Game Day- Senators Visit Fisher and the Predators

SensChirp January 11, 2014 213
Game Day- Senators Visit Fisher and the Predators

On Wednesday night in Colorado, the Ottawa Senators put together one of their best efforts of the season against a talented Avalanche team.  And while the end result wasn’t what they were hoping for, there was a whole lot to like about the way Paul MacLean’s team played that hockey game.

They’ll be looking for a similar effort tonight when they pay a visit to Mike Fisher and the Nashville Predators.

It has been a bit of a disappointing season for the Predators to date.  Their 19-20-6 record has them sitting nine points back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Not an insurmountable deficit but pretty darn close.  Losing Pekka Rinne to an injury early in the season was obviously a killer for this team.  And while Rinne is working to get back in the line up, the damage is done at this point.  Carter Hutton and Marek Mazanec have done an admirable job guarding the net in his absence but they obviously aren’t at Rinne’s level.  The Preds have never been a team that’s going to overwhelm you with offence so it’s tough win giving up three goals a night.

Meanwhile in Ottawa, things continue to trend the right way for the Senators.  They have picked up at least a point in five straight and find themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.  With a win tonight the Senators would pass the free falling Leafs and could pull even with Daniel Alfredsson’s Red Wings.  New York, Carolina, New Jersey and Columbus are all in the mix too.  The Senators have done a nice job of playing themselves back into the playoff picture but certainly can’t afford to let their guard down.  It sure looks like the Eastern Conference will come down to the wire this season.  Every point counts.

MacLean will make one change to his defence in this one, as Eric Gryba comes out of the line up in favour of Joe Corvo.  The Senators will also shuffle the forward combinations a little bit so that Pageau can be reinserted into the line up.  Here’s how MacLean lined them up at the morning skate.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Ceci
Phillips-Corvo

Craig Anderson makes another start in the Ottawa goal.  Puck drop in Nashville is schedule for just after 7:00 PM with the game available on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

The Daily Chirp- As discussed in the last post, it is expected that General Manager Bryan Murray will sign an extension that will keep him on as GM for two more seasons and then see him move on to a VP type role.  Murray has done a great job with this team since initiating the “rebuild” and deserves to stick around.  Murray and Melnyk have been working on this extension for the past few weeks.  The last couple seasons have been a little frustrating for Murray as he has at times been handcuffed by the team’s internal budget.  I can’t say for certain but I wouldn’t be surprised if a little spending flexibility was discussed at some point during the negotiations.  You know Bryan Murray would love to go out on top and the only way to do that is if the team spends some money over the next two years. 

  • CUP 2014-15

    GO SENS GO

  • SensChirp

    Pretty good looking line up when you list Spezza as the third line.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Yeah, better thing would be spezza out of that lineup !

      Hehe ok as a 3rd center and with those wingers it should be ok.

      Great to have 3 lines that can score and let’s blow out those preds. Just please be pesky and we will win this.

      Go Sens Go

    • A-Train

      Every fan’s entitled to their own opinion…but personally i wish Spezza would get more credit right now.

      He seems to be taking a team-first attitude about his trip down the depth chart. He continues to put up points despite injuries and less skilled linemates. He comes through with the game winner in the shootout.

      And you can snicker about how he defended Cowen last night, but I had absolutely no problem with it. This is still hockey, and those things DO matter on a team.

  • Sharmarke

    Great looking line up with the exception of Corvo coming in for Gryba

    • CUP 2014-15

      It’s no secret around here that I like a tough D but if we are making a change, I wish it was PW. I think if the lads forecheck hard and get their butts back hard I don’t see the Preds staying with the Sens. I am going out on a line here but I am looking forward to a big night from……..Cowen, yes I know, but with everything going in the right direction for this team it’s the big boy that will start to bring it.

  • Sensnation

    Surprised at the changes, but it’s great to see Pageau get back in! Looking forward to a great game!

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Doc

    Any reason why they are so reluctant to play Pageau on the wing? Smith has been playing great this season and I would much prefer to keep him at center and move Pageau to Spezza’s wing to give that line a bit more speed.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I would imagine his size. Pageau also seems like more of a play-maker to me. Smith has the size to be successful on the wing (working the corners), although small samples of him playing wing haven’t really worked out.

