Game Day- Senators Host High Flying Hawks

SensChirp March 28, 2014 268
Game Day- Senators Host High Flying Hawks

After picking up 3 of 4 points in their two game road trip through the state of Florida, the Ottawa Senators return home to play five straight within the friendly confines of the Canadian Tire Centre.

While this season has been a disappointing one in the Nation’s Capital, it would be nice to finish up the 2013/2014 year with some quality performances on home ice. And they’ll have to be at their absolute best tonight when the defending Stanley Cup champs roll into town.

The Chicago Blackhawks are having another excellent season. Led by their Captain Jonathan Toews, the Hawks have posted an impressive 42-17-15 record and currently sit in fourth in the Western Conference with 99 points. They are coming off a disappointing 3-0 loss in Boston last night and should be a motivated group. They have a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight in Ottawa.

Plenty of stars on this Hawks team including defenceman Duncan Keith, considered by some to be a favourite for the Norris Trophy this season. He has 12 less points than Sens star Erik Karlsson but that plus minus that people seem to care so much about gives him a clear edge, I guess. Up front, the Hawks are loaded with talent including in Jonathan Toews , Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane and ex-Senator Marian Hossa. And they have Peter Regin!

Ottawa has struggled with defensive zone coverage for most of the season. The Senators will have their hands full with this high-flying Chicago team.

Just an optional skate for the Senators this morning so we’ll have to wait until game time to find out the combinations. Chris Phillips will miss a second straight game on the blue line which means Patrick Wiercioch stays in the line up. Bobby Ryan is done for the year so Mark Stone can settle in on that right wing with MacArthur and Turris. Mika Zibanejad is a game time decision

Here’s how the Senators are expected to line up

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

Methot-Karlsson
Cowen-Gryba
Wiercioch-Ceci

Craig Anderson returns to the goal for Ottawa. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30 PM.

  • Max Power

    Even if lazar is in for condra next season we still need some real “jam” in the top six to take the next step

    • Max Power

      Possibly alfie in for michalek??? :) :) :)

      • runningbear1974

        I don’t know… Feels like Alfie has too much pride to come back… I think he chose pride over loyalty in the end…

        • FistsofNeil25

          Maybe if the organization showed the same loyalty to him, he would have come back. He’ll never work for the Sens again as long as Eugene is in the picture.

          • runningbear1974

            I’m not sure who he should have loyalty towards… That’ his choice… He could have loyalty to the fans, or the owners, or the GM… In the end… He chose to leave…

  • Harv

    I’d switch Hoffman and Michalek. The love affair with Michalek is interfering with player development for next year. Is this a sign they are planning to sign Michalek?

    See Lehner is getting rewarded again for strong play. And, good news that Phillips is still out.

    • Alan Burns

      I read that Lehner was potentially injured in practice yesterday. So it’s good he can back up.

  • Hax

    If they decide to give Greening another shot to play in the top 6 next year (or plan B would be to hopefully see him rack up some second assists to entice a trade) I’d love to see a “kid line” of sorts. Lots of room to upgrade via trade as well but:

    Greening-Spezza-Hemsky
    MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
    Hoffman-Zibanejad-Stone
    Condra-Smith-Neil

    • FistsofNeil25

      Spezza and Hemsky need a trigger-man. Not the zombie-on-skates Colin Greening.

      • runningbear1974

        A trigger man that also likes to backcheck…

        • FistsofNeil25

          Relax, there’s no guarantee your buddy Spezza will be back next season.

          • runningbear1974

            I think he will… The fact that we re-signed Phillips… The fact that Maclean had Spezza and Phillips playing defense and offense… Seems like the coach expects those 2 to be big part of the team, that is why he’s training them to be better rounded… 90% chance he’s coming back…

        • Jacques

          YEah cuz 19 has trouble crossing his own blue line! Confident he’s getting traded!

    • boom

      If I replied with what i think about a line up for next season that includes Greening and Condra – and Greening on the first line (God help us)….Chirp would ban me for life.
      Suffice to say, it makes me sick to my stomach.
      Love that kid line, however…

      • Jacques

        I agree Greening andCondra have to move on to allow spots for two Bingo guys!

  • Billy Bob

    I’d try Puempel next season and give Lazar another year to develop. Get rid of Michalek and put Ryan up there with 2 excellent playmakers, put Puempel with Zibby and Hoffman
    Ryan-Spezza-Hemsky
    Mac-Turris-Stone
    Hoffman-Zibby-Puempel
    Greening-Smith-Neil

    • sprucesens

      I really like our lineups more when some of our top prospects are coming up. can’t go wrong. I just hope we use some of them, rather than trade them all away

      • runningbear1974

        I agree… Hoffman, Stone, Dacosta, and Ceci all looking awesome… And, we still have Pageau, Puemple, and Lazar (+others)… We’ve got some pretty fun prospects coming in…

        • Billy Bob

          Really pumped about Lazar and Puempel, can’t wait to see these guys up here

          • runningbear1974

            Same here… They are climbing up the ranks… I hope we don’t sign UFA to too long contracts such that we have to trade our youths because no room for them… I’m ready for Senators The Next Generation…

          • SensFanInMTL

            There’s just so many damn prospects, I hope they all get the chance to make it. Even after giving up Noesen & Silfverberg, we’re still the shit. Still. I don’t know how the line ups will begin for 2014-2015 but I just hope somewhere down the road, they will look something like this:

            Hoffman – Spezza – Hemsky
            MacArthur – Turris – Ryan
            Puempel – Zibanejad – Lazar
            Stone – Smith – Neil

  • BFR

    Going to the game tonight. Hope the boys are up to the challenge of playing the defending champs!

