Game Day- Senators Seek Third Straight Win

SensChirp January 2, 2014 298
Game Day- Senators Seek Third Straight Win

With impressive wins over the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals in their back pocket and the “back to back win” monkey finally off their back, the Ottawa Senators look for their third straight win tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets have been one of the unfortunate casualties of the league’s realignment.  While the travel schedule has been a little more forgiving for the Jets, the benefits stop there.  The Western Conference is stacked this season which means a far more difficult schedule than they would have faced here in the Eastern Conference.  Despite being a game over .500 (19-18-5), the Jets are six points back of the final playoff spot in the West and have played three more games than the team they’re chasing.  All that said, Winnipeg has won three straight including a shutout win over the Sabres on New Year’s Eve.

Meanwhile for the Senators, the script is starting to look a little familiar.  With key players out of the line up, the Senators have found a bit of a spark and finally managed to win back to back games with Spezza and Phillips out of the line up.  While Phillips is now ready to return, Chris Neil joins the walking wounded and will be out of the line up tonight.  With the team’s “leadership group” ravaged by injuries, other players have done a nice job stepping up.  The Senators will be looking for more of the same tonight.

Interested to see how Senators forward Bobby Ryan responds after being left off of the US Olympic team.  It’s a downright bizarre decision by the Americans and obviously has to sting for Ryan.  You know he’ll be eager to show the Team USA Brass they made a big mistake.  With that said, as a Canadian and a fan of the Ottawa Senators, I fully endorse the stupidity of the American selection committee.  The rest will do Bobby good during the Olympic break.

Couple changes to the line up that beat Washington on Monday night including call up Mark Stone making his season debut for the Senators.  He practiced on the right side with Colin Greening and Zack Smith but I suspect that’s a trio MacLean could tinker with during the game.  Erik Condra looked great on that line against the Capitals.  As mentioned above, Phillips is ready to return to the Ottawa blueline which means Patrick Wiercioch returns to the pressbox.

Here’s how the Senators are expected to line up for this one.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Ceci
Phillips-Corvo

Craig Anderson gets the start for the Senators while the Jets will counter with Al Montoya.

The Daily Chirp-  Funny how a couple wins can quiet the rumour mill.  Bryan Murray spoke with Shawn McKenzie during the Washington game and seemed to suggest that the team’s need for a move isn’t quite as desperate as it felt after the painful loss in New Jersey.  The Senators will still keep an eye on the Michael Del Zotto situation in New York but the situation isn’t quite as dire as it seemed a couple weeks back.

  • sens23

    Dont want to start the comments off on a downer note. but a few weeks ago a poster was asking where snoopy senior was and i have notived he hasnt been around here or the official senators forum either and found his obituary today from late november
    so RIP Snoopy Senior

    • SensChirp

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Unbelievably sad :(

      “Snoopy Senior” has always been one of the most dedicated and loyal supporters of this site and seemed like one of the biggest Sens fans out there.

      His presence in the comment section will certainly be missed.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Sorry to hear, God bless Snoopy Senior

    • Jacques

      Wow that is sad, may he RIP.

    • Tooks

      How do you know its him? Did it actually have Snoopy Senior in it?
      His beloved Sens finally did him in with the atrocious play. He will surely be missed on these forums.

      • sens23

        i know his real name from dealing with him on the senators forum

        • Tooks

          Good on you for letting us know. RIP Snoopy Sr.

    • Miguel

      very sorry to hear about this,
      we will miss Snoops requests to Chirp for the gameday lineups.
      RIP SNOOP my good man! and help make God a Sens fan for us.

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Thanks for the note. Very sad indeed.

  • Tooks

    Need to make it 3 in a row, with all the other teams around us winning, we have to keep pace with them.

    Great chance here with Montoya in nets…he’s a terrible goalie.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Ya his 6 consecutive wins, his .934 sv% and 8-2-1 record backs up your post as always. Go trolling somewhere else.

      • Tooks

        LOL u think he’s a good goalie?

      • Aaron 2.0

        Wow, those are some amazing stats! Never would of guessed it. Somehow, I don’t think that sort of success for Montoya will be sustainable though.

        • CUP 2014-15

          I don’t think they are going to last but Hot is still Hot and as we know when players get hot, you don’t know how long it will last.

          • Tooks

            Exactly my point…Its Al Montoya…

  • The Apostle

    i know what the words third straight and win all mean, but I’m very confused when they are used in this particular context. Are the sens even allowed to win 3 games in a row?

  • CUP 2014-15

    Big night for Stone. Lets hope the kid gets a shot on the PP tonight. The D looks better with Phillips back, though I wish they had opted to sit UH OH instead of PW. At least this D has 3 that can work the PK and clear the front. I prefer 4 but CC is half way there, just needs a little time to grow into his frame. Man, we are so lucky to be able to watch Karl at 23 and now CC at 20 for years to come.

    • Tooks

      I hope he see’s the PP too, since playing on that 3rd line wont log him much minutes.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Must win game tonight with both Detroit and Toronto picking up points yesterday. It’s getting painful to watch the Leafs get dominated night in and night out and still pick up points. This trend has to stop. Such a shitty team.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Hurts to say but I was hoping for T.O. to win that one in reg. We know the Buds will fall back and I thought TB would falter but they just keep winning. If you haven’t seen the wings sched. coming up, take a peek, it’s scary.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Yesterday was just another occasion that made me appreciate Bryan Murray. There are so many classless and gutless NHL executives out there.