  • Phoenix

    Looking forward to seeing Murray sticking around for a couple of more years.

  • Yackbacker

    Wiercioch is sure getting rusty.

    • Eugenius

      Agreed. He still hasn’t developed into the player they are hoping for. Still needs to get stronger and battle harder in the corners IMO. At that height, no excuse to be that soft.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Agree but I would still like him over UH OH. As far as him getting rusty re Yardbacker he will be sitting with someone that can help him deal with it, no Dman on this team sits for longer periods of time then EG

        • Aaron 2.0

          I thought his last couple of games were good. I was surprised when he was benched, and even more surprised he still hasn’t found his way back to the line-up. I think my biggest criticism of the coaching staff this year would be his handling.There are some obvious week points in his game (puck battling), but pretty much every other D on this team also has some glaring weaknesses that need work (save Karlsson & Methot).

          Having had my Weircioch rant, I really like our chances tonight of keeping the points streak alive!

          • Eugenius

            PW and EG have both been better than CP on a number of nights this season. Love Big Rig, but he’ll look better in the front office next season than on the ice.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I agree with you 100%, I am not sure that sitting two games is that long. I would just like our younger D to play over the Vet. In regards to Corvo, I was pleasantly surprised at what he gave us early on but over the last 6-10 games he has started to remind us of the player we thought he was.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Has it only been 2 games. Lol. I guess it just feels like a life-time because of our slow schedule this week.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Got to be tough to keep 8 D fresh, going to be changes on a regular bases until we can get down to 7

          • Aaron 2.0

            Very, very true. Ceci’s arrival is what takes minutes away from all those guys fighting for that last spot. I guess when I think about it that way, I can take back some of the criticism. I’d still like to see more young, and fewer vets, including CP. But, he’s sort of earned his full-time spot, for this year anyways, just based on his tenure with the team.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Could not agree more. I would love to see one game with
            Cowen Karl
            MM CC
            PW EG
            Unfortunately I would be shacking in my boots with that third pairing, I would rather Boro with Gryba as CC has moved pass PW like a speeding bullet and if the team is going to continue using a forward on the point for the PP, I don’t see where PW will fit in.

      • Sandy

        Kind of difficult to develop a player when he sits in the pressbox most of the time. Scores more than Corvo & Gryba… and I do prefer he plays over Corvo. Uh oh makes me very nervous..

        • CUP 2014-15

          No question but at least he’s played 29, Gryba has played the last two so he’s up to 22 now and is still below Corvo who is playing in his 25th tonight. With the history of how Mac has been rotating his D Gryba should understand he will be out for the next four to six. Now that’s what you call difficult to develop. See you back in the line-up in a couple of weeks big man.

  • Jacques

    Why would you take Gryba out????? Anyhow Let’s go boys same effort as the other night from the opening whistle please!

  • things that make me go hmmmmmm

    Fredrik Claesson is getting a lot of love on some of the AHL sites and is
    plus 23 for the season.

    • Sensnation

      When he was drafted I remember the sens org mentioning how much they believed in him and that he would become a good NHL player despite his draft position. So far he’s done nothing but prove them right. Looking forward to seeing him in camp next fall, maybe sooner if there’s a trade or mass injuries.

    • CUP 2014-15

      You have to love our scouts. Gryba was something like + 27 or 28 leading Bingo when they called him up last year.

    • Jacques

      Claessen very solid.

  • Millennium

    If they had left Gryba in, that would be just about the best lineup we could possibly put together this season

  • Luc Wolfe

    everyone is focusing on passing over Toronto and Detroit, I’m looking at MTL at this point. Lets hope for a good effort from the boys tonight.

    ps: I’d still like a move, GM signing is good, but players are welcomed.

    • Millennium

      Depending how tonight’s games go, we will be anywhere from 13th to 8th in the East. And Montreal is 9 points up on us with 6 teams in the same range. And Montreal hasn’t been terrible so far this season. Catching them would be some kind of feat of strength.

