Game Day- Senators Host Ovechkin, Capitals

SensChirp December 30, 2013 276
Game Day- Senators Host Ovechkin, Capitals

If the Ottawa Senators are going to crawl back into the Eastern Conference playoff race, they have to find a way to string a couple wins together.  The Senators haven’t won back to back games since early November and as a result, haven’t been able to make up any ground in the standings.

They’ll again look for a second straight win this evening when they host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

The Caps currently sit second on the Metropolitan Division and have a pretty strong grip on a playoff spot in the East.  They’ve posted a 5-2-3 record in their past ten games and as has been the case all year, have an offence that is led by Alex Ovehckin.  His 30 goals are six more than the closest competitor and have people talking about the possibility of a second straight Hart Trophy for the Russian sniper.  Safe to say shutting down Ovechkin will be a key for the Senators this evening.

Ottawa will be without a couple key veterans for a second straight game.  Both Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips were ruled out yesterday and will not play against Washington.  Phillips is nursing a foot injury while the Spezza injury is a bit of a mystery.  The team has suggested it’s not related to the injuries he suffered last year but speculation I’m hearing is that it is indeed his back that’s bugging him.  Obviously not a good sign, if true.  With Phillips and Spezza out, the Senators are expected to go with the same line up as Saturday against Boston.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Corvo
Wiercioch-Ceci

Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal.

The Daily Chirp-  Defenceman Eric Gryba will miss a second straight game as a healthy scratch and there are some rumours suggesting that he may be a player involved in conversations with the Rangers regarding defenceman Michael Del Zotto.  The Rangers don’t appear to be any big hurry to move Del Zotto but if and when they do, they’ll want to get a defenceman back in the trade.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Save a kids career….Please trade or waive Gryba…I can’t believe that Corvo is back in, if Gryba had a game like Corvo did last game he would be benched until the snow clears, what is wrong with this coaching staff, it’s not like the Caps have any big F#@king wingers, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! How many games do we have to watch our D play like an SEL team ? We need size, I mean holy shit…. Soderbergh is still out for Boston on a nice hit by Gryba stepping up at the Bruins blueline. This young lad forces the play wide. The middle of the ice will be wide open tonight for the Caps, shit I hate this soft candy ass D we are dressing.

    • runningbear1974

      Was just thinking about this… If you want Methot to play more offensively, play him with Gryba… If you want Methot to play more defensively, play him with Corvo… Could just be a matchup thing…
      I really like Gryba, but i really like Carkner, and Benoit too…

      • CUP 2014-15

        I hope the kid gets moved so he can continue his career, I JUST DON’T GET IT. Beagle 6’3 215, Brouwer 6″3 213, Chimira 6″3 213. Fehr 6″4 212, Laich 6″2 210, Wilson 6″4 210 and OV 6″3 230. And we dress a D that doesn’t make contact, WOW !!!!

        • runningbear1974

          I hope we don’t move him… He’s a perfect 5-6 d….

          • CUP 2014-15

            Agreed 100% but this team has treated him like crap and that will not be lost on his management team come contract time at years end, so if they don’t move him I would expect arbitration will not go Euge’s way and he walks.
            He’s played less games then Corvo ?????? has the best +- on the D core and hits like a truck. I would love for him to stay but between him and ZBad, they may both want out of here by years end and that scares me. They play hard minutes but our coaching staff for some reason leaves Gryba in the press box and keeps screwing with ZBad, thank God Spezz is out or ZBad would still be playing with Condra and Kassian.

          • Roar…

            Corvo has had some of the best underlying numbers on the team. He’s been one of the big reasons for the improving play on the ice over the past 10-15 games where Ottawa has started to play much better. If anyone should be sitting for Gryba it’s probably Wier.

            That said, Gryba plays well WITHOUT the puck, WITH the puck he’s an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. He’s a good 6-7 D man when he plays a very specific role. Otherwise he’s not really an NHL player. Keep sounding off like he’s gonna have some epic career though by all means…

          • CUP 2014-15

            epic career???? how does wanting more toughness in the line-up equal epic career. When have I ever said he was more then a 5,6,7 D man. If you put down the cool-aid for a minute and pay attention. I have talked about him as well as Boro when he was here. Our problem is were too soft on D, not that were sitting Gryba as an individual.
            In regards to PW, I agree that Gryba should play ahead of him as well, but Corvo was F#@king awful last game. Pick witch softy you want to sit I don’t care, hell sit them both and call up Boro if Philly is hurt.

          • Roar…

            Sorry I didn’t read what looks like your 50 posts on here in this one thread. Every damn thread its “save Gryba’s career” what are you his #1 fan boy? Gryba, whether you like it or not is an asset for this team that doesn’t have to play 82 games. Its nice to be able to have a tough guy like him who can play a 6-7 role and play 30-40 games without being relied upon for 82 vs. competition he isn’t well suited for. Nobody is killing his career. He is earning his place in the NHL. Deal with it.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Try again, I don’t give a damn weather it’s Gryba or Boro. Just get some toughness on our backend. If Boro was the one sitting in the stands then he would be the one I am posting about. You really do have to follow along. If you think I am the only one on here calling for toughness on the backend take another look.

          • SENSsmile

            Terrible management and coaching decisions indeed.

    • Jacques

      What do you mean trade or waive – he should be playing for the Senators!

      • CUP 2014-15

        I agree Jacques, but I can see this D next yr being MM, Karl…CC MDZ…PW and Wideman. Then we can skate like the wind baby. I want to see Gryba play but they bench the kid after any loss when he plays and games after wins as well. I think were screwing his career, that’s why I always post to trade or waive him after yet another benching.

        • Jacques

          That is too – weak
          I like
          2-65
          3-5
          Del Zotto-Gryba
          I like that type of D – all right-Left with a banger and a skater on each pair!

          • CUP 2014-15

            I don’t see it happening but I would love for you to be right man.

          • sben

            Cowen sucks. He has no balance and gives the puck away all the time. All his shots are srap and he thinks he is karlsson and skates deep into the offensive zone and then there are odd man rushes. I would trade cowen instead of gryba in an instant.

        • Lucretia

          If that’s our D next year then we’re going to have bigger problems than we do this year.