    Take Dave Nonis for example. Why would he feel the need to trade Liles during the Winter Classic. The Leafs and Canes have been discussing that Liles for Gleason swap for weeks, why make it during that one game. It’s a huge event with his family there, if he’s not going to play in the game anyway why not just let him enjoy the experience and finalize the trade post-game.

    Then there’s Brian Burke and the USA Olympic team sounding off about the guys they left off the USA roster. Why allow those comments about Bobby to go public? It’s bad enough they left Ryan off the team, why insult him with those comments afterwards? It’s a slap in the face,

    Hopefully this Olympic snub will fire Bobby up. I always thought Burke was a clown and his comments just prove how dumb he actually is.

    • bpa

      See Bobby Ryan’s comments on tsn.ca — not happy but professional (IMHO)

    • two to Tootoo too

      Burke has never met a microphone that he didn’t love.

  • sben

    zenon konpka on waivers.

    • Heisenberg

      quickkk waive kassian and pick up konopka :P

    • Luc Wolfe

      Hes good on faceoff and skate off the bench for a switch could be smart to replace neil and kassian permanently

    • FistsofNeil25

      I always liked Z. Good face-off guy and teammate. We don’t need him though. We don’t need any more 4th liners right now. What the Sens really need is a good third liner to player with Smith. I’d like to see what Smitty could do if he wasn’t dragged down by playing with both Greening and Neil every game.

      I love Neiler for his heart and grit, but he’s nothing more than a 4th liner at this point, and Greening has been a major disappointment this season.

      • sben

        Who here thinks greening should be waived. Say AYE!!!

    • Andersonfan41

      I would like to see Murray pluck Zeonon Konpka off waivers
      would be good in the dressing room and bring some grit
      and leadership!

      • Tooks

        LOL no…

      • two to Tootoo too

        SHUDDER

  • FistsofNeil25

    Hey Chirp if I remember correctly, during that same conversation with Shawn McKenzie, Murray mentioned that a) Ceci has helped stabilize the defense and addressed the puck moving issue and b) he would like to see Wiercioch in the line-up. He said he believes Karlsson, Ceci, and Wiercioch give the Sens three good puck-movers.

    My point is it’s interesting to see Corvo in the line-up over Wiercioch one game after those comments from Murray. I’m starting to wonder if there’s a bit of a disconnect between Murray and Maclean. Murray also made comments a couple weeks ago about how he would like to see Zibanejad playing regularly in the top 6.

    I know line combinations and line-up decisions are the coaches decision, but it sure sounds like Murray isn’t exactly thrilled with how Maclean is utilizing his roster. Thoughts?

  • sben

    curtis lazar scores second goal of the WJCs

  • FistsofNeil25

    Another big goal for Lazar to give Canada a 3-1 lead.

  • QSenFan

    Can’t wait to see Lazar with the Sens next season!

  • two to Tootoo too

    ROCK STAR LAZAR

    CRASHING THE NET – FINDING THE PUCK – BANGING IT IT

    BOOYAH !

  • Colin

    Canada getting shit on by the Euro refs. Mostly deserved, but the refs are blind when it comes to the Swiss.

    • Ruaidhri

      Well naturally–the Swiss are neutral, they wouldn’t be committing any penalties against another country!

  • sben

    who is the color commentator of the WJCs. he keeps calling mueller marco mueller. Its mirco mueller

  • CUP 2014-15

    Wow what’s not to like about Lazar? Sets up in front on the PP. On the first unit PK. Going to be fun when he gets here.

    • A-Train

      So true. Even counting all Stone’s points that one year or Zibanejad’s golden goal I’d say this is the most exciting performance by a Sens pick at the WJCs in a while.

      Will be interesting to see what he does the rest of the tournament.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Did you read Conacher’s quote in the sun?

        • runningbear1974

          no, please share…

          • CUP 2014-15

            He was talking about playing with ZBad and stated “I’ve been watching that Lazar kid and he would be a good to play with too”.

          • A-Train

            Well then pencil him right into th……
            No. Really hoping the Sens can take their time with Lazar. A full season in the AHL at least.

          • CUP 2014-15

            The best thing about the quote is it was unprovoked, he just through it out there, not like he was asked about him. Have you seen him drop the gloves? Yes he can do that to.

          • A-Train

            Organizational depth chart at C getting even more tight. Wonder what the team has planned for all these guys – Zbad, Pageau, Lazar.

          • Millennium

            Unless something drastic happens with Spezza, Pageau seems like the odd man out at the moment. There’s still time for that to change dramatically, but he hasn’t been turning as many heads this season (of course dragging Kassian around the ice doesn’t do any player’s stats any good).

          • A-Train

            All true, but assuming Turris and Spezza are 1 & 2 for the the foreseeable future it does present a problem. Right now Lazar seems like a great option in 2015 at 3C. Will Zibanejad be a full-time top six winger by then? Time will tell.

          • Jacques

            Drastic, you mean like we trade him drastic, or just let him watch from the stands drastic… Best Joe Pesci voice.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Lazar could look good on the right side of ZBad as well. The kid has balls, he went to the coaching staff to tell them he was not comfortable on the left side. He has played mainly on the right side this tournie.

          • A-Train

            To tell the truth I don’t really know much about how locked in to a C or W role Lazar is. Certainly looked good on the wing in this tournament.

          • CUP 2014-15

            when we think about it you never know. Stone is a natural Centre as well with Brandon and took key face-offs for team Canada a few years back.

