, one should look at the players currently in the bottom 6 and try to argue that they have been better than the callups, and I think you would have a much tougher time than I would saying the callups have been better. I’m not saying we have a terrible bottom 6, just playing off of hax’s idea that our players currently in the AHL are not of the calibre to outplay guys like greening, condra and michalek,(who shouldn’t even be included in this list).
            Also, the stone argument from my perspective, is that we need 3 scoring lines, and 1 checking, not the so called 2 scoring lines, an “energy line” whatever that is, and a checking line. I feel stone is far better suiting for a 3rd line scoring role than the above mentioned.

          • Sensnation

            Actually no, it was not unanimous on this site. I am one that disagreed and there a few others in the same corner. Boro has the heart and drive we wish every player had, but skillwise he is behind just about every other NHL dman we have. Yes as fans we may like him more, but that doesn’t make him the better player.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I agree with your assessment and I think we have to see him for 20-25 games to see if he could handle the pace and stress that comes with the NHL. I really like his heart and drive and hope he makes it. He has had a bit of a rough go after being sent down and has got smacked around pretty good in a couple of fights. You have to wonder how a guy handles being sent down when he was open about feeling slighted. I hope to hell he turns it around and works his way back into the big club, he runs at high gear all game long.

          • Jacques

            Gryba is better than Boro, and Boro unfortunately will be behind Claessen soon as well. Curiously, we signed Boro to a one way????

          • SuperSENS

            You’re exaggerating by saying every person on this site was in agreement with your opinion — it has been shown not to be the case. I never denied that Borocop and Stone have played well with the team; however, once again, you’re arguing that they’ve played “better” than all those other players without ever defining what that is, except some allusions and personal opinions. Do they have more goals, more assists, more points, more penalty minutes, more hits, more shots, more takeaways, etc. than all of those players you’re comparing against this year? I doubt it. You’re claiming that they’ve been better in every single facet of the game, but that’s quite unlikely and in fact, untrue.

            Furthermore, to suggest that, based solely on the games this season, we should jettison a fair number of players on this team in favour of unproven players currently in the AHL comes off as a very illogical and poorly thought out idea. While those players may be excelling in the AHL at this time, the level of competition in the NHL is much higher. If you need an example, look at SDC — he’s able to put up some impressive scoring numbers in the AHL (almost a point per game player), but has failed to do so in the NHL to date.

          • sprucesens

            arguing “better” is not just stats. Ceci doesn’t have better stats than PW, but he is playing “better”. I never once claimed any one call up has better stats, especially at the nhl level, because that should be impossible in x number of games any call up has had. While “roles” comes into play, Ek could have 90 points right now, but if he was out there getting scored on, on every shift, doesn’t mean he is playing “better” than other D. Defence are expected to do just that, defend. They are there to make smart decisions, get the puck to the forwards and do their best to stop the puck from going in the net. Any combination of stats can essentially be used to prove any point if you wanted to go in depth.

            However, stats don’t take into account things like, being in the proper position to take away passing lanes, or not getting caught up ice. Stats don’t watch how hard a player is skating or if he is covering his man and back checking/taking away chances. Some stats help tell this story, like hits, takeaways, +/-, but can mean very different things. For example a player can get a -1 for stepping on the ice from a bad change, to have the puck go in the net instantly. But a player can also get a -1 from hustling back harder than any player on the ice, and still having the puck go in the net. The stat is the same, while the play is quite different.

            Yes, obviously not EVERY person was in full agreement that boro is better than say PW, and no one has ever compared their styles and said they are similar. However, we all have to look and see which players give us a better chance of winning a hockey game. I also never said we need to be rid of our bottom 6 like you think i said. However, what i did say, in retort to hax’s somewhat random/humor comment is that our bottom 6 IS upgradeable, and CAN be done so within. Not saying it has to happen today, but it CAN be done. And while everyone is so quick to point out, we can’t ice a team from the ahl, remember, unless you are drafted and play straight in the NHL, every single player either plays in the A or overseas. So yes, it is very obvious that upgrades come through the farm system in every single system. To say that players in the AHL can not outperform bottom 6 players in the NHL is the dumbest possible statement. Why draft then? Why even have a farm team? Those players can’t possibly be good and getting better, and possibly be even better than those in a different league. Say it isn’t so??