          • CUP 2014-15

            No shit. However this seems to be the direction of management at this point in time. If we trade for MDZ, I think were in big trouble.

    • Captain Nitpicker

      25 year old Gryba is not a kid

      • runningbear1974

        nice name :)

      • CUP 2014-15

        50 games NHL, CALL IT LIKE YOU WANT.

      • CUP 2014-15

        average age of rookie Dmen from 2000 to present is 23.9 yrs of age, sorry your right he’s a vet.

    • mkjr

      I’m with you on Gryba, if they have to get rid of someone it should be Wiercioch. Let Corvo go for a bag of pucks…as for Del Zotto, why do we want/need the Rangers trash? I’m not sure what the organization is doing, I’m not impressed, and that goes for Melnyk right down to coach Mac.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Should be an interesting game tonight. Shutting down Ovie will be a tough task but he hasn’t had much success against the Sens lately. Karlsson seems to really enjoy playing against him.

    If the Sens win tonight it could be the first legitimate sign that they’re starting to turn a corner. A win tonight would give us 3 regulation wins in our last 4 games against some of the top teams in the east.

    Washington lost a 2-1 game to Buffalo last night, outshooting the Sabres 50-17. Sens can’t afford a loss to another team playing their second back in two nights. No excuses tonight.

    Predicition for tonight: Sens win 4-2

    • CUP 2014-15

      5-4 Ottawa, We will be playing old fashion shinny tonight with this D. Last Gm Karl 2 hits, CC 1 hit, Corvo and PW 0, ZERO, NIL NOTTA. Karl and CC each with a hit with less then 2 min. remaining, in other words four D combined for 1 damn hit through 58 minutes.

      • FistsofNeil25

        But we still won the game! Hits aren’t everything.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Yes your right, They aren’t and neither are clearing the front of the net, winning puck battles or taking away the middle of the ice. None of them are everything. We won a game woohoo, let’s not get too hyped up over 1 in a row. How did you like Corvo’s game???

          • FistsofNeil25

            I agree 100% that Corvo should be out and Gryba should be in. I just don’t believe there’s a correlation between hitting and winning. I couldn’t care less if Karlsson, Ceci, or Wiercioch threw a single hit in the game as long as they are smart positionally and move the puck well.

            Realistically though, if the difference between winning a game comes down to either Gryba or Corvo as our 6th dman, then the rest of the team just isn’t doing their jobs.

          • CUP 2014-15

            You will notice that when MM, CP, Cowen and Gryba are in, teams play from the outside, Sid found that out early. There is not one team in this league that plays 3, little on 4 D that are soft, except of course our beloved Sens. Check out LA, SJ, CHI, ST.L BOST and Pitt just to name a few.

          • FistsofNeil25

            I also notice that when all of Phillips, Methot, Gryba, and Cowen are in the line-up we play more time in our own end and struggle get the puck to our forwards.

            Listen, I agree that Gryba should be in instead of Corvo. I seriously believe at this point that Karlsson, Methot, Ceci, Wiercioch, Gryba and Cowen are our top 6 defenseman in this organization.

            Obviously, there isn’t a combination of six defenseman in this organization that would put our blueline in the mix against any of the elite teams in the NHL. There just isn’t. We have too many one dimensional players in our defensive group. That’s just the reality

            If you look at the list of teams mentioned, the majority of their defensemen can play at both ends of the rink. You can’t compare our team to any of those, especially when mentioning names like Phillips, Cowen, Gryba, Wiercioch, and Corvo.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I am not comparing the individuals. I am talking about having Defencmen that can play Defence and all those teams have at least 4 that can play the PK, Make it tough on the opposition and a warzone in front of the net. I will be shocked if the Caps don’t skate right down the middle and set up shop in the slot. Should be interesting as well if we take penalties(AS USUAL) and mm or JC happen to talk one well. who kills it. LOL, HAHAHAHAHAHA

          • FistsofNeil25

            Sorry man, you’re missing my point. I like your theory about having 4 guys who are hard to play against. It would be nice to have four guys who could force opposing forwards to play on the perimeter, or four guys who can clear the front of the net. We just don’t have that regardless of who you put in the line-up.

            Phillips has been terrible this year. He had a stretch where he played some good hockey but overall he’s been brutal. Same goes for Cowen. Cowen shows flashes of what he is expected to be but he has been pretty bad for the majority of the season. You know where these two have played some of their worst hockey? On the penalty kill!

            You want our blueline to consist of four bruisers, but we don’t have that, and our puck movers like Wiercioch and Ceci couldn’t be any worse defensively than guys like Cowen and Phillips, but they have an element to their games that our stay-at-home guys don’t. Plus Ceci has been pretty good defensively in my opinion.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I agree to a point, I believe your right that our big boys need to play better, but I still don’t get sitting Gryba tonight, I still don’t get going after MDZ. I still don’t get why Boro can’t be used in place of Corvo or Phillips. I don’t think our D are playing up to potential but this playing 4 puck movers started with the sitting of MM after the flu. This seems to be the direction our team is taking and I think it’s crap.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Part of the problem is we’re carrying too many defensemen. When healthy we’re forced to make two of them a healthy scratch whether they deserve it or not. Maclean is trying to give all of these guys an opportunity to play. I know a lot of people don’t like it, like myself, but I understand it.

            Murray needs to make a move to make things less crowded on our back end. Enough of this rotation bullshit. I doubt there are many other teams out there that carry 8 dmen and consistently rotate their d-pairings and line-up like we do. These guys need to be given a chance to develop some chemistry together.