          • runningbear1974

            Was he making fun of Michalek? just joking… Lazar is awesome, and will be even more awesome…

        • A-Train

          Yeah, what’d he say?

    • two to Tootoo too

      … annnnnd plays HARD on every shift

      I like this player

    • Sensnation

      Seems like the Sens found 2 first round gems in consecutive drafts. BM and his team are doing a great job there!

    • Deadly

      Tooks will tell us if Lazar is good, and then we will know.

      • CUP 2014-15

        He will only like him if he’s dealt to his leafs

  • Tooks

    Russia beats USA and heard there was an ugly incident that happened at the end of the game by USA players?

    Sets up a nice Canada vs Sweden Gold Medal game!

    Russians are the darkhorse tho!

    • Terry

      There is alot of hockey before the medal games. Let’s not count the chickens yet.

      • Tooks

        Umm no not really, only 1 more vs the Fins…Then its Gold vs the winner of RUS/SWE…

        • Sensnation

          Haha, did you seriously correct someone who references the fact that there are at least 3 more games before Canada-Sweden would meet in the finals? Who pissed in your cornflakes? Or are all these Sens wins getting under your skin!

        • Terry

          Canada and Sweden still have to win, that equals 120min (minimum) of hockey.

          • Tooks

            CAN has 1 more game before Gold.
            SWE had 1 more game before Gold.
            2 games is not alot of hockey, LOL.
            geez, people…

          • Terry

            True….now, but it only takes one game for an upset to happen. And I don’t think anyone was predicting Russia was going to bump off the US.
            I think Canada has a very good chance to make it to the medal game but I have learned to never count my chickens until the hatch, probably because I love having eggs for breakfast.

          • Tooks

            I am confident the boys can beat the Fins. The test will be SWE or RUS in the final.

  • runningbear1974

    Wow… Just heard Bobby Ryan’s interview about not making USA team… He is such a classy guy… We are so lucky to have him… Wow… He seems like such a sincere person… I’m enjoying the scoring opportunities after opportunities he generates… Wow…
    If i was the coach, i’d ask him who he wants to play with, and that’s who he gets…

  • Sensnation

    Gotta feel bad for Bobby Ryan. If he was Canadian I think he’d have a better shot of making the team, and that’s saying a lot considering our depth. I hope the US team falls flat on their face and doesn’t even make the playoffs in the olympics. Burke needs to be put back in his place!

    • Tooks

      Ryan would not make Team Canada either, lol, you kidding me right? He should have made Team USA no doubt.

      • Sensnation

        Tookie, don’t really care what you say. If you’d learn to read, it would help you so much in life. “better shot” is what was said. Burke holds shit against him. Thanks for playing though, your posts always add so much to our days.

        • Sensnation

          Oh Tookie, you’re such a troll! We’re considering Kunitz on the wing, I’m sorry but Bobby Ryan is better. But again, you learning to read would be awesome!

  • Tooks

    1-0 Sweden.
    I really like Reway from SLV, following him in the QMJHL for Gat Olympiques, heck of a player, like Krejci or Plekanec.

  • aegiszx

    PM… On if he wants more or less players at an Olympics:
    “I think that’s a little bit of both, if they’re all there you’ve got a pretty good team. If none of them are there where are you in the league? For us, we’re happy for anyone in our organization that gets to go to the Olympic games, I think it’s a tremendous experience having been there and if you have the opportunity you should take advantage of it and go. If you don’t, you don’t, but enjoy the rest and enjoy the time off that gives you and make sure we’re back ready to finish the season after the Olympic break. We don’t pick who goes and who stays, we just take it after they get picked and go from there.”

    Funny thing is, my wife the other day goes “Did anyone from the Sens even get an invite?” and the only name I could think of was Karl… Of course, the other team we follow, the Hawks, the entire roster pretty much was invited lol…

    • SENSsmile

      I’d like to know, just out of curiosity: does anyone know whether there is a correlation / stats. showing that teams with the most players going to the Olympics usually : a) crash and burn when they go back to their NHL team… or b) keep their level of intensity and help their team to go deep into the playoffs?

      • aegiszx

        I would like to know as well. Its an interesting discussion. It could go either way to be honest. But the reality is that those who make it onto the Olympic team and find success, are more often than not, HOFers and exceptional talents. Thinking back from the 2010 games,

        • SENSsmile

          Interesting… thanks!

    • Tooks

      Atleast PMac knows where we stand in the League, he said it himself, we basically suck right now. Bubble team fighting for those last spots. Definitely not where Management had us being this time of the year.

  • Simple Jack

    i would like to see stone and michalek switch lines. thats all. Go sens!

  • Sandy

    Sucks for Ryan not to make Team USA. That’s bad enough.. but to have your character ripped publicly is just totally disrespectful.
    He did say that when he was an 18 & 19 yr old Burke did tell him to be a more intense player. He also said he and Burke had a good relationship.
    Now imagine how he feels… when a person who he assumed he had a good relationship with, rips your apart.. publicly. And then Burke has the balls to call him and text him… just wow.
    My hope for tonight is a Sens win. Montoya has been playing really well.. so it won’t be easy. My wish for tonight… Bobby Ryan with 4 goals.. Blake Wheeler… -4..

    • CUP 2014-15

      Good day and happy new year Sandy. Here’s hoping that Bobby Boy lights it up in the two games v Calgary after the Olympic break.