            /rant

          • SuperSENS

            “Any combination of stats can essentially be used to prove any point if you wanted to go in depth.”

            No. Just no.

          • Jacques

            Exactly, and the non informed sens fan would like to know that Cole Schneider is practically a point a game player in the AHL and can play any type of game you want, a complete player. Detroit used to win cups cuz their bottom six could do more than just fire lobs into the mid section of opposing goalies!

    • Sandy

      Both of those players are liked by the coaching staff…

  • Sandy

    Chirp… any rumours around as to why Karlsson is not being made available to the media? Seems to have gone on for much of Jan…
    This guy was always chatting to the press… why not now?

    • Hax

      All the Ottawa media wants to talk to him about is his marital situation. So Karlsson is wisely not talking to those meatheads at all.

      If Garrioch and Brennan somehow get replaced by actual journalists then maybe EK will feel comfortable talking to the media in general.

      EK’s never been good at saying “no comment”.

      • SensChirp

        I’m not sure this is fair. We’ve seen no indication the local media has any interest in talking about his marital issues. While the story seemed to get some attention on Twitter after Dec. 31, this is something that has been known around town for a few months. And the media haven’t touched.

        No reason to believe that has changed.

        • Hax

          Fair enough. But I have seen enough from Sun “writers” over the years that if I was Karlsson I’d be avoiding them too. I’m sort of assuming that Karlsson doesn’t want the subject brought up though – if he’s prepared to say “no comment” or end the interview if it comes up then I guess he should be talking to the media by now.

    • SuperSENS

      Personally, I don’t really care if Karlsson is not being made available to the media. To be honest, I find 99.9% of the player interviews done to be an utter waste of time anyways, because it’s always the same questions followed by the same canned spiel of tired cliches as a response — you don’t learn anything useful from them.

      If Karlsson wants to talk to the media, good for him. If not, nothing of value was lost.

      P.S. This wasn’t meant as a slight to you, Sandy — I’m strictly speaking about my own personal beliefs. I do agree that it is bizarre that he would go from being talkative with the media to not being so talkative.

      • Aaron 2.0

        Lol. It’s so true. Hockey interviews are generally horrible. There are always a few exceptions. For the sens, I like hearing from Ryan.

        • SuperSENS

          Yeah, there is always a few exceptions to the rule :)

  • Millennium

    Someone on Twitter made an interesting comment the other day about Spezza struggling recently. He suggested it is PMac’s 200-foot defensively responsible style of play that has caught Spezza out of his element. The rest of the team may be adapting to that (or not, I can’t really say), but Spezza hasn’t really been expected to play that way before, and it seems to be showing. Considering how many years Pmac has left, and with Spezza obviously coming up for renewal soon, makes you wonder if Spez might have second thoughts about resigning into a system that he doesn’t like playing in. Purely speculation, maybe Spezza needs time to adjust and is willing to do that.

    • illdistrict

      I completely agree, this becomes very apparent during the common breakout. I constantly notice spezza behind trying to catchup to the play. He’s far deeper in the defensive zone. Hard to speculate a trade when he’s wearing the C.

      • Millennium

        If its true that he is too deep, that might be a sign of him over-correcting in his backcheck. If he doesn’t have the knack for knowing how far back to play, and where to be in the defensive zone, its probably a sign that he’s trying to play the way the coach wants, but hasn’t gotten the hang of it yet. In that scenario, at least it seems like he is trying to buy into the system.

    • Jacques

      Hockey is to be played that way, if you can’t then you aren’t effective nowadays, let’s stop looking for excuses for his lousy play.

      • Millennium

        There are several different styles of coaching that have succeeded in the NHL for various reasons. The Pens won on all-out offence with little defense. The Hawks won by having a D core that absorbed the +/- blackhole that is Pat Kane (among other reasons). Defense-first systems like Ken Hitchcock also succeed.