            I don’t understand the idea of bringing in Del Zotto unless Murray has the intention of moving Wiercioch out in a deal. I also think it’s time to move on from Phillips. I know he’s a leader and has more experience than anyone else on the roster, but he’s no longer a top 6 dman on this team.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Man oh man, I just don’t know what to think if we go after MDZ. Karl is Karl and for all his problems in the D Zone, he’s forgiven and CC will be good in all three zones when he gets stronger, he will be a good one. When that time comes I think we would be ready for a third D that can move the puck. Sorry for being so angry but I will be at the game tonight and I can just see the long sweeping stick action of our D not wanting to bump into anyone. Hope we can pull this out and CC can pick up some of Corvo’s TOI

          • CUP 2014-15

            After a quick check it appears our corsi numbers in the games with the big boys in is better, who would have thought that we would be out shot with all those puck moving D in the line-up. I guess if your allowed to set up shop in the slot that shit is going to happen

          • sens23

            7 of the last 10 cup winners were in the bottom half of the league for hits the year they won the cup. hits are not the be all end of of success
            your crush on gryba is amazing. the guy is a 7th dman on every team in the league. thats what he should be on the sens but for some reason BM is afraid to reduce the sens NHL dmen to 7 on the roster

          • CUP 2014-15

            Enjoy the caps setting up shop in the slot and you and PW can talk about how it’s unfair. I am sure you would love to see MDZ in for Boro and Gryba, Womens hockey can be fun too, enjoy

          • sens23

            hmmm like how you ignored the 7 of 10 stat
            how did the sens ever beat the caps last time with karlsson, cowen, methot, wierioch, corvo and phillips in the line up

  • FistsofNeil25

    Powerplay goal for Canada scored by #26… Cuuuurtis Lazaaaaaaar!!! Man he’s good. He’s been dominant so far in this game.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Plays like Fisher with hands. Love this Kid

      • FistsofNeil25

        I’ve watched every Canada game so far. Call me biased but Lazar should be the Captain of this team, not Laughton. He’s definitely the one player on this team with the most heart and determination. He’s a difference maker every time he’s on the ice, whether it’s offensively or defensively he’s making plays.

        • CUP 2014-15

          I don’t know if he will ever see the A, he could make the step right into the line-up next year.

          • do due dew doodoo

            just like Fisher did

          • CUP 2014-15

            lol,

        • Deadly

          Sure not afraid to stand in front of the net.

    • my2sens

      TSN Gametracker is brutal!!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    God I hope we don’t move Gryba for delzotto…. With the emergence of ceci, he is redundant.

    How many games is Ceci at now? Are you hearing if he is sticking around for good chirp?

  • Sandy

    With the great game that Methot and Gryba had against Crosby… why would they not be paired to go against OV? Both guys hit.
    As for MDZ let him stay in NY. Sens don’t need another offensive D-man that struggles defensively…
    Lazar is playing really well. He will be McLean’s dream player. 200 ft game. Speed, skill, hard on the puck, strong..

    • CUP 2014-15

      Could not agree more Sandy but this management team seems set on using Offensive minded D and MDZ will allow us to dress 4 or 5 of them next year.

    • two to Tootoo too

      Rock Star Lazar !

  • Sensturion

    Caps are going with Grubauer tonight in net. I’d say that’s good for us, but he’s 5-1-2 to start his career…

  • two to Tootoo too

    Gryba not playing because he’s about to be traded ?

    • CUP 2014-15

      I hate to agree because I think every team needs toughness on the backend but I have a feeling your right and he will go with a high end prospect for MDZ. I AM GOING TO BE PISSED IF IT HAPPENS,

      • Millennium

        If they trade a high end prospect for MDZ, that would be a colossal mistake IMO. Sure he could be a Turris story, but he could just as easily be a CheeChoo story, and I don’t think the Sens need to be taking those kinds of gambles with their quality prospects.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Agreed but does this management going after another puck moving Dman surprise anyone. We do know that they asked for Mathot when talks started so there is NO way they do a one for one with Gryba. I am thinking it’s Stone or Puemple

          • peetypuck

            GMBM might be after someone else, not Del Zotto.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Hope your right and I am praying it’s a top six forward

          • peetypuck

            Sather sounds like he wants too much for Del Zotto. BM doesn’t need to trade with him. Aren’t the Flyers and Canes desperate for D-men?

          • CUP 2014-15

            Almost every team is looking for right handed Dmen.

          • peetypuck

            That gives Murray a slight advantage in negotiating with anyone desperate for a big, shut-down defenceman.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Not that we would ever deal with T.O. but they will over pay for a healthy righty on D right now. They have 5 starting lefties

          • peetypuck

            Bryan Murray did like Kadri enough to want to draft him.

    • SenaTHOR

      Can’t see any other reason.

  • NickofTime

    That would be a terrible idea to trade anyone on this roster for Del Zotto with the exception of Pageau, Corvo & Condra who they don’t need. I don’t get why they would want him, they have 4 puck moving defencemen already & Ceci is doing a great job. Gryba is a right shot, he is big, kinda tough & slowly starting to play a meaner game & this team needs much more of that, not less.

    What they need is more goal scoring up front & if they can get rid of Condra they could bring Stone up. Send Pageau to Bingo & bring Grant up & waive Corvo. Del Zotoo does not make this team harder to play against in fact I would argue he would make them much easier to play against & that would make Ottawa a worse team. He can`t even make the NYR why would we want that useless player.

    • do due dew doodoo

      I’m thinking it’s going to be a Gryba + trade to somewhere else for someone we’re not even thinking of.

      Bryan Murray often keeps his cards very close to his vest.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Hope your right do. I just keep hearing that statement from Mac’s rookie year “I WANT THE OTHER TEAM TO BE BLOCKING SHOTS, NOT US.”

        • TookieIs100PercentRight

          Yup, another Murray statement that blew up in his face.
          What happened aftet that? Faced the Rangers that blocked everything and beat us. Then the year after the Penguins got glorious chances but no one blocked shots. Now Karlsson has to block shots because our defence is so crappy.
          Heh.
          TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • NickofTime

        Gryba is a very serviceable 6th defenceman who shoots right & brings a much needed edge to his game, something Ottawa needs. I wish BM would get rid of guys we don’t need like Pageau, Corvo, Condra & Phillips.

  • over at the Eklundstein place

    Country superstar Carrie Underwood and hockey star Mike Fisher are
    reportedly considering separating. Yet neither Underwood nor Fisher has
    addressed the rumors and remain centered in their Christian faith.

