Game Day- Sens, Bruins Begin Weekend Series

SensChirp December 27, 2013 188
Game Day- Sens, Bruins Begin Weekend Series

After a few days off to enjoy the holiday season, it’s time for SensChirp and the Ottawa Senators to get back to business.

Despite having some time off between games, the Senators will be looking to do something they haven’t done since early November- win back to back games.  Last time the Sens hit the ice, they dominated the best team in the Eastern Conference to the tune of a 5-0.  It was one of the most impressive performances of the season for the Senators and certainly as good as they’ve looked on home ice.  Tonight, they take on the second best team in the East- the Boston Bruins.

The game kicks off a weekend home and home between the division rivals.  They’ll meet again tomorrow night back here in Ottawa.  It’s a great chance for the Senators to hit the ground running and start making up some ground in the Eastern Conference.  But as the Senators have learned over the last few seasons, they’ll have to be at their absolute best to come away with a couple points against the Bruins.

The big, bad Bruins currently sit atop the Atlantic Conference, three points clear of the second place Tampa Bay Lightning.  They’ve won 7 of their last 10 and have been one of the best team’s in the league on home ice, posting a 15-3-2 record in 20 tries at the TD Bank Garden.  Only the Los Angeles Kings give up fewer goals per game than the Bruins at 2.03 per game.  Sens fans have become quite familiar with the frustrations of playing the Bruins over the years.

Meanwhile in Ottawa, the goal is to build off a dominant pre-Christmas break game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  It looks like Mika Zibanejad is ready to return to the Ottawa line up which would mean Matt Kassian becomes a healthy scratch.  Patrick Wiercioch and Joe Corvo will join him in the press box.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Gryba
Phillips-Ceci

Robin Lehner will get the nod for the Senators while Craig Anderson likely starts tomorrow.  Tuukka Rask starts for the Bruins. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM.

The Daily Chirp- During the holiday freeze, Darren Dreger was on Toronto radio and suggested that the Senators may be close to pulling a the trigger on a deal for Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto. There were rumours about the Senators making a pitch about a month ago with names like Eric Gryba, Erik Condra and Colin Greening being mentioned as available from the Senators side of things.  For the record, I haven’t heard anything confirming what Dreger is hearing but he’s usually right about these kind of things.  The way he worded it, it sounds like there’s a deal on the table for the Senators to either accept or reject.  Really think the ball is in Murray’s court here.  The roster freeze is lifted at midnight tonight so something to keep an eye on.

  • senskarlsson57

    I say that a loss tonight will see the trade go down, but a win will either delay/ prevent the trade from happening. Here’s hoping it’s option #1.

    Go Sens Go!

    • Tooks

      Win or lose this teams needs a shake up. A trade would def bring that “Nobody is safe” mentality and maybe get the guys to start playing like they are expected to play.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Agree but Toronto is offering Gardiner, so I would think it’s PW + a prospect

        • Tooks

          I would be ok with that, he aint getting his chances here with the constant demotions and such, even when he appears to be better than most D-men we have. Trade em if you aint gonna play em.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Would not go as far as to say he aint getting his chances. He has played 27 of 39 gm’s so considering they carried 8 D for a bit this season that’s not bad. That being said I just read Brooks article that the Blueshirts want a Righty on D or a top 6 forward, no way they get a top 6 and PW is a lefty so maybe a potential top 6 like Stone, prince or Pumple along with Gryba who shoots right. What do you think?

          • Tooks

            Ya IF its Gryba we would have to include a prospect probably. Either of those guys will do.

      • Lucretia

        MDZ is 6″ 195 with 7 points and a +/- 8 so far this season. If you read any of the NYR blogs they are dying to get rid of this guy, apparently the defensive side of his game is horrible. Is trading Greening 6-2 220lbs 130 hits and Gryba 6-4 220lbs with the best +/- on the back end worth it? I don’t think so.

        • CUP 2014-15

          I agree and would not make the move but teams have a desire to go after 1st rounders regardless of their stats early in their career. I would not give up on our young D core to take on someone else’s problem but it worked well with Turris so anything can happen. Management will look at the last full season when MDZ was only 21, he was a plus 20 with nice offensive numbers so is it just the new coach or is there more to it. I like our team and believe we should stay the course. CC is our answer to the second puck moving Dman.

