Game Day- Sens Begin Home and Home vs. Sabres

SensChirp December 10, 2013 329
Game Day- Sens Begin Home and Home vs. Sabres

Less than 24 hours after a big shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers, the Ottawa Senators now look to string together a couple of victories in a row as they roll into Buffalo to take on the lowly Sabres.

Despite giving up a couple leads, the Senators stuck with the game plan and were rewarded on Monday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.  Craig Anderson, who might have wanted one or two of the Flyers goals back, made some big stops late in the game and in the shootout to preserve an important 5-4 shootout win.  Ottawa now needs to find a way to carry over the positive vibes from Monday night less than 24 hours later when they visit the Sabres.

Tonight kicks of a home and home between the Atlantic Division rivals with the next game coming back at the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night.

The Sabres currently sit in last place in the entire NHL and are off to a dreadful start in 2013/2014.  They have managed to pick up just 14 points through their first 30 games, posting a 6-22-4 record along the way.  It’s rare you see a team relegated to playing for pride this early in the season but that’s the reality in Buffalo right now.  What you know is that under new Head Coach Ted Nolan, they’ll give the Senators all they can handle over the next couple of games.  For a Senators team that has a tendency to play down to their opponent from time to time, it will be important that they avoid a letdown after the win over Philly and find a way to come away with 3 or 4 points during this home and home.

If Ottawa plans on playing their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff race, these are points they absolutely have to bank.

Will be interesting to see what MacLean has in mind for the line combinations tonight after he continued to shuffle the deck last night.  At one point, the Senators iced a top six of MacArthur-Spezza-Ryan and Michalek-Turris-Zibanejad with both lines quickly connecting for goals.  I doubt MacLean will start with those combinations but he darn well better go back to them at some point.  Both lines seemed to have chemistry and it really gave the team a lift late in that game against the Flyers.  Just an optional morning skate for the Sens tonight so we’ll have to wait until game time to see how MacLean lines em up.

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

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Corvo
Cowen-Wiercioch

Robin Lehner is expected to get the start in the Ottawa goal. The Sabres will counter with Ryan Miller.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM.

  • CrazyFish

    What is the point of Kassian against the Sabres? I didn’t look a TOI last night but it had to be pretty low, probably didn’t even break a sweat.

    • FistsofNeil25

      to counter John Scott

      • CrazyFish

        Forgot about him, still is it really needed?

        • aegiszx

          John Scott is a goon, and he has no problems with running through Karlsson.

          • Tooks

            He would run Karlsson with or without Kassian in the lineup. But atleast Kassian can fight him for it. Nobody else would otherwise.

          • Jason

            John Scott is big but he is not a good fighter. I’m pretty sure Neil could kick his ass. He did ok against Chara and Chara can actually fight.

          • Tooks

            Chara is not a fighter…John Scott is…

          • CUP 2014-15

            Normally I agree with you Tooks but to be more accurate. Scott is a goon and Chara is a monster scrapper who happens to be a number one D. I would take the big Z in a scrap all day long against Scott.

          • Jason

            Lol, just because someone fights doesn’t make them a fighter. Go watch some of Chara’s fights, he dominates people. I personally hate players that are only on the roster to fight. I don’t hate fighting, I just hate players that suck dick.

    • Alcatraz

      I actually follow the mindset that Maclean has realized he can “coach” in game better with kassian in the lineup

      He can switch lines as he goes, because he cand efend it with Kassian not suitabel for every situation

      He gets to shorten his bench with a worthwhile excuse. He gets to keep MZ and Conacher fresh for powerplays which seems where he likes MZ the most.

      But mostly, by having Kassian it lets him outsmart the other coach, by his in-game managing, arguably his best asset. Roster decisions may seem bizarre at times, but once the puck drops he is in his wheelhouse.

      • Tooks

        Sorry Hax but I’m not sure he has been in his wheelhouse since last year. Not sure he’s outcoaching any other coach at the moment.

        He still offers players no direct chance to create chemistry by having different linemates everygame or shift. The lines we saw last night were of desperation, the only thing he is doing well is keeping the combo intact and that is a no brainer.

  • Dante

    Back to back wins against Buffalo to create a 3-game winning streak would do wonders for the team’s confidence before this weekend’s afternoon affair with the Kings!

  • Sharmarke

    I wish macarthur had a twin like the sedins so he can fix 2 lines.

  • Phoenix

    Has Murray ever picked up someone off of waivers in his time as GM of the Sens. I don’t think he has.

    • Alcatraz

      Mckenna and McElhinney the goalies? I want to say Mike Brodeur as well?

      To me you go to waivers if you can’t draft well, or don’t have many picks to develop players with.

      Why claim someone on waivers, when you could give a prospect a shot to develop, because really they are on waivers for a reason. Either poor performance or poor salary or both

      • Phoenix

        That’s right, I forgot about those 2. I would have thought Murray would have gambled on PMB with the low salary but I guess the pocket book is too tight to get Spezza a winger. In the worst case move Ryan to the top line and placed him with Turris.

  • Alcatraz

    HUGE games. if we can get 4 points in the next two games it will go along way

    Especially considering the Leafs are about to play LA and STL without their captani and top dman Phaneuf

    • aegiszx

      As good as the Leafs are this year, they will no doubt get crushed by the Blues and Kings. I predict they continue their slide.

      Remember earlier in the month where analysts and experts were raving about how the Leafs were king of the mountain? Yeah good luck, the only thing they are king of right now is their snowhill in their backyard lol

  • Hax

    I’m assuming there’s a method to MacLean’s madness with the lines. I think it’s partly about wanting guys to play the system and not just wheel around with their linemates. If that’s the case, then I’m okay with it but ultimately (once everyone buys in completely) I would like to see that top 6 – or maybe even have Greening or Conacher instead of Michalek – whoever is going best.

    Bottom line is that Zibanejad is getting his minutes, Spezza is getting his decent wingers and the team plays well. Whatever “official” lines lead to that I could care less.

    I assume Hoffman goes down if he’s not going to play though?

  • CUP 2014-15

    Save a kids Career, trade or wave Gryba already. 25 yrs old, less then 50 games in nhl.

    • FBP

      Probably waiting for an injury, our team or another, to play him or move him for a sixth.

      • CUP 2014-15

        I think the young lad is going to be a good one, but there is no way he will be able to keep the pace in game action when he never plays, hope your right, hate seeing anyone’s future screwed over.

        • SenaTHOR

          I’m sure he wants the hell out of this mess.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I would if I was him. If he was stinking it out, I get it but he has been as advertised maybe even a tad above.