      • Terry

        I will be at the game for Ottawa at Calgary. My wife is a Flames Fan, but I can’t stand them. Living in Calgary doesn’t help. That would be a great game to see Bobby Ryan snipe 3 times or so.

        Seeing the USA also not get a medal would be even more satisfying!!

        • CUP 2014-15

          I hope you get to see Bobby set a franchise record or something stupid and have him point to the GM’S box after each point.

  • Richard Gough

    If the the Sens pull off there third win with out Spezza could this mean his days as Sens are numbered ?Why would you put Spezza back in the line up when it is looking like the Sens can win with out him.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Tough question Richard, but I say Mac puts Spezz right back into the 18 min TOI as soon as he’s good to go. He loves the Vets. Corvo, 9MM. Phillips on the PP, etc.

    • A-Train

      Obviously you can diagram a situation where the Ottawa Senators say goodbye to Spezza and still look good on paper plus have some cash to play with. But in the real world this team has named him Captain and he is continuing to produce points at a high pace.

      Sitting Spezza at this point would be the beginning of a brutal fiasco for the organization.

      • Tooks

        Not only would it be a huge distraction but what does it say about the Franchise. Getting rid of their Captain cuz he’s struggling to play with 3rd liners?

        The team/players elected him Captain. In the long run, we need a legit #1 C. Turris is a 2C, maybe the eventual 1C, nobody else can fill what a true 1C requires.

        Injuries would be my only concern with Spezza, it seems he cant shake his injury prone tag. Eventually the Sens will have to part ways with him IF it doesnt get any better health wise, ya know, move on but its certainly not cuz he aint producing with lesser talent.

        • A-Train

          One way or another it’ll all come to a head starting this summer. The to-extend-or-not-to-extend debate will be deafening. And if he starts next season without that extension…his impending UFA status will be pretty much all we talk about from then on. A la Phaneuf in TO this year.

          • Tooks

            Yeah and with BR6 pending aswell, we might see 1 of em walk. Unless Melnyk opens up the books!

    • Tooks

      Also we went the entire lockout year without Spezza and made the playoffs and there was absolutely no trade rumours then, he’s injured again this year but playing through it and its showing.

  • Terry

    Hoping for a solid 60min of play from the Senators tonight!! I work with a Jets fan so a win for the Sens would make tomorrow’s work day fun!!

    Go Senators!!
    Go Bobby Ryan!!

  • Sandy

    I certainly hope that Sens fans in attendance give a little extra in support of Ryan tonight..

    • Tooks

      Thats a great idea Sandy, only thing, with this type of weather only the “real” fans will join us at CTC tonight, I’m guessing under 15,000 tonight. Its only -25 people!!

      • aegiszx

        Yea -25, cold as hell!! God damn, you have to pay me to get me outside in this weather!!

      • T K

        “real” fans and the children of season ticket holders

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Well good news is… That we will probably offer a gritty performance since spezza isn’t in the line up.

    Bad news is… Phillips aka as “The Pointer” is back with a vengeance on the power plays and bad gap control. At least he will play with Ceci so that Ceci can show him the ropes on how it’s done in the NHL.

    Oh wait… Should be the other way around !

  • CUP 2014-15

    In regards to Bobby Ryan…. Hell folks we live in Ottawa, someone must know someone at immigration, let’s get this pushed through overnight and I would love to see him on the Gold medal team, LOL. Big game tonight, Go Sens Go

  • LeafsSux

    ZBAD!!!!

  • T K

    Redemption from Corvo. Simple play leads to a goal.

    • SensChirp

      I’ll give him that. When the puck comes to him at the point, he’s always thinking shot first. Gotta like it!

      • T K

        It’s the one thing that he consistent does well. The rest leaves me biting my nails off

        • Millennium

          Like when he tips the puck into his own net #facepalm

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Mika,

  • Jacques

    Zibby’s, Conacher whiffed! Lol

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cowen is a worthless pylon tonight.

    This guy can barely skate

    • T K

      I’m not sure if its the skating. I think that his reaction time is simply a bit slower. Thinking rather than acting from instinct

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Ya maybe it’s this. I don’t know to me the guy just looks like he’s playing the game 2 seconds slower than everybody else.

    • Aaron 2.0

      The jets certainly have some speed though.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      He is quickly becoming my new Redden/Phillips/any other player that has been on this team that is hated by the fans(usually after being a decent player for a few seasons and then shitting the bed…..not just shitting the bed

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      I think that he didn’t play that bad so far he did some nice pinches to keep puck in offensive zone and he was hard to beat in the corners.

    • Tooks

      Glad you see it too. Cowen you have a stick…use it!

  • Millennium

    Zibby and Conacher seem to have some nice chemistry. Makes sense to keep them together when Spezza comes back. Michalek is a moveable part, but not much else to pair with giggles.

    • Aaron 2.0

      What would you do when # 19 is ready? I’d be hesitant to break up either of the 2 first lines right now. Michalek has complimented his current line-mates really well, I think.

      • Millennium

        Well that’s the million dollar question. Spezza hasn’t really clicked with anyone this season, and there is obvious chemistry with him out of the equation. But do you stick him on line with Condra and Michalek and call it “the first line” and let the other 2 continue their strong play, or do you give him the best and try and get him going. I can’t say one way or the other, but if they are really dedicated to Spezza longterm, they might do everything they can to get him fired up.