          • Tooks

            We know MDZ under the right system could flourish, we also know Cowen, Gryba in this system, doesnt work. They cant skate nor move the puck fast enough.

            Also like you said, turris worked out well, last I checked he was worse off than MDZ in PHX. Also the way people were bitching when we got CM16, a former Leaf, Now he’s one of our best players and everything is forgotten, lol.

            Just saying I would rather have a D Core that can skate and move the puck, rather than a slow big hitting D Core. I showed you all the best teams that dont hit, I would like to be like them.

          • Lucretia

            Methot and Gryba are a great shut down pair, held Crosby to one shot and were the main reason the team numbers were so good last year. Karlsson and Ceci are all the puck moving D we need, after all you do need part of your defense core to defend.

            We might make the playoffs if we’re lucky but we are not contenders, why give the farm away for a UFA. I would rather see them give 62, 46, and 5 time to develop this year.

            Let Toronto have MDZ…he can pass the puck to Clarkson

          • SenaTHOR

            We could have 6 puck moving defencemen and lose every game. Anybody who actually knows hockey knows that defense wins championships. Offence sorts itself out.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Then you could manage in the SEL. Name one contender that doesn’t have four D that can hit, clear the front and win battles down low. We already witnessed our lineup with 4 guys who can skate, the PK was awful and D zone coverage worse. There is more to playing D then skating up ice, maybe you figured it out and we need six guys that can skate like the wind and not break enough eggs…..you get it. Just go find more Drew Doughty (?) types.
            MM and Gryba were very good for us last year and in the last two games they have looked very good once again. I would like to know how many PK min. they have played together and their kill %. Also, I didn’t see a hell of a lot of forwards driving the middle of the ice when they are out there.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Just an interesting bit of info. I was talking with Chris Swartz early fall and he said Corvo was number 1 in strength testing and Gryba second. Gryba was ripped and came in at a solid 236, he was 220 when they drafted him and that Cowen is in top shape at 245lbs. That’s some big boys.

          • Tooks

            Yes big and slow…

  • karlssens

    Winning tonight would be HUGE for the confidence of this team. They need to start playing like every game is a playoff game.

  • sben

    9-19-93; 16-7-6; 14-15-25; 89-44-22 as of bruce garrioch lines for tonight

    with defense as Cowen-Karlsson; Phillips-Ceci and Methot-Gryba

    • FistsofNeil25

      Perfect, and 2-65, 3-62, 4-5 I hope?

      • sben

        yep and garrioch said that it looks like it will be lehner.

        • FistsofNeil25

          It’s a home and home with the B’s. Lehner tonight and Andy tomorrow night.

    • Tooks

      I still say 16 should be up with 19, they were playing well together and it helped Spezza alot. Having 9 there is just a waste of a roster spot. Spezza is forced to do everything and it magnifies his mistakes.

      • Bob

        When did 16 become a superstar? Isn’t that the job of a superstar, to make their linemates better? And that’s funny… Spezza is FORCED to do Everything! Must be why he sucks, doing everyone elses job.. ah.. i see that now.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Yeah last I checked Spezza was supposed to be the one that makes his line-mates better. It’s unfortunate he hasn’t been able to do that so far this season. Hopefully he will have a much better second half and play the way he’s expected to.

          In Michalek’s defense, he has been much much better the last few games. It seems as though he’s finally starting to get the rust off and get his legs back.

          That 5-0 win over the Pens was quite impressive, and everyone seemed to be working hard and contribute to the win, but Spezza was still somehow pretty lousy.

  • Tooks

    Geez, what a cluster fuck the East is, look at all the possible wildcard teams…We are fighting against all these teams:
    DET
    TOR
    NYR
    NJ
    OTT
    CB
    CAR
    FLA

  • aegiszx

    The Pens are one of the top teams, but lets be critical here, we beat a very depleted club that was missing about 5 of their core star players.

    The Bruins, are without a doubt, the top team in the Eastern conference right now. One that is healthy, and executing with perfection as usual… This weekend will be tough.

    • Tooks

      Granted its not as bad as the Pens injury situation but Boston is banged up too.