  • RUSH RLZ

    Twitter chatter today. Phillips doesn’t want to retire, wants to start talking contract extension with the team… I’ve always loved Big Rig but he’s been one of the weakest links on the team this year, should probably be the 7th even at this point… Not sure how the hell he expects much of an extension, but knowing the team, after the Alfie fiasco they will foolishly throw another two years at this guy…

    • Hax

      I would argue that he’s only looking so weak because he’s being asked to fill too big a role. If Cowen and Weircioch were playing up to (the unrealistic) expectations then Phillips would be doing just fine on the bottom pairing with Corvo or Gryba and he wouldn’t need to be on the power play either.

      I’d resign him personally as long as I felt 100% confident that he’s only have to play about 10 or 12 minutes a night. The rest of our D core is very young so if you got rid of Phillips you’d have to bring in someone else with experience and I’d rather (in a perfect world) keep the young guys we have.

      • RUSH RLZ

        A lot of people have been saying that, he is trying to fill too big a role. Still though with development, adding a body or Cowen shaping the F up then I don’t see him fitting in other than a 7th… we’ll see what happens though. At this point, emotions aside, I would rather keep Corvo and I was initially pissed off when we brought him back. :)

      • Tooks

        Thats nice that you think CP4 should not play over 10-12 minutes but maybe CP4 thinks he can and should play more…Hence why he should go.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I agree with you 100%. Phillips probably doesn’t deserve a fraction of the criticism he gets. To start the season most pegged him for the 5/6 pairing. Expectations were unreasonably high for the 2 sophomores (Weircioch & Cowen). As as result, he’s had to play a much, much bigger role. A veteran presence in the bottom pairing would be a great role for him moving forward. Detroit likes to keep these guys around for a reason. He might not give you the same hockey he use to when he was younger. But, he’s still competent in a reduced role. And, the leadership would be very valuable. Of course, for him to end up i that role, we’ll need some of our younger D to grow leaps and bounds, or explore other avenues before next season.

    • Tooks

      Thats what I’m afraid of and add to that we got no leadership on the back end. This guy will get another contract just because we are so desperate.

    • random_dude13

      Not that I disagree necessarily, but what has made Phillips so weak? He is on pace for a career year in points, PP points…he had filled the void left by Cowen (and others’) shortcomings so far this season. I would re-sign Phillips to a one or two year $3M per deal myself.

      • RUSH RLZ

        Self fulfilling prophecy though, as you say it is because he is on the power play, which is a contentious issue with many fans. I’m not out to slag the guy, but even the last deal drew alarm bells from a lot of people and as expected he has been dwindling. If the team really think he is valuable at whatever $$$ and in whatever role than I am fine with that I suppose, but I hate to break the bank a bit, just because he will threaten to play elsewhere and not remain a career Senator.

        • random_dude13

          We could definitely bring in a younger, quicker more mobile player over Phillips…I guess it just depends on who is available. I would be happy to keep him on a short term deal for the third pairing/leadership role. Also, hopefully by next year Cowen will have gotten back on track and Wiercioch another year into his development as well.

      • Tooks

        If you dont know why Phillips in the top 4 is a terrible thing then there is no point in even continuing this convo…

        • random_dude13

          I dont remember ever being in a conversation with you.

    • Miguel

      i completely agree 100% with you Rush.
      I love Big Rig, he is truly a gentleman and has has some excellent seasons with the Sens,
      However I love my Sens more, and he is now at a point that he is hurting our team, he is hurting his career with us, and I do not fault only him fo this.
      At some point the coaching staff must use him in the best situation for him and the team.
      He is now way to slow to keep up with the NHL speed, and anywhere else in the league he would be our 7th d-man, why on earth does PMac overuse him is really a frustration for me.
      Heck even Lidstrom retired and he was 10x better than Phillips
      Someone needs to do an intervention here and make him realize, that if he wants to sign for only one more year, that he will be our 7th d-man!

  • RUSH RLZ

    It’s the LEHNZ in nets tonight. Yay!

    • Tooks

      We already have a better chance of winning cuz you know we wont have to beat 4 goals.

      • RUSH RLZ

        Lehner gives us the better chance right now I agree. I do however fully expect Anderson to regain his form, he just needs time and Coach has to balance that and get us ready for… a possible playoff push.

        • Sensnation

          That win last night with all the key saves by Andy might just be the boost he needed to start performing up to his standards!

      • sens23

        lehners last 3 starts are losses, with a Sv % under 0.900, and a GAA over 3.
        not saying lehner isnt a better option tonight on back to back games but maybe andersons numbers arent solely on anderson. especially when he has twice as many wins as lehner and is getting the tougher starts
        i am not saying anderson is playing amazing because he isnt but i think both lehners and andersons number arent a good representation of how they have been playing

        • Tooks

          Lehner has been much more consistant at keeping the puck out of the net.

  • Mitchell

    Looks like we’re in tough next year. Cap goes to 71.5 teams like Chicago and LA will walk amongst all again not to mention the laughs. Come on scruge sell the team no one wNts to be your partner

    • Miguel

      cmon people I would agree that we are not in an ideal time with our owner, but how quickly we all forget that he saved this team from potential bankrupcy and if no one were to step up and buy us we could have been like Quebec City who is hurting to get their team back!
      Do I wish we were not a budget team… hell yah, but I also wish I had a Ferrari sitting in my driveway!
      Unfortunately it is as it is, the Euge loves his team and loves hockey, if he ever gets his finances in order, he may be able to buy some solid players in the future, as we know, he is not afraid to spend it when he has it – Kovalev and Gonchar.
      Yes it is frustrating sometimes when we cant buy what we want, but we still have a decent team, that should be producing better than they are, and Melnyk has shelled out some decent coin to some guys who are not performing – Cowen Greening, MM9 and brought in some UFA that are doing well MacAurther Corvo,
      some cmon when the chips are down lets stick up for our owner… hopefully he builds his empire back up and we all win for it!

      • CUP 2014-15

        Agreed, let’s not forget the need to resign Bobby, Spezza, Mathot and the Lehner. That’s going to drive salary now if CMac continues we will have to look at him as well and your not getting him at 3.5 if he keeps this up. Never knew he had this in him, thank God Clarkson said no.

    • Sensnation

      I’m tired of Melnyk as well, but who’s running to buy the team from him? Grass isn’t always greener on the other side and he did save this franchise once before.

  • gds

    what a big win last night..looking forward to see how the team responds tonight

  • the dude

    5-2 Sens tonight.