        • runningbear1974

          I’d like to put Spezza on the 3rd line… Give him protected minutes… And Powerplay… Let the young guys do the bulk of the work and he comes in for some easy shifts… oh yeah, double shift him too… use him as wild card…

          • Millennium

            It would be a pretty bold move if they did, and might be the beginning of the end of Spezza’s tenure here. You can’t pay your 3C $6M+.

          • CUP 2014-15

            My first thought was no way, but I think Mac might not have a choice. Let’s just say this line lights it up again in the second and third. How can you move ZBad. Did you see the Conacher interview ? He had to dance out of it, he loves playing with ZBad.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be the one making that decision to be honest. The trouble is if the team has any chance of playoffs I think they really need to go on a run this month. Not the greatest time to tinker with lines. I’d probably put him on L3 w/ Greening and someone. The goal aside tonight, I feel like i’m seeing really smart hockey from Michalek where he’s playing right now. I’d be very hesitant to move him. Maybe stick Spezza w/ Stone & Greening?

          • Millennium

            Well if they are keeping Stone up long enough to play when Spezza is back, absolutely should try the 2 together. We don’t have anyone else remotely close to a top 6 type forward in the bottom 6, so down there its a bit of a toss up

          • Aaron 2.0

            Good point. Stone probably goes when Spezza is back…

  • FistsofNeil25

    I don’t know what they’re going to do when Spezza comes back. The Conacher-ZBad-Michalek line has been very good for us the last few games. There’s no doubt 89 and 93 have some chemistry together and Zibanejad has looked very good back at center.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Shoot him?

      Lol

      All kidding aside….if he is pushed down to our 4th line…..OUCH

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Speaking of being hot!

      I mean seriously….even Michalek is playing well without Spezza

    • T K

      Zibby and Good Ole Cory are off-ice buddies according to today’s paper. It makes sense that they can click on the ice.

  • Jacques

    Greening just looks terrible.

  • T K

    I was just thinking that the jets were looking very desperate. Must mean that Montoya is human. Then the Sens score… Proof.

  • Jacques

    I think Spezz was dragging Milo down, looks good with the young dudes. Lol

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Spezz drags everyone down. Plays too slowly and with no intensity.

      “Intensity”. cc: Burke.

      • NOBODY can play with Spezza

        Spinner Spezza 2014 = Joe Thornton 2005

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          Love the name.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Zibanejad with 1G and 1A in the first period.

    Sigh.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Okay seriously, 89-93-9 is too good to break up. I don’t care if he’s our #1 center or captain, we’re going to have to find Spezza some new wingers. I don’t care if Spezz has to play with Kassian and Neil, our top two lines right now have some serious chemistry… something they’ve lacked with him in the line-up.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      On another team?

      :p

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Ryan wasn’t good enough, Milan isn’t good enough, spezza is the one who drags everyone down with his turnovers . Spezza lost his #1 center status of this team after 5 games this season to Turris

  • luckan20

    Terrible in our zone. Corvo and Phillips are bad together. Phillips is too slow while Corvo is bloody lazy. In fact, Corvo tipped in the goal for them.
    The line of Zibanejaad looking good with some speed and grit.

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Zbadster !
    Ok now everytime Phillips is on the ice we get stuck in our zone…
    God get him out of the ice him and corvo is disaster waiting to happen.

    Good news though, we’re leading 2-1 and Turris + zbads line are rolling hard and intense ! And the refs seems to let the action go lots of hooking call didn’t got called on both sides.

    Key to win this game ? Not play Phillips !

  • will miss this guy

    Snoopy Senior = Robert Cyr

    obituary notice is here

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?pid=168083011

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      :(

      RIP ROBERT

    • luckan20

      Sad and I have talked to him at the CTC (formerly SBP). He has a habit of wearing cow boy hat to games. Good man and may his athma have a good journey.

    • Sandy

      Thanks for sharing that…

    • SensChirp

      A supporter of the site from Day One. One of my favourite personalities in the comment section. He will certainly be missed.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Man…this really(as odd as it is to say as I had only ever known him from here) has put a damper on my evening.

    • Tooks

      That is amazing, the very last line says to come dressed in your fav hockey jersey, for Bob’s passion of hockey. Amazing Snoopy still supporting his Sens from the grave! Atta boy!

    • Jacques

      That’s right name was Robert Cyr, was a nice guy!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    If Maclean breaks up the Mika-Conacher-Milo line when Spezza gets back I will find where he lives and egg his house.

    No way should he tinker with that line. Or the Turris line. Put Spezz on the third with some randoms because he’s not doing the skilled players any favours.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    LAZY…LAZY….LAZY

  • Millennium

    2 garbage goals against tonight

    • Tooks

      Same for us.

  • Jacques

    Can Anderson worry about the game instead of trying to sell an interference penalty!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Just when Andy looked to be getting his game back he lets in a goal like that. Fucking unacceptable.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Seriously…if I were the coach he would have been fucking pulled right there….that was unacceptable(unless a women was flashing him)

  • T K

    Someone stole all the peas from the whistles??

  • Tooks

    Sooo how’s al Montoya been, haha, some folks were actually arguing with me… 2 terrible rebounds that lead straight to goals, lol. Anderson not playing any better tho…

    • T K

      Don’t you have a real human in the seat next to you that you could be interacting with?

      • Tooks

        Humans?

        • T K

          Another socially dysfunctional carbon based humanoid then…

          • Tooks

            LOL I just drink with the human, I dont actually talk to it.

  • senskarlsson57

    Anybody have a good, high quality stream for the game?

