Game Day- Senators Streak on the Line in Colorado

SensChirp January 8, 2014 554
Game Day- Senators Streak on the Line in Colorado

After a few days off, the Ottawa Senators are ready to put their four game winning streak on the line against one of the most surprising teams from the NHL’s Western Conference.

And it looks like they’ll have a face back in the line up in time for the game.

Jason Spezza has been skating with the team for the past few practices and is ready to make his return.  The Senators were 4-0-0 in his absence so it looks like MacLean wants to be careful not to disrupt the chemistry of his forward lines more than he has to.  Spezza skated on a line with Colin Greening and Mark Stone at yesterday’s practice and is expected to start there against the Avalanche.

That allows MacLean to keep his top two lines (MacArthur-Turris-Ryan and Conacher-Zibanejad-Michalek) in place for tonight’s game.  Depending on how MacLean distributes ice time, the Senators really could roll four lines against the Avs tonight.

In the Avalanche, the Senators are facing a team that continues to surprise people through the first half of the season.  Under first year Head Coach Patrick Roy, the young Avs team has posted an incredible 26-12-4 record which has them sitting 6th in the Western Conference.  Their offence is led by three Olympians in Matt Duchene (Canada), Gabriel Landeskog (Sweden) and Paul Stastny (USA) and they’ve been getting terrific goaltending from Russian Olympian Semyon Varlamov.

Looking at their line up it was clear the talent was there but I’m not sure anyone expected them to put things together this quickly.

(UPDATE 1:37 PM)- The Senators are on the ice for the morning skate in Colorado.  Here is how MacLean has them lined up.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Phillips-Ceci
Methot-Gryba

The Daily Chirp- Last night TSN’s Bob McKenzie confirmed what has been speculated for the past couple days- Tim Murray is set to become the next General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres.  All that’s left is the contract negotiation.  It’s always tough to lose talent to a division rival but the people have spoken to have emphasized that Tim wasn’t the slam dunk next GM in Ottawa that some made him out to be.  He has done great work with the organization but it’s important not to discount the impact both Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee have had both in terms of drafting as well as player development.

  • aegiszx

    Going to be a good game tonight. I’m predicting a high scoring game… 6-3 Sens…

    Hopefully Andy has a strong outing against his former team.

  • Doc

    So should we expect a longer extension for Bryan then? Unless they already have a plan in place for his replacement, I can’t see how they would let him go any time soon.

    • SensChirp

      I find it weird that everyone assumes the next GM has to already be in the organization. Could always hire someone from the outside, no?

      • Doc

        Oh for sure, but seeing how the Sens usually look within to fill voids, be it for players or management, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them getting someone from the inside. I actually prefer this because you get someone that’s already familiar with the players and the organization. It’ll be an interesting story to follow that’s for sure.

      • FistsofNeil25

        I think a lot of people are nervous of the thought of someone from outside the organization coming in here and running a budget team as well as Murray has. We’ve also become attached to a lot of the pieces that Murray and his staff have brought in over the years like Paul Maclean, Turris, Karlsson, Methot, Lehner, ZBad and Bobby to name a few. A different GM may not see as much value in these guys as Murray does.

        It goes without saying Chirp but I think a lot of Sens fans are very nervous about the direction this team is headed in under Melynk. Losing good hockey people like Bryan, Tim Murray, and Dorion is a scary thought. There are a ton of poor GM’s out there. We’re lucky to have Bryan.

        • sbs138

          Mr. Burke?

        • TookieIs100PercentRight

          It’s an INVIGORATING thought to me. This team has needed some fresh blood and ideas at the top forever. WHen you have the same people making the same decisions all the time you get into a rut.
          This team has most definitely been in a rut the past while. Hiring outside the org (notwithstanding Murray blocking the move of course) would get the org’s brains going, interview processes, exposure to new ideas and methods, new direction, would be a great time for the org to take the next step to playoff contention and beyoooooond.

      • boom

        It is weird, altough I think alot of it (the assumption) is the result of the recent good fortunes of the Sens, compared to two or three years ago.
        For a while there, as many fans wanted Brian Murray fired as wanted him extended. Now that they have had some success at the draft, all has been forgiven, apparently.

        Personally, I agree that it was not a done deal that Tim Murray was next in line.

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        Not going to happen.
        Bryan runs a VERY tight ship. He doesn’t want done to him what he did to Muckler and what was doine to him in Washington, so he will have TOTAL control over ALL decisions. What’s left unsaid is that Melnyk sees Murry as a son, so if Melnyk tells him: “Eugene, you’re not hiring outside the org, let me son-in-law Luke get the job” then Eugene says: “Yes Bryan! Great idea Bryan! Go ahead and make the announcement Bryan!”
        Garrioch has already said he’ll sign an extension within the month.

    • Killadi Sen

      Pierre Dorion – knows how to value talent.. everyone wanted to pass on 5-8, 145lb Swede by the name of Karlsson in the first round of the draft but he insisted that we go with him and see how he has blossomed. but Murray gets all the credit same with Turris.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    While the Sens are playing great, a lot of the credit does have to go to Andy for how he’s managed pull things together as of late. He’s been making some very key saves, at key times, keeping the Sens in it. Those are the types of saves he wasn’t making in the early part of the season.

    He’s bounced back a little since the snub from the USA Olympic team announcement and maybe it’s been a bit of a push for him. He wasn’t a lock, but he was talked about, so it’s always a driving force for a player to prove himself.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Congrats to Timmy Murray for getting the Buffalo job. Tough to see him go to a division rival but he has his hands full with rebuilding the Sabres. They have some pretty nice prospects already and he will have some big decisions to make with Moulson, Ehrhoff and Miller. Even with Tim going there, the Sabres aren’t anywhere close to challenging for a playoff spot. It’s looking like a 5 year rebuild for them.

    As Doc mentioned in the previous comment section, our biggest fear should be of T Murray hiring Luke Richardson as his head coach. I don’t know if Richardson has done enough to prove he can be an NHL coach, but he’s probably been the most responsible for the development of so many of our home grown players and has run one hell of a program in Bingo. Tim and Luke have worked very closely together the last few years so you never know. Losing Luke would be a devastating loss to say the least.

    • Doc

      I just really love the work he’s done with the players down in Bingo. Look at Ceci as a prime example. I don’t think he’s ready for the big league but he sure surprised a lot of people with how he’s handled things with the B-Sens,

    • Louis

      I think the greater fear is Tim poaching a guy like Pierre Dorion away… it’s happened in other organizations.

      • FistsofNeil25

        It sounds like Dorion is going with him..goddamnit.

  • shestolemybeer

    Its a done deal. 4yrs. 1.1 million. half a million of they take the bonus. Hes taking Pierre Dorion and Rob Murphy with him. BM has a contract extension on his desk, he just hasn’t signed it.

    • FistsofNeil25

      How do you know he’s taking Dorion?

      • shestolemybeer

        I can’t say how i know, but shawville is a small place, and they’ve been always right before.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Ahhh yes. I think we may have some of the same sources. I have a couple good buddies from Shawville who know the Murrays well and like you said, they’ve always been right. Unfortunately a lot of the things of heard out of there lately have me very nervous as a Sens fan.

    • Ray Emery

      I don’t buy it. There’s no way they would let him take another key executive with him.

      • FBP

        If he is promoting Dorion to Asst GM they would.

  • sben

    I want to make a trade:

    spezza and 5th rounder for dorion

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Huge game for the boys tonight and also huge next few games considering its agaisnt western opponents, we should go four 4 out of 6 points (obv would like more). I say tonight will be a little sloppy in the first, but the boys will turn it around in the second and win 4-3. GO SENS GO We could be in a playoff spot tonight folks.

    • sben

      It doesn’t matter how many points we get tonight. Our whole front office is being robbed. Our long-term success is in jeopardy.

  • Alcatraz

    I’d have a hard time believing Ottawa lets Dorion walk away from his contract. Because if he is valued and T.Murray can simply offer him AGM, why doesn’t B.Murray offer him AGM

    I highly doubt Melnyk would allow the NHL to permit one team poaching an entire front office from a division rival

    • FBP

      If we don’t allow someone to leave for a promotion, less folks will take a chance at coming to work for us.

      • Alcatraz

        Yes but it is a promotion we can offer as well. Its one thing to not let an executive develop because of someone in his way, but our path is clear for him. Therefore we have no reason to grant him dismissal from his responsibilities

        • FBP

          This would be good (I think). I hope he becomes our Assistant GM.

    • SensChirp

      My thoughts, as well. Losing Murray is one thing but to lose Dorion at the same time is downright ridiculous. No way they can just let that happen.

    • FistsofNeil25

      It seems like Bryan has no intention of signing a contract extension. Perhaps he’s ready to retire. Probably doesn’t want to work for Melnyk any more.

      • Alcatraz

        That changes completely everything. If BM says to Dorion, I’m out as soon as I can, you might as well go with TM….that would be really bad for us

        • FBP

          Maybe BM will become TM’s Asst.

          • sben

            haha

        • FistsofNeil25

          I think that’s what’s going on here. The only reason Bryan is still working is because of his desire to win a cup before he retires. Unless Melnyk opens up the budget, B Murray may see that his dream isn’t possible here anymore.