  • Andrews theory

    my vote is they shut down big rig for the remainder of the season. The player not the brewery…
    Go Sens

    • runningbear1974

      I agree, keep the brewery… Beer until 11pm… Sweet…

  • FistsofNeil25

    Didn’t Phillips declare himself ready for tonight’s game yesterday? Healthy scratch? I sure hope so. The sooner he’s been given the role of the 7th defenceman on the team, the better.

    • Andrews theory

      best way to get a guy to waive his not trade that he demanded?
      sit him of course.

      • Conor_smythe

        Phillips is fully tradeable until his new contract kicks in, in July

        we could deal him the day the playoffs start if we want to

        • FistsofNeil25

          Sadly, we all know that isn’t going to happen.

          • runningbear1974

            Agree… We get to enjoy his game for the next 2 years…

            Also like to add that Maclean is trying to treat us like professionals… Which means giving the hard ice time to the veterans… So, Phillips will not be the #7 D… He will heavily counted on next year, as he was this year… As the veterans were last year, and the year before…

            Veterans get most important ice time… Solution, get some good veterans…

          • Billy Bob

            The Phillips thing pisses me off so much, I feel like they were thinking about Alfie when they offered that extension….there is a vast difference between the two, even after 40 Alfie had it in him to be a game changer (Game 3 vs Pitt), but Phillips is just rusty old D-man who Boro could replace and would bring more to the table. Now we have to get rid of PW which sucks because the kids gonna be good.

          • runningbear1974

            Alfie has exceptional work ethic… He would workout for fun… I doubt very much that Phillips is like that… I hope he’s so ashamed of himself that he will actually practice this summer…

          • runningbear1974

            And… Why exactly was Phillips rewarded with another contract? What did he do to deserve it? it’s not his behaviour on the ice… In my mind it’s bad example to give contracts to people who don’t earn it… Bad for the organization…

          • Billy Bob

            Exactly, this loyalty crap is brutal. If you’re not good enough to play anymore, which he clearly isn’t, you shouldn’t bring the guy back. Especially after we had a shit year defensively

      • Conor_smythe

        hey andrews, did you ever look into that ticker I mentioned a few weeks back?

  • FistsofNeil25

    I’m excited to see Stone again tonight. He was awesome in Tampa and Florida. I still can’t believe how much his skating has improved since his last call-up earlier in the season. It’s finally starting to look like all his hard work has paid off. Obviously his skatingstill isn’t amazing, it never will be, but it looks like it’s good enough for him to make an impact at the NHL level. If his skating has truly improved as much as it seems, he could turn out to be the player many thought he could be.

    • runningbear1974

      Some players generate a lot of excitement to watch… All the rookie guys, and MacArthur, and Bobby Ryan…

    • Conor_smythe

      His skating looks great.. just like all our callups

      unfortunately, it will regress

      Pmac does not emphasize skating as much as Richardson

      Really makes you look bad when all the callups are moving 10X better than the vets

      • FistsofNeil25

        Who are the vets you’re referring to? Guys that were never great skaters to begin with?

        • Conor_smythe

          …never great skaters to begin with?

          isnt that exactly what mark stone is?

          yet he managed to improve

          therefor, other “never great skaters” should be able to improve as well

          with proper coaching

          • runningbear1974

            I agree, they aren’t good skaters because they never bothered to practice… In my opinion that is a bad leader, bad example to the youths… Good thing Richardson actually understands what really matters…

          • FistsofNeil25

            That’s a pretty ridiculous comment. After one bad season Maclean suddenly has forgotten what’s important?

            And listen, we all know you’re referring to Spezza here, but that just shows how far off you are. First off, I’m not a huge Spezza supporter, I could take him or leave him to be honest. To say that Spezza isn’t a good skater because he never bothered to practice is a massive joke man.

            Anyone who has followed Spezza’s career from the start knows that his skating has improved by light years compared to what it was when he first came into the league. Obviously at times this season he has looked slow but that was when he was fighting through injuries.

          • runningbear1974

            You get good at what you practice… Cool, so you think Spezza is a good skater, fine… I don’t agree, he’s better than he was, but not great… He has a hard time starting, stopping, and changing directions… All these things he could be better at, if he continued to practice those things…
            I’m saying if you’re not good at something is because you haven’t trained for that…

          • FistsofNeil25

            I never said he is a good skater. I said he has improved significantly from when he came into the league. Every players’ skills will peak at a certain point.

            Skating is no different from any other skill a player possesses. You can work at it all you want but at a certain point you will plateau no matter how hard you try to improve or how much work you put in.

            What’s even funnier about this entire point you are trying to make is that you can tell us that Bobby Ryan is your favorite Senator ever, yet he’s even a worse skater than Spezza. I guess he doesn’t practice hard enough to improve either?

          • runningbear1974

            I don’t agree… You will continue to get better at whatever you practice… When you become better at a something you need to practice even more to get to the next level…

          • FistsofNeil25

            You don’t agree that a player’s skills will plateau despite hard work and practice?

          • runningbear1974

            correct… I think you will continue to get better at what you practice… I also think you need to practice to stay at a certain level… So again if someone’s ability regresses than that’s indication of not practicing…

          • FistsofNeil25

            Hmmm I guess age and wear and tear don’t play a factor in it at all eh?