        Its true that these days you need a balance moreso than the old days, but there is no one right answer on how to play/coach the game.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Yeah you’re totally correct. Spezza never was a 200 feet player, although 2 years ago was the first time that he could be trusted when it came to back checking and other important plays. It was the first time that he wasn’t super lazy, now that he got hurt, he falls back in his comfort zone. Sadly this team is all about peskyness and heart so he needs to work just has hard as the rest of the team. If he doesn’t well…. He will get passed by others that will ( Turris, Zbad ). It’s ok, look at Lecavalier, same profile as Spezza. Very talented but very liable, they both drive coach insane and both got tossed asside. Can Spezza be usefull to the sens ? Yes but he need to play the system, it’s not cause he’s the captain that he doesn’t have to play that system. Gimme the spezza of 2 years ago, he was more defensive , he was dump and chasing , he still did his no look pass but way less often. If he lose the puck I want him to backcheck with heart !

      If he lost his heart cause of a system… Then out ! We have better centers then him anyway

      • Millennium

        It is definitely odd that after missing most of a season that he would regress into a different state of play, and not pick up where he left off in the previous season. There’s a lot of possible reasons why Spezza is struggling (injury, new captain, no real line chemistry, new-ish system). If he can adapt (or if he even wants to adapt), he’ll probably be fine (although perhaps not as 1C). If he can’t adapt, at some point the situation will come to a head and a decision will have to be made. We have a lot more time before that point though.

    • Hax

      I have thought this for a while (well for the most part).

      I don’t even think that PMac sees Spezza as “struggling” exactly. More “adjusting” than anything. It is an interesting point to wonder if he’s “a fit” going forward or if Turris and Zibanejad can center the top 6 with Lazar and others further down the depth chart. Or will Spezza be able to find a comfortable balance between free-wheeling and playing 200 ft.

      I personally think that skill is skill and that Spezza can adjust to a style of play that fits right in. And he seems to be “on board” with it as well.

      Really, if we can have Turris, Zibanejad and Spezza all going we’re in amazing shape.

      • Millennium

        That’s a good point; clearly Pmac sees the whole thing quite differently, and if he sees the right attitude in Spezza’s work ethic, then it becomes a joint venture between player and coach to get him rolling again.

        I don’t think you’ll ever get the free-wheeling out of Spezza, its just who he is. He, among a lot of other high-level talent, rely on ridiculous output to outweigh their shortcomings. Now that his output has fallen drastically, his flaws are becoming more problematic. Getting him scoring again is as important as improving his backcheck, and I think the team knows that.

        • Hax

          On pace for 60 points isn’t “drastic” IMO. Yes it’s a drop and everything but when you factor in lack of decent linemates most of the year and playing hurt etc, I’m not sure it’s panic time.

          But yes, I think it’s more about deciding do we want 90 points and no structure or 70 points and a fairly complete game. I’d probably take the latter. (Of course he’d need to improve on that -15) Though then you get into discussions about his salary etc but I really don’t care as much about that as I do about having a complete team to cheer for.

          • Millennium

            Perhaps drastic was hyperbole, but still the drop is significant. Not that there aren’t acceptable reasons for it in some cases (the linemates thing being a huge one). Not panic time though.

            And I agree, I could care less about individual player stats if the team is winning and continues to win on the basis of a strong system.

    • Zelle

      I’m not a Spezza fan but one thing you cannot deny is his loyalty to the Senators and his willingness to stay in the organization.

  • boom

    Seeing all this trade talk, and some of it focussing on Corvo started me thinking…(pausing for joke at my expense)…
    This isn’t a comment on how well – or how poorly, Corvo has played – but I remember thinking that the Sens didn’t neccessarily need another offensive defenceman when I heard about the signing.
    I still think Weircoch can develop into this role, and I wonder if the Sens picking up Corvo afftected his confidence? I do know that he has been given less rope that almost any other D on the team.
    Maybe if he had been allowed to play through his problems ala Cowen, he would have turned his season around by now?
    I have defended Cowen on this site – but I’m not convinced he is a better long term answer that Weircoch, at this point.