          • sben

            BM is 70 years old. He wants to retire. He cannot continue being the GM until he is on his death bed. I think that after either this year or next year BM is retiring.

          • TookieIs100PercentRight

            “He cannot continue being the GM until he is on his death bed. ”
            He can’t? He has the owner’s full approval and the media have his back. It’s not a really taxing job: Come in the morning, read a few scouting reports, kick your feet up with the bagel/coffee, talk to Tim and Pierre, make a few calls…take a little nap, travel to see other teams, feign anger when the team is down or gets a bad call, nap a little on the flight back.
            Good times, good times…

    • shestolemybeer

      they’ll never stop a guy from taking a promotion. thats the deal in this fraternity of nhl execs.

      • Alcatraz

        Yes but as already mentioned its a promotion we can offer. If Dorion says I want to leave to be a AGM, then Ottawa says well we have you under contract and we will make you AGM here, therefore we will not release you from your contract

        • Tooks

          He can quit and leave.

  • sben

    Does tiny timmy have a twitter account? I need to beg him for mercy.

    • FBP

      He does, but it’s anonymous.

      • sben

        crap.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Man Sens fan love to worry. Good luck to Tim Murray and Dorion(if the rumors are true). Everyone enjoy the fact that we are on a 4 game winning streak. Take a deep breath. I am sure The Sens organisation know what they are dooing. They are professionals for a reason!! 2 months ago we are all negative and now since things are going well, we are still negative GO SENS GO

    • Hax

      But, but … Melnyk and budget and Spezza and small market and stuff!!!!

      Seriously, some people take a very, very little amount of information and mix in six pounds of rumors and then proceed to freak out over the worst case scenarios they dream up.

    • FBP

      I wish I shared your optimism right now. All the behind the scenes news this year is dragging my Sens optimism through a day twelve Bluesfest outhouse.

      You’re right though, any changes could be for the best. We’ll find out.

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        At least it’s a Bluesfedt outhouse and not a Capital City Hoedown outhouse, you go in for a crap and leave with debt!
        TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sben

      Things are not going well. There still may be a chance that BM hires scouts and another front office that is just as good as before but I don’t want to leave that up to chance. Our long-term future is in jeopardy. We have every rigth to even more upset than before because before our short-term future was in jeopardy. Now our long-term future is in jeopardy.

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        “Our long-term future is in jeopardy.”
        It is? Remember when Marshall Jonhnston left? We did fine. Remmber when Muckler was booted? Murray took his place, team was fine. People just get too attached to familiar faces. It’s hockey, we’ll survive we are OTTAWA!
        TOOKS100%OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    If Pierre Dorion replaces Tim Murray, and even eventually Bryan Murray then the Sens have absolutely nothing to worry about Dorion is one of the best in the business and will make sure the future of the organization is promising.

    The REAL guy we should be worried about, is the owner

    • sben

      tiny timmy is taking dorion with him. Read the comments below.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        LOL I refuse to believe something confirmed in the comment section. Let’s see what the actual journalists say

        • Alcatraz

          Do you believe Chirp when he says something? Not an insult on Chirp but just saying…..Chirp made his name in a comment section way back when

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            TELL ME AGAIN THAT PIERRE DORION IS LEAVING OTTAWA. LOL.

        • FistsofNeil25

          It’s coming from a pretty reliable source so I’d believe it buddy.

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            Which source?

          • Alcatraz

            An inside source from Shawinigan, I get your prejudice and reluctance to believe anonymous sources, but get over yourself. Just cause its not coming from Dreger or Bobby Mac doesn’t mean its not true

          • FistsofNeil25

            Shawville. My buddy who’s friends with the Murray family just confirmed it too.

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            LOLOLOLOLOLO. Well I’m confirming that tonight, Jason Spezza will be traded.

            Don’t come apologizing to me when it doesn’t happen. It’s a ridiculous rumour. Only the comment section of SensChirp [with all due respect] is talking about it.

          • FistsofNeil25

            There’s no reason to react like that lol my buddy is close with the Murray family and everything he has ever told me about the team or its players has been true. Absolutely everything.

            As far as Tim Murray and Dorion going to Buffalo goes… it’s obviously not official until the Sabres announce it so everything until then is just “rumors”. Just don’t be surprised when it happens that’s all.

            I personally would be surprised if Dorion does go. If he does, it pretty much means that Bryan is retiring.

  • SenaTHOR

    Melnyk “Holy crap maybe I’m losing control from my house in the Bahamas.”
    BM “Just stay there and sign some F’n checks”

  • sben

    I’m gonna send my assistant GM application to the sens office.

  • SensChirp

    For what it’s worth people I have talked to this morning are pretty strongly refuting the idea of Dorion leaving with Murray. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    • Doc

      God I hope you’re right. *shakes fist angrily*

    • FistsofNeil25

      Maybe Dorion is waiting on a decision from Bryan to decide whether to go with Tim or not? Either stay on as Bryan’s assistant GM, take over for Bryan if he retires, or go to Buffalo with Tim if Bryan retires and he isn’t named his successor?

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      Team1200 is in spin control mode on Dorion as well. Wait and see. Team1200 was also saying Murray wasn’t leaving yesterday so…yeah. Either way I don’t care. I’ve been waiting for some change up top for some time, if we get change I’ll go to a lot more games.

    • Killadi Sen

      Chirp, you need to do something abt these trolls spreading ridiculous rumours. its becoming very annoying to the point where my peers and myself don’t visit the site anymore.

  • aegiszx

    I get that people are freaking out, but come on. This is a great opportunity for Tim, and Dorion (if true). It’s business, and business moves on. Seriously, its like when Dale Tallon left the Hawks, SOOOO many people were saying that they would never rebound.

    Well, another SC, and an even better core says otherwise. The Sens will be absolutely fine. Hey, if a rival company came over and offered me a better position, better networks, and better pay, my desk would be cleared by noon lol

    • Alcatraz

      I agree but your talking like Dorion is stuck in his current role

      Would you leave and uproot your life for a lateral position (ie AGM)

      We can offer that to him here, just like TM can only offer that to him there

      • aegiszx

        I’m just speaking from experience but I came to this organization from another, WITH two colleagues… So I have to wonder about the internal things, like maybe Tim has a different philosophy than Bryan? Or simple could be that Pierre has a better rapport with Tim than he does with Bryan? It’s not uncommon for people to change companies with peers but remain in the same/similar position. Or Eugene is just a douche lol

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        Except Melnyk is CHEAP. You go to Buffalo you have a TON of first-rounders AND you have $$$ that Melnyk does not have. Why be mediocre in Ottawa when you can rebuild the team as you wish in Buffalo with full control?

    • Tooks

      The Hawks were stacked with Tallon and were still stacked when he left…We are not stacked…Plus the Hawks had depth in Management, lol, we dont.

  • Andrews theory

    Let me say this…if Dorion leaves with Tim, it’s because of a dislike for one Eugene. Why leave a team that will be looking for a new GM within a year or two?

    Furthermore, while it may not have been a slam dunk for Tim in Ottawa, I think it’s fair to say he had the inside track and given his ability to go from dark horse to favorite in Bufalo, he would have likely won the job if he could stomach the jack wagon owner

    • Tooks

      This is so true, Tim leaving is fine, he deserevs a shot, but if others leave to join him then it has to be something they dont like in Ottawa.

  • Andrews theory

    I’m going to go on record as saying I believe Tookie is actually Chirps alter ego

    • SensChirp

      Come on

    • s3nsfan

      That’s just insulting.

      And not very nice lol

      • Tooks

        I agree, please dont insult me like that! what did I do to you!

    • Miguel

      not the first time this theory has been thrown out there, but a better question is who in their right mind would call themselves “Tookieis100%right” is even more perplexing :-)

  • Andrews theory

    One thing that is often overlooked here in ottawa has been Bryan Murray’s ability to do more with less. There is the cap piece obviously but going beyond that, senators operate with a smaller management team and support staff than the majority of the league. The emphasis has been quality over quantity and that my friends is an extremely hard thing to simply replace.

  • Phoenix

    Good on Tim. He has got to be excited to have two top 5 picks this year to already go with his young core. Everyone talks about Edmontons young players but I think Buffalo will be the new team thats talked about. Quality young players at foward and defence to go with good young goalie and possibly an experience goalie in Miller.

  • Tooks

    Dear God, did you guys know League of Legends has over 32.5 Million subscribers…Has on avg 4.2Million players playing Daily…

    Cash prizes at events or tournaments range in the millions…
    I didnt even know this game existed…Dammit I need to learn to play this game!

    • MikeS

      last year the team who won go 1million. And the money each player could make from streaming is in the hundreds of thousands. And then they get sponsorship money

      • MikeS

        Oh and its still growing at an alarming rate

        http://imgur.com/myuptec

        • Tooks

          Do you play?

          • MikeS

            ya… I played since first season.

    • Zelle

      Professional gaming is very real and very popular. Read about the Major Gaming League. Big cash prizes and sponsorship for elite gamers. You can’t just pick up a game and expect to win money though; these players are very, very good, and the top performers win over six figures in cash.