          • runningbear1974

            Blame whatever you want… There is no way that Spezza or Phillips train as hard as Alfie, Crosby, or Jagr… There’s no way… I’m willing to bet $100…

          • Aaron 2.0

            Alfi was never really known for his conditioning. It’s something he got more into as he aged, preumably to extend his carreer. But, he’s still on a decline. Can’t fight physiology for ever.

          • runningbear1974

            To be honest and I probably shouldn’t because people don’t seem to like me… But, I never really liked alfie except for last year… I only liked him after he started training like crazy… Can’t fight physiology, sure, but you can try… Or don’t bother and still get millions of dollars… Perceived value more important than actual value…

          • Aaron 2.0

            Hey, everybody has their own reasons for liking / dis-liking players. I won’t give anybody a hard time over that. You’re right every player should do their best to fight the inevitable!

            Training and conditioning is a huge, huge part of that. And, it’s amazing how players are extending their careers these days. I’d also point out that there is a genetic component too. Some people just age better. If these people combine that with conditioning, they have amazingly long careers.

            As an example, I have no clue about the habits of Phillips. He may train like crazy, or he may not. But, it could also just be that his genetics aren’t as good as a Jagr or Alfi. He might just biologically age faster than those guys! I don’t know that’s true. Just to say that both nature and nurture feed into this.

          • runningbear1974

            I remember watching Lindros and Chelios training… For me, it was easy to see that Chelios was putting everything into it, whereas Lindros was only going through the motions… Chelios had to work extra hard, whereas Lindros was blessed with a big body that he didn’t really need to do anything to get strong… There’s a theme here for me… Genetically advanced persons often don’t have the same work ethic, because they NEVER had to….

          • Jacques

            Alfie was a workout fanatic don’t know what you’re talking about???

          • runningbear1974

            Alfie developed that… He got injured a lot early in his career and had to work out to get better, then got injured again, and then i think we got this conditioning coach, and since, Alfie has become obsessed with working out…

          • Aaron 2.0

            You’re right that in general terms you continue to get better w/ practice for most skills. But, the curve isn’t close to linear. Once you actually achieve an elite level at any skill, gains do tend plateau. For an athletic skill, it’s possible to actually reach a ceiling due to physiological limits. With skating, maybe you could expect continued improvements due to continued technique improvements. But, once you basically master your technique, those gains will be really, really small (functionally, they’ll plateau).

          • runningbear1974

            I agree with you… Absolutely… Jagr is perfect example… He has always practiced more than others, and now he’s not quite as good… He reached near the top and it was hard to stay there or to go higher… That’s his excuse…
            Other guys just got barely mediocre, and then stopped training…

          • John Q. Spartan

            Paul McLean is making players skate worse… sorry, but now I’ve heard it all.

          • runningbear1974

            That’s not accurate… MaLean has other things to worry about rather than fundamental skills… He can’t have people practicing passing the puck, and stuff like that… His job is more about strategy… MacLean is not controlling what the players do on their free time… Or what they choose to practice in the summer time…

          • John Q. Spartan

            Uh huh.

          • FistsofNeil25

            You never answered my question. You can’t compare the progress of a 21 year old kid to old lads that are clearly on the decline.

          • Conor_smythe

            I consider our callups to be the best skaters on our team

            insert any name you want that isn’t Karlsson, and Our callups have them beat

            even borowiecki was moving better than 80% of our guys.. that says enough right there

            just my opinion

          • FistsofNeil25

            You can’t tell me that Stone skates better than MacArthur, Turris, Hemsky, Greening, Zibanejad etc

            When one of the call-ups is Hoffman who has one of the best sets of wheels in the NHL, it’s an unfair arguement.

            And unless you actually attend both Binghamton and Ottawa practices, you can’t really comment on how much either coach skates his team.

          • Conor_smythe

            Zibby didn’t make the team..

            then he spent some time with luke, got called up and was flying… past 3 months, invisible

            Turris, ok you got me

            Greening has looked like shit all season, I’ll pretend you didnt mention him

            Hemsky, spent all year with a different coach, can’t even count him

            Macarthur has lost half a step from the start of the year, which is exactly the regression I’m talking about

          • MethotToMyMadness

            You have to also take into account that these guys are darn near close to finishing an 82 game season. It’s not uncommon that players start out of the gate flying, after a summer off and good training, only to regress a little (have to include unreported injuries, see the Bobby Ryan updates) as the season comes to a close..

          • Conor_smythe

            Ya, thats fair, but the 82 games season doesn’t seem to be slowing down any of our opponents

            they’ve been consistently out skating us all season long

        • boom

          Don’t get him started….please…

          • runningbear1974

            I’m not irrational in my beliefs, and I keep it polite… I don’t attack the character just the behaviour… Too bad some of you don’t appreciate that difference…

          • boom

            just poking fun at you – meant no offense.

          • runningbear1974

            thanks that’s good :)

      • runningbear1974

        We are in different era… 10 years ago if you were a superstar you didn’t have to improve… Nowadays, everyone is expected to be 2-way player… There won’t be these 1-dimensional players in 10 years… Just need them to get too old and retire…

      • John Q. Spartan

        Huh?

    • John Q. Spartan

      His skating is more than fine. No issue.