      The efforts of Spooner and Fraser helped the Bruins once again make up for a bevy of absences due to injury and Shawn Thornton’s 15-game suspension. Loui Eriksson (concussion), Chris Kelly (fractured fibula), Dougie Hamilton (lower body) and Daniel Paille (concussion) are among those who have been injured this month.

      Those are all guys that are regulars and key parts of their 3rd line/PK.

    • CUP 2014-15

      No Question it will be a tough weekend but lets not lower what the lads did v Pitt. The Pens were on a 7 Gm win streak and Gino was missing his 5th the D core was depleted but has been for some time. If they eked out a 3-2 win you might have something but they destroyed a team that doesn’t get destroyed, stopped Sid’s 10 game pts streak and looked physical and fast doing so. Go Sens Go.

  • over at the Eklundstein place

    Thanks to his solid (read: spectacular) play, Ben Bishop now finds himself
    in the Olympic conversation. The big tender is challenging for one of
    three highly coveted goalie spots on Team USA’s Sochi roster. A growing contingent of hockey writers, believes that Bishop should make the cut.

    • Tooks

      Good for him, he deserves it with the numbers he is putting up.

  • Sicilian

    Just announced, Dupuis has a torn ACL after Methot hip-checked Crosby into him. Tough break for the Pens

    • Yukon Cornelius

      This should read: Methot hip-checked Crosby so hard it gave Dupuis a torn ACL.

      I wish him a speedy and full recovery.

  • Miguel

    hey Chirp and fellow chirpers!
    hope you are all enjoying your xmas break, and chirps little girl has enjoyed her first xmas.
    what an amazing win we pulled off against one of the best teams in the NHL, and no the critics who blame the Pens loss to injuries does not hold water, as they had pulled off 9 wins in 10 games
    So this strugging team has beaten Boston, St Louis and the Pens… this is why we have been pounding our heads agains the wall here in Ottawa and on Chirp. This is the team we felt we had here, and then they will go off and play 3 or 4 really bad games. Something is not adding up and Me thinks it is Management that needs to get a grip on what is the trouble with this team at times,
    anyway should be a good tilt tonight and tomorrow, and I am looking foward to being at the game tomorrow
    Go Sens Go!
    and enjoy the holidays Chirpers!

  • luckan20

    Merry Christmas to all. Lets the games begin. Missed Ottawa in action. Hopefully we can take at least 3 of the 4 points. We need to win tonight get the motion rolling.

    I hope what type of deal on the table for Del Zotto. Just imagine we have him in Ottawa line up for years to come…EK, Ceci, Cowen, Methot, Zotto,.Gryba, Wiercioch, Claesson and Borro. Too many and definitly Ottawa has to move one of the Ds along with a forward.

  • LeafsSux

    Is Lehner sick with the flu? I think Andy is in net tonight

  • luckan20

    Stomach flu is running riot in most households in TO too. I believe some of our players went through too.

  • senskarlsson57

    If we don’t give up too much for Del Zotto, then I would be happy with that move. Plus, here is video evidence that he is, indeed, a sens fan!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVECxXgQla0

    • luckan20

      Good one

  • FistsofNeil25

    With all this Del Zotto chatter over the last couple days I’ve come to wonder if Murray is targeting Derick Brassard as well. We know that Murray has had interest in Brassard in the past when he was with Columbus, maybe he’s still interested?

    I’ve seen a couple rumors over on HFBoards suggesting that the Sens package is Michalek + Wiercioch/Gryba for Del Zotto + …

    The deal below saves the Sens $ 500 000 in actual salary. Del Zotto is a much more mobile version of Wiercioch and Brassard is a local guy who can play both center or wing, and he’s friends with a good number of guys already on the team.

    Player Salaries:

    Michalek – $6 000 000
    Wiercioch – $1 100 000

    Brassard – $3 700 000
    Del Zotto – $2 900 000

    I’m not suggesting this trade or anything, just doing my own speculating
    out of pure boredom while I wait for the puck to drop in Beantown.

    • luckan20

      Brassard is another good option but he is a center too. This means Zibanejaad will be a winger to develop. Also, we have Smith and Pageau too as centers. Crowding the center position, unless Smith too willing to play wing.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I think Michael Del Zotto is a good defenceman, but why in the world would the Rangers be interested in guys like Greening and Condra [and no disprespect, I'm a fan of both players] I don’t know. The Rangers team is pretty solid from top to bottom and I don’t know why what we have to give would help them.