    • Tooks

      4-2 Sens

      • RUSH RLZ

        7-1 Sens, things run amok and Scott earns a 6 game suspension.

        • Tooks

          Who is the victim of Scott’s wrath?

        • RUSH RLZ

          I nailed it!

  • the dude

    The Sens have the most Goals For in the Atlantic division!
    Just don’t look at the Goals Against.

    • Hax

      That’s why I was initially concerned about recalling Hoffman over Grant. Though I’m sure it was done more to shake things up than anything else.

      Hoffman is responsible defensively but our problem is not going to be solved by more goals. Maybe they’ll send Hoffman down and bring Grant back now that the message has been received (hopefully it has anyway).

      • Tooks

        Yes, the wrong person was sent down, should have been Cowen when he was still eligible.

      • CUP 2014-15

        better idea then sitting the kid and then ZBad could return to the wing.

  • Zachpraisetheswedes

    On Phillips

    We need him. He is our #1 veteran
    He is not nearly as slow as most on here say
    PMac uses him because he values the veteran presance he brings

    I would be floored if we don’t re-sign him. He is extremely valuable to our team. No way were able to bring in a veteran as good as him for as cheap as he will be. He’ll likely get a contract like Neil did

    • Miguel

      sorry but I have to diagree,
      I see a direct relation between Phillips play time, and our losses
      It is now to a point that whenever the opposing team is in our end and he is out there I cannot watch… i either change the channel at home or I go to the bathroom when I am at the game.
      Perhaps I pay attention to this too much, but he is extremely bad in our own end, and he handles the puck like a grenade, which is very frustrating to watch when he is on the PP.
      And dont give me +/- cause Cowen, Gryba, Corvo, and PW46 are all better than he is, and look where that has them.
      I go by how much he struggles to get to a puck, and almost always is second to the puck…that is only my opinion

      • boom

        He constantly passes the puck through the middle of the ice. Tries making skill plays without the requisite skill…
        I have no problem with him sticking around for another couple of years, as long as MacLean starts using him less.

        And stop with the PP!!!
        Wiercioch amd Corvo are far better options and Karlsson can play the full two minutes in most cases anyway. so stick with those three…

        • Miguel

          Well said Boom
          put him up against the 4th line of the other teams, and not against their best fowards… it really puts him in a cant win situation
          and thank you for noticing his poor play on the PP, the body language on the other players says it all when he screws up… whick BTW is very often.

    • Jason

      We would be better off without Phillips next year. Don’t resign him out of sentimentalism. Is that a word? I just used it so it must be.
      If he wants to keep playing let him do it somewhere else, no hard feelings.

      • Sensnation

        Who are your 7 D next year then? I would give you that Cowen should be ahead of Phillips by then (should have this year), but Corvo’s gone, Gryba and Wiercioch aren’t anywhere near consistent and Ceci would be a rookie if he’s even ready. It’s easy to say get rid of this guy cause he isn’t a superstar, but unless you have a better plan to replace him going forward, it’s pretty short sighted.

        • runningbear1974

          perhaps get ride of Philips and Corvo, and sign a more elite D… or we have Bore, Claesson (sp?) looking good… We decided this year to get rid of Gonchar to give ice time to the young guys… Lets not change our minds with Philips…

    • runningbear1974

      Trade him at the deadline… Trade all those that are not part of winning… Philips contributes more towards losing…

      • Sensnation

        You must be one of those fans that only sees his mistakes. He has been one of the more dependable two way d on the team this year. He’s not perfect, but neither is Karlsson, and the added jump to his step in the offensive zone this year is great to see!

        • runningbear1974

          To be fair to Philips… This has been some of the best hockey he has ever played… But, he’s someone that panics under pressure… Makes poor decisions… I don’t want him mentoring the young guys to show them how to play…

          • Hax

            Of all Phillips’ failings, panicking is NOT one of them. He’s never been quick and he’s a step slower now. He’s never been overly gifted offensively either. But to say you want him gone because he panics and shouldn’t be mentoring??? That’s pretty much the best things he has to offer is the fact that he plays BETTER when the pressure is on and has experience he can impart on our young D.

          • runningbear1974

            When there’s a lot of pressure and he has the puck, he will just launch it somewhere…
            If there are numbers rushing against us, he’ll choose a random moment to charge the guy with the puck…
            I don’t want our young guys to grow up and play like Philips…

          • Sandy

            At one point in his career.. Sidney Crosby mentioned that Phillips was the hardest defensemen he had to play against.
            That was when, I believe, he was paired with Volchenkov..

          • runningbear1974

            Philips is best when he doesn’t have the puck, going up against the guy with the puck… That is one skill he is elite at…

      • Hax

        The only way you can justify getting rid of Phillips is if you KNOW that you’ll be adding someone of equal experience and leadership who’s going to have more value. You can’t just say “let’s run with 3-65, 2-46, Ceci-Boro” or something because, while talented, that group will get eaten alive. Methot would suddenly be the most experienced guy.

        I’m not saying you can’t get rid of Phillips but we need to be aware that he does contribute more than just his ice time. If Murray feels that Methot and Karlsson are “veteran” enough to lead that D core or that Corvo has enough influence as a 7D plus that group or something then okay.

        I’m still of the opinions that A) Phillips is not nearly as bad as his haters would have you believe and B) His leadership is desperately needed.

        Spezza can be a great captain but he’s clearly struggling with it right now and rightfully so since he’s filling Alfie’s shoes. Having Phillips as part of the leadership groups can only help IMO.

    • Conans River

      I am surprised they did not make him captain. Some people do not thrive being under the spot light when times are tough. Phillips being Phillips, he is not going to be too put out if he is in charge of a fluxed out hockey team.

  • Tooks

    Phaneuf suspended 2 games. this will probably help Toronto’s D, LOL.

  • Sensnation

    Sens have turned the corner, Chirp now claims every game is a must win, Fans are still whining. At least the hockey is entertaining and the team is coming together!

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Sandy

    Was at the game last night for the much needed win. Nice to see the excitement in Andy as the last Flyers shootout attempt hit the post. Hopefully that game gives him more confidence. He was unsteady for parts of that game.. but in the last few minutes, he was really good.
    Disappointed with the crowd — but I guess with so many home games this month… fans would sooner attend an LA or St L game — I hope.
    Cool to see the “Cake Boss” in attendance last night in his Sens jersey with a cake decorated with the Sens logo. I guess he is running a promo for Cdn Tire as he has a new line of bakeware… Neat..
    They need wins against Buff to keep climbing in the standings — with a few teams to ‘jump’ over…
    Glad to see Cowen & Wiercioch slowly improving.. but I don’t expect those that hate them to back off their criticism.. I mean imagine a 22 and 23 year old defensemen struggling to learn in the NHL.. This team still is trying to develop it’s young players.
    So how much of that TV revenue will the Sens be estimated to get?
    If they were losing money so badly, as Melynk claims, then they too should have been receiving revenue sharing.