      • MikeS

        ya so out of the 35 million players in north america. There is probably 50ish that can make big money off the game.

  • NickofTime

    There is no gurantee that the next GM comes from within the organization either, there are no guarantees in professional sports, it could all go south tomorrow.

    Nice to see that this team is starting to look like the team I have wanted for a while, there are still a few guys on the roster I would like to see moved but that may have to wait until the end of the season or next yr. I wonder if BM will give Cole Schneider a look this yr, he is having another impressive season in Bingo. Last yr he had 35 pts in 60 games in his rookie yr & this yr he has 29 pts in 30 games, just under a ppg. He could challenge Conacher for his LW job next season if he can keep this up & transition it to the NHL.

    Should be a good game tonight, hopefully Ottawa can keep up to the high flying Avs especially in the first period in that high altitude. Anderson will need to be sharp tonight for Ottawa to have a chance. Also looking forward to seeing the Spezza & Stone combo, hope they can light it up. Go Sens Go. Hopefully, Pageau is out, right?

    • s3nsfan

      Here’s to Spezza and Stone Lighting Mups all night

  • FistsofNeil25

    Okay so here is what I’ve heard this morning. I have no idea if any of it is true or not so take it with a grain of salt. I just thought I’d share some information. The deal with Dorion is based on what Bryan Murray decides to do. Supposedly if Bryan agrees to a contract extension, Dorion could be named as his assistant GM. If Bryan is leaning towards retirement, he won’t hold Dorion back from taking a promotion as assistant GM to Tim in Buffalo.

    Since Bryan isn’t sure whether or not he will retire at seasons end or sign an extension, he can’t name Dorion his assistant GM now. If Bryan were to name Dorion as his assistant GM upon Tim’s departure without committing to the team beyond this season, then he would be leaving Dorion’s future up in the air and essentially screwing him out of the job in Buffalo with Tim.

    Like I said I don’t know if any of this is true but it does make some sense.

    • Doc

      That actually makes sense. Thanks for the info.

  • sell the team Eugene

    so – what was actually wrong with Spinner Spezza ?

    • Tooks

      Hip.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Good luck to Tim if this happens. Thanks for the rebuild and all the great young talent. I hope PD is staying on board. Good hockey minds are hard to find, just look at the team we love to hate down the 401. They have not been able to hire a GM, Head coach or even a decent scouting staff. With that being said, I remember that the sky was falling when we lost our head scout in Sweden when he took a coaching job. We will be fine without Tim Murray and best of luck to him.

  • FistsofNeil25

    So with Tim going to Buffalo you’d have to think that there may be a few prospects or players from the Sens org. that he may have interest in bringing with him. Anyone here have interest in Moulson?

    MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
    Moulson-Spezza-Stone
    Conacher-Zbad-Michalek
    Condra-Smith-Neil
    Greening

    • MikeS

      Id love moulson but I think he will cost more then Melnyk would pay in the offseason. Id rather not lose him in FA either

      • FistsofNeil25

        Could be a nice rental though if we manage to play ourselves into a playoff spot.

        • MikeS

          Yes I agree. Just he seems like the type of rental where you would get if you were a contender…..I dont think anyone thinks ottawa is a contender right now

          • Tooks

            And the cost would be high. BUF would want some young talent for him.

      • Alcatraz

        Melnyk has no choice but to spend this off season with the cap going up, it means the floor goes up also

    • Zelle

      He’d have to trade for whomever he wants though right? I like our farm players I’ve become very attached…

    • Andrews theory

      I’d put my money on Pittsburgh picking up moulson given that they lost Dupuis for the season and could make a run to the finals this year assuming they get their d core back

      • FistsofNeil25

        I don’t see Pittsburgh making many additions this season regardless of their injuries. They’ve given up too many assets in the last few seasons for playoff rentals and they have nothing to show for it.

        • aegiszx

          Ottawa Salary Cap: 55m
          Pittsburgh Salary Cap: N/A

          It’s Pittsburgh man, that team operates with absolutely no budget/constraints lol…

        • Sensnation

          Pitts makes additions every year, this year will be no different.

          • Al Willig

            Shero has stated publicly that he won’t be adding at the deadline. Take that for what you think it’s worth.

  • SensChirp

    Talked to a couple people today that deny suggestion that Dorion would go with Murray to Buffalo. Garrioch saying the same thing. Perhaps it was wishful thinking from Tim…

    • Alcatraz

      Hypothetical game…

      What if BM says to TM, you can have one of Randy Lee or Pierre Dorion

      Who does he take, who would we prefer to keep?

      • runningbear1974

        I vote Dorion, but I really don’t know these people…

  • SensChirp

    Lines from the skate posted above.

    • runningbear1974

      I’m glad they’re keeping Gryba and Methot together… Great pairing…

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Oh no, Spezza returns !
    I just hope they don’t lose the peskyness cause of his return.

  • Sandy

    I wish Tim good luck, but it sucks to lose him.
    I’m sure he would really like to take Dorion with him.. but the Sens control that as Dorion (from what I understand) has a contract with the Sens.
    But how about we just wait and see instead of relying on so-called insider info.
    For the most part, lately, Buffalo scouting staff have done a pretty good job…. so he may just continue with them, at least for this season.
    IF Dorion stays he probably moves up to AGM.. providing Murray stays..
    When Murray retires… the Sens will probably go outside the organization. Dorion (if AGM) will need time to learn the job. Any outside GM would really like to have an AGM with a great track record of getting good young talent.. but it’s not a gurantee.
    Maybe they go after Chiarelli as GM. Rumours the last couple of years is that Neely wants him out…

  • Guess Who

    I like those forward lines a lot!

  • Guess Who

    According to the twitter account ‘Sabres Front Office’ @SabresFront, Dorion and Murphy are leaving with Tim. Say it ain’t so…

    • SensChirp

      I suspect he’s getting that from the comment that somebody posted in here earlier today. Dorion leaving is not true, apparently.

    • Doc

      Lol…that’s a rumor twitter account.

      • Guess Who

        Good to know.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Interesting line changes (from those floating around yesterday). I think we had Smith playing wing on a line with Pageau and Condra. That would have meant the coach could roll 4 lines, which I think is great (especially without last line change on the road). Now, that 4th line with Smith as a C probably takes on more of a defensive role. Condra is great at it, and Smith is too (to a lesser extent). Kassian is obviously not an offensive guy. But, that doesn’t automatically mean he is good a limiting chances. I assume playing on that line, he’ll see more minutes than he usually does. And, the coach will probably try to get them out for defensive minutes, so to speak. I really don’t like that change personally. Kassian doesn’t need to eat up any more minutes than he already does. And trying to line match, even a little, is a challenge on the road, which often just leads to horrible line changes. I much preferred yesterday’s lines, but on a positive note, both the Turris and Zibanejad lines remain together. It’ll be fascinating to see how minutes get allocated tonight by MacLean.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Looking at the Av’s line-up, I now get why Kass is in. With Neiler out we need him to counter “right by Bordeleau right by Bordeleau….. and Cody Mc Leod in. I feel like Iran some days, you have a Nuke so I need one too.
    Like this line-up, thin air so quick shifts, survive the long change in the 2nd. Hard on the fore check, lots of traffic in front of JS. Who would have thought this headline would refer to a wining streak a week and a half ago, let’s go Lads the drive for five and a share of the last wildcard spot tomorrow morning.

  • SensChirp

    From a source- Pierre Dorion will NOT be going with Tim Murray to Buffalo. However pro scout Rob Murphy could end up joining Murray.

    • Alcatraz

      Suck on a dick Shawville sources!!! haha

      • Sensnation

        But they know a guy, who saw a Murray buying a pack of smokes once, they must know! ;)

        • SensChirp

          Some people thought enough of the rumour to respond, anyway. Certainly good to hear they won’t be losing Dorion.

          • Sensnation

            Absolutely understand Chirp, when the fans and media go crazy over a rumor they have no choice but to respond to it. I think that just shows how much the rumor got blown out of proportion.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I TRIED TO TELL YOU.

    • Luc Wolfe

      Can we trade murray for miller myers? Hehe

  • Sensnation

    Man our fanbase likes to whine prematurely! How about we wait to see who actually goes and take it from there. Fans are acting like each person Buffalo takes is the key to what made the sens, but truth is they are just a part of it. Turnover is normal, people just need to chill out and be happy for Tim and his staff.

  • Sandy

    Hoping for a win tonight. The last 5 games against the Avs the Sens are 0-3-2… so they have their work cut out for them…
    A win ties them with the Leafs.. and pray the Rangers lose in Chicago..

  • Sandy

    Off topic.. looking at some of the other Olympic rosters. Finland is loaded in goal.. Lehtonen, Niemi, Rask… wow.. Now that’s a goaltending trio. The best in the tournament..

    • Alcatraz

      Lol and they have to leave Pikke Rinne at home cause of his injury

      Oh and their goalie prospect Saros just won them World Junior Gold

      • Sandy

        So note to scouting staff and GM.. get a Finnish goaltender..LOL

        • Zelle

          American goaltending is also pretty stacked. Quick, Miller, Schneider, Bishop (which Sens did have at one point). Howard can steal games although like the Wings he hasn’t been at his best this season. Same with Andy.