    • ghost of Hank Williams

      Your cheatin’ heart

      Will make you weep

      You’ll cry and cry

      And try to sleep

      But sleep won’t come

      The whole night through

      Your cheatin’ heart will tell on you…
      When tears come down
      Like falling rain
      You’ll toss around
      And call my name

      You’ll walk the floor

      The way I do

      Your cheatin’ heart will tell on you…

      Your cheatin’ heart

      Will pine some day

      And crave the love

      You threw away

      The time will come

      When you’ll be blue

      Your cheatin’ heart will tell on you…

      When tears come down

      Like falling rain

      You’ll toss around

      And call my name

      You’ll walk the floor

      The way I do

      Your cheatin’ heart will tell on you…

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      Nashville Predators board ———————->

    • pat jen ali sue sam eva kay

      Please come back to Ottawa, Mike Fisher

      We still love you.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Going to the Game tonight and I am hoping for a W. Would like to see the boys play hard and win consecutive games! One thing I dont get it why Spezza for Kassian, why not bring up a prospect to play these games, see if we can get a spark! I love Kassian but at times we all know he could be useless. anyways. go Sens Go

  • things that make me go hmmmmmm

    In the Spengler Cup game on TSN right now
    – an eagle just delivered the game pick
    – the referees have a picture of a cow on their jerseys
    – Kaspars Daugavins is playing

    This is not your father’s hockey game.

    • Senator-Stanley

      I started laughing at the refs wearing black and white cow costumes advertising Swiss milk.
      Lets hope the NHL doesn’t head down the road of generating revenue from this kind of advertising.

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Ohhh No spezza = Pesky sens ! We have a chance to get 2 in a row ! Go sens Go
    And Phillips out of the lineup is a great bonus !

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      Yep we will be MUCH improved without the puck possession black hole that is Spezza. :D

  • Terry

    On the topic of international hockey, namely WJC I have my tickets for Toronto and Montreal next year!

  • Dmare085

    I don’t understand Coach Maclean. Corvo will get eaten alive out there by Ovie, get Gryba in their to rough him up. We better win tonight.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Agreed, Methot and Gryba sounds like a NOT so fun pair to play against. Oh well, he has his reasons and he might want to get the puck out more easily from the zone. Gryba is a freaking beast but getting the puck out of the zone is not his forte.

      • SenaTHOR

        Last year i would agree.

    • runningbear1974

      I really really like Gryba, but i don’t think he’s a good enough skater to deal with Ovie…

      • CUP 2014-15

        what about Sid? 1 shot on net

        • runningbear1974

          Sid is a centre…

          • CUP 2014-15

            Sid goes down the middle, oh oh nailed by MM. Next shift Sid goes wide left oh oh knocked on his ass by Gryba. Sid goes everywhere Sid sees an opening, so does OV. He will be flying down the left wing but he will cut middle as well.

          • runningbear1974

            ok… i’m just trying to explain why MacLean would make this decision… I also think Ovie is really strong… And i’m not sure the effect Gryba would have against him…

          • CUP 2014-15

            I am with you, I don’t think anyone stops players like OV, But he is a monster at 6’3″ 230 and with this D you know he’s going down the middle or will simply cut in around the softies without fear of being driven into the boards or hacked and wacked all night. I have also tried to figure out why Mac will not play a tougher D and I sure as hell don’t know the game like he does but I will always bitch about anything that seems weird. There is a long, long list this year. I listed some of their forward below and they have 7 6’3″ and over 210lbs. This might be the biggest forward group in the league.

      • Jacques

        What??????

    • Deadly

      Is it possible that the players that are playing are being showcased to the Rangers, particularly PW who plays a similar game as Dz.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Hope your right

  • aegiszx

    Honestly, BM needs to make some serious moves soon, not just for the organization but for the young guys waiting. The entire fucking AHL team is not going to make this roster. It’s as simple as that. While many of those guys while individually are fantastic, the fact of the matter is, BM and Paul have a plan and a system in place… and like ANY work place, not all players will fit into those plans…

    Sooner or later, we need to have an established system, culture, and style, that the Ottawa Senators organization stands for. I really thought we had one last year, playing a 200 ft game. But it appears this year that some players dont want to do that. Find a formula that works, and players that work best, and ship out the rest. I feel like this organization has a serious identity crisis. We’re so enigmatic its ridiculous. Yes the Devils play boring hockey, but its hockey that works for them. It’s a style of hockey thats brought them how many cups now? Same with the Bruins, hard, fast, physical, mean team… Boston hockey. Caps, offensive juggernaut from top down (look what happened when they tried to get away from that with Dale Hunter).

    /rant

    • CUP 2014-15

      well said

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      Our culture right now is “Make the playoffs and hope” as well as “Our prospects are so amazing, just wait 4-5 years and see!”
      Murray knows his job is his for life, to grant to his nephew. As there is no pressure for him to win, he doesn’t have to think ahead or produce a winner. Sad but true.
      For this team to get a real identity will take a fundamental change from the top on down. You have the GM saying: “We are going to play tough in our own end and wear them down in their end, chippy hockey” then go from there. The coach executes the game plan.
      I don’t think I’ve ever heard Murray say anything outside of “Don’t block shots” or “We have great prospects” or “WE can make the playoffs”. The lack of direction starts right at the top.

  • my2sens

    Not sure if mentioned… but NHL.com has a top 10 goals in Eastern Conference – Sens have 2 of the 10…

    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=524357&lang=en

    • Terry

      A couple of beauties!!

  • Sandy

    OV is going to send Corvo flying into the cheap seats if he hits him. Going to the game tonight. Hoping for a win..

    • CUP 2014-15

      Me to Sandy but I think I’ll be drinking heavy by the time this one is over. OV is only one of seven big forwards on this club. We will need 5 to win this one tonight.

    • my2sens

      Methot will add a hipcheck to his repettoire and dissect OV…

      And Ryan will net a hatty!!!

      GO SENS GO!!!!! 5-2 for the good boys!!

  • SenaTHOR

    Just checked behind the net. Corvo numbers for the season are somewhere in the middle for goals for on ice per 60 min and goals against on ice per 60. Eg62 has the best numbers for both as far as dmen on this team. If he isn’t good enough send his stats to other teams and make the trade before they go down.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Amen brother!!!!! He’s our Rodney Dangerfield for those of you old enough to get that.

      • Roar…

        Goals for and against? That’s heavily skewed by goaltender performance and quality of competition. What you want to look at is Corsi. Those same stats tell you Gryba has played 20 games. So half of them. Hardly killing his career.

        Gryba is 51.4%
        Corvo is 52.1%

        Not much difference no matter who you choose. Corvo is better with the puck. Gryba is better without it. In the end they come out as around a wash. Except that Corvo showed a 10-15 game stretch where he was the 3rd best D on this team and helped carry us out of the poor play we displayed early in the season.