    Go sens!

  • FistsofNeil25

    HOW IS THAT NOT A PENALTY?!?!

    • Tooks

      The hitter shouldnt be penalized for what Bobby did…NEVER turn your back like that. I bet he wont ever do that again.

      • FistsofNeil25

        I agree he never should have turned his back but they call that hit 99% of the time.

        • Tooks

          Which is wrong, its telling the player keep doing it. And they do and get hurt. Jets player coming to hit Bobby doesnt expect Bobby to turn around last second…He aint gonna risk injuring himself trying to get out of the way…That was all on Bobby. I’m ok with the non call.

  • T K

    So many calls not being made…

  • Millennium

    What a bizarre period of hockey

    • FistsofNeil25

      It’s been pretty awful that’s for sure. Sloppy as hell.

  • SensChirp

    Last comment I could find from Snoopy Senior is a pretty awesome one. I’m sure he had an amazing night!

    “I’m also very fortunate, to go to the game with my daughter, in an invite
    to a friend’s Corporate Suite in Level 200 !!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO SENS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Snoopy Senior”

    • FistsofNeil25

      He always loved the punctuation lol

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        The eternal optimist

    • Miguel

      thanks for sharing Chirp… he will be missed, the one thing that I loved about him is that he was always the optimist, and he really did not like it when us Sens fans would argue, he would always try to mediate and solve the issues…. we need more optimists here :-) RIP Senior Snoppy!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Okay. This is getting stressful. I don’t know how the Sens can dress Cowen, Phillips and Corvo over Wiercioch and Gryba anymore. It’s ridiculous and decisions like this are going to cost us the season.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I really miss Weircioch on the PP. Sigh.

      • Tooks

        Hey I agree!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Montoya having a lot of trouble hanging onto the puck. Keep throwing them on net boys!

    • Tooks

      But he’s 8-2-1 with 1.85GAA and .934SV%….I dont get it…

      • Millennium

        I’m kinda shocked those are Montoya’s numbers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play well enough to earn those kinds of numbers.

        • CUP 2014-15

          He’s hot, it can stop at anytime, one bad goal. Anyone or any team can get hot. Great save on CMac, let’s get an early one.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Condra misses high and wide wide open in the slot.

    Story of this guy’s career I guess, LOL

    • FistsofNeil25

      Good player. Just no finish, like, at all.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Agreed lol

  • Aaron 2.0

    Fairly even game so far. Love what Mika’s line is doing. Kyle’s line getting their chances too. Some great individual efforts from the players on that line, and Turris is unreal, but I don’t think their puck possession numbers will be particularly strong tonight. Maybe you break up that line when Spezza returns. Spezza gets MacArthur? Not really thrilled with the idea, but, not really thrilled with many ideas.

    Andy needs to lock it down in period 3 – Your focus needs more focus, sir. We really need to win these games given what the team did to themselves in first half of the season.

  • T K

    Nano silver technology??? BS

  • Jacques

    Man , tough having to watch Mac overplay that smith line all night! We have two lines that bring zero in the. Offensive zone. The third line has to be dangerous and bring some secondary scoring. That smith line has to be our fourth line. That will be our downfall if we miss the playoffs! That being said, C’mon boys win this one for Snoopy!

    • Sandy

      Smith’s line is the checking line against the other team’s best line. It’s as simple as that sometimes..

      • Shibal

        That still doesn’t justify why guys like Greening should play 18 minutes in this game – Which included no pp or pk time for him.

  • Jacques

    Man, he to me is where we need to upgrade. He has opportunities to finish checks and he softly bumps into people. I don’t think he knows that it’s a contact sport. He has really become irrelevant. We have more skilled players who can do the penalty killing job that everyone thinks he’s so good at!

    • Jacques

      Oh speaking of Condra

  • Jacques

    Pageau should have gone all the way??

  • T K

    LOL they started playing the PK music instead of PP music

    • T K

      Felt more like a PK…

  • Jacques

    The plan should be get the puck in the zone and feed it to Ceci to unload the bombs from the point…. Don’t understand the coaching on the pp?

    • Aaron 2.0

      The short-handed chances were bad. But, yeah, come on boys, try setting up the puck once you get into the jets soon. Why go 1-man alone when you have the numbers? Geeezz.

      • Aaron 2.0

        soon = zone. oops!

  • Aaron 2.0

    That last PP just make me puke in my mouth a little…

    • Jacques

      No kidding!

  • luckan20

    Disgrace. Our PP coach needs to get his butt kicked out of Ottawa. Terrible display and no plan.

  • T K

    My heart stopped for a few seconds there

  • T K

    Methot!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    THE. MAYOR.

  • Aaron 2.0

    I find the play has been pretty even so far. But, really, if we win this game, the jets are going to feel like they got ripped. 3 posts tonight. And, we just score as i’m writing this. Lol.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      LOL. I agree tho the Jets have been mighty unlucky tonight.

  • Jacques

    Phew, love it! Go boys!

  • FistsofNeil25

    This is such a ridiculous game.

  • T K

    Andy! Armed robbery

  • Aaron 2.0

    Hey! Stone can skate!! When did that happen!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Dang. Really wanted that one for Stone.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Stone sure as hell looks like he can skate to me! It would be nice to see him get an extended chance with the team. Hopefully when Spezz comes back Kassian is the one to sit.

    • senskarlsson57

      I dont know about Kassian sitting…Sens are now 5-0 when he fights!