          • Sandy

            I was referring to this Olympics.. Quick is coming off a serious groin injury.. Miller and I’m not really sold on Howard as being elite. He is good.. but I think Bishop/Schneider should have made the team over him.
            Sweden… I don’t know.. Lundqvist looks human this season.. and Gustavsson or Enroth.. can they win an Olympic gold?

    • sprucesens

      The US will have something to say about goaltending the next Olympics and on. Once guys like miller and quick start fading off, they have guys like jon Gibson, jack Campbell, Gillies, and I think a few other top notch goalies on par with lehner in terms of prospect status.

  • Sandy

    Hey Chicago… wakey, wakey the game has started.. The Rangers must not win..

    • aegiszx

      Hawks will win, no worries. I believe in the Captain… Now if only the Habs could wake up and beat the Flyers…

      • Sandy

        The Flyers are top 3 in the Metro Division so they are ahead of the Sens anyway. Any time the Habs lose.. I’m happy.

    • H POTTER

      Lol

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    No Tanguay, Wilson, O’Reilly, and Parenteau tonight for the Avs

    • Sandy

      As of the first 5 min of the game.. I don’t think that really hurts them..

  • Jacques

    Big night for number 65 tonight, he’s gonna rip it up!

  • H POTTER

    Not more than 1 goal for anderson!! Come on baby

    • H POTTER

      Wtf was I thinking

  • Jacques

    Bad penalty.

    • Sandy

      Why do they always do that at the beginning of the game. Down 1-0 in the first 5 min.. not good

  • H POTTER

    Indeed but if Anderson helps in killing it we will have a good momentum

  • H POTTER

    Merde

  • Jacques

    Here we go!

  • karlssens

    What a bonehead penalty.

  • QSenFan

    Lucky tip in

  • Mark

    OMG Potvin STFU!!!!

    • sben

      every game…

  • T K

    Glad to see the Sens respond by banging some bodies around

  • Mark

    What the hell was that story about pygmies shooting darts?! I am confused.

    • Andrews theory

      It’s almost like as he was rambling about pigmies, someone was looking at him shaking their head no lol

  • QSenFan

    FFS!!!

  • Sandy

    Down 2-0 in the first 5 min of the game… Could be a very long night.. and the end of the winning streak..

  • karlssens

    Is it too early to say spezza ruins everything :p

    • T K

      Yes it is

  • Andrews theory

    Painful

  • Sandy

    When they get close enough to the Leafs to catch them in the standings.. they fall apart..

  • karlssens

    Something about the west just kills us

    • SensChirp

      Quality of the teams, probably.

    • sben

      Its not just this year. If you look at the west every year there are two or three teams that are at the complete bottom of the stats and all the other teams ride off them. Thus it takes 100 or so points to get into the playoffs in the west every year not just this year. Got to tell you wasn’t surprised by this year at all.

  • Jacques

    Sens are going to win this one!

    • Sandy

      Really? Love my Sens.. but the West just has their # this year. I just hope it’s not a blowout..

      • Jacques

        I have a feeling!

  • Tom P

    Game is still very young, need the next one though to stay in it, can’t really blame Andy on either one as they were both redirected.

  • H POTTER

    Freakin spezza…same ol crap

    • sben

      spezza and a fifth to buffalo for timmy murray and future considerations.

  • Aaron 2.0

    After all that time off, focus on doing the little things right, like not taking a stupid penalty in a 0-0 game that’s 1-minute old… Disappointing start to say the least.

  • Andrews theory

    Apparently Spezza did not get the memo

    • bluebuyyoo

      What memo? The one that said his team would be down by two goals before he even hit the ice? LOL!

      • Aaron 2.0

        Yup, he’s not even remotely close to being responsible for any goal tonight. But, that turn-over resulted in A LOT of time spent in their own zone. After not playing, simplify your game for God’s sake.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Sorry. suppose to say “not even” instead of “even”. It’s late…

          • sben

            there is an edit option for a reason.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Honestly, i’d never noticed. Lol.

      • Andrews theory

        Nope the north south memo

  • karlssens

    They clearly didn’t come to play for this one

  • Mark

    Kassian sucks

  • Jacques

    Kassian is slowly tenderizing some avalanche players with every hit!

  • H POTTER

    Often times those miss opportunities ate the difference between being 12th rather than 5th

  • karlssens

    Please no more spezza this game.. It’s our only chance. He looks god awful out there.

    • H POTTER

      Lol…seriously I don’t understand this persistent need to have him play if he’s nowhere 100%. things were going great no?? Smh…

      • Sensnation

        Is it too hard to give the guy a full period before shitting on him?

        • bluebuyyoo

          Un-fucking-believable!!!

          He’s getting 3rd-4th line minutes, just back from an injury and he gets shit on for being on the ice.

          • karlssens

            I’m
            Sorry, I just don’t like his play anymore :)

  • H POTTER

    Yesssss

  • T K

    There we go.

  • Andrews theory

    Bam!

  • Jacques

    Andre B enoit still loves us!

  • Sensnation

    The momentum from Spezza’s shift is what led to that goal!

    • Jacques

      If you say so! lol

      • Sensnation

        Wouldn’t expect you to understand. His line almost scored right before that, putting colorado on their heels.

        • Jacques

          I guess we’ll take it from our third line.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Alright. We have a game! Hopefully, that wakes up the team!!

    • Sandy

      Shall I do what I did for Chicago?

      Wakey, wakey Ottawa the game has started.. The Avs can’t win…!!! LOL

  • SensChirp

    Busy in here tonight!
    I like it!

    • sben

      from the way you say it sounds like this is a bar and you’re the owner.

      • Sensnation

        Double rum and coke please, kind sir ;)

        • Aaron 2.0

          I’m sold. I’m going to make myself a double rum and coke!

          • SensChirp

            Let us all have a drink!

  • T K

    Nice shot from Cecil but too slow

    • sben

      (i’ll make the edit for you) *ceci

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    CLARKE.

  • Andrews theory

    Gotta love that Zbad line!

  • Sandy

    Looking at the stats on NHL.com.. the Sens are getting killed in the faceoff dot. Come on guys, you are better than that…

  • luckan20

    Randy Carlyle drove MacArthur nuts and now he is doing for Kadri. Who knows one day Kadri will be playing elsewhere

    • sben

      before it was bobby ryan then lupul then macarthur now kadri. Maybe we can trade cowen for kadri.

  • Mark

    I love Cmac. Karlsson with a sweet hip check. Oh hells yeah!!!!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Bobby Ryan is a terrific playmaker. That Turris line is clinic.

  • karlssens

    Put some speed on that line with spezza

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      He’ll slow them down anyways.

    • sben

      are you encouraging drugs? :)

      • H POTTER

        Hahaha

    • H POTTER

      Why? He won’t be able to follow on the backcheck forecheck

  • QSenFan

    Cmon Karlsson, where are those famous moves to open up a shooting lane???

    • Jacques

      He has trouble getting his shots through this year for some reason.

    • Sandy

      Karlsson is not Karlsson in a few games this season. Are his personal issues taking a toll on him?

      • sben

        what personal issues?

        • Sandy

          Supposedly a divorce. His wife is in Sweden back in school.. but some are saying it’s a divorce coming…
          Now they were together in August.. and in Oct there were some saying they were getting a divorce…

          So who knows.. but something is up with him. He’s not speaking to the media at all.

          • sben

            Ended pretty quick. they got married like 2 years ago

          • Sandy

            Yeah I know.. but it is rumour.. who knows for sure.. But she is not in Ottawa..

    • T K

      I’d settle for just a bit of improved accuracy. He’s been shooting wildly lately

    • sben

      I think he is playing self-conscious about his defensive ability because right now he is -10 (I think)so he is trying to play defensive but it is just crippling him. The problem is that none of that is his fault and he doesn’t notice that. It is the team in total that is playing badly. The team itself is -15. Just remember michalek’s plus/minus before he was on the zib line.

  • Jacques

    Boys came to play!

  • T K

    Sens dominated last 10-13 minutes

  • karlssens

    I felt much better about the second half of that period. C’mon boys!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    I knew the sens would start slow tonight, but looked good the last half of that period! Spezza looks like slow Spezza tongiht

  • bluebuyyoo

    Scary start, but they looked much better for the last 10 minutes.

  • Tom P

    I am loving this Michalek, he has looked like a new player with Conacher and Zibby.
    I love what Conacher brings to the game, gives it every shift and is really smartening up defensively !

  • Andrews theory

    Honestly, Ceci looks like a seasoned top 4 on both sides of the puck. He’s what we’re hoping Wiercioch becomes.

  • Sandy

    Hey only 1 giveaway in the first period… good..

  • luckan20

    In the 5-6 minutes we had tons of chances; however most of the shots were wayward. If we had some of shots taken at the goal were on target, may be we could have squeezed a goal or two.

  • Mark

    All this crapping on Spezza is ridiculous. What, he gets a half season tryout as captain and them we dump him?!

    • Sandy

      As I said… some fans need a whipping boy. Used to be Redden… now it’s Spezza.