        Gryba is useful vs. particular opponents. Corvo is better suited vs. others. It is what it is.

        • CUP 2014-15

          LOL, HAHAHAHAHAHAH, Enjoy the game Corvo should be sitting unless there is an Injury or someone needs a break. He’s still UH OH when he has the puck so I am not sure where your going with his great skill set.

        • SenaTHOR

          I guarantee Gryba plays against better competition on a regular basis.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Off to the game. Let’s hope we can score one more then the bad guys tonight. Enjoy the game all and thanks for all the banter it was fun.

    • peetypuck

      Good luck. Hope the Sens win.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Have we seen the best of Spezza?

    • SENSsmile

      Have we seen the last of Spezza?

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        What’s Spezza’s favourite colour?

        • FAB

          Leafaroo Blue ?

        • Jacques

          Does he like Country Music or. Rodeo’s?

          • Jacques

            How about Cammelari and Sven baertschi cap hits would be close.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Again, why would Calgary make that trade and why would Spezza waive his NTC to go to there? If you want to trade Spezza, trying finding a playoff team or fringe team that lacks a #1 center and a team that Spezza would be willing to go to. Neither Calgary or Nashville fit that criteria.

      • mkjr

        I was just wondering the same thing…is he going to be traded?

      • Jacques

        You can’t handle the truth( again best Jack Nicholson voice).

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I NEED ANSWERS.

      • peetypuck

        You can’t handle the answers (Jack Nicholson voice). hehe

      • sben

        correction: *ATTENTION

    • Rebel Held Suburb

      trade Spinner Spezza for lovelorn Mike Fisher

  • FAB

    When Kassian is in the lineup the team is 10-2-6

  • 613Sens613

    Hey Chirp any idea of if Sens are interested in Kadri? He was once a main target via draft for the Sens.

    Nick KypreosVerified account
    ‏@RealKyper In wake of Carlyle rant this morning 2 #NHL clubs have confirmed for me #Leafs have made Kadri available in any trade discussion.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Trade Spezza to the Laughs for Kadri and their first
    Then draft Anton Karlsson, this guy is the next Alfie.

    • FistsofNeil25

      We could get a better return for Spezza than that piece of shit Kadri. I have no idea how you received any thumbs up for that suggestion. Fuck Nazem Kadri.

      • Jacques

        Spezza isn’t going to get you a big return! You have to face reality. But, by doing this you f-up the Leafs. Big time cuz Spezza is done! Lol Put Kadri on Zibby’s wing. I prefer getting Forsberg from Nashville.

        • FistsofNeil25

          I never said Spezza would get us a big return, but we can still do better than Kadri. Kadri isn’t that good. He’s proven very little in the NHL, has a disastrous two-way game and is an egomaniac. He’s a punk. Always has been since he played junior in London. The guy thinks he’s the show. Sure he has skills but he’s not a player I’d want on this team. Not even close.

          People who complain about Spezza’s defensive game shouldn’t suggest trading him for Kadri who is even worse in his own end.

          • Jacques

            I would look at a David Legwand and Fillip Forsberg for Spezza plus one of our prospects(a middling prospect or a pick). Something like that. Could work out but Nashville would be risking it.

          • FistsofNeil25

            That trade would never happen. I like the value for the Sens but I’m pretty sure Nashville is in a rebuild year. They’re one game below .500 with no chance of making the playoffs in the tough western conference. To add to that, don’t think Spezza would consider waiving his NTC to go there. Not for a second. From one budget team to another who is pretty much eliminated from the playoffs already.

          • Jacques

            Remember what we were hearing about TUrris! now he looks for sure like the future Captain of. This team.

          • FistsofNeil25

            What does Turris have to do with Kadri? Like I said, fuck Kadri. I would but pissed if we ever acquired that guy.

      • SuckitPhaneuf

        I dont like Kadri but there is no denying he has some skill
        The whole point of the trade would be to get a chance to draft Karlsson-this kid plays for Frolunda and has the same skill sets as someone who used to wear number 11. Check him out before deciding if this trade is worthwhile….

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I just want to win. Let’s beat the Caps

    Go Sens Go

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    What a weak goal… Omg

  • T K

    Fluke goal…

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Fluke? That’s a stretch, a junior c goalie should have had that

      • T K

        9 times out of ten, it bounces wide…

      • Aaron 2.0

        I thought it was sort of a weird one. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on that bounce of his stick, but he needs to be big now the rest of the game.

    • T K

      Hmmmmmmm, York called it a “fluke goal”. Potvin called it a “lucky goal”. I guess that they don’t know much…

  • karlssens

    Andy is becoming known for letting in softies..

  • FistsofNeil25

    What a goal!!! Zbad and good old Corey Conacher.

  • LeafsSux

    ZBAD!!!!

  • Jacques

    I like this lineup, working hard! Zibby is a keeper!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Mika’s so good man.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Wow! Zibby playing with a fire-cracker in his but tonight. He’s really, really cruising out there. Great play by both Conacher and Zibanejad!

    • SENSsmile

      I’m especially happy for Conacher. A lot of people were dumping all over him, but I’ve always liked him ever since he joined the Sens. I think he’s getting his confidence back.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Lol ovi. Ovechkin hastes playing against Karlsson. Great 8 seems to bring the best out of the King.

  • Jacques

    Our Powerplay looks so much better!

  • Jacques

    Conacher,Zibby, and Michalek look good together. Michalek skating well.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Michalek has really found some chemistry playing with Conacher and Zibanejad.

    • Jacques

      I agree. When he fired his wrister for a split second I thought it was Ryan.

    • SENSsmile

      Maybe Michalek isn’t finished after all… and that’s a great thing :-)

  • Aaron 2.0

    Really pleased with that period. Keep it up boys!

  • karlssens

    What a beautiful passing play… In z-bad we trust!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Think the panel is being tough on Mika on the goal against. It’s true he found himself in a bad position against his player defensively. But, he did enough that the puck probably was only moving about 10 mph on the shot attempt. And, the whole play starts by Corvo just throwing the puck around the boards where there are no sens players. That penned the whole line in.