    • SuperSENS

      I still believe Wiercioch will develop into a good offensive defenceman.

      He’s struggled this season, but I don’t think he’s been absolutely dreadful either. To be honest, considering his age, some struggles are to be expected as he continues to develop at the NHL level. Also, keep in mind that he’s played more games (29) this season so far than Gryba (22) or Corvo (25). He’s on pace to play about 52 games this year, as well as improve upon his offensive output from last year. That’s not bad considering this is only his second season in the NHL.

      I looked at the Corvo signing in the off-season as insurance, in case Karlsson was still struggling to return to his former self, and Wiercioch wasn’t ready to spend the season with the big club. I don’t think it affected Wiercioch’s confidence at all.

    • Zelle

      I’m not sure about either at this point, but also because frankly Wiercioch hasn’t had the opportunity to play much this season. I’m also still rewatching old games to build a final opinion on Cowen but it’s taking time. So far the best I can muster is that he’s not as bad as he was at the start of the season, but he’s not a ‘oh wow’ player yet either.

  • Andrews theory

    Now that is a winning line up!

    Welcome back PW!

    I’d like to see a first PP with Karlsson and a forward
    Second PP of Ceci PW

    Ooh boy!

    • Hax

      I’m loving this top unit of Ryan-MacArthur up front, Turris and Spezza swapping between the half wall and point and of course Karlsson on the other point (or wherever he feels like wandering). Definitely support PW on the second unit.

      • Millennium

        I’m actually not a huge fan of Spezza on the point. I don’t think his movement is good enough. I like him down low where he can use his insane reach and passing skills more effectively.

        • Hax

          Agree completely but it seems that Turris is primarily at the point but that he and Spezza do switch some times. But yeah, if you had to list one as the official D in that group it’d be Turris.

        • Sensnation

          Spezza works really well coming off the high half boards. I know it leaves a possible defensive hole there if EK isn’t careful, but he’s so deadly from that area of the ice it’s worth the risk imo.

  • Sensnation

    Surprised Kassian is in for Pageau again. Minnesota isn’t exactly the scariest of teams, though they do have some toughness. After such a great playoff last year, this must be a really tough year for Pageau to try and build off of and stay fresh. I’m kind of surprised at how much they let him rot. Not doubting the coach just observing how hard it must be for the kid.

    • SensChirp

      Would think he returns to Binghamton when Neil is healthy and ready to play.

      • CUP 2014-15

        If not I would be shocked.

      • Sensnation

        Definitely makes sense, and hopefully he can get minutes to keep building until there’s an injury or trade opening for him. Most other teams would be lucky to have him in their top 9. Sens are so deep!

        • CUP 2014-15

          I hope they try him on the wing, were so deep down the middle and Lazar is on the way soon, real soon.

    • SuperSENS

      Pure speculation on my part, so feel free to take the following comment with a grain of a salt: Matt Cooke is the reason that Kassian is playing tonight.

      • sprucesens

        if only the little B#@$^@ would fight kassian, or anyone for that matter. Wouldn’t that be a dream come true across the league.

        • SuperSENS

          So true.

    • IAmThePaulrus

      is he out due to family issues related to brother’s fractured Skull?

  • kerovnian

    I know the money situation has been done to death, but… I don’t think that Murray signs for two years if he doesn’t think Melnyk is going to give him the resources to resign Ryan. We might look back on that trade as franchise-defining, and I think that even before making it he sought assurances from Melnyk. But would he have renewed at his age with a view to ending his career as GM in the crunch year of big player contracts renewal if he thought that we’d still be a floor team then, and lose our stars? No way. It would mean going out on a major bum note.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Curtis Lazar.

    • Hax

      Didn’t have time to read your entire post, but I think I agree.

    • SensChirp

      Safe way to ensure you get the most up votes of the day. Let me try…

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I think I must have missed this original post..Why would posting a name get up votes?

        • SensChirp

          Nothing to disagree with, I suppose. We are all in favour of Curtis Lazar!

