Game Day- Sens, Rangers on Hockey Day in Canada

SensChirp January 18, 2014 267
Game Day- Sens, Rangers on Hockey Day in Canada

With points in eight straight games and in 10 of their last 11, the Ottawa Senators are one of the hottest team’s in the NHL right now.  After a disastrous start to the season, Paul MacLean finally seems to have his team playing the right way and the result has been a stretch of hockey that has allowed them to play their way back into contention in the Eastern Conference playoffs race.

In fact, with a win this afternoon, the Ottawa Senators could jump past both the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs and into the top wild card spot in the East.  A huge game at the Canadian Tire Centre this afternoon.  Certainly won’t be easy though as they play host to another team that has been on an impressive run of late in the New York Rangers.

New York has posted a 7-2-1 record in their last ten and jumped all the way up to third place in the Metropolitan Division.

They are coming off a 1-0 win over the Red Wings on Thursday night in a game in which Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 38 shots he faced.  It may seem like the Senators may be catching a bit of a break with Henrik Lundqvist getting the afternoon off but Cam Talbot has arguably been the better of the two goalies so far this season. He’s put up a 9-3-0 record with an impressive 1.66 GAA and a .938 save percentage.  He’s obviously not going to steal the number one job from King Henrik but he has been damn good when given the chance.

Seems strange to say after an overtime loss, but the Ottawa Senators may just be coming off one of their best performance of the season.  Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens featured one of the most impressive forty minute stretches this team has put together all season.  If not for the spectacular goaltending of Carey Price, the Senators would have picked up an easy two points and may have hit double digit goal totals.

I would assume MacLean’s message is a simple one after a game like that- don’t change a thing.  Early start means no morning skate.  Yesterday at practice it certainly looked like Chris Neil was ready to return to the line up.  No changes expected to the blueline but we’ll have to wait until MacLean speaks to the media to know for sure.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Gryba
Phillips-Ceci

Craig Anderson gets another start for the Ottawa Senators.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 2:00 PM with today’s game available on CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada.

The Daily Chirp- Another team with a ton of trade rumours swirling around them? The Winnipeg Jets.  Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien are two of the names mentioned most often and are probably both pretty attractive options for the Senators.  One contact suggests that the Senators have asked about Andrew Ladd.  I would expect the price to be ridiculously high and to be honest, I’m not convinced the Jets would actually seriously consider moving him.

  • Sens613

    PM took 2 months adjusting line ups and finally we’ve got all 4 lines in sync but my only question is, how long is #19 going to stay on the third line being our captain and a first line center?

    Kane looks attractive but might come with attitude and byfuglien does have Stanley cup experience but I think he might just be a rental if anything.

    Go Sens Go!

    • SensChirp

      What can they do, really? Not going to break up that MacArthur-Turris-Ryan line again and the Conacher-Zibanejad-Michalek line has been good.

      What they really need to do is add a winger to play with Stone and Spezza.

      • Sens613

        The top 2 lines has been our hottest 2 lines since our heatley days(sad to say). Good with the bad, Stanley Cup run? Too early…lol.

        Innuendo; Spezza needs a natural goal scorer or someone with natural ability to work with Spezza’s natural playmaking abilities.

        • Sens613

          Who would fit this mould and might be available on the market and for what price?

        • A-Train

          I actually think Spezza on the third line is one of the reasons we’ve had this recent success. Teams still need to respect his skill and that’s making matchups tougher. I say keep riding it. If Stone can start getting some of those shots to drop…look out.

        • NickofTime

          He has that in Mark Stone, Greening is the defensive conscience on that line since those two also give the puck away a lot.

      • NickofTime

        What’s wrong with Greening on that line, someone has to protect against the Spezza giveaways & mistakes? They could try Michalek if they want to add more scoring, that 3rd line has been cold lately & he is a decent defender with speed. BM could make a deal with his nephew for Stafford & put him on the 3rd line to replace Michalek if they place Michalek with Spezza. That would reunite the Greening – Smith – Neil trio which PM seems to love but stick Condra on the bench. If a deal is made who do you think ends up being replaced?

    • esk

      Really think that winger they are looking at is for spezza’s line….as for him being on the third line? does it really matter? has his mins gone down dramatically? Imagine if your the other team and you look at our line-up..who matches up with who? hard decisions! now imagine if we get a scoring winger on spezza’s line. now thats scary. The cup is coming !!! lol

  • karlssens

    E Kane would be amazing.. Just what we need.