  • T K

    Funny to hear Zibby’s accent during the interview. Much of the Swedish has been replaced by some up-the-valley twang

  • Jacques

    Hit the f-ing net when your short handed dummy!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Did Turris just do that? Wow! Filthy pass and an ever better finish.

  • T K

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes Turris!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    And….my comfort level of forgetting about Spezza continues to increase…

    • Jacques

      Haha

  • Jacques

    TUrris is one hell of a player! Love this kid!

  • Jacques

    PESKY

    • Jacques

      Forget FEARLESS.

  • Aaron 2.0

    So far, Anderson is responding after that 1st GA. He looks confident.

  • Jacques

    Too bad Ryan doesn’t get. Condra’s chances.

    • sens23

      might be time for the coaches to tell condra to quit trying to put it off the post an in. if he shot every chance he got into the goalies chest he would score more just on the odds that one of those shots trickled through.

      • T K

        I was thinking that we should get him some glasses that change the angles inward by about 5 degrees

  • Jacques

    The truculence era has begun in Calgary as Burke acquires. Kevin Westgarth from Carolina.

    • sens23

      westgarth and mcgratton on the flames 4th line. look out now. what rebuild

  • 0101010111111111101010101111

    Ottawa’s new THIRD line – Spinner Spezza and the Juking Jasonettes ?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Guys, are we a better team without Jason Spezza? The offense is flowing a lot more fluidly without Spezza’s hesitation moves slowing the players down and his stupid turnovers. The guys are playing great.

    Thoughts?

    • T K

      Without him, the other players play scared…

    • Jacques

      I have been saying it for awhile. Poor Spezza has been a big problem with this team.

      • SENSsmile

        100% in agreement with you. Nothing personal against Spezza, but…

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I honestly am starting to support the insanity of moving him.

      • sens23

        i think the sens need to make a move to get down to 7 dmen then call up stone. keep the top two lines the same as they are right and put spezza with greening and stone. then have
        greening-spezza-stone
        macarthur-turris-ryan
        conacher-zibanejad-michalek
        condra-smith-neil

        give the minutes to the line that is going in the top 9

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I think he’s worth moving. Maybe for another centre, or a 1st round or I dunno. But the guys are playing better without him. There’s been so much talk about “finding the right wingers for Spezza.” That’s BS.

      Spezza is the problem.

      You’re telling me that Bobby Ryan isn’t good enough for Spez? Guy plays with Turris and kills it.

      • 0101010111111111101010101111

        Only DA11 could actually play with Spezza

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          Yep. And Heatley.

          Those days are long over, however.

  • Jacques

    I have a funny feeling I saw this game last year???

  • karlssens

    Games like this by Craig make me feel like an idiot for my previous comments about him haha..

  • Aaron 2.0

    Come on boys, wake up here. Sitting on a 1 goal lead against the 2nd highest scoring team in the east is a bad idea. They’re starting to lose some focus on the little details that matter. Settle them down MacLean.

  • Jacques

    Under siege here.

  • luckan20

    Under siege but Anderson is saving our bacon

  • T K

    If the Sens can weather the storm, Washington will be tired out by the middle of the third

    • Jacques

      They played last night.

      • T K

        Exactly

  • FistsofNeil25

    Andy’s finally starting to round back into form. Looking great here tonight. Much more confident and comfortable between the pipes.

  • Jacques

    TUrris looking like our leader, this kid wants it!

    • FistsofNeil25

      I like the way that “A” looks on his jersey.

    • Jacques

      Did anyone see the way he left the ice with Karlsson?

      • 0101010111111111101010101111

        Huh ? Is he hurt ?

      • karlssens

        How he kind of gave a “you first” gesture?

  • luckan20

    Now all our three veteran’s are hurt and let the pesky business begin.

  • Shibal

    There is a relationship between Spezza being in the lineup and how the Senators play:

    The sens made the playoffs last year and beat the Canadians without Spezza. Once Spezza came back, they got embarrassed by the penguins.

    Right now the Sens are playing a way better game without Spezza in the lineup. Sure Spezza is highly skilled, but I’ve always had a problem with him trying to slow the play down too much that leads to turnovers, and confuses his line mates.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      This.

    • Colin

      Could also be that his teammates rely on him too much when he is in the lineup. When out of the lineup, the team plays that little bit harder.

      • SuckitPhaneuf

        This

        • Shibal

          This

      • SENSsmile

        Could be true what you’re saying, but whatever the reason, Spezza is more harmful than helpful to his team this year.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    One thing that most people seem to forget about when you mention moving Spezza is that we will get legitimate pieces coming back our way too.

    I would like to assume Spezza would get an above average prospect, likely top 6 player(I would guess of the same level as Milan(preferably when playing well), and maybe a 1 or 2nd round pick)…But considering his injury history I may be being too optimistic.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      No, you’re right. I think there would most definitely be a demand for Jason Spezza should we seek to move him. And the return would be pretty good.

      Looking at how he’s played all season long, I’m all for it.

      He’s just not the same player. At least with this team.

      That being said I think the chances of BM trading him are next to zero.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Don’t be so sure about that. BM doesn’t absolutely love Spezza as a player.

        • SensChirp

          Doesn’t matter. Won’t get anywhere near fair value for him right now. It’s a not even worth discussing. This season, anyway.

          • FistsofNeil25

            I agree. It’s not something that should be looked at until the offseason. In fairness to Spezza, he’s done enough for this organization to deserve a full season to try and lead this team. If he’s slowed down because of injuries then they should be patient with him and hope that he can round back into form.

            Given the cap situation of most teams, it would be pretty hard to make a deal, and like you said, get fair value for Spezz.

            I hope he can somehow shake off these injuries and return to the player we all know he can be, but I definitely have my doubts. Only time will tell.

          • SENSsmile

            I don’t think Spezza is ever going to be the player he once was. Now would be a good time to trade him, even if his value is low, because it won’t get any better IMHO. If they keep him any longer, I don’t think anybody will want him.

          • Jacques

            I agree.

    • SensChirp

      Nobody would give up that kind of package for him right now. No chance.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I would suspect the trade wouldn’t be a one for that.. But Spezza and Gryba o something along those lines.