      • runningbear1974

        What? there’s talk of whipping Spezza and dumping on him…

    • Andrews theory

      No but join the rest of the team and buy into the concept that you are supposed to lead by. He was definitely better in the last few minutes

      • Andrews theory

        And apparently sportsnet agrees

        • Sandy

          I switched over to the Hawks/Rangers game… Lundqvist has been terrible most of the season so far… he’s standing on his head tonight… But it’s a good game..

        • T K

          They were watching the Rangers too. They based their commentary by reading yours . ;-)

      • Jacques

        I agree, where does it say that you need a grace period to be a Captain nowadays?? Just play north-south like the other 19 guys on the team. Where were all the hankies for Gryba when everyone was throwing him under the bus, only to discover that hell this kid can play. Let’s stop making excuses for Spezz, when he’s bad lets ask for answers, when he’s good we’ll all be happier for it! If it doesn’t get better well our GM will take are of it.

    • Zelle

      Personally I dislike his laziness on the ice. I have no idea why he is lazy, but Captain or not, there is no reason not to skate and not to check. He avoids physicality and waits around for the pucks to find him. He has a lot of talent which makes it even more frustrating because we know what he is capable of doing.

      • runningbear1974

        I’m not sure if it’s laziness, but i’d like it if he moved his legs a little more…

        • SensChirp

          Ya, I don’t think it’s laziness. Clearly not a young man anymore.

          • Zelle

            True it may be his physical limitations as well. But then sometimes he just moves so well, it’s an enigma. I’m not really a fan, but I do hope/wish that he becomes a positive force for the Sens.

      • sben

        forgetting the context it sounds like you’re describing kovalev

  • luckan20

    Ceci by far our best defense man. Followed by Methot and Gryba. All three has been playing solid in our own zone.

    • SensChirp

      Well, Karlsson…

      • Jacques

        Yeah that number 65 looks like the best one to me too. The others 3 mentioned aren’t too shabby either.

  • H POTTER

    That EK dude is just so fast

  • Jacques

    Close shave there, watch your man 19.

    • H POTTER

      It’s beyond me why PMAC continues to play him handicap

    • Deadly

      Read the comment and thought ” Tooks” for sure. But no.

  • Sensnation

    I know people are hard on Cowen, but I really like the offensive and puck control chemistry between him and Karlsson. They need time to become a force as a pair, but this is always the pair we envisioned after they were both drafted. Hopefully some learning curves early this season pay off longterm!

    • Jacques

      It allows us to better with Methot on the second pair for sure.

      • Sensnation

        Agreed!

    • T K

      He just needs to be much more physical and immediate. We don’t need another Kuba.

  • H POTTER

    PP come on boyz

  • Andrews theory

    Make it count!

  • Jacques

    Ok pp, where’s the TUrris line?..

    • Jacques

      Ok good!

  • H POTTER

    Spezza almost turned it over AGAIN

    • Jordan Cunning

      You want him to be high risk high reward on the powerplay and to be a calm back too basics game for 5 on 5 get off his back

      • Sensnation

        That’s never been what he is. He’s high skill, which comes with turnovers just like any player, his are just more blatant I guess. Can’t start expecting a different person than he is and always has been.

        • Jordan Cunning

          i agree he his a high skill player but even he has admit his first half hasent been the greatest how do you help this in my opinion go to the basics simple skilled passes that spezza can probably do in his sleep

    • SensChirp

      Almost set up the tying goal too.

      • Jacques

        It was a good chance. I actually thought he passed up a good scoring chance to shoot. He’s made a few nice plays had a boo boo or two, but I can take him with less minutes on the third line.

        • runningbear1974

          I think i can learn to love Spezza on the 3rd line…

  • Sensnation

    Wow Ceci so close!

  • Jacques

    65 and 5 about time!

  • Andrews theory

    Fantastic pp so far!

  • Zelle

    Rangers just won in regulation. Would be nice if Sens could also pull off an upset tonight. Go Sens!!

  • H POTTER

    What pressure!! That’s what I’m talking about guys…what a nice display

  • Sensnation

    Spezza – Stone = Instant Chemistry!

    Keep it up boys!!!

    • Sensnation

      I like Greening with them, good sturdy 2-way player to help balance the line. I think a lot of people forget how fast he is too.

  • Andrews theory

    Really would like to know why we don’t roll Wire back in and sit Cowen for a few games.

    Wire is actually a similar player to Kuba who Karlsson thrived with.

    • Sensnation

      Why wouldn’t you feel good about Cowen so far this game? I’m seeing a lot of good on most of his shifts!

  • MikeS

    Sens have basically went from a 1line team to a 3 line team. Interesting

    • Sensnation

      And THAT is the recipe for longterm success!

      • Jacques

        Your third line has to bring some production, I agree.

    • luckan20

      We could have made it 4, if Pageau was in the line up. Speed counts a lot.

  • karlssens

    Stone looks really good!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Spezza line playing okay tonight. I’d keep them together for a while, and see what sort of chemistry they can build. Zibanejad and Turris lines look good out there. Smith line looks slow; Kassian effect, I think. Smith looks good individually though.

    • MikeS

      I think it would be good to give spezza softer minutes for a bit so he can hopefully get/stay fully healthy

    • Jacques

      The team looks good tonight!

    • Zelle

      Smith line will look good once Neil gets back and he replaces Kassian. Not sure why they didn’t want to give Pageau a try on the wing.

      • Sandy

        Need muscle in the lineup to match what is in the Avs lineup especially with no Neil..

        • Zelle

          I’ll be honest and admit I don’t know too much about the Avs, but if they are a strong team then yes I could see why Kassian was picked. I just like Pageau so much but keep feeling like he will move elsewhere because the Sens are so stacked at Center.

          • Sandy

            Bordeleau… enough said..

          • Zelle

            Just reading an article… “Cody McLeod, left, goes over fighting techniques with teammate Patrick Bordeleau.” Fighting techniques at a hockey practice?! OK point taken.

  • H POTTER

    Stone line, I mean Spezza line playing real good…lol

  • T K

    Thanks Hejda

  • MikeS

    Well that was a super soft call.

  • Sensnation

    5 on 3!!!

  • H POTTER

    5-3 ooooooh baby legggo

  • Andrews theory

    Ooh boy!

  • aegiszx

    Can we please friggin score… 5-3… Come ON…

  • Jacques

    How many years has Ceci been in the NHL? 5 on 3 c’mon!

  • Sensnation

    SPEZZA!!!!!

  • H POTTER

    Ahhhhhhhhhh

    • Jordan Cunning

      nothing bad to say about spezza now?

  • Andrews theory

    Ya!

  • T K

    Speeeeeezzzzzza!

  • Sensnation

    Don Cherry would love that goal … stick on the ice perfectly!

  • Michenator

    WHAT A FREAKING PASS!

  • Zelle

    There we go! Atta boy Spezza!

  • Jacques

    That was nice!

  • MikeS

    2 free powerplays. Nice

  • T K

    That goal gives me a hat trick!

  • Sensnation

    WOOOHOOO!!!

  • Jordan Cunning

    what a shot

  • H POTTER

    Stonnnnnnnne

  • T K

    Now it’s gravy

  • karlssens

    Holy fuck..

  • Michenator

    HOLY HELL YES!!

  • Zelle

    Wow!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Holy shit! Pass! One-timer!

  • H POTTER

    What a feed

  • Andrews theory

    Shit ya! Beauty pass guess they finally had a few days to finally work on the pp

  • sben

    now I’m not being the one that is a complete jerk to spezza but it was all macarthuron that goal guys.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Absolutely right. But Spezza was in the right place and he did finish that great pass. Can’t imagine the shit pile if he had missed.

  • Jacques

    OMG goal of the year!

  • LeafsSux

    Holy shit!!!

  • karlssens

    Unbelievable.. Good work guys

  • Tom P

    Mark Stone.

  • sben

    put in gigy and the sens will win 9-2

    • H POTTER

      That’s the spirit

  • H POTTER

    Please do not sit on this lead we can easily put 3-4 more goals..show our offensive strength

  • T K

    Jacques’ crystal ball is accurate so far

    • sben

      I don’t recall… seriously

      • T K

        He had a “feeling”. I did too

  • Aaron 2.0

    Oh man. Did that puck on the 2nd penalty actually go directly out? It looked like it caught the glass. I think the refs may have totally f*cked that up. Avalanche let it happen though. They haven’t played much since the first 5 minutes!

  • Jacques

    Stone has a very high hockey IQ.

    • Sensnation

      Definitely making a really strong case to stay up here!

  • HarvardYaleAndPrincetonMan

    Am listening to the Colorado radio feed.
    Their radio guys LOVE Kyle Turris.

    • Jacques

      TUrris is the REAL DEAL!

    • sben

      I’ve heard comparisons of him with beregeron. Definitely agree.

    • Zelle

      I also love Kyle Turris! Proudly wear his number on my jersey :) Really hoping I can get it autographed someday.

  • Kielbasa

    is there a link for an online feed somewhere?

    • sben

      p2p4u.net is the ultimate link for every nhl game if you don’t have gamecenter.

      • Kielbasa

        Thanks. And for some reason the feed on gamecenter is coming in free. Nice to have a feed online while away on vacation.

  • karlssens

    Chirp, looks like 9:30 starts work better for you!