    • runningbear1974

      if he keeps practicing it should continue to get better and better… If he doesn’t get better than that’s indication that he’s not practicing anymore…

  • MethotToMyMadness

    This will be a tough match-up for our Sens tonight. Was it JR on 1200 with his El Predict o, that the Hawks would score in the first 5 minutes? There are a few teams out there, which I agree have the capability of doing that. Chicago is definitely one of them, but without Kane, they have lost a major component. And we saw that last night against Boston. They are still trying to find someone to replace him and it hasn’t worked out just yet. Hopefully Ottawa benefits from him being out of the lineup.

    Anderson is back, I’m sure he’s eager to get things rolling again and prove to everyone he’s still #1. I really want to see how Stone handles the extra minutes, I think he has all the tools to make an impact.

    Talk about players for next year. I agree on Lazar starting in Bingo and bringing a goal scorer like Puemple into the mix. I think he’s next in line for serious consideration, along with JPG and maybe even Prince for a few games. While I like Da Costa and what he brings to the table, so far he’s only shown it in the AHL level. Maybe with more quality players and minutes, we see something different at the NHL level, but I just don’t think we realistically have room for him. It may be worth looking at an AHL trade using Da Costa to land a quality D prospect that we can let Richardson groom.

    • BeJamin

      Obviously didn’t watch Da Costas last call up eh bud? He was great before the Olympic break. For sure showed he has nhl game.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Yes I watched, it was finally a breakout for him. We’ve all been waiting for that. But it was cut short and looking at where our prospects are, can you seriously see him being on the big team next year? That’s where I was going with it.

        • runningbear1974

          That is sad that he probably won’t make the team…

        • BeJamin

          If Z plays wing he could easily be the third line center with Stone or Z on his hip. He should be playing right now.

      • runningbear1974

        Yep, agree… He looked particularly awesome, and I was disappointed he went back to AHL…

      • FistsofNeil25

        and he’s an RFA this summer. He’ll either be in the NHL or Europe next season. I don’t think he’ll be back in the Sens organization though.

  • aegiszx

    Looking forward to this game!!! The misses will be wearing her Keith jersey, and ill be wearing my Karlsson jersey! Luckily for the Sens, the Hawks will be without Pkane… and Raanta may be in net tonight.

    The Hawks have looked meh this season though, and are nowhere near playoff form. The Sens though, dont have much to play for so… Tonight’s a toss up…

    • my2sens

      We don’t do well with backups in nets though…

      • aegiszx

        True… and Raanta is having a stellar first year. Really solid 1-2 punch with Crawford.

    • runningbear1974

      We don’t have the maturity as a group to take advantage of other team’s weak points… You need well disciplined, and diverse players to do that…

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Earlier I mentioned moving Da Costa for an AHL D. Would anyone be apposed to Bingo moving him to for a guy like T.J Brennan?

    Brennan’s last trip to the NHL was last year with Florida and he didn’t fair too bad, 9 points in 19 games, with a -8. But it was Florida after all.

    Brennan’s been very successful with the Marlies this year and leads the AHL with 61 points. He’s at least equivalent in his AHL success as Da Costa is, and it would fill a hole or two that Bingo will have open next season.

    • Simple Jack

      why? we have many promising d men in bingo.

    • runningbear1974

      Tough call… I would oppose because I enjoy Dacosta’s game… But realistically there’s not much room on the team… Especially if we want Pageau to come in… In my opinion we really missed an opportunity this year to get a lot of our young guys development time… We were too busy with the guys recovering from injury… Good for the vets, bad for the youths…

  • Simple Jack

    I don’t think we can keep some kids down in bingo next season.
    therefore condra and michalek will not be in the line up.
    next year possible line up
    hemsky spezza ryan
    macaurthur turris stone
    Hoffman/dacosta zibanejad pneumple/pageau
    greening smith neil

  • CUP 2014-15

    Well should be fun tonight to see the high flying Hawks in town. I just wonder how many people will think there is an outside chance of getting back in the race if we wake up tomorrow only 6 pts back of Det, with 18 possible pts still on the table. That would have me pulling for the blue team tomorrow and with a win V Cal on Sunday we would be 4 back of Det and 6 back of T.O. with a game in hand LOL…Off to the pub and then the game. Looking forward to seeing Hoffman and Stone tonight. Hate that Andy is back in, I really wanted to see all the kids but Robin not feeling the best after the collision in practice yesterday so it is what it is. Happy that PW will get in another game. Wish they would sit CP down for the season and let Patty play. Have fun all, enjoy and Drink but don’t drive. Go Sens Go

  • boom

    What do you think of this for next season, up front?

    Hoffman-Spezza-Hemsky (too soft?)
    MacArthur-Turris- Ryan (should be solid)
    Puempel-Zibanejad-Stone (would love to see this or something similar..Prince or Lazar?)
    Scneider-Smith-Neil

    Condra in the wings.

    I, honestly, have no idea how the D will line-up, given that we have The Pointer locked in for 2 more years.

    • FistsofNeil25

      We need a line that we can match-up against the opposition’s best. I don’t see a definsively responsible trio there other than the Turris line.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I would consider swapping Hoffman and Ryan…other than that I don’t mind that line up

      • boom

        Yeah, that’s the problem I see as well…

        • FistsofNeil25

          I’m not concerned about offense. I’m concerned about the way this team defends and I think it’s a personnel and systems issue. I don’t think we have enough players committed to playing in their own zone and I think Maclean’s defensive system is extremely flawed.

          We shouldn’t have to rely on our goaltenders as much as we do. We should insulate them better instead of feeding them to the wolves. Lundqvist, Miller, Rask, Price… none of these guys could have had a successful season playing for the Sens this year.