  • karlssens

    Tired of watching greening with spezza.. Maybe a Cowen + Da Costa + 3rd gets us E Kane?

    • A-Train

      That’d be nice. But Winnipeg will want more.

      • karlssens

        They get a potential powerhouse defensemen, a potential 2nd line center, and a pick. Not bad for a player who they want out.

        • A-Train

          The key word is “potential”. They’re trading a proven asset, and whether or not they still like him they’ll want something either proven or with a ton of pedigree.

    • PraiseAlfie11

      No way…Bobby Ryan return for the jets. Think Cowen, top prospect, 1st rounder.

      • A-Train

        Exactly

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        And I’d probably be OK with that

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Wouldn’t even think twice.. So win won’t accept

      • karlssens

        Other teams think highly of Cowen.. Only we know how shitty he is haha

        • A-Train

          It’s not Cowen that is the problem in your trade. It’s DaCosta + a 3rd. Just not enough.

          • karlssens

            Okay fine. Cowen, greening, 2nd.

    • esk

      who replaces cowen though :(

      • Richard Gough

        I think we need to give Cowan until next season before considering moving him .keep in mind he was tearing it up last year so you do have to give him the benift of the doubt .

    • Simple Jack

      Cowen, weircroitch and condra might get it done.

  • karlssens

    IMO MacArthur- Turris – Ryan
    Conacher – zibby – Michalek
    Kane – spezza – stone is a contending top 9.. Then just gotta find another stay at home guy to play with karlsson haha.

    Anyway, go sens go today!!

    • sprucesens

      that lineup looks amazing. unfortunately it would likely only be for this year, unless michalek re signs for much less. but if that is your top 9, you finally have 3 legit scoring lines and a great checking line can be built very easy with all the players we have left.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Big Big freakin game. Just have to continue to play like last game. We need to get on the board early in this one, need the crowd to be alive and hope we can break some of the confidence the rookie has built up between the pipes. It would be great if they could be physical to a new level today to go with their newly found transition game.
    Have to find another problem to talk about with this team. We talked about needing another PMD and Bam…CC arrives, We start talking about needing a top six forward with size and, Hello Stone. Any requests while the hockey Gods are listing to us?

    • sprucesens

      kane for condra, kassian and greening? lol. come on gods……!!!!!

      • CUP 2014-15

        lol, never hurts to ask I guess.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Once again we get no respect by the NHL or CBC
    Hockey Day in Canada and we are playing the Rangers? Did any of these nitwits take a geography course?
    And of course we get the earliest game.
    My biggest question will be how are the reffs going to know who to give phantom power plays to tonight in the leafs/habs game. Its going to be tough on them but i expect toronto gets 9 power plays to montreal’s 8. I say this only because kadri and his constant diving leads the entire league in power plays drawn.

    • SenaWalrus

      You understand that there are SEVEN Canadian teams, right? And that 7 doesn’t divide by 2??? So one of the Canadian teams has to play a US team… you sure you’re not the nitwit?

      As for getting the afternoon game, get over it. Toronto is much, much bigger pull for CBC so they will always get the 7pm game. ALWAYS. The only time they haven’t is when they are out west and then MTL will get it. We only get that slot if we are playing TOR or MTL.

      It’s not rocket science… its money, plain and simple. Yes it sucks, but it is what it is.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Nitwit??? a bit harsh for someone who wishes for their team to be playing against another Canadian team on hockey day in Canada and if not another Canadian team then at least a better time slot. Not a lot to ask for and surely not a nitwit, let’s be civil, no need to go Leaf on here.

        • SenaWalrus

          I was just using his own word.

          And, while I agree that it would be nice to play another Canadian team, I understand the situation. As for the time slot, it’s all about the $$$. We are a small market Canadian team stuck right between the 2 largest Canadian markets. We will ALWAYS get shafted. Why get upset about something that will never change?

          Last season we played another team (WPG I think) and EDM played a US team. Next year it will be a different Canadian team playing a US team.

          Now, if we got shafted again next year and had to play another US team, I would agree. At least we get NYR and not BUF or CLB. Be happy about that :-)

          • CUP 2014-15

            Don’t get me wrong, I agree that we have to take our turn and their has to be someone playing at 2. Hell I wouldn’t be surprised if we asked for the afternoon game if it gave Euge more of a take. I guess it was just the name calling thing, but I agree we are who we are, not just as a team on the ice but also as a small market team in the East with the two mega franchises on either side of us and it is all about the dollars when it comes to broadcasting.