    • H POTTER

      Hahahahahahaha

  • Aaron 2.0

    Did I hear that right? Reilly injured on a goal celebration? Lol.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    If I didn’t know Cody Ceci was a rookie I’d think he was a grizzled veteran. The guy plays like he’s been in the league for years. Playing way above his age. Easily our second best defenceman.

  • SensFanInMTL

    I cannot believe how our team is owning the AVS in puck possession. It is absolutely remarkable. I am speechless. Stone is finding his game too which is nice to see.

  • T K

    Ooof that was close x2

  • Jacques

    Did that go in?

    • Michenator

      good question.

  • H POTTER

    Wake up Andy wake up

    • Sensnation

      The Sens are just reminding us he’s doing his part in this game too ;)

  • T K

    Between periods, the players go suck on some oxygen tanks. Keeps them sharp mentally

  • Jacques

    Holy moly that was close! Phew.

  • SensFanInMTL

    What year was the last time we beat the AVS? I know it may have been a couple years but man, what a comeback. Lets destroy these guys and score more!

    • Jacques

      Was 2 years ago, a wild one 6-5 if my memory is good.

    • LeafsSux

      Think we have lost 7 in a row to them..

      • sben

        know it is 0-2-3 in the last five games.

        • Jacques

          Oh maybe I think we lost in OT 6-5

  • luckan20

    What the heck Andy is thinking ????
    I hope he is only getting Ottawa paycheck, not Colorado is also paying him. .

  • Aaron 2.0

    Hopefully, that last minute deters the team from even thinking about sitting back against a team with this much offensive skill.

  • MikeS

    Nice that sens had a few free pps go their way tonight

  • H POTTER

    That’s one area Sens need to look at is keep on pounding til the horn sounds the game is over…foot needs to stay on the gas pedal through da whollllle game

  • Sensnation

    Do you all agree with this panel? Would BM just let Michalek walk as a UFA instead of trade him pre-deadline? I think if he has a good Olympics his value could go up too.

    • karlssens

      I would resign him on the cheap for 4 years or so, he’s still a good player.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I think Milo is worth keeping for the season. He isn’t necessarily KILLIN the competition, but he’s playing his part and playing a good team game, which is what we need.

      • Sensnation

        Would you try to re-sign him before the year is out then?

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          I think the Sens will wait until the off season to assess his future.

          I’m not 100 percent sure they’ll bring him back. It’ll have to be for cheap.

          Tbh I think he’d look real good with his brother in Phoenix.

          • Sensnation

            Send him there early and bring Vermette back ;)

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            I want Vrbata.

          • sben

            need alot more than michalek for vrbata.

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            Not in trade. Vrbata’s a FA.

    • aegiszx

      Its just as they said, he’s streaky as heck, and his knees arent in the greatest shape. We just gotta hope that yes, he goes on one of his hot streaks post-olympics. Not to mention that if he does walk this summer, lets hope and pray Mark Stone remains with the team between now and April and gets a lot of experience.

      • Sensnation

        Agreed. If he’s playing well it makes us a 3 line team going into the playoffs. If he’s not, he has no value.

    • MikeS

      I would probably try to resign him at around 2-3 mil short-term. He seems to be coming around recently and cannot be asking nearly as much with his past few years

      • MikeS

        I just dont see a point in trading him as he would not bring back alot

    • luckan20

      His price tag won’t be a problem for Ottawa to resign. Remember the cap is going up and we will have to spend closer to the minimum. With Phillips, Corvo and Michalek contracts coming off, I can see BM first look elsewhere. If nothing pans out, I can see Michalek getting resigned for less.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I know it’s early, but who do you like here http://capgeek.com/free-agents/

        • Sensnation

          Vanek, Marleau then Michalek I guess.

          Some good 2nd and 3rd line UFAs this year.

          • MikeS

            I feel like moulson would be great, maybe overpriced

          • Sensnation

            He’d be in my top 5, but I agree on the price problem. He’s done really well for himself!

        • luckan20

          Moulson will be my first choice too. Vanek and/or Marleau are not a bad option too

  • SensFanInMTL

    Habs are going through a meltdown. We’re having momentum on our side and it couldn’t have come earlier. Give something our haters can talk about.

  • HarvardYaleAndPrincetonMan

    I’m loving Zibanejad’s confidence when he has “his own” line and is playing
    his best position.

    • Sensnation

      Agreed 100%! It would be worth them trying Pageau on wing more to see if he can click with a line. We have 5 Cs that all deserve playing time.

      • Zelle

        I would love to see that. Speedy Conach and Pageau on the wings with big Zbad coming like a truck in the middle.

  • aegiszx

    Now… which Sens team will show up for the final 20 minutes…? I’m not ready to call this a game, not with the way the first 44 games of this season have gone.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Big thing too will be to play a clean game going forward. If the refs see that the puck deflected out on that 2nd penalty, the whistles could tilt the other way a little bit. It shouldn’t be the case. But, make-up calls do happen in this league.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    THIRD PERIOD LET’S GO!! GO SENS GO!

  • MikeS

    So for next year sens have signed

    Ryan/Turris/MacArthur
    Conacher/Zibby/__________
    Stone/Spezza/Greening.

    My guess would be that they will either resign MM or a FA for that slot

    • Jordan Cunning

      no way spezza is still on the third line come next year if he is trade him he doesnt deserve that

      • MikeS

        PMac doesnt really number lines. He rolls them at even strength and spezza gets first pp time

        • MikeS

          Spezza is 3rd in icetime tonight. Only KT/CM have more ice time but they played pk time

    • Sensnation

      Conacher is RFA, Pageau is signed though. Should be interesting.

      Could also depend on how Puempel’s coming, could he steal a top 9 slot by that time? I’m really not attached to Conacher, though I enjoy his effort the results just aren’t there enough.

      • Zelle

        Conacher needs to stay at least another season. He’s done nothing but improve and does lot of good on the ice, if not goals. Plus he is having a lot of success with Zbad it would be a shame to let that chemistry go.

        • Sensnation

          If he keeps up his current tear I could agree, but so far 14pts in 42 games is not an improvement statswise. If he’s not putting up points, and his checks are not wearing out opponents, he’s just really killing minutes in a game at an even clip. Not to say there isn’t a need for that, but we have tons of those players.

          • Zelle

            He is one of the few Sens that will stand in front of the goalie to screen though. He also is very fast and is improving defensively. I find he is a bit like Turris last year. Gets the opportunities but never the finish. This season Turris is finishing. I think Conacher can do the same if we give him the chance.

          • MikeS

            Moulson does the same but is bigger and stronger. however conacher is a much lower salary

          • Sensnation

            I wish I could see it the way you do. He’s definitely improving his all around game, but I don’t see a Turris like jump coming. That’s a lot to hope for, Turris was a high draft pick after all, it was always expected of him eventually.

          • Zelle

            True. We will have to wait and see. I just hope I’m right cause I’ve really come to like him this season. I was not a fan at all last year.

          • Sensnation

            If he won you over, then there’s still hope for me! I want to like him more than I do. I just like Pageau more I guess cause I was at that game against Montreal when he became legend! … I need to learn to let that go ;)

  • T K

    Wow what a weird scramble

  • Deadly

    All quiet….anyone else nervous

  • aegiszx

    Wow, this could have easily been 5-2 Sens… Avs faltering it seems.

  • Jacques

    93 and 89 all over the place!

  • H POTTER

    Man could it be the year we finally have 3 lines going after all is said and done?

    • Sensnation

      When Neil’s back it could be 4. As I’ve been saying this team just needed time to learn and come together, it’s gonna be a fun 2nd half!

      • Aaron 2.0

        Yeah, wow! Kassian out Neil in would make that a very good 4th line.

  • Andrews theory

    Penalty?

  • Millennium

    Dean and Denis are really rambling tonight. Not really calling a lot of the action on the ice, getting lost in tangents and stories.

    • Andrews theory

      Must be the alcohol and the altitude

  • H POTTER

    Karlsson is wanting to score big time…would be amazing to see him take off now in the second half if the season and take us far into the playoffs bad then who knows

  • Kielbasa

    This isn’t the same team that had been stinking during the first 40 games. Nice to see them finally coming together and playing some strong and exciting hockey.

    • SensFanInMTL

      It really is. I can’t believe how they’ve turned things around. Definitely hope they can rise this awesome wave. Then win the Cup and show Alfie in twitter.

      • MikeS

        This year reminds me of how the team couldnt jell in 2007. Spezza injury of all things got the team rolling…deja vu

        • Kielbasa

          Also nice to see Spezza back playing pretty well tonight.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Not too many of you are aware if this but Murray secretly signed Andre Benoit to above year contract. He’s just pretending to play for the AVS!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Who are these guys? :-)

    • H POTTER

      Seriously…Sens 2.0 in the making

  • Jacques

    5 posts tonight!

  • H POTTER

    Anyone keeping track of how many posts we hit tonite

    • T K

      Jacques is…

      • Jacques

        I meant goal posts lol

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      483527313

      • H POTTER

        Hahaha

  • H POTTER

    These refs are horrible

    • MikeS

      Dont complain tonight. The 5-3 both powerplays shouldnt have been called

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Tremendous offensive pressure. One more and it’s game.