      • sprucesens

        personally zib and Hoffman are very good defensively. Every time they are on the ice I see good back checking and excellent takeaways. But there might be a lot of turnover next year, so its tough to tell. If we run with the exact same bottom 6 though, with only michalek changed out for hemsky, we might not be improved at all. And the D is a massive ?. The draft could be busy even without a 1st pick…

    • Sensnation

      Keep Hoffman with Zibanejad, Stone in Ryan’s slot and try Ryan with Spezza and Hemsky. Would leave the Turris and Zibanejad lines as good 2 way lines.

      I don’t think Schneider has a chance to make it next year unless Condra, Greening and maybe even 1 more player are sent packing.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Yeah Ryan with those two would be unbelievable. He would have SO many opportunities!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Sounds like Zibby is good to go

  • FistsofNeil25

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned it either last night or today, but Lazar’s Oil Kings swept their first round series in the WHL playoffs. Lazar finished 2g’s and 4a’s,

    Chris Driedger an the Calgary Hitmen are down 3-2 in their first round match-up. Driedger has a 4.45 GAA and 0.864 SV % so far in the series.

    • Billy Bob

      Dunn’s a beaut, give that kid a few years and he’ll be a perfect gritty 4th liner.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        He reminds me of Marchand.

        • Billy Bob

          If he turns into a 20-25 goal scorer I’d be so pumped

  • SensFanInMTL

    I love reading your guys’ posts for the 2014-2015 lineups and not finding Greening or Condra anywhere lol. So where exactly do you reckon they will go? Are they allowed to be sent to the AHL before waivers begin? I would love to retry Ryan with Spezza again seeing as we gave up a ton for him and that he still is the goal scorer we needed Spezza to play with. New season and injury free.

    • Jacques

      Let’s get them kidnapped till their contracts run out!

  • Terry

    Really wish that Sports Net East would not black out the game in Calgary

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    *Gulp*

  • mr.slapshot

    Well this looks lop sided so far.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The guys look intimidated.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Brown: “Chopped on the hand and now wants a penalty.”
    Potvin: “Waa waa. Let’s get to something more important.”

    LMAO.

  • Jacques

    Bottom six should be

    Hoffman-DaCosta-Zibby
    Greening-Smith-Condra
    Neil

    Neil not bringing much these days.

  • Jacques

    Wow shocked he hit the net! Good start.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Sens generate pressure. Take a penalty. What else is new?

    Oooh! A shortie by #22! That’s new!

  • Millennium

    Condra looked like he’d done that before, which is odd, because I could have sworn he has never hit the net in his life.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Scores! MacKinnon # 22

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Now while I have never been to the game, from watching and hearing every single one of them, why is the in arena music so soft??? They can’t play anything a little bit more pump up or energetic? I mean Boston has that beautiful organ player which sounds amazing, other arenas bring out some good jams, why does the CTC play Avicii and this Britney Spears shit??

    • karlssens

      That’s what the target market listens to. The die hard fans (aged 20-35) are all into EDM.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Sorry bud. But Wake Me Up by Avicii is on my iPod because of Scotiabank Place. I can’t wait to make enough $ one day and live there and get season tickets.

  • Jacques

    Ceci is going to be a beaut! Wiorcioch playing Very well. Hope Phillips is our overpaid 7th d-man or Traded this summer.

  • Jacques

    No match here!

  • SensFanInMTL

    I will never dislike Chris Neil. He needs to be the VP Operations of whatever Shanahan does in the future.

  • SensFanInMTL

    LMAO Potvin’s a fuckin riot with his random comments. How can these 2 NOT be apart of TSN going forward?

  • Cicero

    Potvin is an odd duck. Dean is talking about the early conditioning, develpment, and legacy of Hossa, and Denis spends a couple minutes setting up a legendary story….about Hossa duckhooking a golf ball past his head.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Are you guys getting glitched live Sportsnet feed?

    • Senators Pundit

      Haha I think I just saw gryba chip that puck in about a dozen times.

    • Cicero

      No it’s fine here.

      No it’s fine here.

      No it’s fine here.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        LOL

      • SensFanInMTL

        It’s live though, the phack is this stuff lol

      • CrackAttack

        Gryba with the steal….

        Gryba with the steal….

        Gryba with the steal….

        It was actually kind of catchy!

        • Cicero

          Dean was tryin to rap…after all that talk about Snoop Lion.

  • ali

    gryba with a steal gryba with a steal gryba with a steal gryba with a steal gryba with a steal

    hahahahahhahahah

  • xiorcal

    How are they playing today? By looking at the stats it’s looking like an even battle.

    • Senators Pundit

      So far we’re taking it to them, but it’s mostly because of sloppy play on their side. We’ve had some really nice offensive plays develop though.

      I expect a different Chicago squad to come out next period.

      • xiorcal

        Merci.

  • Millennium

    Ceci!

  • Cicero

    OH WOW. Okay….did the teams swap jerseys as an early April Fool’s prank??

  • SensFanInMTL

    This is totally expected. Every now and then a team low in the standings like we are can get a lead (and hopefully an eventual win) against an elite team like the Hawks. We have nothing to lose for the rest of the season and just have to hope things turn around for next season with a few of our 1st round prospects to crack the roster!

  • Cicero

    Okay that towel thing was creepy.

  • karlssens

    Christ spezza..

  • Terry

    Is it really 3-0?

  • Millennium

    Hemsky and Spezza are fun together. I’d LOVE to see Ryan with them next season. The finisher they both need.

  • SensFanInMTL

    WTF is going on? Who paid the Hawks?