  • SensChirp

    Erik Karlsson

  • CUP 2014-15

    If Mark Stone was traded to the Avs would they call him Stoner?

  • SensChirp

    Score predictions for tonight including goal scorers for Ottawa- GO!

    • CUP 2014-15

      4-2 Sens Stone, Karl, Ryan and ZBad

    • Gordon Ramsli

      3-1 Sens, Stone, MacArthur, Karlsson

    • Jacques

      4-2 Sens , Ryan with two, Zibby, aNd Conacher.

    • SuperSENS

      2-1 Sens, MacArthur, Ryan

    • Sensnation

      5-2 Sens, Spezza, Ryan, Turris, Karlsson, Michalek

    • sprucesens

      good to see we all predict wins!. i’m gonna go with a strange one tonight.

      4-3 sens in OT

      MacA, Smith, Stone, Methot in OT

    • Aaron 2.0

      3-1 Sens (Zibanejad, Smith, Spezza w/ EN).

  • spoons

    I don’t understand where Spezza fits into the team’s future with the Turris line clicking well and the Zibanejad line has chemistry, so what is he going to be a our 3rd line centre?

    • SensChirp

      For now. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

      They’ll have a tough decision to make with that contract up after next season but right now they are a deep team down the middle and that’s a good thing.

      • sprucesens

        yeah, can’t argue with having spezza as a 3c.Gives us 3 scoring lines, which i love. I have not been a supporter of spezza this year. Every other year i have stood by the guy, and i’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, for injuries this year. However, its definitely a defining year or 2 coming up. Either he’s a sen for the foreseeable future, or he gets us some valuable pieces to finish the rebuild

    • CUP 2014-15

      Let’s just think for a minute that at 30 he’s not done and returns to his 2011-12 form, has that magic going with Stone and we find another winger that puts him back to a point a game player. All of a sudden this team is down right freakin scary. I have not given up on him and I am sure that if he is offered up in a trade there will be a ton of shocked fans in this city. Not that he was traded but what teams are willing to pony up for the Spezz.

  • luckan20

    All important game. Can’t afford to lose a point from a depleted Wild team. Any points will help Ottawa in the long run. Little surprised with Lehner starting, but we need him to be sharp too.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Karlsson first career hat trick tonight.

  • sprucesens

    did blum sign in minnesota in the offseason?? i thought he was a player we would have liked to go after. I thought he re signed in nashville..

  • 123456789012345678901234567890

    Another FUN day on this blog.
    Lots of solid hockey talk without the usual name calling
    and moronic bickering.

    Gee – I wonder what’s changed ?

    • sprucesens

      not sure which you are referring to? winning ways, and less tookie. i assume you mean tooks?

      • 123456789012345678901234567890

        ….. as in NO Tookie

        • Deadly

          Winning drive him away.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Didn’t post any article except for this read I stumbled upon.

    • SensChirp

      Eh?

  • sprucesens

    spezza looking good so far tonight. that bodes well

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Terrific start to the game. Everyone’s effort is A+. If they keep skating like this we’ll create more opportunities, but we need to score.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Real good start. Lots of puck possession. Spezza looks real good tonight to start. If I was a coach, i’d say shots / passes a little quicker in the Wild zone. We can get a lot more through if we don’t take a 2nd thought. They seem to be really putting a lot of pressure on our D in their own zone. Especially standing up to Karlsson.

  • CUP 2014-15

    That’s an outstanding run of pressure, now a PP, Great start

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The powerplay has been revamped. Now using the umbrella.

    Looks okay so far.

    • sprucesens

      i like the idea of ryan back there always ready to sneak in with his wrister from the top of the circle.

  • luckan20

    Karlson has been little sloppy. We need his “A” game.

  • Millennium

    Good Guy Karlsson, know’s he’s had a couple sloppy plays, takes a stick to the face to get a 4 min PP

  • sprucesens

    ya mac A

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    CLARKE. What pass tho

  • Millennium

    Turris and Mac just make this game look too easy. Unbelievable chemistry there

  • 123456789012345678901234567890

    CM16 now has 34 points in 46 games and is PLUS 12

    Tell me again why the Leafaroos didn’t want him.