      • Luc Wolfe

        I think MTL are starting to free fall. They’re goal for and goals against is getting much closer too. They were able to skate by most team in the first half, but getting hit by bigger teams seems to have started slowing themselves.

        • Sensnation

          I hope Price can lead Canada to a gold and then wears out in time for us to catch them. Without Price, that team would be so much worse!

    • Sensnation

      One step at a time, but I like your thinking!

    • Jacques

      Especially with galchenyuk out for 6 weeks! Go sens!

  • MoeDozer

    Joy Lindsay ‏@PuckJoy15h
    Matt Puempel is on a career-high 4-game point streak and has 7 points (5-2) in #BSens’ last 7 games. #Sens

    could any bingo fans give updates on his game? Ive had some high hopes ever since we drafted him. Good character kid (believe he ran a charity when he played in Peterborough/Kitchner). reminds me a lot of Marian Gaborik with his speed and shot. havent had a chance to watch him since junior though..

    • Shibal

      He’s as advertised; a goal scorer. He currently sits second on the team in goals, tied with Da Costa and Schneider with 12 goals. However he has played on a checking line mostly this year, occasionally getting top 6 minutes. His biggest weakness I guess is his defensive game, this is probably why the the coach has made him play mostly on a checking line this year.

      Scored a pretty goal yesterday with his sick hands:

      http://senshot.com/2014/01/10/gamer-hershey/

    • Jacques

      When he was drafted Pierre McGuire wasn’t sure he’d be able to score in the NHL because of his lack of foot speed, so Gaborik speed not so sure???

      • MoeDozer

        you may be confusing him for someone else because scouts say he is an “effortless skater, with a great initial stride” i can assure you foot speed is the least of his problems

  • MoeDozer

    since im on the topic of prospects:

    Mikael Wikstrand (7th round Dman in 2012)
    On December 17th 2013, deciding to move on from Div2 this year after starting the year with 20points in 27 games. leaving his former team Mora for a Div1 team Frolunda (karlsson lehner alfredsson former team). he put up 1g 1a in 3 games so far.
    His transition to Div1 has been seamless. in those 3 games his ice time has been roughly 18mins 21mins 24mins.

    great 2 way Dman that was originally drafted for his shutdown play. that just turned 20 a couple of months ago.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Thanks Moe

  • Terry

    I love the prospects reports, especially the lesser known guys!!

    • Sensnation

      Chirp what ever happened to the prospect report you used to post every few weeks? Does that still exist?

      • Terry

        That would be sweet!!!

      • Sicilian

        I get these by subscribing to the twitter feed @SensProspects. They’re great!

  • NickofTime

    Congrats to BM he deserves it, now … why the hell is Pageau still in Ottawa, he’s done very little to deserve to stay here & should be sent to Bingo asap. I would much rather see Smith or Grant at centre than the puny little centre. And why is Corvo in instead of Gryba, Corvo should never play another game for Ottawa this yr & Wiercioch should have gotten into the lineup for Phillips, who is almost as bad as Corvo.

    While I would love to see BM make a move at some point I’m not sure he would move out the players I would like moved like Conacher, Condra, Pageau, SDC, Corvo & maybe Phillips. Ottawa doesn’t need any of these guys & have much better options in Bingo such as Boroweicki, Schneider & Grant. Getting picks or prospects back for these guys would also help the organization.

    • Sensnation

      The guys you name as better replacements have done even less when given a shot. I like all of them too, but being realistic Boro may just be a really good AHL player. He reminds me a lot of Carkner, had to pay his dues a long time just to get 1 real shot, and it was more about his personality/perseverance than skill that got him that NHL job. But at the end of the day, yes there are too many bodies for the number of roster spots on the team and like the Bobby Ryan trade, at some point something has to give.

      • Millennium

        Boro and Grant had respectable stints with the big club. Nothing over the top, but their numbers were decent for the limited action they saw. More NHL time is needed to make a call on them either way, but with limited expectations, they are doing ok.

        As for the OP, aside from Conacher and Pageau, the rest of those guys wouldn’t fetch much of anything on the market I don’t think.