  • SensFanInMTL

    Potvin: “You have the boards. You shoot it as hard as you can to clear it out. That little flipper bothers me and it should Ceci too. Leave that junior hockey play there.”

    Brown: “My mistake it was actually Turris that created the turnover.”

    Potvin: “Well I saw Ceci do it earlier before, so.”

    This just gets better with time. TSN please sign them for next season. Please.

  • luckan20

    Last 5 to 6 minutes have been awful to watch. Hawks are making use of some clumsy play by Ottawa.

  • Colin

    Deserved penalties by Ottawa, but there are two teams on the ice. Hawks have gotten away with a few.

  • karlssens

    Gryba man.. He’s not good

    • Jacques

      He’s way better than Cowen!

  • Millennium

    Cowen needs to learn how to hit, and use his body in any meaningful way. His only play is stick check + push and it usually backfires. Needs some coaching.

    • karlssens

      I thought it was a weak call

      • Millennium

        It was a bit of a weak call, but that’s not really the point. Find me a single play where Cowen actually uses his body and not just his forearms.

        • karlssens

          Can’t argue with you there haha

        • Jacques

          His skating is real bad!

  • Andrews theory

    That’s the kind of goaltending that keeps you in the playoff hunt

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Anderson’s play should not be overlooked. He’s been phenomenal.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Solid showing from the boys so far tonight! Andy’s been great! Can someone please tell me what purpose Greening serves on this team though? That guy is brutal.

    • SensFanInMTL

      So you agree he will be put in the AHL before waivers kicks in to make room for you know who then right?

      • FistsofNeil25

        They won’t pay him 2.65 million a season to play in the AHL.

        • SensFanInMTL

          Well hell I don’t want him. I’ll gladly take a 7th rounder for him. I promise us it won’t be much of a loss.

  • Andrews theory

    If that play is against us it somehow ends up in the net this year

  • SensFanInMTL

    This seems to be an often occurrence of working hard and puemping in goals then slowly fading away and creating turnovers eh? Hawks aren’t exactly the team to be offering those to. FFS.

    • Andrews theory

      Proved to be a prophecy

  • Andrews theory

    I actually like it when brown and Potvin argue lol

  • SensFanInMTL

    GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY. Everyone is creating them. Are they aware of which team they are playing for? This will kill this franchise it’s unbelievable.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Why did we ever trade that guy? He just ate Methot and Karlsson for dinner.

  • Andrews theory

    Eesh

  • Kielbasa

    The amount of moronic and idiotic passes this team makes almost every game is astonishing. No wonder this team sh!+ the bed this year. They forget how to play smart, responsible hockey.

  • Shibal

    Puempel scores another pp goal today for his 25th. This guy could have easily scored 30 this season if he was playing with Da Costa and Hoffman earlier in the season.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Speaking of which, I’m on Bingo’s site now and scrolling through the stats. Whatever happened to Ludwig Karlsson?

  • luckan20

    Terrible and Hawks carried the game in period. Only positive was our 3rd goal right off the bat and rest of the period belonged to Hawks.

  • Millennium

    Leafs down 4-2 with less than 3 to go. 7 game losing streak incoming!!!

    • Jacques

      One of the few things making me Real Happy!

  • Jacques

    Puempel and Prince with the goals 2-1 Bingo, game almost done. DaCosta the playmaker two assists. He’s good!

  • Jacques

    TUrris works his ass off!

  • Mark

    Man…..we are gonna be good either next year or the year after. You can see it slowly developing. Call me crazy….

    • Harv

      I’m not calling you crazy. I think the potential is high fir the next few years. Management has to make some good decisions.

      • Mark

        Yep and the potential is huge. Hopefully management doesn’t screw it up.

  • Sicilian

    I want to keep weircoch. That kid has potential

    • Harv

      He has not been given a chance to develop yet. I agree – we need to keep him here.

    • Sicilian

      I posted this before his assist. Just sayin’

  • Michenator

    what a garbage call.

  • Mark

    Sorry but the why was Weircioch sitting while Phillips played?!

    • Jacques

      Incredible, can’t figure that out! Phillips or Cowen for that matter they were both shit all year!

      • Mark

        He makes a huge difference over Phillips!

        • Jacques

          Agreed

      • Andrews theory

        At least with Cowen you have the development angle and year of recovery…

        CP has been on a down slope for 5 years

        • Jacques

          For sure, but Cowen could’ve sat a few to regroup mentally during his pathetic period

      • Harv

        I think Murray is the only person who really likes the Phillips signing.

        • Jacques

          Haha

    • Andrews theory

      Amazing, better skater, passer, shooter and transition player.

      D side will come,

  • Andrews theory

    PW in on it again…it’s so ridiculous that CP plays before this guy.

    • Mark

      Exactly

  • xiorcal

    my stream froze right on the rebound. I had to wait a good 10 second to know if the puck was in or not lol.

  • Jacques

    PW looking good! TUrris is amazing!

  • Harv

    Turris, Ryan and Hemsky are looking like good trades if not great at this point. Add McArthur and it may be that Murray knows what he is doing.

    • Sandy

      Yeah, and all the while dealing with a shoestring budget..

      • Harv

        We will find out about the budget during the off season. Not convinced it will be a problem as many believe.

        • Sandy

          Melnyk said this team, even with the new TV deals, will still be a budget team..

          • Jacques

            That’s bullcrap

          • Sandy

            He said that in an interview….