    • Millennium

      34 points *

      • sprucesens

        lol, the first stat would be a good reason. MacA has always been a very good player, from his days in buffalo, atlanta, T@#&^&, and now us. Thankfully, T$(*&$# doesn’t know what they are doing

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Clarkson has 8 points in 34 games and is a minus 5.

      Glad he chose Toronto instead of us. He’ll probably get bought out next season to be honest

      • Millennium

        Well since Toronto bows to media pressure on all its major decisions, that’s entirely possible.

        Of course, that means that Clarkson will go on to be productive in the following years on a different team, just like the Leafs curse demands.

      • sprucesens

        i hope not. keep him at max dollars for max term please! lol, same as phagoof!

  • 123456789012345678901234567890

    Minnesota only has one SOG ?
    (according t0 NHL.COM)

    • SuperSENS

      Yep.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Spezza is seeing the ice really well tonight! I haven’t seen him look like that in a while!!

  • sprucesens

    very solid period. Spezza looks very confident today. Lehner must be bored. Let’s keep it that way. keep it up!

  • SensFanInMTL

    “That’s a fuckin trip.”

    Dean Brown: “And as you can hear, the Minnesota players are unhappy with the non call.”

    • sprucesens

      i heard that too, lol

      • SensFanInMTL

        It was amazing, lol.

        • sprucesens

          hopefully that was heatley crying about it

          • Millennium

            it was

  • sprucesens

    hey chirp, for your twitter feed on the side, is there a chance you can modify so we can scroll down to see all the stuff you posted earlier? i’m not a twat..err on twitter, lol. But i do like reading the posts you have. Is always interesting, i just can’t be bothered to actually go on twitter. just a thought

    • SensChirp

      Good idea. Let me see if that’s possible.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Had 3 PP, so that can skew the shot clock but that had to be the easiest period of hockey Robin Lehner has seen ever as a Sen. Team was in total control of that period.

  • sprucesens

    come on boston, pick it up a few notches. losing 3-2 to T@#^@$%

    • sprucesens

      grr 4-2

      • Zelle

        They are playing with not emotions. They need to start hitting, that’s their game. Leafs hitting harder than the Bruins right now. So odd.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Come on it’s no fun if the buds keep falling, they have to falter back and forth until the break and finish just outside.

  • luckan20

    I don’t the damn Bruins are sleep walking. Need a win for the Bruins.

  • sprucesens

    lehner looking very non chalant when he leaves his net tonight. not a fan of that. always gotta be on your game, especially as the last line of defence

    • SensChirp

      Was thinking the same thing. Playing the puck has never been a strength for him but tonight he seems a little care free.

      • Zelle

        A little bored perhaps? That surprises me of him though, he’s usually such a competitor.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I wish Jared Cowen was good.

    • H POTTER

      I wish he would ALWAYS play like the size and the weight that he is

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        This too

  • H POTTER

    Game is reallll boring. As if the Sens are already playing to close the game on a 1-0 score. I know they want to finish this road trip on a winning note but leading 1-0 and already playing this non-aggressive style is trouble…any power play and they can even it up and then it’s trying to get back into the game once more…the Sens have so much fire power they should ALWAYS dictate the game and score score score

    • Millennium

      If you’re interested in such advanced stats, Ottawa’s stats when the score is close are very very timid

  • H POTTER

    Spezza..dammit, skate and get the puck why shop the stick..dammit

  • H POTTER

    Chop*

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Just got home from class, how are the sens doing tonight so far?

    • Millennium

      very strong in the first. Still the better team in the second, although spending too much time in their own end.

    • sprucesens

      let off the pedal a bit, but have definitely been the better team so far.

  • sprucesens

    brutal play by phillips that gives the wild 1 min of zone possession. lucky to walk out of that period even

  • luckan20

    Last 40 seconds we struggled in our zone thanks to Phillips crazy pass to the Wild forward.