    What happens to the budget as the Cdn dollar keeps slipping close to .90?

  • HardAsFuk

    Kassian needs to go. To be honest he hasnt impressed me since day 1. I remember when he was signed they had his fight record and who he fought. He scrapped some good fighters before he came to ottawa. He cant throw a punch hes more of a grappler. WE NEED MCGRATTAN BACK!!!!

  • SenaTHOR

    I thought Cowen had his best game last night. Looks like he took the plug out of his arse and started hustling. Other than PW’s goal and play in the offensive end his defensive end play was still below acceptable. Maybe it will improve but I don’t know how it will since he avoids contact all the time. For God’s sake Karlsson is more physical.

  • Mitchell

    It’s an incredible story that are team was saved from this man. And when announcements were made about the worth of this team. It makes me feel his going cheap. Tell me what shoeless joe wins a cup

  • sprucesens

    nice to see much improved play from greening, cowen and somehow zibby. And he was already playing excellent. PW was average, but not a lot of sloppy plays, so that’s good. Corvo has been steady. Not a fan of condra on turris’ wing, but I imagine that will last until the puck drops.
    Surprised we didn’t make a claim for pierre marc bouchard. I thought he would have been a decent acquisition this off season. Of course we already have too many bodies, and have rookies that need a shot too. not to mention the budget…. I guess it really isn’t a surprise. Might have been interesting, and given us more options in trade, like a 3 for 1 instead of 2 for 1

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Important week of play for the Sens. GREAT chance to rack up some W’s.

    GO SENS GO!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Big night from Cowen, a little more from PW in the second WIN in a row. Hope to see them come out hard and find a way to get one, two early. Then no letting up, every shift is important to obtain the ever elusive consistency. This is going to get heated so the Lads will be swinging and we will all understand why Kass is in tonight. It’s not just Scott and these teams do have a history. Who knows there are some who would love to see a good old Goalie fight. 6-2 for the good guys.

  • FistsofNeil25

    I’m actually pretty torn on the topic of resigning Phillips. He’s a veteran guy on this team and his teammates definitely look up to him. He’s still a solid NHL defenceman, despite what the haters think, and I believe he can still contribute to this team for another season or two.

    The problem is, we currently have Methot, Karlsson, Cowen, Wiercioch and Borowiecki locked up to one-way contracts next season, leaving two roster spots open on the blueline. I imagine the organization would like to leave one of those 2 remaining spots available to Ceci, Gryba, or Claesson.

    So what to do with that other spot on the blueline? Does Murray give it to Phillips, or would he rather try to bring in a younger, more mobile player.

    I guess it also depends on what kind of salary Philly expects. If he demands something like 3.5 million, then I think we would have to move on, but if he’s seeking a 2 or 2,5 million dollar deal then that may be okay.

    Anyway, bottom line, I think Phillips is still a good player to keep around for the bottom pairing. The last three season’s, he’s really struggled at the start, but each year he’s settled in and played his game. He’s going to get beat sometimes, and he’ll occasionally make a terrible decision with the puck, but so does every NHL defenceman. No one is perfect out there and I think Phillips still brings more good than bad.

    • Millennium

      A few thoughts:

      Corvo has been one of our better defensemen This season, which adds another interesting dynamic to the conversation. Not convinced he’ll be back, but for the money he’s making, he has been a respectable 6/7 D, and maybe he brings some of that missing veteran presence to the blueline.

      Losing Alfie and Goncahr highlighted one glaring issue: Veterans bring stability. They may be old, slow, and make mistakes, but there is clearly some intangible that they bring that our team doesn’t have enough of right now. Remove Phillips, and you risk making that problem even worse. If they let Phillips walk/retire and fill the hole with a call-up, our D will be greener than grass and I think it will show. That’s not an answer either way, but something to consider.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Yeah I agree. Ideally, I think the Sens would like to re-up Phillips on a one-year deal, and hope that Cowen and Wiercioch can really solidify themselves as top 4 defencemen.

        I think Borowiecki has demonstrated that he’s ready and able to be a full-time NHL dman, and that one-year contract for him next season pretty much cements his spot on the roster. That leaves us with 5 left-handed blueliners on the roster.

        I really like Corvo’s game right now, but I can’t see a scenario where the Sens choose to resign Corvo or Phillips, just out of respect for the Big Rig,

    • CUP 2014-15

      very well said, I think you nailed it, what direction does the team take. Should we be sellers at the deadline, all this might change. I hope were not, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Mac shocked me.

  • luckan20

    Alright folks, another crucial game. Like Sens Chirp addressed that taking at least 3 out of 4 points is important. What ever it is this game will be another close one. Our history with this team usually a low scoring event. Hope we resolve MIller early because as the night get long, he becomes a wall.

  • SensChirp
    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Love it Chirp.

      • SensChirp

        Ha. That video gets me every time. Even has a MacLean-like stache.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Wow. Rare no-shoot for Bobby. Not used to seeing that.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Wow! The two ice-cold frowards on the roster hook up for a beauty! Big goal!

  • karlssens

    Beautiful pass.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Wow nice pass

  • karlssens

    Gotta keep up the offense

  • MikeS

    wow, every time i sit someone in my pool they score or have a big night. Michalek picked tonight to break his slump :(

    • MikeS

      saturday i sat spezza and he got 2 pts, maybe I should just sit a senator every game

    • FistsofNeil25

      That reminds me, I forgot to put the Lehner in my line-up tonight. Damn!

  • karlssens

    Conacher draws a lot if penalties

    • SensChirp

      Leads the team in that category.

      • Colin

        He is most definitely a chippy little b*stard. :-)

    • FistsofNeil25

      He definitely plays his role well. He’s obviously been designated the team pest. Hopefully some offense starts coming for him soon. He works his ass off every night.

      • CUP 2014-15

        one of the players had commented during Movember that he had a ratty stach, might be something there.

  • Conor_smythe

    This corvo-Phillips line is really working for me

    • karlssens

      Phillips is like the anti pp.. He can’t be on there.