  • Sensnation

    So much chemistry on so many lines tonight. This is AWESOME!!!

    • Sandy

      So just maybe McLean knew what he was doing after all?

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Ya it only took him what forty five games.

      • Jacques

        Haha

      • bluebuyyoo

        Phillips has 11 minutes. The lowest TOI of all D.

      • Jordan Cunning

        not really he wanted to break up these lines but everyone told him not to

  • Andrews theory

    Keep pressing boys..

  • LeafsSux

    Love how we are dictating the play tonight!

  • Andrews theory

    Pesky!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Spezza line getting better and better as the night goes on. Only scary thing is somehow this is still a 1-goal game, with all of those posts. Crazy.

  • T K

    Even with 5 posts, Sens aren’t the ones hitting the pipe the most tonight in Colorado

  • Jacques

    And the PP continues or so it seems!

  • H POTTER

    Man the Sens are totally owning the as! I had to pinch myself a few times to make sure I’m not dreaming..so happy to see them playing so good

    • MikeS

      owning the as?

  • Kielbasa

    What’s the deal with “SLUT” at the end of the scores on the online feed?

  • Jacques

    Nail biting time,

    • H POTTER

      Indeed. Standing right now can’t stay put

  • H POTTER

    Can’t let that game slip away now..we need to push forward now

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I remember when fans were in a knot about how badly they wanted Gabriel Landeskog back in the 2011 draft. Honestly, looking back, I think Mika Zibanejad is going to be better and arguably probably already is. I mean I like Landeskog, but he’s kind of “meh”?

    • Sensnation

      Landeskog was a big part of the tying and winning goals. Zibanejad still has work to do to earn that distinction.

  • Jacques

    MACLean telling smith not to kill Karlsson with the puck!

  • T K

    Cory keeps losing his stick

  • H POTTER

    !?;:$#+*

  • Kielbasa

    Ottawa cannot win playing like this. Come on…why did they take their foot off the gas like that in the final 5? Brutal.

    • bluebuyyoo

      More like the Avs have finally woken up

      • MikeS

        Nah, last 10 minutes sens havnt tried to get control in the AVS zone

    • Sensnation

      I think they saw the refs put their whistles in their pockets and assumed the game was over

  • Zelle

    Nooooo

  • Jacques

    What line was on the ice there!

    • Deadly

      Blame game

  • H POTTER

    Speechless

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This is a great game.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Awesome western road game!

  • karlssens

    What’s with all the high jokes and Colorado lol

  • Sandy

    Sens have to win this is OT.. They can’t let it go to a shootout… Time for some Ceci heroics.

    • Jacques

      He carries the puck real well.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Well, I sort of had a feeling they would tie it by the way they were hanging around. But, big point tonight. Let’s get 2!

    • Luc Wolfe

      Was just going to say

  • H POTTER

    This is just frustrating how they can’t close games by continuing to score goals…

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      i’m not too mad. The goal against was during a long shift and guys were tired. We’ve also hit like 578243 posts tonight.

      They’ve played terrific.

      • MikeS

        What frusterates me the most is the sens sat back…this never works

        • Sandy

          Well they learned another hard lesson. Play hard to the last whistle..

  • LeafsSux

    Please no Shootout

    • H POTTER

      Got your wish

  • Tom P

    We are winning this game

  • Kielbasa

    $^@&ing joke!

  • karlssens

    Ottawa finds a way to lose… Fuck

  • Sensnation

    NOOOO! Ah damn, hard one to lose.

  • Jacques

    Crap!

  • Mark

    That was a BS overtime. Wow

  • H POTTER

    Fakkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • karlssens

    This was a game we had to have

  • Aaron 2.0

    That’s the avalanche for you. Oh well, boys played a good game tonight, overall. No complaints for me. Still points in our last 6.

  • Zelle

    Wow what a way to lose… that’s just… sigh…

  • Mark

    Poor start to the game and a poor finish. We dominated in the middle.

  • T K

    One point closer to a playoff spot

  • MikeS

    Meh, Im more pleased that the sens are finally playing good team hockey. With a little luck that is a 18-3 sens win

  • Sandy

    They must be so disappointed.. They deserved the 2 pts tonight… Up next is Nashville.

  • Andrews theory

    Ah well…. 5 posts later. We know who controlled most of the game

  • aegiszx

    I’ll take the point… Avs are lucky the refs and posts saved their ass tonight.

    • MikeS

      Dont blame refs tonight. Sens got 2 free PP for a 5-3. Both of them were not penaltys

  • karlssens

    I just wanted to best the damn avs

  • Michenator

    Gotta give the Avs some credit. They turned it on HARD at the end. I wish we would have just slowed it down. The boys looked real good though!

  • Jordan Cunning

    zibinajad and michalik to start overtime thats a joke always start with a turris macartur or ryan combination there are best players let them show it

    • Sensnation

      Felt like a hunch he was playing

      • Jordan Cunning

        He always plays milo in overtime and I dont see why if you going to play anyone with zibby in overtime its conacher there the ones with chemistry and millos just there for the ride

    • Aaron 2.0

      Also could be looking for a match-up to get those guys you named against weaker competition. Zibanejad and Michalek both really responsible and strong guys.

      • Jordan Cunning

        Turris and MacArthur are two of our best defensivr forwards and ryan is the guy you should have outt there to score the winner

    • sprucesens

      yeah, i think the ship has sailed for michalek. I don’t think we are getting any top prospects or picks for him. Sadly he will probably just walk in the offseason, as he will likely be deemed more valuable to the team to keep till the end of the year, than whatever return we can get. And the unfortunate part is, he seems to be playing healthy. He just seems to have lost a step, and the shot and the sense to be in the right spot at the right time.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Better team didn’t win tonight. But that will happen sometimes in sports.

    We got a point. Let’s beat Nashville on Saturday.

  • Sensnation

    Happy with the overall effort, despite a hard loss. 50 minutes is still not 60, but it’s getting there. Keep it up boys!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Stupid fuckin son of a bitch. We just needed to kill them off for 3 fuckin minutes. Man we played hard all damn game and these clowns just woke up towards the end. Damn shame because we were owning it. 11 PTS in 6 games. I’m confident about beating the Preds.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol. This team (avs) does things like that a lot. The important thing is the process. If we keep playing like that, we’ll be okay. 5 first minutes weren’t good. But, we hand’t played in ages. This is one of the few times i’ll give them a pass on “not being ready”. And you know these guys are going to have this sort of push at the end.

  • Luc Wolfe

    Lets get another 4 game streak and start a blue team elimination watch

  • QSenFan

    This one is on PMac for not calling time out when team was struggling in own zone in last minute or so, not the first time he has done this.

  • sprucesens

    other than the 5 mins at the start, and about two 5 min sections at the end of each period, we handedly dominated the ave’s this game. Andy made a few big saves, we got a few posts, they got a few posts. If they keep playing that kind of hockey, they’ll keep getting points. Not happy how often the smith line was on in the first period. I don’t even dislike having kassian on the line. Its having the line out every 2nd shift. It was basically, turris, smith, zib, smith, spezza, smith rinse repeat.

    Anyways, a very solid game that we deserved a better fate. It sucks only getting one point, but its better than nothing. I think they’ll keep getting points if they can keep that effort up. I would have liked to see more Ceci too. Phillips didn’t look good tonight. Made a few bumbled plays that should have been simple. But at least none directly caused a goal against tonight. More on phillips in the next comment. But good game sens. Keep it up

    • Aaron 2.0

      I was going to say that about Phillips. He struggled mightily tonight to do anything other than throw the puck away. Love the guy, but his age is showing. Agree with the Smith line too. I won’t mind it so much when Kassian is out and Neil is in (hoping that’s what happens anyways). That will make more sense as a checking line.

      • sprucesens

        one thing to note about the neil vs. kassian thing. While realistically and team wise, i’d probably take neil 9 times out of 10, and the whole fighter on the team just to have a fighter is not something i support. However, kassian seems to just play simple hockey. He doesn’t take any dumb penalties in the few minutes he gets. He hits hard, and basically makes the D think twice when he does skate into the corner on the forecheck.

        While neil gets the spot over him all the time, i really don’t think he is as much as a liability as every one says. If he was out taking stupid penalties and putting us down a man, it would be different. But when he is in the box, its because he just fought some other fighter. While its essentially useless in my mind, at least it doesn’t hurt the team

        • Aaron 2.0

          That a very good point. I wish Neil would take far less penalties. Kassian does play a very clean game. I still like what that line can do from a puck possession stand-point better with Neil. But, you just made me think differently (more positively) about Kassian. I’m typically not much for the big fighter types either.

          • sprucesens

            yeah, personally i think staged fights should have a huge penalty attatched to them. Monetary fines for the team and a 10 minute or game misconduct. Not that it would matter for most of the fighters, as they usually only play once in a while, and when they do, its minimal minutes anyway.

            Fighting for the passion of the game though, sticking up for your players and so on, i’m all for.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Why cant Maclean call a timeout
    And why is Michalek out 4here to start overtime.
    Plus we are the most penalized team in the league yet they commit 6 penalties at the end with no calls…

  • SensChirp

    I hate blaming the officials but if they do their job in the third period, the Senators win the hockey game. 6 or 7 missed calls in the first half of the third. They made a decision to let the teams play and it let the home side back into the game.