          • Jacques

            I know Sandy but I ‘m not buying what he’s selling! The math is pretty easy!

        • Jacques

          45 million a year coming in for the next 12 years, hell Melnyk will make money even if he spends to the Cap! He will have no more excuses!

  • thepez

    We have a 4 to 2 lead and Spezza throws a blind pass near the Hawks net that turns into a 4 on 2……yikes

    • Jacques

      Leadership , keep the puck 200 ft from your net! Or at least back check like demon!

  • Sandy

    Back from the sunny south.. Had a great time at both games.. Lots of Sens fans for support.. especially in Tampa..
    Good game by the Sens tonight… Leafs lose which is also a beautiful thing.

    • Harv

      Too bad you left. It is really sunny now.

      • Sandy

        Yeah thanks for that. It rained in Tampa for one day we were there.. and was sunny in Sunrise…
        Spent 1 day at Sawgrass Mills. Awesome shopping mall… sore feet..

        • Harv

          Sawgrass is fun even if you hate shopping. Going to be high 70′s and sunny for the next week. Got to get my bike going. Love the arena in Tampa.

          • Sandy

            Outside of the arena nothing special.. Sunrise outside the arena is very beautiful..
            That scoreboard in Tampa is just amazing.. blue line to blue line.. Then those ‘machines’ that create the ‘lightning’ when they score is neat.

          • Harv

            Yeh, I mean inside. You don’t want to do the outside at night.

    • Jacques

      Glad to hear you had fun, love a Tampa area!

  • Mark

    Biggest need to address is our D. Weir over CP4 is the first thing we need to do to improve. We also have Claesson and Boro in Binghampton.

  • xiorcal

    41 shots for chicago with a bit more than 10 minutes to play. Crazy.

  • Sicilian

    “Ruled to be too clean a win” – You got to like Potvin for lines like that!

  • xiorcal

    where did they found last year Anderson?

  • Harv

    Think Anderson is making a statement? If he is, it is good news for the Sens.

  • Andrews theory

    Stone with the beauty pass!

  • Cicero

    Our #1 line delivers again!

  • Harv

    McArthur – man, he has played awesome here!

  • Millennium

    Stone 4 points in 3 games since the call up. Some really nice plays by him. MacArthur just looks so good, I can’t even say enough about him.

    • Harv

      Stone is a lock for next year.

  • Millennium

    Cowen and Gryba in the box is the most Sens thing I’ve seen all season.

    • Cicero

      Iconic.

  • Sicilian

    Love that Ceci move in front of the net

  • xiorcal

    Sportsclubstats chance of making the playoff if we win tonight plus the rest of our games is now at 91.9%

  • Cicero

    Music’s better lol.

  • Sandy

    One thing I will say in both Tampa & Sunrise (even with the limited fans) the fan experience is better than what the Sens do right now.. I mean in way of music, getting people involved and the in game host..

    • Harv

      Haven’t been to Sunrise but Tampa is better for sure. And, I get to watch Bishop at a really reduced price.

    • Floridasensfan

      Sandy was that you I talked to at the concession stand before the game?

      • Sandy

        Don’t know.. I’m a redhead.. My friend has dark hair…

        • Floridasensfan

          Think I met your friend:}

  • SensFanInMTL

    Guys shhhhhhhhh. Remember the last time we had a 3 goal lead….

    • xiorcal

      are you trying to jinx it

      • SensFanInMTL

        No you lol

    • xiorcal

      that’s on you mtl ಠ_ಠ

  • SensFanInMTL

    Playoffs or no playoffs, this was a great night. WOOOOOO.

    • Sandy

      6 points behind the Leafs with 2 games in hand.. Would be wonderful if the Sens pulled ahead of them…
      Good to see that in the standings and puts Anaheim’s pick lower…

  • Terry

    Good to see they won!! I can’t wait to see the highlights!

  • Millennium

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=447664

    Some interesting quotes by Murray in Mendes’ latest piece. Specifically about Maclean and Lehner.

  • luckan20

    Leafs lose 7 in a row. Tomorrow they are playing Red Wings at home. They also have only 7 games left and if they lose 2 more, Leafs are done from play-offs. It will be similar to epic fall off after leading 4-1 against Bruins in the play-offs.

  • Mark

    I’m loving watching Ceci, Stone, and Hoffman developing. I really like Stone and his skating has vastly improved. Always loved Ceci and Hoffman works hard with some skill. We know how to draft.

  • luckan20

    Although we won this game, our guys are playing without much pressure. I still believe Ottawa needs to think of revamping our D. I will only say Karlsson and Ceci are untouchables.

    • Mark

      I agree but I’d add Methot in there too and I haven’t given up on Cowen Lol

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    3-0-0 When Ceci scores. Good win.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Could he be our next Phillips in that department?!?

      • FistsofNeil25

        I think Ceci is going to score a lot more goals than Phillips.

        • Aaron 2.0

          For sure! At the height of both of their careers, they’ll be very different players. I just meant about our winning percentage when Phillips scores. So far Ceci is 100%!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Man, only 6 points behind Detroit & Columbus for that final spot, and finally teams ahead of us are losing. Those games out west are so depressing right now. Who are we ‘cheering’ for tomorrow b/w Detroit and Toronto? If you’re holding onto any hope, you’d have to think a Toronto win would be better (with us having games in hand to them). Hard to say. Just not a 3-point game I guess!

    • T K

      I’m hoping that the building gets swallowed by a sink hole and neither team gets points.