      • Conor_smythe

        Wasnt talking about pp. Corvo phillips is an even strength pairing. Karlsson phillips is pp pairing

        • karlssens

          I know, I was just venting that I don’t like Phillips on the pp :p

      • MikeS

        I honestly dont get why we never see methot on the PP, hes got some nice hands and made some nice plays this year. Phillips is just bleh….

  • karlssens

    Ryan shoot!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Ah! Wish Bobby was a bit more selfish this game

  • karlssens

    Bobbby

  • karlssens

    Love that Spezza line.

    • CUP 2014-15

      WINGERS, love em. Turris line looking better as well

      • karlssens

        Turris makes everyone better

        • CUP 2014-15

          no kidding, one of the organizations best trade. He’s still a kid

        • Shibal

          Sorry, but Turris has done really nothing but score a lucky goal yesterday. Other than that he has like 3 points in his last 10 games. I thought he was going to be an improved player last year, and I also thought he is going to be an improved player this year, but he just looks more and more like an extremely streaky Center. Michalek and Conacher will not help him get out his funk.

          • Sandy

            He’s played well. There is more to the game than putting the puck in the net.. That’s a big part… but he has been a steady player.
            He is still only 23 or 24 yrs old..

          • Shibal

            I know he has played well barring the score sheet, but I just find it disappointing that he was roughly a point per game player for the first 18 games, then he just cooled of like crazy. I thought last year’s playoffs was his coming out party, but I guess I was wrong.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Cmac being removed didn’t help

          • FistsofNeil25

            Yeah, his offensive numbers have fallen off a bit since they took MacArthur off his line, but when he isn’t racking up the points he’s still doing other things to help the team. There isn’t really a weakness in his game. He’s a really smart player.

            I think it would be too much to expect him to be a point a game player at this point in his career.

          • Shibal

            I know that, but I just don’t want him turning out to be a 50 point player, because that is exactly what Fisher was, and Turris is supposed to be better than that.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Watching Kings/Habs during the Sens intermission. LA just threw out a line of Richards-Kopitar-Carter. How do you stop that one?

    • CUP 2014-15

      Smitty, Neiler, Kass with Cowen and Gryba and everyone drops them to start. Oh wait, I was thinking John Scott was coaching.

    • Sandy

      The ‘tiny’ Habs will find out how tough the West is tonight.
      I know they beat Anaheim.. but LA is big and tough and skilled..
      They are missing Quick.. so it will come down to goaltending tonight.
      LA leads 2-0 after the first..

      • aegiszx

        Habs are getting spanked hahahahahah… I got tix to the next Habs/Sens game and Habs/Hawks game, 100s. No way they go deep in the playoffs.

        • Sandy

          The West will win the Cup this year… again…

  • Brock

    Please keep the lines this way.

    • SensChirp

      Open to trying Zibanejad on the wing with Turris and Michalek but otherwise, yup. This works.

      • CUP 2014-15

        If it does work and then all of a sudden ZBad starts carrying a third line. were back to training camp and it’s all working out. We can only imagine.

        • Shibal

          Unfortunately, this won’t happen because Zbad is a “support player”. If it does happen, and Zbad plays well, Paul Maclean will get pissed and demote Zbad back to playing with other “support players”.

          • CUP 2014-15

            And I thought nobody was more pissed at him then I was, However he did sit Andy tonight instead of going back to back, maybe there’s light….

  • SensChirp

    Say what ya want about Matt Kassian, the guy is giving his all every shift he gets. Hard not to respect the effort level.

    • CUP 2014-15

      And he’s a good guy. It’s a matter of, do you or do you not believe in you too need a nuke.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Joe Corvo is good…………

  • FistsofNeil25

    We need to start capitalizing on some of these powerplays.

  • luckan20

    I knew the next call will be on us. We were lousy on all the 3 PP chances. Who cares putting those passes. All matters is taking quality shots at Miller

  • LeafsSux

    LA 5 Mon 0!!

  • MikeS

    uh-oh

  • LeafsSux

    Andy would of had that one…

  • Colin

    Andy would have stopped that one ;-)

    • Aaron 2.0

      Corvo just scored that one. Not sure how that’s on Lehner…

      • MikeS

        I believe he was being sarcastic

        • Aaron 2.0

          In that case, my bad. Sorry guys.

  • MikeS

    Did corvo just score on us? It looked like it to me but announcers were saying buffalo player got it

  • FistsofNeil25

    Last night we had bodies going hard to the net. Tonight there hasn’t been any sign of that. Too many players driving wide and skating themselves into the corners. Too many perimeter play. Go to the net boys!

  • karlssens

    Boys looking tired now

  • Deadly

    They have really stopped competing since the first goal. The sabres goal was not a surprise…
    And now this .

  • karlssens

    This game is the season.. If they loose this that’s very very bad

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    what is lehner doing

  • MikeS

    Lol, somehow they just got away with a hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee call

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    CAUGHT A HUUUUUUUGE BREAK.

  • Jacques

    Lehner knocks it in. This team looks terrible. Beyond me that he doesn’t play Hoffman with Zibby on the third line. Buffalo getting jobbed if that isn’t a goal?

  • MikeS

    Sens have scored twice on themselfs tonight, wtf……Lucky they got away with that one

  • MikeS

    I think spezza touching the puck b4 lehner knocks it in is what is causing the goal to be stopped

    • MikeS

      Im pretty sure this is what actually happened, cannot see anything else that would cause the no goal

  • Aaron 2.0

    Dodged a huge bullet. Not sure what they were reviewing. Refs either thought sens had possession or not. Wouldn’t think that would be review-able. Either way, huge sigh, for now.

    • MikeS

      I think they are required to review ever no goal call, or Toronto probably called. Refs explain what happened and thats why the review was soo short

      • Aaron 2.0

        Yeah, I realize that Toronto is looking at everything. But, if it’s no goal because refs blew the puck dead when Ottawa apparently had control, then I don’t think that’s something that Toronto can review to change the call. Maybe i’m missing something about what they were reviewing though.

        • sprucesens

          i would think they thought lehner had control of the puck, and lost sight of it. If not, possible that spezza touched the puck and they counted that as control.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Lehner is NOT sharp tonight.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Definitely fighting the puck. But, so far only 1 past him (at least on the score sheet – haha). Team needs to wake up. That was a terrible period for them.

      • Sandy

        Typical 2nd period for this team.. Back to back games… can they have a good 3rd period.

        • Aaron 2.0

          You have to think something gets said in the locker room after that period. Down in the standings like they are, it just amazes me when they go to sleep like this.

  • karlssens

    Very disappointing game.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Actually it’s been a pretty good game.