        I doubt we move him until next year if at all anyway, and by then he will have redeemed himself or played himself so far out of people’s radar that he will just ufa sign somewhere

    • karlssens

      I would take a first and a top 6 winger.

      • SensChirp

        Awfully nice of you. Nobody is going to give Ottawa that. We can probably kill the “Trade the Captain” talk for now.

        • Aaron 2.0

          It’s really hard to determine fair value. I have no idea what to expect from him next game (when he’s back), next week, next month, next season. I agree though, we’d be selling at an all-time low. It’s just bad business.

        • Aaron 2.0

          It’s really hard to determine fair value. I have no idea what to expect from him next game (when he’s back), next week, next month, next season. I agree though, we’d be selling at an all-time low. It’s just bad business.

        • Aaron 2.0

          It’s really hard to determine fair value. I have no idea what to expect from him next game (when he’s back), next week, next month, next season. I agree though, we’d be selling at an all-time low. It’s just bad business.

  • T K

    What’s with all the girly music at CTC tonight?

    • SensChirp

      He’s doing Top 30 Billboard hits of 2013

      • T K

        Tonight’s attire obviously calls for Back in Black…

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    After listening to Murray at intermission, NO Trade is coming

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    I really would wish Cowen would play like he is 6’5

  • T K

    LOL little Karlsson with the push & take down on Grabovski

  • Guest

    LOL little Karlsson with the push & take down on Grabovski

  • Andrews theory

    Not sure i follow the Spezza trade logic…if we can’t get anything for him it’s awfully hard to argue that he’s not replaceable…

    One thing is clear, Zbad needs more ice time on a regular basis, I’ll take his hard nosed two way game any day

    • Aaron 2.0

      Agree 100% on Zibanejad. I was caught off guard, like many, when we drafted him so high. But, the scouting staff realized his potential, and found a real, real good player in him.

      • Jacques

        Zibby looking like one of the top 3 players of that draft year!

    • Jacques

      So far it’s addition by substraction!

  • Guest

    LOL little Karlsson with the push & take down on Grabovski

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Zach Smith is quickly becoming my second favourite Senator.

  • Guest

    LOL little Karlsson with the push & take down on Grabovski

  • Guest

    LOL little Karlsson with the push & take down on Grabovski

  • sens23

    wheres the guy who said the sens would get pushed all over the ice tonight without “big bad” gryba

    • Aaron 2.0

      I thought this was actually a good team for Corvo. Washington is not overly physical. It’s all about puck possession for them. But, when they don’t have a puck there is room to maneuver. I don’t think it was his best game tonight, but he was okay.

      • SenaTHOR

        Andy saved our ass!

    • CUP 2014-15

      Just got back from the game. Great win but I wouldn’t be to high on the Corvo. Patty pairing tonight. Turris line was on fire Smitty looked great all over the ice. Andy was unbeatable after the first one. That save on Fher was amazing. I will admit that they were better tonight then I expected. I had called a 5-4 Sens win on here before leaving for the game and have to admit the team did a good job
      (MINUS LONG PERIODS IN THE SECOND)., when the old Andy showed up.
      I don’t know where your getting the big bad Gryba from. Try to keep up will you. It’s toughness we need on the back end, not Gryba per say Boro would do as well. There is no doubt this D is soft and that’s the opinion I will keep at least until we get a f#@king play-off spot.

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Well I called it, another pesky performance by our sens…
    Man those letters look good on karlsson and Turris jersey !

    No spezza = pesky sens

  • Sensturion

    That’s the first I hear of Neil ripping the team a new one

  • Aaron 2.0

    That’s was just a really beautiful ending to the game. Karlsson’s unselfish play there will be remembered by his mates, especially MacArthur. I bet Mac comes back next game and plays balls to the wall. Smart move by #65, and what a burst of speed. When karl has his swagger, i’m not sure there is a more important player to their team in the league.

    • peetypuck

      I saw a lot of good things by the young Sens tonight.
      Anderson making the big saves again.
      Zibanejad, Turris and Smith looking good at centre.
      Karlsson passing off to MacArthur.
      A lot of teamwork and leadership by our best players. Karlsson’s unselfishness will put the whole team on a high.

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Called it!
    No Spezza = Pesky sens… Mmmmhmmm

    Those letters look nice on karlsson and Turris

    • SENSsmile

      That’s two wins in a row without 4 and 19. Gee, I wonder what this means…

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        I don’t know what it means but for sure… They play gritty when the spezz is not playing.

        Neil is a big loss to the leadership of this club.
        I hope he comes back soon.
        Philips take your sweet time to come back

    • peetypuck

      They’re proving that they deserve to have A’s on their jerseys.
      Would anyone take Rundblad and a 2nd pick for Kyle Turris now? Looks like Bryan Murray and the scouting staff get the last laugh.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        Run who?

  • Sensturion

    I think there’s an issue with the system… Everyone is double or triple posting.

    • SensChirp

      Disqus was down for maintenance briefly. Seems to be back now.

  • Andersonfan41

    Don’t want jink Craig Anderson but seeing how Anderson is
    playing better lately will he be able keep playing better?

    • dot dash

      you’re the Anderson expert – you tell us

  • Aaron 2.0

    Looking at the sens schedule in January, I think that’s the make or break month for them. The competition is not too tough. A lot of road games, but only 1 back-to-back. They need to make hay next month.

  • FistsofNeil25

    What a massive win. Andy was the difference tonight. Not too many times this season have we been able to say we won a game because of goaltending. I think Andy is starting to get his swagger back and that only means good things are coming for this team. Strong goaltending will help build the confidence for the rest of the guys. Really a great win tonight.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Close one in Detroit. Let hope preds can hang on. Wings won’t die in this one.

    • Aaron 2.0

      My bad. In Nash.

  • Aaron 2.0

    For anyone interested in hockey in general, check out some of the goals Howard has let in tonight. It’s disgraceful that he makes the team over Bishop with his play this year.

    • LeafsSux

      I almost shit when I saw that he made the team…

      • Aaron 2.0

        Lol. Good for us I guess. Both would probably never see any game-time. But, that’s a serious slight to Bishop. He good be the guy of the future for them too.