  • Aaron 2.0

    1st and last minutes of periods w/ this team – Heart attack.

    • luckan20

      Biggest culprit in the 2nd period was Phillips.

    • H POTTER

      Lmao

  • sprucesens

    chirp, about the hemsky asking price of a 3rd. you’d think the sens would offer that in a minute if they could find room for him in the line up? my bet is the oil want more, hence no trade

    • SensChirp

      Definitely. Spector suggested that the Oilers have overvalued their players to this point (something I mentioned on the site as well) and that is what’s preventing a deal. 3rd round pick is where it’s believed they’ll have to set the bar to get something done.

      • SensFanInMTL

        My God. 3rd rounder for Ales? Man he hasn’t fallen that far off the map has he? Guy was in the same draft year as Spetz. Even the same round.

        • Millennium

          It does sound really cheap, even for a rental. If that’s the asking price, I would think there are a bunch of teams that take a shot

  • luckan20

    Damn! Leafs won.

  • H POTTER

    Thanks to Burke’s brutal comments, Ryan has been struggling offensively

    • sprucesens

      true, but we’ve also started winning. i’ll take that every time over individual accomplishments, unless it was someone we are looking to trade

    • Thor – Son of Odin

      meh – his linemates are scoring because BR06 is drawing double coverage

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    CONDRA finally

  • H POTTER

    Yessssssssssss
    Finally..we can alllllll breathe

    • sprucesens

      can’t let off. gotta keep playing hard. if anything, push harder now

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    WOW. Condra

  • Millennium

    I figured Condra out. He needs to have zero time, zero space, and no chance of scoring for him to put it in.

    • sprucesens

      …so we should bench him, then’d he be at his best? lol.

      • Millennium

        a lock for 50!

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      LOL true.

    • H POTTER

      The easier the hair is the less chance it’s going in..lololol

      • H POTTER

        Shot*

  • Aaron 2.0

    Bad break for Wild. Things are finally coming up Ottawa. Hopefully that takes the wind out of Minnesota’s sails.

  • H POTTER

    Let’s get the shutout for Lehner boys..get his confidence right back where it should be

    • MikeS

      When they score its all on you

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Lehn isn’t going to be beat tonight.

    • MikeS

      when they score its all on you

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        ;)

      • H POTTER

        Hahaha

  • CUP 2014-15

    A win tonight and we can pull to within 5 of MTL. on Thursday.

  • MikeS

    So Toronto had their first regulation road win since October today. how sad is it that we are still behind them :’(

    • Millennium

      given how close the East is, I don’t consider any of those close teams ahead or behind the others. any given night a team moves like 5 spots in the conference.

  • sprucesens

    turris!!

  • H POTTER

    Really not impressed though by P46

  • H POTTER

    Yessssss

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Turris is on fya

    • sprucesens

      lighting MUPS

  • sprucesens

    nice win boys!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    That games was too easy.

    • Sensnation

      Easiest shutout Lehner will ever see!

  • SensChirp

    Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’

    • Aaron 2.0

      … is exactly what we can do w/ our top 3 lines right now. Love that!

  • H POTTER

    Nice win ! Nice 7 out of 8 pts.
    See you in OTT Thursday against the smurfs

    Let’s make it 3-0 against those bastatds
    Hahahahaha

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Points in seven straight

  • MikeS

    12 pts in 7 games . solid solid

    • Zelle

      Isn’t it 13? Their last nine games: 7-1-1

      • MikeS

        5-0-2 last 7. 6-1-2 last 9

  • Millennium

    If we win next game against the Habs, we’re 5 points behind them. That would be a BIG win

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      In regulation

  • aegiszx

    Great win, these guys are rolling now. Unfortunately it doesn’t get any easier from here on out. Absolutely need to find a way to take care of both home games before we head back out onto the road.

    • MikeS

      Actually I believe sens have the 7th or 8th easiest schedule the rest of the year

      • aegiszx

        Rangers, Caps, Canes, Jackets, all coming up within the next 2 weeks… Wild Card teams. Those are games we need to win since the push for the two WC spots seem to be really heating up wow…

        • MikeS

          Better then another western road-trip.