      And it’s still 1-1.

      GO SENS GO

  • Colin

    How can pro hockey players play with such shitty sticks?

    • MikeS

      I think they legit want their sticks to break when slashed. Why bother fixing a problem that gets you extra powerplays

      • Colin

        But they can break at the most inopportune time with little or no pressure.

        • MikeS

          Yes, but if you get slashed like every time they break. They break like 1/10 shots though so its a tradeoff. Extra pp for 1/10 shots not on net

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol. It’s crazy how easy they break. But, the more flex, the faster the shot.

  • MikeS

    That was a very cheap call, but after that no goal I wont complain

  • LeafsSux

    LA 6 Mon 0 Just saying

    • Eugenius

      Montreal will fall in the standings in the second half of the season. They….aren’t very good….

      • MikeS

        Neither are the leafs, or tampa without stamkos

        • MikeS

          Actually the whole east is pretty shitty outside of boston/Pittsburg

          • Eugenius

            Even boston is pretty beatable…

          • MikeS

            Well to be fair they are pretty beat up right now

          • Eugenius

            Yeah, same with the leafs. I hate that team but, fully healthy, they can do some damage

          • MikeS

            Thing about boston is they have alot more depth, leafs lose 1 d and they are skrewed. Lose a center and they are in trouble. Also there is the Rask factor

          • Eugenius

            I just can’t wait for Dion to sign an 8 year, 56 mil contract….he’s just not that good

          • aegiszx

            And Detroit.

          • MikeS

            Det is overrated imo. Only playoffs caliber teams from the east if they are in the west is Pitts/Boston

          • aegiszx

            As much as I dislike them, they are contenders year in and year out. Thats what happens when you have a team full of proven winners, from the owner, to gm, to coach, to the players they ice. Not many teams can say that, hence the culture theyve built up.

          • aegiszx

            Not to mention, while they have a ton of young talent, the experienced guys… are experienced, and lethal (Z, Dats, Mule Franzen, Kronwall, Alfie). Those guys alone know how to get it done.

          • sprucesens

            unfortunately the playoff hunt is very tough, when 3 from each division make it. Kind of handicaps your chances if your division is a really strong one…

          • MikeS

            Most likely 5 make it from the atlantic

      • Luc Wolfe

        Let them be 1st place… All we need is the 8. Now I am the only one here that we still need a shake.not meaning that we get a few points a game that all our issues are gone. Hopefully Ottawa can bounce back in the third.

  • Deadly

    Any bright spots?
    Cowan perhaps looks to be progressing a bit.

    • Eugenius

      Kid is coming around. Thank god…..

      • MikeS

        Took long enough but he is finally turning a corner

    • CUP 2014-15

      Again he is stepping up and making the hit at the blue line like last night, that’s what this team does when their rolling. The D engage in the natural zone. Haven’t seen much of that from them this year due to their bad Dzone work.

  • sprucesens

    Agree with chirp that kassian when on the ice, hasn’t looked terrible. Having said that, i would take hoffman on the ice 10 times out of 10. The first period the sabres looked like the last place team they are, and for once we didn’t stoop to their level. 2nd, not so much. Lehner has been really struggling with the sharp angle shots, and the sabre’s are trying to exploit it.

    Cowen really stepped his game up. That’s a good trend over the last few games. Throwing hits, and not playing like its a grenade on his stick. Ryan has been in the right place multiple times, just needs to trust his shot more, instead of trying to make the pretty pass. We all know he’s a shooter. He’s due for one tonight. A few miscues, but we can clean it up and take momentum back if we kill the penalty.

  • Eugenius

    It’d be nice if the boys could come out firing and destroy shit teams like Buffalo every once in awhile….better have a strong 3rd

    • Jacques

      Looking like we’ll be having trouble beating any of the teams if this is the effort we’ll be putting out! Lack of speed on this team.

  • LeafsSux

    These guys are gassed………… We will be lucky to hang on.. :/

  • MikeS

    That just saved the game…..Wow smith needs to stop trying to walk the puck across the blueline

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS GAME.

    GO SENS GO

  • Deadly

    Bright spot
    Lazar scores his nineteenth.

  • LeafsSux

    Next goal is the game winner..

    • MikeS

      Reminds me of the first game of the season

  • MikeS

    OMG LEHNER shutting the door

  • Jacques

    TUrris is working!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    man oh man is Kyle Turris playing well. Guy is gassed every shift

  • Jacques

    Put the right guys in the bottom six and we could be all set, but the guys we have there are bad, that being said lets go guys!

  • MikeS

    “The one reason why this goalie, Ryan Miller, might be interesting to alot of teams is because hes good”…..LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL denis potvin ftw

    • Eugenius

      So profound………have another, Denis

    • MikeS

      “He is in our opinions, and thats the opinion of alot of people” Really?

    • FistsofNeil25

      “noticed by everybody, Joe Corvo’s feet!” worst color commentator in the business.

      • MikeS

        They smell loverly tonight

  • luckan20

    Ryan Miller……….

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Corvo’s up at 16 mins of ice time now. Wow.

    From scratch to key player.

    • MikeS

      He went from scratch to Carolina’s best D last year. He wont surpass EK but I expect he will be regular soon

  • MikeS

    Is Ryan hurt? turris/spezza both had shifts without him

  • CUP 2014-15

    Turris is everywhere. On with Ryan and CMac, then back with Conacher and Milo and with Greening and ZBAD. Mac looking for everything.

  • MikeS

    JARED COWEN!!!

    • MikeS

      ugg…he caught the head, probably suspension comming

      • CUP 2014-15

        sssssssssshhhhhhhhh

      • crzyman

        His own head isn’t screwed on right so why should anyone else’s be?

      • Eugenius

        yup. 1-2 games

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Hard fought point. Guys are tired from last night and it shows, but we really need 2 tonight.

    GO SENS GO!

  • MikeS

    Man that would have been a hilarious way to end the game, Phillips wrap around OT winner

  • MikeS

    please no shootout….I hate shootouts

  • Jacques

    Let TUrris go tonight! Deserves it!

  • aegiszx

    God, shoot outs are awful.

  • MikeS

    Karlsson, Zibanajad, spezza shooters

    • MikeS

      Has Karlsson taken a shootout shot ever?

      • CUP 2014-15

        believe 1 for 1

        • Tooks

          1-4 and now he’s 1-5, he didnt even shoot, lol.

  • FistsofNeil25

    DJ ZBad making it look easy.

  • MikeS

    MIKA!!