  • Jacques

    Oops Rangers want to see Mark Stone in the lineup. If I’m the Sens I’m looking to make a major deal with the Rangers revolving around the 2 captains, Callahan and Spezza. I think you add Callahan to TUrris,Zibby, Ryan, Karlsson, and the LAZAR and you have the makings of tons of character! If I was the GM I’d be looking at that.

    • Jacques

      Callahan has had issues with the. Blue Shirts this year so he may welcome a move.

    • dot dash

      If Callahan is available there will be 20+ teams that want him.
      A tough bidding war to win.

      • Jacques

        He would just add to the good young characters guys we have now! Worth a try, Rangers are known for bonehead moves.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Man oh man what a game too attend. After the first 5 mins I was like “oh here we go again but that zibenajad goal lighten the team up and even though I have been a victim of chirping Anderson all season, he has looked good the last 2 weeks. Hope this is the sign of some Wins for the boys. GO SENS GO

  • Roar…

    Not that Corvo was amazing, but looks like we didn’t need Gryba’s “toughness” at all. What we need to do is think long and hard about how to get the most value for Spezza. Not because he’s bad, but because it’s coming time. He’s a special player, but Turris & Zibanejad will be the 1-2 punch that plays 200 feet. That’s what championships are made of. Spezza for a 25 year old winger who can score 25 goals and play 200 feet. Work the rest out. Happy to add a prospect to make it happen. Blues are a team that would probably benefit the most from Spezza. They have enough 200 foot players, a crafty PPG center in the regular season and playoffs could be very good for them. Islanders are another that could use his skill. It’ll figure itself out. It’s coming. Maybe not this year, but it’s coming.

    • FistsofNeil25

      TJ Oshie?!?! I wish! Yes the Blues lack a true number one center, but let’s be honest, Spezza at his best isn’t a Ken Hitchcock type player. Hitchcock doesn’t like him, never has. Not sure why. Even when Spezza was one of the best centers in the league Hitchcock always refused to select him for any team Canada and ever when he did, he made Spezza play on the 4th line.

      • Roar…

        Well… that’s just blatantly untrue. Hitchcock has spoken highly of Spezza on multiple occasions. They have a good relationship from World Championship hockey. This link isn’t a perfect example http://sports.nationalpost.com/2011/05/01/spezza-brings-real-maturity-to-team-canada/ but to say Hitch doesn’t like him, flat out incorrect. Hitch respects him, and if I’m less lazy I’ll find the quote where he’s said he would welcome him to his team.

        • FistsofNeil25

          I’ll take your word for it. I just recall the last time Spezza played in the WC’s Hitch stuck him on the fourth line for the majority of the tourney and used him sparingly .

          If he’s spoken highly of Spezz and some point then I’m glad to hear it.

        • Jacques

          Good he can have him … If the Price is Right,

    • SenaTHOR

      Not sure what game you saw but Wiercioch except for two plays played like shot Inn our end and Corvo wasn’t much better. Their strength is in the offensive zone and ythe kept missing the net.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Time to move on indeed. Those last two games were gritty and pesky the team has heart and they fight. Anderson did the big saves when we needed him to do so.

      Spezza won’t move though, he’s our captain (sadly) and I just wonder what we can get for him

    • CUP 2014-15

      You are correct, didn’t need any toughness tonight to clear the front. Andy’s back and made numerous 10 bell saves. By the way Corvo and Patty boy are awful together. Philly better get back soon or Gryba or Boro better get in. This D is soft, soft soft.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        Phillips must stay away at all cost, bring in boro or gryba if we need some toughness.

        Phillips won’t bring toughness, he brings pointing fingers and backing up way to quickly so that the opposition have an ez zone entry.

  • things that make me go hmmmmmm

    ….annnnnnd leading the forwards in playing time was ERIC CONDRA

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      I am a Condra hater but he was flying tonight. Had the best game as a senator I think.and oh btw detroit lost which is huge forthe wild card spots

    • FistsofNeil25

      Condra played a pretty solid game. It took a Neil injury for Maclean to finally see the obvious…Zack Smith and Condra should be playing together!! Smith has been dragged down all season playing with Neil and Greening. I love Neiler but he’s a fourth line grinder at this point and nothing more. That isn’t a bad thing though.

      Smith and Condra could make up 2/3 of a very good third line. If only Murray could find someone to play left wing with those two that could contribute some secondary scoring to the roster. Greening definitely isn’t that player.

      Condra is a very good defensive player. He has some decent playmaking abilities but absolutely no scoring touch at all. I trust him to play against the opposing teams top players more than the majority of our forwards. If Smith is going to be our checking line/shut down center then Condra should absolutely be on his wing. Not Neil, and not Greening.

  • Roar…

    I’m all for the following for now. Just to keep the good thing going. Pageau can play the wing right ;)? I’ve honestly been waiting for Pageau-Spezza together since the season started.

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

    Smith & Greening looked greatly improved without Neil weighing them down. He’s a 4th liner at this point in his career truly.

  • WaitingSince92

    Missed the game, but the result is a nice treat. Unfortunately, the strak reality, now that we’ve strung two wins together, is that we’ll need a much longer “string” to compensate for the first half of our season.

    The positive side is that we have a great, capable team with pretty much all the right tools/assets. We just need to play to our potential and the wins will pile up.

    • WaitingSince92

      If we lacked talent, I’d feel a lot worse about our situation, but we DEFINITELY have all the tools we need to go on a lengthy win streak.

      One question for everyone since I couldn’t watch the game. Was Anderson as good as he seemed from watching the highlights?

      • FistsofNeil25

        He looked confident, comfortable, positionally sound. His rebound control was outstanding. He looked like the Andy that put this team on his back the past two seasons. Hopefully he’s back. Sens need him to play like that if they’re going to make a playoff push and qualify.

        • WaitingSince92

          Great, that’s what it looked like! We need him to be reliable to have a chance. If he’s better than reliable (ie like last year), then “buckle your seatbelts” as the Euge would say…

    • Sensnation

      Team just needed time to find some chemistry and get on the same page. The overreaction in fandom during the early season has hopefully been corrected. Gonna be a great 2nd half!

  • Zorav

    Fact: We haven’t lost a single game…… on a Monday night!

  • senate19

    The thing I liked most about that empty net goal was Karlsson’s speed. Seriously, it’s like he shot out of a cannon past those guys to get the puck. Unbelievable.