    That being said, I think Greening, and Condra especially, play an important part on the team. Condra is an underrated player.

    I’m okay with trading PW tho. I wouldn’t be happy with Smith going the other way. I’m a huge fan of Smithy :)

  • Sandy

    Sens need points this weekend to stay close to Tor who plays Buff & Carolina the next two games…
    With the way that Methot and Gryba played against the Pens and the very good job they did against Crosby.. I’d be hesitant to get rid of Gryba right now. Some obviously will not agree with that.
    The Sens need grit on the back end and the capability to clear the front of the net..

    • Deadly

      Gryba and Method were perfect last game.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I think we need 2 pts this weekend to avoid change, I would love to see 3 pts. I am happy with this D. I was getting upset that they weren’t playing it. I truly believe you need 4 D that can play on the backend. I think the limit on Dmen that cant play D is 2.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      In my opinion, I’d be hesitant to get rid of anybody right now. Like yes I understand the first half of the season hasn’t been the greatest but the guys have been playing good lately. I guess tonight will be a big measuring stick of our talent and maybe Murray is waiting to see if the team can keep it up.

  • T K

    Shooooooot Kyle!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    man oh man bobby shoulda shot

  • FistsofNeil25

    Sens look like the better team so far.

  • karlssens

    Sens look great so far. Keep it up boys!

  • karlssens

    Spezza doesn’t skate well lol

  • FistsofNeil25

    Spezza with two errant passes in the offensive zone on the powerplay through the middle of the ice. He is having one brutal season. It’s getting so frustrating to watch. Cue the excuses.

  • Sandy

    The rebounds off Rask are there…. but they never seem to get the bounces going to their sticks…

  • FistsofNeil25

    and another Spezza turnover at the offensive blueline with three Bruins on him instead of getting it deep. He can never just make the smart play.

    • SENSible

      That is three times in the first 10 minutes or so, I think he should have a black sweater.

    • SensChirp

      Has always been a high risk/high reward player. Baffled that people are surprised when they see turnovers from him. Is it even worth commenting on after all these years? He takes chances. That’s the player he is.

      Sounds like you might be looking for a team of Jesse Winchesters.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Okay there Chirp. A team full of Jessie Winchesters? What kind of comment is that? I’m looking for our Captain to lead by example. To be more responsible. You know he’s capable of more than this. I know he’s capable of more. I expect more. You should too!

        Can you tell me you’re happy with the season he is having? With the game he is playing?

        For the record I’ve never said trade him. I’ve never said I don’t want him on this team. I just want him to be better, Sorry for voicing my frustration. If any of you are truly happy with Spezza’s game right now then that’s kind of sad. He’s capable of much more.

        • SensChirp

          I definitely think he can be better. No disagreement there.

          But I don’t think the way for Spezza to be better is to “get it deep”. I wish the passes were more accurate, not that he would stop attempting them.

          • FistsofNeil25

            I’m not asking him to play dump and chase hockey. That’s not his game.The situation I was referring to when I made the comment about getting it deep was when Spezza carried the puck over the offensive blueline during a Sens line change and he tried to force feed a pass across the blueline to his winger.

            That’s a situation where he has to get it deep. No excuses. It’s hockey 101. I can’t accept turnovers like that.

        • MikeS

          He is not alfredsson. He plays a much more twisty, windy game. Leading by example would be going out and doing your best. I will admit I dont think he has had the strongest season, but not using his talents/strengths would make you all mad that he isnt producing enough

      • Deadly

        Mistakes are easy to spot.Subtle repositionings of players and smart moves sometimes take a different viewpoint.

  • karlssens

    Phillips and spezza.. Our two leaders.. Have been some of the worst all around players this year when it comes to expectations.

    • FistsofNeil25

      They have both looked terrible so far tonight. Everyone else looks pretty sharp.