  • MikeS

    Lol, Lehner makes 0 saves and only 1 goal against

    • Aaron 2.0

      Give him credit for the stick check on the 3rd shooter. Lol. That was clever!

  • Jacques

    Lehner was beat on all 3 … Phew.

    • MikeS

      He made a save!!

  • MikeS

    Lol, spezza/karlsson both lose the puck….what a wacky game

  • Deadly

    Too funny

  • FistsofNeil25

    This is the strangest shootouts I’ve ever seen

  • MikeS

    Wow, Buffalo has like 0 depth …..Luke adam in the SO?

  • aegiszx

    Is anyone going to shoot the puck LOL

  • FistsofNeil25

    Sportsnet just cut off the broadcast!!!!

  • MikeS

    sick mitts KT

  • Jacques

    Should’ve been in earlier MAC!

  • Brock

    Are you kidding me?

  • MikeS

    What a wacky game ….

  • MikeS

    apparently patrick WEE-cosh just shot

  • Jacques

    Nobody wants this point.

  • aegiszx

    When’s Andy goin in for the chance?

  • aegiszx

    Fuck, give Kassian a shot too lol

    • MikeS

      I think phillips gets the shot b4 kassian

  • Jacques

    Lehner not looking good. Condra going to bed!

  • MikeS

    Really, we have no one better the condra

    • Jacques

      OMG I don’t get it that we still use this guy. He must have compromising pictures of Paul. MacLean.

  • Luc Wolfe

    Where’s my trade $%”#::*::*:;’???

    • Jacques

      I feel your pain Bro, they need to make some moves.

      • Luc Wolfe

        But it hurts so much…

  • FistsofNeil25

    well one point is better than none

    • Tooks

      Not when your playing the Sabres FFS, needed 2 points…

  • Jacques

    To stop Condra you just have to leave the goalie stick lying on the ice and he’s beat.

  • sprucesens

    yeah, when condra was up we all knew it was over. at least he hit the net

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    it was a good game.

    • Luc Wolfe

      Good game versus the worst NHL team… Isn’t good at all

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        If you’ve been paying ANY attention all season long, it’s not like we’re much better.

        The Sens have been at least collecting much needed points. We got Buff at home on Thursday

        GO SENS GO

        • Luc Wolfe

          True but our supposedly good players are no where to be found

  • mr.slapshot

    The one game wonders strike again.

  • Eugenius

    disappointing. need those extra points

  • Aaron 2.0

    Tough, tough point to leave on the board. Need the next one…

  • Mike

    This team is complete shit can’t even beat the worst team in the NHL. I hope Anaheim enjoys a top 10 selection in this years draft

  • Tooks

    Well the offense outburst nowhere to be found, like I said they are rare, atleast Lehner kept this to 1 goal, and a bad one to boot…Andy must be rubbing off on him. No doubt with Andy in nets we lose this one with only 1 goal scored.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Oh ya Andy would have lost this for us. I say keep Lehn in the net until he gives it up.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lehner could have been a little more set. But, seriously, how can he expect that from Corvo? Lehner did his job tonight. Goalies need goal support to win. I’d go back with him next game.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Next time we’re in a SO, i’d go back with Zibanejad and Turris. They have some moves.

  • Sandy

    Did Ryan Miller have anything to do with the Sabres win?

    • Colin

      Yes

      • Sandy

        Then the Sens were beaten by a very good goalie on a bad team…. 2nd game of back to back.

        At least they got a point in the back to back games.

        Buffalo has been losing games but quite a few of them have been close games..

        Miller has been outstanding most of the season.

        • MikeS

          Sabers scored 0 goals 2nite, Sens scored 3(2 on themselves, 1 didnt count)

    • Tooks

      No, not reallly…

  • Jacques

    Come on Murray we need a puck moving D-man and we need Pageau and Hoffman(for f sakes in the lineup). Let him play. If you need to trade Smith and another guy to get a D-man’ hell you have Grant who can replace Smith. Make a move man! SERENITY now, so frustrating to watch. Charge that cell phone.

    • Luc Wolfe

      Why is kassian playing… I’ll take heathley any time before him… Yes I said it. Kassian is a good guy and key in some games … Not this one

      • Tooks

        Looks like you need more sleep bud.

  • Tooks

    Fuck I wont trade Karlsson for Ovie anyday of the week, hell I would even give them Cowen, and Michalek…LOL

  • Jacques

    Kulikov please.

  • Mike

    What chance do they have at making the playoffs and not giving Anaheim a top pick when they can’t beat the worst team in the league you have to win the easy ones when you can. This team looks like the Blue Jays they fail to take advantage of opportunities given to them

  • Sandy

    Here we go again…
    Let’s trade all the players..

    • Luc Wolfe

      Not all the players… But one or two… Dozens

  • Mike

    That has been the story so far this season missed opportunities

  • aegiszx

    I know we’ve had struggles this year but I dont get why fans are so quick so sh*t on teams like Buffalo and the Flyers? Yes their records are horrible, but its not like they have a bad team, there are still some sick young players on those teams that are way better than some of our rookies. As the players themselves will tell you… there are no easy games in this league. No team is just goin to roll over.

    I dont think we played all that bad tonight. It was a case of fatigue, and one of the top goalies in the league.

    • Tooks

      Lame excuse…BUF is the worst team in the ENTIRE NHL…by far.

      • MikeS

        Worst team in quite a few years

      • aegiszx

        They arent top 10 right now, but certainly not the worst. They have some great players in Hodgson, Myers, Girgenson, Grigolenko, and Moulson.

        They just need to find a system that suits their style of play, which i dont think this whole tough-guy physical approach is working for them.

        • Tooks

          The have 16pts, good for dead last in the NHL, closest to them is 23 (EDM)

    • Aaron 2.0

      I’m in your camp on that. I didn’t consider the competition an excuse for losing at the beginning of the year when the sens were playing the ‘elite’ teams. So, to be consistent, this is just another game against another team. The sens were alright tonight. Had a bad 2nd period, and it cost them. One day you hope they realize it takes 60-minute efforts to consistently win in this league.

    • Sandy

      Buffalo has also been drafting a lot higher in the last several years than the Sens have. Their younger players should be better…

  • SenaTHOR

    Speaking of Cowen/Wiercioch playing better you have to look at the competition. The real test will be LA.