        • Sensturion

          Grant had no numbers…

          • Millennium

            I was talking about his stats beyond G/A/P and +/-

        • Sensnation

          Agreed, I’m not against them having more chances, it just may be on a team with less depth or after a big rush of injuries.

  • Zelle

    Am I the only one that hopes they don’t make any moves at the trade deadline? It feels like the team is finally beginning to gel and chemistry is being formed on all four lines, something we didn’t even have last season when the team did make the playoffs.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I agree, let’s ride this and see what we really have.

    • The Apostle

      I would still look to move Michalek, I don’t think the team are looking to bring him back next year. He might get relatively decent pick or mid level prospect at the deadline.

      • Zelle

        Trading Michalek makes sense though he is getting older and would be better off on a Cup contender team, not a rebuild team. But some people are talking about trading Conacher, Pageau, Cowen, and it’s like woah they are so young. Give them a bit of a chance, it’s not like we’re on a cup run.

        • Laurence Babchyuk

          We are closer to being a contender the many thinks.
          They just have to be pesky and punt Spezza and Phillips out of the club and voila… Cup contender with peskyness.

          We could use a top 4 dmen. And another top 6 winger and this team is good to contend

  • CUP 2014-15

    Does anyone know if Jarrod Maidens has hung them up or is he still working on a comeback after almost two years.

  • SenaTHOR

    I just don’t get the Gryba out. Just seems futile to play Corvo ahead of Patty and Eric. Corvo should be injury insurance. Are Corvo and some coach/management related.
    ?

  • Richard Gough

    I am hearing that the Penguins have a strong interest in Ryan I am wondering if there is any legs to this

    • Sensturion

      Pittsburgh doesn’t have the capspace and why would Ottawa even consider this?

      • Richard Gough

        They can alway offer Neal/Letang/1st for Ryan/Wirercioch

        • Phoenix

          No thanks to letang. Ryan isn’t going anywhere. If next season he isn’t resigned then we will see.

      • Terry

        Or Crosby & Bennett for Ryan and Spezza?

        • Richard Gough

          Best deal I have seen yet lol

        • Laurence Babchyuk

          Crosby as a senator… Possible in nhl 14 !!
          My head would explode if the pens trade Crosby to ottawa

    • FBP

      Whered’ya hear that?

      • Richard Gough

        Hockey buzz

        • SensChirp

          I’m guessing the interest doesn’t come from their Head Coach and Team USA bench boss Dan Bylsma?
          Silly rumour, I reckon.

          • Andersonfan41

            I agree silly rumor hockeybuzz is the worst website!

    • Sandy

      After what the Sens gave up for him, I don’t want to see him traded but signed.
      It just makes no sense.. They are looking for a replacement for Dupuis.. Probably someone like Moulson who is a UFA at season’s end.. I think..

    • Luc Wolfe

      Eklund rumors getting old. Ottawa is still in search of a top 6 forward. I dont see them getting rid of their top scorer.

  • Phil.

    Sucks to be Tim Murray in Buffalo today. Grigorenko refuses to join his Junior team. Drama to follow…

    • Sandy

      That’s the issue with drafting Russians. If they don’t like what management feels is best for them… they will just head home.
      I can’t see him sitting doing nothing.. he will just go to the KHL and earn his millions. I don’t think they care about any contract over there…

  • spezzerman

    There is no way Murray signs an extension if he has any doubts about whether the budget will interfere with his Cup chase. Sounds like they had a 3 year plan and they stuck to it, like good Managers do.

  • FistsofNeil25

    A Bryan Murray extension is great news for the Sens. Before he blew up the team and started this rebuild, I wanted him axed. I thought he was doing a terrible job with the organization, hiring the likes of Hartsburg and Clouston and the free agent signings of Kovalev and Gonchar, and extending Kuba.

    Fast forward a few years later and the majority of his moves since the beginning of the rebuild have been tremendous. Trading for Anderson, stock piling the farm system, drafting Zibanejad and Ceci to name a few, acquiring Turris, Methot, Ryan and signing MacArthur/ He’s really put this team in a good position going into the future. I’m pumped to hear that he will be around for a few more years. He’s one of the best in the business.