    • Deadly

      In such a good first period,I really appreciate some negative comments.
      Trying to get tongue out of my cheek. I guess some fans really just prefer the negatives.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Man we’re flying so far. I’ll never get tired of watching the Mac-Turrie-Bobby line

  • T K

    It’s coming…. With this kind of pressure, it’s coming

  • SensFanInMTL

    Some really nice sequences out there eh. Our team’s got something good going and I’m personally really enjoying it. Here’s hoping for a great turnaround second half of the season.

    If the Rangers told us to va chier in regards for Del Zotto with Condra, Greening and Gryba as names Murray brought up for trade bait, why would the same names appear several weeks later as if their trade value had increased? If Greening & Condra are who the Rangers want for Del Zotto, please Sather. We’ll even gift wrap ‘em in pretty boxes and bows.

  • Sandy

    Lehner… stay in your net!

    • T K

      Given what was unfolding, I think that he choose the most viable option. He could see friendlies coming to help…

      • T K

        Keep in mind that the earlier post shot was likely very much on his mind.

  • karlssens

    Awesome period by Ottawa. Beautiful

    • Sandy

      Usually teams coming off the Christmas break… look a little sluggish. Certainly not Ottawa this period. They need to keep up the tempo.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Excellent first period by the Sens. Particularly good defensively.

  • karlssens

    Just need to get a few passed Rask ughhh

    • Sandy

      He’s giving up rebounds at times… need to get to them,,

  • luckan20

    Solid defensive game and we have been super puck possession play so far. We need to keep the same momentum in the 2nd period.
    We had one lucky break, while Bruins were lucky with some juicy rebounds.

  • luckan20

    The way Gryba playing I will not throw him as part of the deal for Zotto. Only guy I will think of moving will be Phillips because I doubt Ottawa will resign him and at least fans (including myself) won’t be unhappy to lose him for nothing. He can give about 20 odd teams as part of his trading destinations, which starts after January 1st. .

  • T K

    Ultra high def TV looks very cool but who would pay a sizeable chunk of cash on a device that is not supported by media players or broadcasters?

  • FistsofNeil25

    Sabres up 2-0 over the Leafs. Let their free-fall continue!

    • Sandy

      John Scott with one of the goals…

  • Lucretia

    Just saw an update from the NYR game…who’s in front of the net looking like he doesn’t know where the hell he is when Washington scores…you guessed it MDZ

  • T K

    Buy those posts a beer each!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Cowen better be buying Lehner’s dinner tonight after that play. Wow Lehner is a badass.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Milo’s been playing well.

  • T K

    Time for the patented Methot hip check on Chara

  • Conor_smythe

    Lehner bailing us out. Gotta score one to take wind out of Boston’s sails

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Never seen anyone lose their footing like that because of a high stick. Interesting human physiology, Rielly Smith..

  • karlssens

    Fuckkkkkk

  • Jacques

    This period is tough to watch,almost as tough as watching Spezz handle the puck!

  • karlssens

    Jeckle and Hyde

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Not a great period, but still one left to go. We’re still in this game.

    GO SENS GO.

  • luckan20

    Tough goal to take. I thought both should have been called for high sticking and soccer type fall.
    So many turn overs in our end. Hope we can tie this game and get at least a point in TD Gardens.
    Hope the stupid coach Cameron watches the Bruins PP and have a strategy in place for Ottawa.

  • Jacques

    Too much Smith line, I understand the matchup but he’ll just match Methot and Gryba against the top line and use the 6-7-16 line a little more.

  • Jacques

    That’s a cheap one.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Omg fuck off with the Smith line paired with Gryba /Methot

  • T K

    Wow two speedy fast balls

  • FistsofNeil25

    Bobby better start getting more ice-time here in the 3rd. We’re down 2-0. Enough Condra and Greening, more Bobby.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Conacher-Smith-Neil instead of Mac-Turris-Ryan on the second half of this pp. WTF!

    • CUP 2014-15

      No shit

    • Mark

      Maclean is an idiot. I am tired of these stupid decisions that never pay off.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Yep.

      • T K

        And yet Sens have the #1 road PP in the NHL. Intriguing.

  • Jacques

    Unbelievable Z Smith on the pp, holy crap!

  • karlssens

    This is turning into a stinker

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I’m not even mad. Boston’s good.

    • aegiszx

      Of course they are. The thing is, people round here seem to also believe the Sens are a better club on paper.