  • Jacques

    Stone’s speed looked good, thought it was Zibby at first!

  • CUP 2014-15

    lets see if Mac will put Stone out with Smith and Greening next shift ?

  • T K

    There ya go! Smith

    • T K

      And Buf just stands there…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Wow clarke

  • Brock

    Potvin be trollin.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Got to love Potvin . Every time he says Ryan, he says Intensity.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol.

    • T K

      LOL yup. Suspect he’s not Burkie fan…

      • Jacques

        Who is .. Oh yeah maybe Tooks!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Thought ryan deserved an assist on that one. Game over. But, knock on wood, just in case.

  • Jacques

    Bobby can sure back check! Conacher really growing on me now, I like this kid!

  • Tooks

    Thank you Al.

  • Jacques

    Can it ever be an easy night? No never……. Shit!

  • Jacques

    I think they should show Condra how Karlsson just knocked Kane off e puck with a solid check!

    • CUP 2014-15

      Show Corvo at the same time.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Good thing we got a 4th goal. Time to really focus and fight on every play boys.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Kyle Turris is a wizard at entering the zone. A very difficult skill to do so consistently, not dumping it in.

    • Jacques

      You would think that he should be doing the zone entries on the pp.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Our powerplay coach doesn’t know how to run a powerplay.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    How long is Spezza out for?

    ….

    :P

    Go Sens Go!

  • SensChirp

    A winning streak!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Not easy or pretty. Could have went either way, especially with all those posts. But, the boys did fight all night long. Attention to detail was pretty good. And, finally 0.500. This is a make or break month.

  • Sandy

    They will have to be a lot better on Saturday against the Smurfs..

  • Shibal

    I Know the Smith line is supposed to defend against the top lines. However It makes zero sense playing Greening 18 minutes in a game that included 0 pk and pp time for him.

    Anyways good win!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Greening is tough to watch out there. I like Smith and Condra together but
    right now I’d have to say that #14 is the least effective forward
    on the roster..Kassian excluded.

  • luckan20

    Stone had a few good shifts. Spezza will be returning on Saturday and I can see Stone and Greening as his wingers.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Sens needed that to get to .500 hockey. Hopefully they look at 2014 as a fresh start with a .500 record. The playoffs are still within reach! January is going to be a big month for this hockey club. I’m sure they’ll want to go into the Olympic break feeling good about themselves.

  • Richard Gough

    So if you are Mac do you risk place Spezza back in the lineup when he is healthy are or stick with the lines that are winning games?

    • FistsofNeil25

      When Spezza’s healthy enough to return, there really is no other option than playing him.

    • Jacques

      Don’t change the winning lineup, rest Jason.

    • bluebuyyoo

      He will likely insert his #1C into the lineup when he is ready to play. Since the team is playing well at this point, there is no need to rush him back.

      • SensChirp

        But right now, even when Spezza is ready to play, MacLean should leave the other lines alone
        16-7-6
        89-93-9
        44-19-61
        14-15-22

        • Jacques

          Agreed and 12-15 minutes max a night and no 19 on the pp please,

          • bluebuyyoo

            Yes. Because having one of your top point getters on the PP makes no sense at all. Sheesh!

          • Jacques

            He is terrible on the pp, doesn’t set up, fires from terrible angles ending the other team on 2 on 1′s all night long.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Your #19 hatred is duly noted and is clouding any judgement and analysis you make.

          • Eugenius

            Take away the C, #19, and the name spezza, and try to tell me that you’re watching a 7 million dollar player….nope….have to take Jacques’ side on this one

          • bluebuyyoo

            You would take away all PP time from Spezza? You guys are too much.

          • Eugenius

            No i’d give him PP time if he’s on this team. But I’d rather just trade him before he gets as disgruntled as Heatley did. Spezza as 3C? lol he’s not going to like that

          • Aaron 2.0

            Spezza has struggle on the PP. But, in fairness our whole team has struggled on the PP. If we are going to start him on L3, he gets PP time.

          • Jacques

            This team is better without him frankly. Listen if he comes back and plays responsibly, keeping the puck moving forward, and showing some sort of effort in the defensive zone than ok 3rd line center, but I wouldn’t play him on the pp. And if he comes back flinging the puck all over the place again than I would healthy scratch him again.

          • runningbear1974

            I think if you put him on 3rd line, you have to give him power play time…

          • Jacques

            Ok guys but 2nd unit, the last 30 seconds, he’s been bad.

          • runningbear1974

            that’s funny :)

          • Jacques

            Just having fun. You guys are good sports.

          • sens23

            only karlsson has more pp points then spezza this year. and karlsson averages a whole minute extra on the pp over spezza.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Ok coach.

          • Jacques

            Zibby should be getting more time on the pp.

        • Eugenius

          Hard to not consider trading the man, when he is now a 7 million dollar (soft) 3C with major injury concerns

          • Jacques

            But is he tradeable?

          • Eugenius

            I’d trade him to the rangers if Stepan or McDonagh are in the package coming back this way. Sather is an idiot.

          • Jacques

            Haha … I proposed a Stepan or Callghan plus DelZotto. Something like that. Sens would have to sweeten the pot I think.

          • Eugenius

            McDonagh and Stepan for Spezza and Cowen. Done. lol

          • runningbear1974

            He’s 5 mil this year, and 4 mil next year… that’s pretty good value…

          • Jacques

            He isn’t even earning that yet to be honest. But I’ll give him one last chance. How many people truly think the. Sens resign him…. I don’t. I think even Chirp is coming around to the reality of the situation.