  • Jason

    I know we hate the Leafs but we need to cheer for them to beat the wings today. Also need Boston and Carolina to win.

    • Andrews theory

      I cannot.

      If Sens can’t make the playoffs or get a good first rounder this year the next best thing is the Leafs missing the playoffs again. I’m happy if they don’t win again this year

    • Roar…

      We don’t and I won’t. It’s not like this Sens team would do much vs. Boston or the Pens. I’d much rather Toronto miss in agonizing fashion. Ottawa’s only chance of getting in is winning every single game on the table. If they do that, they earn it. And it’s better that way.

  • Andrews theory

    The more I see Stone, the more I feel this is the type of guy we’ve always wanted but never had. Big body with soft hands, willing to go to the net, screen, tip, bang in loose pucks etc.

    He is going to contribute to some monumental moments over his career here!

    • FistsofNeil25

      He looks so good right now with Turris and Mac. I know it’s a small sample size of only 3 games but he has 4 points so far in this call-up and he has looked every bit as strong on the Turris line as Bobby did. I can’t help but get really excited at what we’re seeing from him.

      I think Stone has finally arrived.

  • thepez

    So now the “best players play” philosophy is about to be challenged. If Philips is ready does coach Mac take PW46 out? He has been solid these past two games. Maybe the comments of Murray got back to coach Mac. In his post game conference he wasn’t his usual sarcastic self. Seemed very humble.

  • Andrews theory

    I can handle young players making mistakes especially a guy like PW or Ceci. I could see them being a very dangerous 3-4 on the back end with the potential to eat up competition.

    Obviously the hope for Cowen is that he develops into a #2 but for now he should be developing on the bottom pairing.

    What I’d like to see for the remaining games, dress D or alternate the bottom 3

    Karlsson Methot
    PW Ceci
    Gryba Cowen

    Phillips

  • Sandy

    Look at that defense without Phillips in the lineup..
    Karlsson — 23
    Cowen — 23
    Gryba — 25
    Ceci — 20
    Wiercioch — 23
    Methot — 28
    That’s a very young and inexperienced defense. If they can keep most of them together for several years.. Let them develop and grow together, I think that could be a pretty good D in about 3-4 years…

    • FistsofNeil25

      That group lacks a bit of mobility for my liking but it’s not bad. Other than Methot they should all still improve in the next few years. I think I would swap out Wiercioch for a true top 4 or top pairing guy.

      One thing is certain though, it’s a better group without Phillips.

      • Sensturion

        Cowen excluded, I see no mobility problems on that back end. Wiercioch, Ceci, Karlsson and Ceci can all skate very well. Methot’s skating is quite good for a big man and Gryba is surprisingly smooth out there.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Really the only liability in the skating department I see is Cowen, Gryba although no gazelle out there, isn’t a slouch, and surprises me at least once or twice a game.

        • FistsofNeil25

          There’s a difference between someone who’s skating ability isn’t a liability and someone who is a great skater. Take a look around at the top teams in the league and they all have a fairly mobile blueline.

          Our group overall is fine, but they aren’t great.

  • Roar…

    The most frustrating thing has got to be the amount Phillips has played this year whilst a better guy sits in the press box. Combine that with Stone & Da Costa not being up here since the Olympic break and you have your answer for why this team is sitting on the outside looking in.

    All 3 of these guys have proved they belong in the lineup. Stone played well on Spezza’s hip earlier in the year. Da Costa was great before the Olympic break and the team was winning games. I believe Phillips/Neil missed a few games before the break as well? For sure when they missed time it helped the team get hot. The only reason Da Costa & Stone weren’t playing the last 3+ months is because this organization has been dollars before sense all year.

    MacArthur-Turris-Ryan (19) – Swap Ryan/Stone for TOI injury reasons when needed
    Michalek-Spezza-Hemksy (19)
    Hoffman-Zibanejad-Stone (16)
    Condra-Da Costa-Smith (6) – Add additional TOI for PK when needed

    Methot-Karlsson (25-30)
    Ceci-Wiercioch (20)
    Cowen-Gryba (15 or less)

    If we had rolled with this. We’d probably be in the playoffs. We might even have unseeded Tampa or Montreal. This organization shot itself in the foot this year. I just hope they learn from it.

    The best thing is this team has such a bright future. Lots of kids learning and improving. Pageau, Lazar, Boro, Claesson, Prince & Puempel all still in Bingo. All with NHL futures ahead of them, the only question will be how bright. Maybe Prince stays maybe he goes, but we’ve got a lot of guys ready to go down there. Possibly more than any other team in the NHL. And there is no harm in bringing them along slowly the way Detroit does things. Rarely do guys see the NHL before 24 in that org. And they mine gems like Nyquist.

  • Sandy

    During a bad season.. along with the Leafs losing.. something else to make us Sens fans smile..

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  • Sandy

    Haven’t watched the entire Leafs game.. but have it on now.
    Last 2 min of the game, Detroit is given a penalty.. so the Leafs with the goalie pulled are now 6 on 4. Are you kidding me? Is it obvious who has to win?
    How many times has that happened.
    I keep thinking of the hook on Greening with 15 sec left in the Mtl game.. and how they were not given a penalty late in the game.

  • Sandy

    6 games left for the Leafs.. against Cal, Bos, Tam, Winn, Fla, Ott. They are 2 pts behind the wild card and both Det & Col have 2 games in hand.
    Yeah it doesn’t look good for the Leafs.
    Now those 4 Leaf fans behind us at the game tomorrow.. will have nothing to brag about..