  • Jacques

    I hope tomorrow’s trade is a doozy!

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Agreed completely. So bloody tired of the inconsistencies with this team

  • Jacques

    Cowen is just plain lousy, how did he ply that 2-1?????????

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I honestly hope we ignore the NY option and go for something absolutely massive with Edmonton.

  • Mark

    Jared “the pylon” Cowen does nothing on the 2 on 1. Brutal.

    • Jacques

      At least take the other guy and leave the shooter or attempt to block the pass, what does he do zippo. His foot speed is bad, I know he’s big but crap, that’s all he’s got going for himself right now.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Ya I thought Cowen could have done a bit better on that 2-1.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      A bit?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I could have done a bit better…. And cam barely skate. Someone with a 3 mil cap hit should be doing a tonne more

      • Jacques

        Haha, holy smokes he’s bad!

        • Tooks

          Said it the minute we got this kid, big, slow and dumb as an Ox.

  • T K

    Cowen was a telephone pole on that play. Can we FF him with a couple of years of experience?

  • Sandy

    To make matters worse… Tor now leadiig 3-2 and a lot of the other games in the conference are tied..

  • karlssens

    Lmao I feel bad for karlsson and Ryan for having to play on a team like this.

    • Jacques

      Keep it the way it is, love seeing Condra doing figure 8′s , and Spezz throwing passes to nobody, and Cowen looking like a deer in the headlights, and greening skating fast in a straight but never getting anywhere! Love it, highly entertaining!
      Our team in Bingo must be void of F-ing talent if we have to play with the guys we have.

  • Jacques

    Lehner never gets any run support!

    • SENSsmile

      Never.

  • FistsofNeil25

    We’re losing to Boston here guys. Not many visiting teams have success at TD Garden. Sens just need to focus on evening things up on home ice tomorrow night.

    • karlssens

      Leafs will be 6 pts up after tonight.. It’s done.

      • FistsofNeil25

        With 42 games left. The Leafs aren’t even that good anyway. The way they’re trending it won’t be them in a playoff spot either by the time April rolls around.

        • Jacques

          Not liking the way we’re trending either!

        • Tooks

          Who cares about the fucking Leafs, we suck, fact is the Leafs are holding that last spot and many other teams are gathering their points, we are not. We wont make the playoffs by winning 1 and losing 3…

  • zBernatchez

    Chirp, how is Cowen still in this lineup he is awful!! Always making passes back into the zone backward fucking up the breakout! I’d rather have brovocop

    • zBernatchez

      He’s a giveaway king. He hasn’t been the same since his surgery on his hip

      • Tooks

        Looks like we have ourselves a bust, PW46 plays tomorrow….I doubt it…sigh…

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Greening has the most ice time among forwards….What the hell is Maclean thinking tonight, I go to games to watch the best players play, so let Bobby Ryan play!

    • FistsofNeil25

      Yeah I don’t get it either. I personally think Greening is our worst god damn forward. Not sure why he gets the ice time he does. I hope Murray is somehow able to dump him.

    • Tooks

      Coach of the year right here!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Anyways I turned this game off guys. Don’t need to watch this. We’ll be back tomorrow. For goodness sakes, please, go out and support the guys. I wish I could but I’m all the way across the province. You guys are lucky. I wish I had the chance to go to an Ottawa game whenever I can. So go buy a damn ticket and get loud!

    Cheers fellas

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    This team is fucked… How ryan/zibby have so little ice time totally baffles me.

  • aegiszx

    I can only assume this is how Lehner feels every time the Pylon a,k,a Cowen gets brushed by a speeding forward (2 on 1… or even 1 on 1).

    http://i.minus.com/ibyJJp7TOJZTEN.gif

  • FistsofNeil25

    Poor Lehner hung out to dry yet again.

  • T K

    Can’t wait till after the Olympics when all of these so-called “strong” teams have their rosters depleted with exhausted players.

    • Conor_smythe

      Is that our new strategy? Acquire players who aren’t good enough for the Olympics. Stink all season. And then take advantage of tired teams in the last 20 games?

      Seems risky

      • Jacques

        If that’s are only hope we should stay home!