    It’s also excellent news that there will likely be more flexibility in the budget in the coming years. There are some good players here that will be ready for contract extensions in the next couples seasons, and increasing the budget will give us a better chance of retaining these players and to give management more room to work with in trade and free agent negotiations.

  • FistsofNeil25

    With the way the Sens have been playing lately and with a playoff spot in reach, is anyone here not expecting an Ottawa victory tonight? The boys should get the 2 points. No excuses. Just get it done!

    Go Sens Go!

    • Zelle

      I agree no excuses. If they don’t start playing to their talent and for the entire game, they’ll never be a cup contending team. Hopefully they keep up the good work. Go Sens!!

  • Floridasensfan

    The Power play looked deadly last game, other than when CP was out there and bobbled the puck as he does. We are starting to play like we expected start of the season.
    Trade deadline guys Michalek, Chris Phillips our power play specialist (sarcasm), Corvo

  • Nikola Todorić

    I don’t believe Melnyk…. he is lying about the spending.

  • Deadly

    What effect would a Stanley Cup victory have on the value of the Ottawa Sens. I believe it would be substantial and worth the expansion of the budget. I think that the addition of rental type players would be done without a second thought.

  • Luc Wolfe

    what if Detroit are in a position of not making the playoffs this season close to march 5th, does Alfredsson want to come back home? He got chemistry with spezza, and then you get another player…. MIND BLOWN!!!

    • Deadly

      What would give to get him back? Sixth rounder maybe.

  • MikeS

    So tsn1200 doing all time sens team on pregame show. Who are you top 3 forwards, D-men, and goalie.

    Mine would be

    Hossa Spezza Alfie
    Chara Karlsson
    Lalime

    • MikeS

      Should note its based on their play with the sens. So Hasek, although the best goalie to ever play for the sens, didnt really do much with the sens

      • Richard Gough

        I am a form believer that if Haskek never for injured in the Olympics that year ,we would of been in the Cup final

        • MikeS

          Honestly I think if he just said he wasnt comming back they may have won the cup. Emery played ok but the team waited all year for hasek back

          • Richard Gough

            We had a really good team back then. Even Spezza was playing his best hockey

  • luckan20

    Did Melnyk commented about spending or cutting current year salary ????

  • luckan20

    All important game. We need points and I don’t care how we get it. Whether we win by 1-0 or 5-4 or what ever….

  • SensFanInMTL

    What good is having Pageau on the 4th line? I refuse to give up on him due to his PTS this season. But Smith centering a line with Greening & Condra and have Spezza play with Stone (2010 playoffs) and Pageau can potentially give us 3 scoring lines.

    • luckan20

      Agree

  • SensFanInMTL

    Powerplay resembles the team’s internal budget.

  • Millennium

    Nice to have a break from Denis Potvin, and Cassie Campbell seems like a decent talking head, although she doesn’t seem to bite on any of Dean’s banter setups.

    • Richard Gough

      Good thing she is hot as hell because she suck at calling hockey sorry

      • Millennium

        She’s not the best, but she’s also pretty inexperienced. She’s only been with HNIC for a couple years, and I don’t know if she had any experience before that doing colour commentary. Normally someone with her level of experience probably wouldn’t get a national platform, but I guess that’s the Olympian Bump. And she’s certainly no worse than the likes of Bob Cole and Denis Potvin.

      • Phoenix

        She doesn’t do many games full time….usually just fill in and interview

  • QSenFan

    Karlsson struggling with his shot, just seems to put in opponents skates more often than not

  • Richard Gough

    Is there any one who is in or lives in Florida right now ?

    • Phoenix

      Why

      • Richard Gough

        I just found out that there is a pizza joint out in Florida that offers Python meat as a topping and I want know if anyone as tried it

  • SensFanInMTL

    “Saint-Louis and PeterAngelo” – Don Cherry

    • mkjr

      That was a painful segment to listen to. He talked half of coaches corner about a team that wasn’t even playing that night!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    If Jared Cowen was a better skater and had a little more skill, he’d be solid.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    That was all because of Conacher’s hustle. Nice play.