  • Sandy

    They have gotten points in the last 3 games.. that’s a hell of a lot better than they have been doing.
    Sure it sucks to lose to Buffalo.
    Buffalo has beaten SJ in a shootout…. They have beaten LA in a shootout… They have beaten Toronto in regulation and another in OT
    They have beaten some good teams…

    • Mike

      The Leafs are not a good team

      • Sandy

        Okay I’ll give you that.. But my point is.. they have beaten better teams than Ottawa… and it was the 2nd game of a back to back… which Ottawa sucks at this year…
        I’ll take the point… Let’s move on.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Some major over-reactions going on in here right now. Why does everyone look for someone to blame after a loss?

    • Sandy

      Exactly… they win.. they are great.
      They lose.. well it’s trade this guy or that guy… Team sucks…

  • karlssens

    If we win the next game, were still in decent shape.. Gotta try to pull away with 4 pts agaisnt LA and ST Louis though.

    • Tooks

      LMAO…

  • luckan20

    We need to be happy with a point than not earning any.
    Good sign Michalek had a good game and we get him going then, we have so many scoring options. We all know playing Buffalo is not easy with Miller stopping every freaking shot.

    • Sandy

      Miller is one of the best goalies in the NHL… He just plays on a young inexperienced team, that is not too good this season…

    • Aaron 2.0

      Yeah, with getting this single point tonight, the next is huge. Do we take 3 out of 4 points against Buf? Or is it only 1 of 4? Tonight’s game in itself is not tragic.

  • karlssens

    Positives: Michalek and Cowen looked awesome

  • Mike

    Ryan wasn’t bad either if he figures out how to hit the net again sometime soo
    n this team will start to win some games

  • Luc Wolfe

    Hmm seems Ottawa budget is better than Florida.. They just replace a glass with a sheet of plywood. That’s even more sad then ottawa

    • Tooks

      LOL, so bad, fans get a refund? cant see shit!! lol Move this damn team already!

      • MikeS

        Well fortunately there was plenty of empty seats beside the to move to

        • Colin

          LOL

      • RUSH RLZ

        Those three fans should definitely all get their $16 back. Or at least a food + beverage credit. Man… that is embarrassing. I’m surprised the officials/NHL even allowed that from both an optics and player safety perspective. How would you like to go behind the net and have a massive defenceman ride your face across that sheet of plywood!

  • Sandy

    Mtl lost.. Det just lost in a shootout..

    • Tooks

      Who cares, we arent chasing them.
      CBJ won, TB, WSH all got points. Thats who we are battling against.

      • MikeS

        Were actually Chasing Toronto/Tampa, they hold the wildcards

        • Tooks

          More like TOR, TB, DET, NYR, CAR, NJ…lol

          • MikeS

            Well technically they are chasing everyone ahead of them. Pretty much need to get 5th in the atlantic to make it

  • Luc Wolfe

    If Ottawa can manage to get a few points and Toronto is free falling we could have 5 teams battling for the 8th place

  • Tooks

    Wouldnt be surprised if Cowen gets a game for that elbow on Girgensons.

    • Sandy

      They were mentioning that on TSN. Duthie said when does size come into play with Cowen..

  • Roar…

    Honestly? I’m at the point where I question whether the team is even really trying to win.

    MacArthur-Spezza-Zibanejad
    Michalek-Turris-Ryan

    Those should be our permanent top 6. Flip the wingers as necessary when the team needs a spark.

    1. Kassian played when we needed 4 lines and fresh legs on back-to-backs. Makes zero sense. Put the fucker on waivers already it’s so pointless. We have countless guys who can do the physical thing when needed fuck. Neil sure doesn’t do much else out there.

    2. Grant or Pageau need to come up and Conacher needs to sit or be put on waivers. I don’t care that he got a point. He’s been awful. The play almost always dies on his stick. Him in the top 6 is a black hole that sucks offense out of the team. Just stupid at this point. I can tolerate him in a 3rd/4th line role but even there he honestly still isn’t very good. We were a better team when he was sitting.

    • Tooks

      So put Pageau or Grant in the top 6? you lost your mind?

    • MikeS

      Conacher set up our only goal tonight with a beauty pass, but plays die on his stick

      • Jacques

        Plays die on Smith or Condra’s sticks.

      • Roar…

        Yes they do. He’s finally playing a bit better the past few games but you’ll notice plays VERY often die with him. He doesn’t make great decisions with the puck and it’s why he’s struggled to produce points all year. Often plays die when the puck gets to him because he just isn’t comfortable on the puck.

  • Phoenix

    This team needs a good ole fashion line brawl. Teams seem to come together after a good scrap. Not sure the hate on for Kassian. Last year people were crying for a presence like his. I would just like to see him scrap a little more. Hoffman is over rated send him back down. So we finally score 3 times in the shoot out but still lose. Hopefully our goalie coach helps Anderson out of this funk with stopping shooters.

  • Phoenix

    RIP Leigh

  • T K

    Hopefully some of tonight’s bad blood well carry over to Thursday and give the Sens that little extra lift that they need to really put the Sabres away.

  • Sens-fan-in-mtl

    wow, amazing how negative this board gets, we just got 4 out of 6 points, are 5 points back of the last playoff spot, with 50!!! games to play and everyone wants to blow up the team.

    think of it another way, look how bad the Sens have played and we are still in the thick of things, imagine once they get their act together (and they will eventually, one way or another).

    just chill and enjoy the games, the sens have been playing way better lately.
    GSG!

    • CUP 2014-15

      Tough point to leave on the table. If the team was sitting in a play-off spot we wouldn’t see so much anger but due to all the struggles this year and the wacky coaching moves the natives are restless. Lots of hockey left and even though the Sens are not playing up to potential they are still in striking range..
      I am OK with 3 out of 4 pts in the last two but then again if they lose to Buff tomorrow were in trouble again. I for one am not happy with Mac’s coaching this year but it’s not over yet. Please, please don’t throw all the lines in a blender and expect instant chemistry. Give your players some damn trust that you believe in them and in your own moves. Let’s see what this team can do with the same lines for a while, come on Mac stop second guessing yourself all the f#@king time and may be the team will believe in you again…

  • boom

    So, if guys like me come on here and say the Sens are horrible, and should be ashamed of themselves by losing to Buffalo, I’m too negative.

    But, it’s ok to rationalize the loss by saying “yeah, but there are no easy games” or “Buffalo has some real good young players”…

    Some of you guys are as pitiful as the Sens.

    This was a game they absolutely needed to win against a team they absolutely should beat. That’s all there is to it.

    • Sens-fan-in-mtl

      no offense, but with parity in the league no team is an easy win. case in point – in November, the Sabres beat TO (twice), LA and SJ – so even the “crappy” teams can beat the top teams on any given night – no need to read too much into last night’s game.