  • Jacques

    Big trade please! Clear some space bring up some pesky young guys! This team has lost its peskiness!

  • karlssens

    Will it kill captain useless to show some emotion. Spezza is a fucking waste honestly. He’s invisible.

    • Jacques

      OMG I agree he’s real bad!

      • Tooks

        Thats what happens when you play with MM9 and CC89…PMac is falling apart.

  • Mark

    Why the fuck is Greening playing so much. Stupid fucking Walrus.

  • Sandy

    The Sens had a very good first period… but couldn’t bury their chances…. Boston turned it on the 2nd & 3rd.

  • luckan20

    Win before Christmas 5-0 and lost after the 3 day break with 0-5 loss to the Bruins. This is what you call inconsistency of hockey.

    • FistsofNeil25

      The story of the 2013-2014 Ottawa Senators.

  • karlssens

    I’d trade for Hal Gill at this point.. Murray just please mix it up. Trade greening so Maclean doesn’t feel he has to play that trash.

    • Jacques

      Who turned Spezza into Gomez? Make a move MURRAY!

  • Conor_smythe

    Lehner played a good 2 periods. But can someone explain to me why he was playing in the first place?

    Anderson coming off a shutout and a few days off.. why wait to put him in?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Why did Anderson come in after Lehner won player of the week?!?! Who knows… Rob Ford is in charge maybe…

    • karlssens

      This was 0 percent On Lehner. It’s 50% Cowen, 40% Phillips and 10% greening lmao

      • Tooks

        I would say 50% Cowen and 50% Karlsson

  • luckan20

    We are also little unlucky. Leafs were trailing 2 goals and came back to take the lead by a goal end of 2nd period. If they win in regular time, their lead extends to 6 points.
    I doubt Ottawa will be even a 0.500 team this season.

  • karlssens

    At least Gryba shows emotion and effort out there, Wowen thinks his draft status makes him an exception. Bench the horse for a little while and play guys that work hard. Sucks to be a fan of such an inconsistent team. First world problems I guess.

    • Jacques

      Spezza routine -2 with no hits, not too shabby. Zack Smith no hits on the night. Thought it was a contact sport, get involved!

  • Shibal

    Man- Maclean really does not know how to utilize his players correctly. Just because Conacher with Spezza won them a a game against the pens, he used that same tandem the entire game today. Not once did he think of giving Zibanejad regular shifts with Spezza today.

    Reilly Smith is perfect example on how to utilize players with potential. He was a University hockey standout, did not get much minutes with Dallas last season, now that Boston does not have Louis Eriksson, this guy is playing great while playing big minutes. By now it should be unanimous that Zibanejad should be playing wing on the top 6 every game now; Conacher can’t even be an option anymore.

    I really don’t get Maclean, it seems like his coaching errors are being heavily exposed this year. It’s as if he was never a good coach in the first place. Last year he got unbelievable goaltending while being one of the lowest scoring teams in the league , the year before that Spezza, Karlsson, Michalek, and Alfredsson were playing amazing.

  • Mark

    I have never seen such ridiculous line juggling. It’s been going on all season and it’s hurting their chances of winning. Why is Greening playing so much?

    • Shibal

      He loves to play favourites. Once he loves a guy, he really loves the guy, even if he is playing like crap. Greening, Michalek, Cowen, Phillips, Anderson, are your perfect examples.

      Then there are players like Zibanejad, who gives his everything every game, and he gets juggled around every game. He plays well in the top 6, he gets demoted, then gets promoted a few games later, and the cycle continues. He for some reason can’t love Zibanejad.

      • Jacques

        You forgot Condra probably dating Mac’s daughter!

        • Sandy

          Sorry Condra’s married..

          • Tooks

            That doesnt mean shit in today’s world…

          • FistsofNeil25

            Just ask Karlsson lol

          • Tooks

            Ouch!!! LOL

      • Mark

        Even in a post game interview after Zbad had a good game, I think it was after he was called back up from Bingo, Pmac described Zbad as a good “support player”. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

  • Jacques

    Alfie was smart to bail, he knew with 19 back and on that wonky back playing 20 minutes a game that the sens were toast! He’ll when he came back in the playoffs we got smoked 2 out of 3 games

    • Tooks

      Alfie didnt leave cuz of Jason Spezza. He left cuz he wants a shot at the Cup, Ottawa is nowhere near that. He left cuz our team sucks. Our team would be much much worse without 19. He would be +-0 if Karlsson didnt turn it over as last man back…
      Cowen/Gryba showed you why they aint good for this system, slow, confused and mistake prone. Do our D know how to play a 2 on 1?!?! Cowen dear god…

      • Jacques

        Ok whateva!