    • Andrews theory

      Yep and a smart play at the blue to make the safe play and chip it in.

  • luckan20

    Agree. IT was Conacher who took both Ds and Fisher towards him. Even the goalie was distracted.

  • Millennium

    Did that puck hit a stanchon or something? The goalie wasn’t even moving when Turris scored.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Goodness gracious Andy.

  • Andrews theory

    I don’t understand the logic of playing Corvo over PW . Almost as though they’ve Jimmy O’Brien’d him…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Spezz has been rejuvenated with his new line. Playing pretty well.

  • Millennium

    Stone and Spezza seem to understand each other which is awesome. If they had a finisher on that line, it could be lethal

    • Don Cherry LOVES Mark Stone

      HUH ?

      Isn’t Stone the shooter that Spezza the passer needs ?

  • SensFanInMTL

    Man thank God the Preds suck. We absolutely need to win this game. And many more for that matter.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    We’re skating circles around this team. The Preds aren’t that good.

    That being said, we need to score.

  • QSenFan

    Good fight. This should keep the energy level up

    • SensFanInMTL

      Yeah. Good on Greening’s part. Good fight.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Dangerous hit by Clune. Like the Captain stepping up there though nice to see.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Jim Ross : “Spezza weens! Spezza weens!”

  • bluebuyyoo

    Can’t believe that Ottawa didn’t get a PP that period. I guess western rules are different.

  • Terry

    Subban with a hit from behind on John Toews. Put him head first into the boards.

    • Sandy

      Was it a bad hit or is Toews okay?

      • Terry

        He remained on the bench, went to intermission. I think he’s okay.

    • Sandy

      According to the stats on NHL.com.. Subban did not get a penalty for that? Wow..

  • luckan20

    Whistles are kept unused, which is good.

  • luckan20

    Glen Healy is an ass.

    • bluebuyyoo

      That is an insult to asses everywhere.

  • luckan20

    Nashville is showing more urgency than our guys. Come on ! Ottawa we need to raise our game. So far they have 5 shots to our 1.

    • Sandy

      Yeah they want to win.. 1 shot so far in the 3rd is not the way to go.. After playing so good in Colorado.. you want to keep that going..

  • Millennium

    Fisher seems awefully young to be talking retirement

  • H POTTER

    Anybody notice EK doesn’t shoot that much from the point? Why is that ? We all know he has a wicked shot. I find he tries to me the most difficult play often times instead of ripping it on the net and at the same time making the opposition always Guessing

  • Mark

    Phillips is struggling bad.

  • luckan20

    Greening, Spezza and Smith…WTF. Keep it simple. All those last two shifts scares are due to these three clowns.

  • H POTTER

    Freaking Phillips…he’s so old. holds on to the puck attack two players but instead of passing keels on holding the puck and they almost score of that turnover. There’s no way he is improving onwards to our dace for playoffs. He is regressing big time

  • GeeGee1313

    GREENING! ugh…

  • Sandy

    Outshot 10-3 to this point.. embarrassing. I know Nashville is a good defensive team.. but come on guys/

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    GO SENS GOOO!!!!!!!!

  • Terry

    Where did the fire go that they started the game with?

    • Sandy

      They are ‘playing’ with fire if they don’t pick it up.. Need points guys… points..

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Dang Mika’s had the touch tonight but just can’t find that one shot to shoot. No puck luck.

  • Sandy

    Well 1 pt… Hello Toronto.. finally caught up…

  • Terry

    Mika has looked good tonight!

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      He’s been great. Just no puck luck.

      • Terry

        Yep.

  • Sandy

    Another rookie goaltender… wow.. Neither team is good in OT or a SO.. so who knows who wins..

  • Millennium

    Kinda boring game so far, 3rd especially. They played that period to get the 1 point.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Oh boy.

    • Sandy

      Why do we always get penalties in OT and most other teams don’t? This is not good. 4 on 3 PP…

  • QSenFan

    Weak effort from sens tonight. Disapointing

  • Sandy

    Pageau and not Smith?