          • aegiszx

            True. Still, a lot could happen between now and April… Other teams could go on lengthy losing streaks, others could heat up after the Olympics… Man it’s going to be a hell of a second half!

  • Sensnation

    Really nice win by the team! Thought just about everyone had solid games, especially Cowen and Spezza who both kept things simple. Spezza sure seemed to be skating better out there tonight!

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Yup ! I’m a Spezza hater but tonight he didn’t gave me a reason to hate him. I just want Ottawa to win. This match is what I call a text book road win.
      Now let’s beat the Habs and stay pesky ! I love those lines. All of them can contribute ! I never thought I would say this but were doing great while Neil ( who I would consider the captain ) is gone. Conacher is very pesky… Notice how the opposition do dirty shots / interference to him but the refs never call anything vs him….. But he still comes back for more !

      Go sens Go

  • luckan20

    Huge win and keeping close with the rest of the bunch. Ottawa should aim high to catch up with Habs. However, we need to take game at a time. The next two are important games at home.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      And beatable teams, too.

  • luckan20

    We have 6 guys with 10+ goals. Smith is sitting with 9 goals.

    • Thor – Son of Odin

      distributed scoring is exactly what a team needs

    • CUP 2014-15

      this is a NICE stat

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Wow, great game ! I’ll say this, Spezza played a good game, responsible and didn’t do to many stupid things by keeping it simple and working HARD !

    Probably the best defensive game of the season, Lehrer was good when needed but the team played such a perfect game in front of him.

    Best players tonight, Turris, karlsson, ceci

  • luckan20

    Hope nothing serious with Phillips. If he is out, we should dress Gryba. We need some physical against the Habs team.
    Kassian had a great game with 7.20 minutes ice time. Not bad.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I’m guessing he’ll be back next game (Phillips). I’m thinking Gryba might go in either way. He played so well against MTL last time. I thought that Weircioch didn’t have his greatest game tonight. But, not his worse either. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them swap in and out (assuming Phillips is healthy). Tough call though. Because, the defense was spectacular overall tonight.

    • Thor – Son of Odin

      The Montreal players grip their sticks a little tighter when Gryba is on the ice.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Really good game tonight, especially for the coach. What an outstanding 1st period! The next two were pretty good defensive periods for us. We didn’t create a crazy amount of chances in the final 40. But the wild are notoriously good at defense. We matched them on that all night long. The entire defense were stand-outs tonight. Spezza looked dangerous. And, the Turris line was amazing. We’re back w/ the pack now. So, we’re no longer in a situation where we need to win every game. As long as the team continues to win more than they lose, the playoff spot should be there. A few teams are heating up (NYR, NJ). But, a few are also cooling down (WAS, TOR). If we keep playing like this, we’ll be there at the end of the season.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Conacher stood out for me in this game. Great on the forecheck, and had a few dump and chases that worked out because of his speed. The guy is always the first forward back too.

    • Zelle

      Sens need to keep Conacher. I know a lot of Sens fans don’t see it yet, but they will. I believe he is Turris v2.0, as in being always in the play and always working hard but never getting recognition or the payouts. But next year, watch out.

      • Sensnation

        His numbers will never match his effort. Good player in his current 3rd line role with Zibanejad.

  • Thor – Son of Odin

    RAGNAR LOTHBROK – FOR THE SHUTOUT !

    Oh – and Kassian seems to be the team’s lucky rabbit foot

    • Jason

      Like I said, really impressed with Kassian’s play. He’s keeping it simple and making the correct plays (usually across center and dump it in) and getting off the ice quickly.
      Great game for Lehner but I think they should definitely go back to Andy for the next game.

  • Michenator

    CONDRA IS THE MAN!

    • Jason

      What a coincidence that there is a picture of Condra for this game topic lol.

      • The Apostle

        Chirp needs to use a picture of Ryan for his habs game day post. We could do with him finding the net again.

        • SensChirp

          Can do!

  • SensChirp