        • Tooks

          Noob!

          • Jacques

            Dummy, even on Tsn1200, they talk about the gam plan being scaling down Spezza’s minutes to about 15 a game and insulating him as much as possible. You see kid the whole f-ing game plan is based around our worst player(19). Our best line 6-7-16 had to take a higher number of defensive zone draws to protect this guy. And our third line which is actually a fourth line has to play 18 minutes plus cuz our second line is such a liability. If you gave a decent 2nd line center instead of chuckles , all lines would be able to play to their strengths. That is the FACTS! What’s worse is we won’t get dick for this guy cuz nobody wants him. This is going the same way as brad Richards! don’t fool yourselves Fellow sens fans. Spezz going the way of a buyout in the near future. Wish it wasn’t true but it is!

          • Trade Spezza

            Jason Spezza 2013 = Joe Thornton 2005

        • CUP 2014-15

          His leafs suck and he is here to be a pain in the ass, don’t let him bug you.

  • SenaTHOR

    Karlsson Michalyk Spezza -6
    0 goals never wins games.

  • Tony

    I’m afraid this season will be two steps back for this organization… at the start of the season we could of gotten lots of value for our players/prospects… now it seems we didnt get our rebuild right, and the value of our player/prospect pool as dropped drasticaly… and will have to give up much more to get what we need (if we find a trading partner). Think about it, at the start of the season we could have had Eberle for Cowen + Conacher and a 5th (as per staff at Edmonton – an offer that was tabled by Edmonton) but now Edmonton doesnt want Cowen any more… Add to the fact we’re not doing a good job to convince Ryan to stay, and we’re putting so much negative pressure on Spezza…. we’re heading into difficult times…

  • karlssens

    For the love of god chirp.. No highlights tomorrow.

    • Tony

      I second that… nothing to highlight

    • Jacques

      No, show the lowlights, only way this franchise turns this around is if it faces the truth instead of hiding behind excuses! Time to pop the ugly pimple!

  • luckan20

    TYler Myers scores….now Leafs game heading to OT. Can Sabers get the extra point

    • Tooks

      Ott scored not Myers but yeah, BUF with the comeback with 24 seconds left!! LOL

  • luckan20

    Leafs win in shoot out. That suck. Tooks is right it was Ott who scored to take the game into OT.

  • Floridasensfan

    Brutal game after the first almost seemed out of gas, too many beverages at Christmas

  • Floridasensfan

    Lehner was hung out to dry, brutal.
    Sure looks like we are trying to showcase our worst players, they sure get the ice time, that or our coaching staff sucks bslls

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Key players are having horrible years. Michalek and Cowen spring to mind. Greening, Smith, PW46, Conacher all have taken a step back in development.

    Bottom line, this isn’t all on the gm, coach or an individual player. The team as a whole isn’t clicking. My money is on a fractured room. Not going to even try to come up scenarios…will let you folks do that. OK, here’s one as a teaser…KK65 is acting like a superstar diva. Some back him, others don’t. Team as a unit suffers because they know he’s never getting traded.

  • Jacques

    Is it midnight yet?

    • Trade Spezza

      it’s past Bryan Murray’s bedtime
      trade at tomorrow afternoon at the earliest

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    https://twitter.com/TravisHeHateMe/status/416754656526606336

    Go Cowen go!!! Who knew he was a figure skater too!

  • aegiszx

    Winnipeg calls BM and says, “Tired of underachieving. We need to bring our club to the next level” and offers Kane + Buff… for Bobby Ryan. What do you do?

    • SENSsmile

      Why would Winnipeg give two good players for one good player?

  • Andersonfan41

    Just wondering is there any prospects that are similar type of players to Lucic
    in this summer up coming draft in one of the later rounds or next years draft
    2015?
    Also Murray needs to add some more grit to this team!