    Senators didn’t close the game out but it never should have been that close.

    • Jordan Cunning

      I still think MacLean uses millo to much you can blame the refs but in the end I dont think he should be out there and the aves jumped on it

      • SensChirp

        The way the Sens power play looked, the officials knew another call in the third period would decide the game. The rules changed in the final 20 minutes and it cost Ottawa a point.

        • Aaron 2.0

          But don’t you need to expect this would happen after the 2nd. If you were an Avs fan that’s the little bit of justice they got after the 5 on 3. I wouldn’t complain if you know any Avs fans in O-town (I suspect there may be a few with the team’s ties to Roy).

          • SensChirp

            Sure. It has happened before and will happen again. It’s the way things are done in the NHL. Tonight it decided a game.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I guess I’d counter by saying tonight the refs guaranteed us 1 point.

          • SensChirp

            Maybe. But Ottawa was controlling play through 40 minutes. Hit the post 5 times I think? Played a damn good game. Deserved better.

          • Aaron 2.0

            No argument they deserved a much better fate. I just think that any reffing faults are sort of negated by the 5 on 3. It’s not their fault all those pucks go off the posts. I promise I won’t come back again and put this to rest. I do agree that refs decisions shouldn’t be affected by the past ones. But, it’s always been the case in the NHL.

          • Tooks

            Last I checked the game is 60 minutes, not 40 or 50…

          • Tooks

            Its called game management, refs gave us that 3-2 lead so they had to even it out eventually. We were down 2-0 on the road, refs stepped up and helped us out, then they balanced it out and the better team won.

            Still need to learn to finish agame.

          • Tooks

            Of course, I cant believe fans keep blaming refs whenthey gave us 2 goals basically for free!

      • sprucesens

        you think they are trying to play milo so he can get his game going? I bet they try to get him going to raise his trade value. I wonder if murray can instruct maclean to do that type of thing. Or any coach/gm combo around the league. I know they CAN, but i wonder if it actually happens this far away from the deadline

    • Aaron 2.0

      At least they let things go on both sides. They gifted us two goals in the 2nd. We outplayed the avs tonight, but without those 2 goals we don’t even get a point…

      • Tooks

        Glad you see the big picture and not just a 3rd period…Blaming the refs is what Habs and Leafs fans do.

    • sprucesens

      i didn’t think the game was that lopsided penalty wise. There was lots that usually get called against us, while marginal they may be, that we didn’t get called on. So that’s a plus

      • SensChirp

        Just felt they let a lot of things go in the third, is all. Ah well. Nothing wrong with the effort tonight.

        • sprucesens

          yeah, they definitely could have called more penalties. I just don’t think it would have been that lopsided. Definitely a good effort though. One of the most dominant games of the year. This game could have easily been 8-7 with a few bounces off the post for either team, even if we did out play them 45 of 60

          • my2sens

            I agree with Chirp. There were a lot of missed/let go calls. At the beginning to mid way through the third, it would have been lopsided, but I know the Sens would have put one or two in on the PP the way we were playing. THAT would have made a difference.

          • Tooks

            That 5on3 was the difference for us, we wouldnt have taken the lead if not for those brutal calls. But its the way a team bounces back, we are terrible at bouncing back after adversity. Avs handled it like Champs.

    • Tooks

      SC if not for the Refs the Sens are not even in this game, that 5on3, both penalties were brutal calls. We got our 2 goals on those PP’s, which shouldnt have been called. So it goes both ways.

      Again they played a good 50 minutes. Avs played great when it counted.

      Sens need to learn how to finish games, having Milo & Zbad out first in OT was mind boggling.

  • sprucesens

    I’ve read a couple rumours that the bruins are interested in phillips. Is there actually any merit to that, or is it just speculation by bloggers? We know the B’s love ex sens. And phillips might like a chance at a cup, even if we do make the playoffs. If we could get a pick or prospect, it could be a win win. I know everyone wants him traded for a bag of pucks, but i wouldn’t mind giving the guy a chance to retire a senator too. As long as thats at the end of this year, lol, we don’t need him next year, unless its as the 7th D

    • Aaron 2.0

      It’s hard to imagine if the team had interest, and sent scouts, that they would find any reason to add him to their D-core. But, crazier things have happened. I’d personally like to see him retire as a senator. He’ll probably want to keep playing next year though…

      • sprucesens

        yeah, lol, hopefully they don’t send scouts

    • Richard Gough

      I would like to see Murray get a 2nd for Phillips

      • sprucesens

        i’d love a 1st, but i don’t think it’ll happen. lol. I think if a team overpays its a 3rd rounder or B prospect. If murray can get a 2nd, or is offered that, i bet he talks to phillips about it immediately.

      • Tooks

        LMAO…..We will be lucky to get a 4th or a 5th…

  • Richard Gough

    What line was Spazza playing one ?

    • sprucesens

      he was with greening and stone. call it whatever number you want. they all rolled pretty evenly by the end, but the 1st period was all smith’s line for some reason

  • Dirtysweetness

    You have to keep in mind the altitude factor in Colorado. By the middle of the third, players were showing signs of extreme fatigue. Throw in a few hacks for referees.. Well we all know what happened.
    I think we played a great game!

  • sprucesens

    chirp, you heard anything about the B’s looking at phillips, or maybe what our plans are with phillips at or beyond the deadline? Do they plan on extending him, or is he leaning towards retirement? Does he want to chase a cup somewhere else if we are out of it by the deadline, even if we get basically nothing in return?

    • Merchaholic

      I hear he wants to chase the cup in Detroit.

  • H POTTER

    Can’t say I’m at all.impressed with Andy effort at the start of the OT he doesn’t steal games no more…

    • sprucesens

      but the toe save minutes before got us to OT when our players somehow decided to stop playing

    • Aaron 2.0

      He’s had a great run though. 5 wins in a row I think. Now points out of his last 6. He’s been pretty big lately.

  • sprucesens

    speaking of anderson, does anyone else feel uneasy whenever the other team is behind the net? That feels like it always ends up in the back of our net, either by Andy losing sight of the puck, not reacting fast enough or bad D coverage.

    Since when did we decide the best course of action was to park each of our D against the post with a skate up tight, when the player is behind the net? I’ve noticed we do that much more often the past year or so. It seems like a bad idea, as it just leaves a man open in the slot to blast one home. As evidenced by the OT goal tonight.

  • T K

    When the Sens win, it takes HOURS for the NHL to send the post game recap email. When they lose, I get it within 5 minutes.

    Someone at the NHL hates the Sens.

  • sprucesens

    while the whole team played pretty solid tonight, stone has sure looked good. A few odd scramble clearing attempts shot directly at the boards to get it out of the slot, that could have gone a lot worse. But overall, looking very solid. I’d still like to see him be a main stay on a scoring 3rd line by the time the rest of our talent in the farm makes it on the big team in the next couple years.

  • Tom P

    Regardless of the unfortunate outcome, this game felt like a win and made me more optimistic as ever, we went down 2-0 early in the first but the boys rallied back and never quit
    For the first time all season I have hope in this team and finally have turned that dreaded corner, any other night would have been a convincing win, imagine if all 5 posts we hit went in the net, completely different game

    Stay positive Sens fans, things have and will get better and this team will not only be in the playoffs but make noise in the playoffs come time

    Cheers !

    • Sensnation

      Hell Yeah!

      GO SENS GO!!!

    • SensChirp

      What a nice comment to wake up to. Love the optimism. This was a truly impressive 55 minute effort from the Senators against a good team. Lots of good to take away from the game.

    • my2sens

      I completely agree. When the game started and they were repeatedly mentioning the mile high factor and we started flat footed, I was thinking – here we go.

      But the boy fought hard and played like they could. Regardless of the outcome as you say, that was a solid game and felt like a win.

      Nothing but positives in that game!

      GO SENS GO!

  • Deadly

    The game was like a sandwich. The bread was stale due to a layoff and the mile high factor. But man,the insides were great.
    The season is just entering the second half and I feel pretty confident.
    Binghamton is still rolling so things look good for the future.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      That’s a perfect analogy of the game !

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    That was an exciting game to watch for sure ! They were fla footed the first 5 mins but they got back in the game. They played Amazing hockey until the last 10 minutes of the game. Felt like we got stole a point since we dominated and hit so many posts (like 5).

    Now spezza came back, didn’t really had a good first period ( normal ). But he did pickup somewhat the intensity ( intensity for him consist in playing in corners ) and I was pleased with his play. Me being a Anti Spezza fan and thinking that we would lose our peskyness cause of his return… That means a lot !

    Got a point… I’m still not thrilled to see Spezza back (king of inconsistency) but put him on a line like of stone and greening brings more depth without braking two amazing first lines. Now I don’t know why in the blue hell no one gave a stick to Karlsson when he broke it. That was very weird and it cost us the game since rule 101 when a dmen doesn’t have a stick the winger should give him one.

    The end of the first and the second period where one of the best periods that I saw them play.

    Go Sens Go