  • Sandy

    F’in Habs won against Chicago…

  • bluebuyyoo

    Put Zib in the shootout PMac!

  • QSenFan

    Turris, Zib, Spez

  • Sandy

    Turris, Ryan, McArthur, Zib & Spezza — if it goes past 3 that is..

  • MikeS

    Sens 29-46 in the shootout. Thats just pitiful

  • MikeS

    Isnt smith the guy who missed on a breakaway on the empty net?

  • Terry

    MIKA!!!!

  • MikeS

    ZIBBY!

  • Terry

    Nice Andy!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Mika is too nice.

  • MikeS

    and we ahead of the leafs

  • QSenFan

    Me happy now :)

  • Terry

    SPEZZA!!! 30 – 46 in Shootouts!!

    • Sandy

      That’s pretty decent..

      • MikeS

        so he is 30/46 while sens are 29/75 for shootouts….

        • Sandy

          When you put it that way. those Sens stats are not good… I guess the rest of them aren’t so hot.. But then — was Mika shooting in those losses?

          • MikeS

            Mika is 3/4 for his career

          • Sandy

            He’s becoming a really good player for this team at the age of 20.. I guess they made the right decision between him & Silf? Or is it too early to determine that?

          • Laurence Babchyuk

            I loved silf. He was our next Alfie in his style of play. Both zbad and silf are gonna be good players in the nhl. Zbad was blooming since he was having good minutes but he never was put in a major role until this year winning streak.

            You can’t go wrong with both of them, I think that silf would’ve been a great winger ( our weakness ) but Zbad stole the 2nd Center spot from Spezza. Centers are generally more important then wingers…. Yeah we did the right choice !

      • Terry

        Acutally, I thought that win made the Senators 30 Wins and 46 Loses. Ha ha.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Yeah Spezza is good in shoot outs. He is talented after all and he can’t turn the puck over in a shoot out

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    SENS WON IN A SHOOTOUT!!!!!!

  • Sandy

    Wasn’t a pretty win by any means.. but take the points and run. Onto Minny which will be a tougher task and this team had better come to play.. 11 out of a possible 12 pts in last 6 games. Keep it going guys..

    Hello Toronto… bye bye Toronto.. Their next game against the Devils.. who have been playing pretty good hockey..

  • GeeGee1313

    Can I get my big toe back on the Spezza bandwagon?

    • Sandy

      No.. LOL Welcome back on his band wagon.. but the rules are.. you have to be nice..

  • Terry

    Agreed! The Sens need to play a complete 60min game against Minnesota. I thought Zibs had a very strong game. Spezza and Stone continue to build chemistry and I thought Cowen had a strong game. The team as a whole needs to keep the foot on the gas though. I think the Greening fight actually got the Preds back into it. Andy looked solid in net. 2 Pts and onto the next one!
    Go Senators!!

  • luckan20

    Win counts. Rookie goalie of Nashville helped us to earn two points.

  • Sandy

    Late games.. Det against LA… Bos against SJ.. should both be good games..

    • Millennium

      Det/LA is the tale of struggling teams. LA should win, but they haven’t been amazing the last bunch of games.

    • sben

      really need detroit to lose. Would open up another playoff spot.

  • luckan20

    Conacher and Zibanejaad had amazing game. MIchalek is simply a filler in that line. I wish we get a like Prince or Puempel will be part of the line in the future.

    • sben

      Lazar will probably join that line in the next year or two. Michalek will leave that spot this year after the sens don’t resign him and a winger like hoffman or pettersson will take that spot. I don’t think prince or puempel are ready. Hoffman would actually fit well on that line IMO.

  • luckan20

    Damn! Habs won.

    • Sandy

      Yeah.. the f’in little smurfs..
      Was the hit by Subban on Toews.. suspendable?
      Would not be surprised if Harknell gets a suspension for his blind side shoulder to the head of Hedman earlier today. Only got 2 min. penalty and Hedman left and didn’t return..

      • Terry

        I doubt Subban gets suspended. I don’t think Toews missed a shift but he is a BEAST!