      • Simple Jack

        Next year will be better as sportnet is limiting cbc to only have 7 leaf games. Leafs are about to lose a bunch of fairweather fans who wont pay the extra cable costs to watch a leaf game. Also cbc wont b shoving the leafs down our throats any longer.

    • not YOUR wingman

      and you would be the “nitwit” that failed Grade 3 arithmetic ?

      7 divided by 2 is ……..

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    I know Moulson would just be a rental, but if he wouldn’t cost us too much, he would fit with Spezza and give us four complete lines and would move us into a serious contender.

    • Harry Lime was Orson Welles

      Mouson will be like Iginla at last year’s deadline.

      He’ll be traded for a late first round draft pick to a major Cup contender.

  • Cassidaus

    What about all the O’Reilly talk in Colorado? Would he be a good fit if we could manage to get him from the Avs?

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      The problem with O’Riley would be introducing his contract into the room.
      How do you pay him 6.5 million in a room with Turris and Zibby.

      • karlssens

        Turris will be compensated heavily on his next contract. 6-7 mill

        • CUP 2014-15

          No question he will get his but he has a point as Turris will continue getting 3.5 until 2018-19 season. That can be a long time to wait when your winger is making almost double for 4 more years

          • A-Train

            I thought O’Reilly played centre? Don’t need another one of those. Also: I think Murray’s looking to add more of a veteran to balance out the youth on the current roster.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Agreed, I don’t see ROR as the guy either and believe a vet winger is the target. I would hope they look elsewhere if they are going with a younger guy. You and I talked before about Nino N out of minn. That I would like to see if we are going for a younger player.

          • sprucesens

            yes, he has played center, but like most nhl players, can slot to the wing as well i assume. Either way, there are more attractive targets than that. not a bad option, but for the price, i’d rather get kane, as it wouldn’t be too far off

    • Sensnation

      Salary too high, trade price through the roof, and he’s a C. Next!

  • SenaTHOR

    Maybe Gryba will play two in a row. Must be showcasing him for the Rangers. He’s the only guy mentioned in all the failed trades or players available. He plays much like Orpik but we have too many defensive D.

  • karlssens

    Seriously, how long until claesson gets a look? The guy was awesome in pre season and appears to be an awesome shut down defensemen. Would be a nice Swedish partnership between him and karlsson :).

    • SenaTHOR

      Just don’t need 9 d men. He will need to wait for a trade or 2 injuries.

    • CUP 2014-15

      How about we play Gryba for 6 or 7 straight games. He has earned a shot to stay in the line-up and never gets more then 2 or 3 straight. PW double digit straight games, Corvo the same. I thing we should get a better look at what we have here first.

      • Sensnation

        To be honest as fans we want to see them play more games to better assess the players, but the coach sees him play every day in practice and through camps and all that jazz. There’s a reason he’s been getting less of a chance than others, and it’s a combination of his skill and the want by coach and management to have a certain number of puck movers in the lineup each night.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Missing the point, were talking about bringing up another D in his place that gives you a similar game. We all know that regardless of how much you practice, you can not be expected to step right in and be at game speed. The point is that UH OH and PW have had the chance to go on a roll and God knows Cowen has. Before we start looking at another, give him a run, that’s all I was saying. Is there something you have seen in his game lately that worries you over others back there.

          • sprucesens

            i personally really like gryba on the 3rd pairing with someone in a similar role. Ideally right now i like

            Methot-Karlsson
            Phillips-Ceci
            Cowen-Gryba.

            Can swap methot and cowen, but i’d prefer methot getting more ice time while cowen learns.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I agree. At least see him get a shot long enough to allow him to get full speed. That’s a Big D with good PK and 2 very good puck movers. I also agree that MM and Cowen flip could work. I like what I’ve seen from MM and EG together.

    • sprucesens

      yeah, i’d love for claesson to get a shot, but it won’t happen until a bunch of injuries on D, or we start falling drastically. We currently have, karlsson, methot, cowen, Ceci, gryba, PW, corvo, phillips. Can’t be bringing up anymore until a trade happens. I’m thinking next year we get a good look at him. Be nice to make a 2 for 1 trade on D. Couple guys can’t be sticking for next year. Oilers need a ton of D for next year, so i think something can be done there. Even if we only get picks back, it opens up some room for us. I hope boston makes a serious play for phillips, give him a legit chance at a cup, then he can retire.