          • runningbear1974

            MacArthur got 3.25 mil on basis of 20 goals… Spezza almost guaranteed more goals than 20… So, his value is in my mind in the 4-5 mil range…

          • Jacques

            The question was would you resign him? The Sens won’t, even if it means biting the bullet if he’s untradeable. Although, if you can trade Gomez you can sure as Hell trade anybody.

          • Jacques

            MacARTHUR PLAYS A COMPLETE GAME THOUGH.

          • Eugenius

            7+ cap hit. and that’s what he’ll expect come contract time. no thanks

          • Jacques

            That’s the thing!

          • runningbear1974

            We don’t know what he wants… 7 mil was for prime of his career… In my mind it’s all about value… If he asks more than his value, then that’s bad… If he wants less than value, then that’s good…

        • FistsofNeil25

          Either leave them alone or…

          16-7-6
          9-19-61
          89-44-93
          14-15-22

        • Aaron 2.0

          Love those line combos, Chirp. I’d love to see them run with that until we see them struggle. Then, and only then, TRY giving Spezza a few other players. Do we think Stone gets to stay a while? And, how do we think Pageau looks on the wing? He’s really small for a winger in the NHL.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Reallly small. 44-19-61 are all right hand shots as well. I think that’s really the only option if Maclean wants to keep the Turris and ZBad lines together.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Good point (all right shots). I’d still like to see something similar, if not exactly what Chirp suggested. But, I’d be surprised if MacLean would go this way. I might try the following.

            16-7-6
            89-93-9
            14-19-61
            15-44-22

            No real checking lines though. Don’t think MacLean would like that, although in theory all 4 lines should be okay with puck possession. I don’t think I’ve liked Smith on the wing (if memory serves me right). One thing is guaranteed. MacLean will do something that has us all in an up-roar. Lol.

      • Richard Gough

        If I was Murray I would place a call to the wild regarding Spezza he would help Heatly get scoring again and the wild have some nice prospect that can help this team like Granlund how can slip into the
        2C

  • FistsofNeil25

    Can Pageau play the wing?

    • Jacques

      He played Center and Wing in Junior.

      • runningbear1974

        If Pageau played wing with Spezza at centre… He’d have to cover Spezza defense so he’d be playing centre most of the time anyway…

  • Jacques

    Habs collapsing again…. Price in nets for Team Canada not so sure. Has he ever won a playoffs series?

  • do due dew doodoo

    sooooo – the Pesky Senators are back ?

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      As long as spezza is out, they Will be pesky

  • Aaron 2.0

    Crazy fast-paced game going on in Dallas tonight. Some fun hockey to watch.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Interesting take on a few things in the post-game by Yost. Sorry, I mention him too much. I said earlier (during the game) that I thought possession numbers for Kyle’s line would be down tonight, even though the individual players had their chances. I also mentioned that maybe they would be the line that would get moved around a bit to make room for #19 (based on issues w/ possession the last few games). Yost pointed out that Turris’ line mostly starts w/ Karlsson. Since Cowen has partnered w/ Karlsson, the line’s possession numbers have went south. And, here the entire time I thought Cowen was improving (albeit very slowly). Maybe I was wrong, and he’s anchoring that line, and Karlsson way, way down. I’m not sure if MacLean sees this or not, but if he does, that only makes his line-up decisions harder. I hadn’t really considered the effect that the D could be having on certain lines. As much as I like to have an opinion on lines, i’m really glad I don’t have to make these upcoming decisions.

    • Simple Jack

      I just dont see cowen playing smart right now, im not sure if he thinks since he signed the new contract that he has passed other d men on the roster and maybe its not his responsibility or that he thinks he plays well. Last couple of seasons he seemed like a smarter player. Gryba has made strides in his game and his play with methot is solid, cowen is like a weakness on the d, not as much as corvo but someone please show him his poor decisions he makes during games. He’s young but he shouldknow he needs to learn from his mistakes, and tell him hes not f n erik karlsson.

      • aegiszx

        I honestly think Cowen believes he’s the second coming of No.65… But he’s not, never will be, and shouldnt even be in the same category as Erik Karlsson. Two completely different players with completely different expectations. Maybe Cowen feels slighted that a 15th overall is making double what he is making (he never should have held out for a effing contract)… I don’t know, but Cowen I feel like, thinks hes playing REALLY well, which obviously isnt the case from the fans eyes… But what do I know, I’m just a mindless fan ha!

        • SensChirp

          I kind of feel the same way. That the biggest issue with Cowen is he’s too confident. Really think he could benefit from some time with Luke Richardson at some point.

  • Andersonfan41

    I know the Senators don’t have a first round pick and I know that
    nobody is thinking about the draft this up coming summer.
    Here is a player that I would like to see whoever is the gm
    this summer draft.
    Brendan Lemieux

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    The power play has sucked balls for the last 3 years
    Fire Cameron!!!!!!!!!

  • Sensnation

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Deadly

    I am wondering what everyone thought of Stones game last night?

    • Simple Jack

      Thought he played good, strong on the puck, won some battles along the boards, out hustled 2 defencemen and got a few good shots on net. Laid a big hit on dustin buffglin. He played like he belongs in the nhl. Very aware of where to be on the ice and how to get the puck.

      • Deadly

        Thx,I thought he played pretty well also. Four shots in a little over eight minutes but a minus 1 which is more of a line stat.