        • Sandy

          Yeah.. I just love Jonathan Toews. I would take him over Crosby for overall game… He just does it all…

          • Terry

            I agree. 2 Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe

  • luckan20

    Ottawa only 9 points below Habs. If we can win against them and keep the pace going we could be in good position.

  • Mark

    Past the Leaves in the standings.

  • luckan20

    Tomorrow NJ vs. Leafs. Both teams are in the same boat as us. However, I will not mind NJ win against the Maple Laughs.

  • Deadly

    Before they were finding ways to lose.Now,despite being outshot they are finding ways to win.
    Much more fun this way…PESKY..great scrabble word.

  • Terry

    Alright guys, I am heading out to watch the Calgary vs Penguins game here in Cowtown. Everyone have a goodnight!!!

    GO SENATORS!!!!

  • Reazy

    Let the good times roll! Go Sens Go!!

    • sben

      they ain’t that good just yet.

  • T K

    Well that was a fun evening. Without the fluke deflection over to Fish, Sens might even have been able to get a shutout.

  • Sandy

    Didn’t seem to have the same energy as the Colorado game.. and that was played at altitude.
    Maybe the overindulged at the ‘rookie dinner’ last night..

    • T K

      I noticed that early on as well but I think that maybe the ice was soft. No one from either team seemed to be skating and gliding easily. It was as if they were skating in mud.

  • Don Cherry LOVES Mark Stone

    MZ93 has GOT to play center for the rest of his NHL career

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Woohoo !! Sens won but god am I nervous when spezza an Phillips are on the ice !!
    They won but the seemed flat… A win is a win and zbad played amazing. Turris line was great too.

    Spezza scored the goal in shoot out to make up for his dumb penality so… That’s alright !

    • Luc Wolfe

      i didnt mind he went at the player, i just didnt understand dropping the gloves part.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        Yeah, I was ….. 1-0 for us isn’t the time for that

        • Sandy

          So if he did nothing.. would fans be on here saying he should have stepped up?
          I have no issues with what he did — standing up for another player after a questionable hit.. good on Spezza.

  • T K

    By the way, I love looking at the standings and seeing the Leasts back in their natural position: below the Sens!

  • Sensnation

    Fans asked for Spezza to show why he’s wearing the C, and I think he delivered tonight. Not a perfect game, but a win’s a win and he stood up for his team along the way!

    GO SENS GO!!!

    • Richard Gough

      Well it’s about time !

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Spezza had a terrible game he had 4 terrible turn overs that gave the preds a good scoring chance. But he kind of made up for it in the shoot out.

      • Sensnation

        At the end of the day, Spezza will always have turnovers, need to learn to turn off the counter on that in games we win and he shows up in. Can’t keep expecting the guy to be someone he’s not.

  • SenaTHOR

    Team is 3rd worst for goals against in the league behind Edmonton and the Islanders. How do you toughen up the defensive end? Play Corvo? Seems to be something wrong here. Our goals for are 9th. Where do we need help?
    I am dumbfounded why we have to keep Corvo sharp? Is it a trade issue? Is it that his offensive skills are so unique? Is development unimportant?

  • thepez

    So supposedly the rumour is that the Penguins want Bobby Ryan. Eugene would be wise to lock him up for an 8 year extension at Kessel money as soon as he is allowed to. We don’t need another alfie situation to occur.

    • sben

      the penguins are idiots if they think that we are going to either trade or not sign ryan to an extension.

    • sell the team Eugene

      Eugene and wise don’t fit very well in the same sentence.

      • T K

        …and you are a savvy multi- millionaire? You’re an expert?

  • Andrews theory

    Good teams find a way to win and that’s what is happening right now. For the most part I thought the team did a good job of limiting the turn overs at both blue lines and recently we’ve cut back on the penalties. Amazing what those two things can do for your game.

    Only changes I’d like to see…

    PW in, Gryba in

    These two should be in our top 6.

    Corvo is not better than PW nor do they need to develop him
    Phillips is not better than Gryba, Cowen is not better than Gryba (currently) pick your poison. I guess it’s rare that we have no injuries on D currently to open up spots