      • Simple Jack

        If we made a trade with boston (i dont think we would) but i would go after brad marchand, i love the way he plays and he always gets in p.k. s face and get him off his game. Marchand is also pretty clutch.

        • Deadly

          Bruins would be looking to add a defence man ,not lose Marchant.

    • Harry Lime was Orson Welles

      Yet another nice game for Claesson last night

      2 assists and PLUS 3

    • Simple Jack

      Claesson and boro give us options to make cowen or/and weircroitch, corvo expendable.

      If we make a trade it would be for a top six.

  • SenaTHOR

    Damn, 3 goals should win more games than lose. Need goal tenders to step up.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I’m not worried about the Rangers. The Sens are a good team and can beat them. What I am worried about is the game time.

    Sens have been horrible during early afternoon games this season. They can’t beat themselves today. 2 huge points on the line!

    GSG

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    OH, and Jared Cowen scares the living ebeegeebeez out of me. He is at his best when the puck isn’t on his stick very much. Let’s hope he doesn’t see much of it.

  • NickofTime

    The cost for any one of those three would mean giving up a number of our good young players which would create another hole in the lineup. If they would take a few Bingo players than go for it but I wouldn’t give up on Stone, Zibanejad, Ceci or Wiercioch just yet. IMO Drew Stafford would be a decent player to go after, he likely might only cost Ottawa a draft pick & B prospect like Prince. He has decent size, had two 50 plus seasons a couple of yrs ago, is big, tough, plays a good two way game & seems to have everything BM has mentioned he wanted in a top 9 player. With TM as GM there is no better time than now to make a deal.

    Should be a good game tonight & hopefully that same team shows up to play that was outstanding in the first two periods against Montreal. They seemed to run out of gas in the third for some unknown reason, if they can keep that play up for three periods this team will be hard to stop. Hopefully they don’t run into another great goaltending performance today.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Stafford is an interesting thought. Don’t think they ran out of gas, post game Mac said we didn’t play aggressive enough in the third and sat back a little too much so I think it was more of not wanting to be that guy caught out of position.

    • Simple Jack

      We gave up fisher to get prince, i wouldnt trade him. Prince will be great on the sens one day.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Yeah Shane Prince is a sure future NHLer and has a lot of potential I don’t know if he’s worth trading he’s a good young prospect

    • Richard Gough

      I would take Ladd over those two clowns any day of the week

      • spezzafan19

        YES YES YES !

        • SensChirp

          Ha. Was waiting for that

      • Richard Gough

        Puemple /goalie prospect /2nd 2015 for Ladd /3 rd 2015

  • QSenFan

    If Murray can have an agreement with Moulson to sign an extension here, then I could see him send Gryba, Pageau, Conacher + a 3rd. All three guys can already play in the NHL, are young and can be part of the rebuild in BUF.

    • Sensnation

      Adding Conacher and Pageau to that Buffalo team would make it one of the smallest in the league. Personally I’m not ready to move on from Gryba or Pageau. Conacher sure, but Pageau was drafted as a homegrown player and deserves a chance to try and make the team down the road again.

    • SENSsmile

      Please, no!. Conacher and Pageau bring a lot of grit and intensity game in, game out, and they will only get better with time. Gryba, I don’t know, maybe he’s a little more expendable because the Sens currently have an oversupply of D-men who could do just as well as Gryba.

  • sprucesens

    in regardd to the daily chirp, they probably ask about ladd, then do the old switcheroo, and say, how about we trade x,x,x, for kane? And BAM. Kane is a senator.

    Maybe, greening, PW, puemple and maybe a mid pick gets it done? Add prince maybe in place of PW? Only so many of our prospects can have a future on the team. The only sure fire is probably lazar. Prince and puemple are top 6, and we likely won’t have room for them anytime soon. So trading them wouldn’t be the biggest loss, especially when we will keep drafting 5-7 or more players every year. Love them both, but we can only have so many players. And if you consider, spezza, ryan, Mac, turris, zibby the locks, with conacher, michalek, stone in the mix for the forseeable future, the price can be paid.

    • Simple Jack

      I have a feeling any deal with winnipeg they would ask for stone to be in the package since he’s from there.

      Creative thinking and a three way trade might have to be done to get anything.

      • sprucesens

        yeah, i’d be fine with stone, but he’d have to take the spot of puemple or prince in my proposed trade. Preferably puemple’s. But i think something like this isn’t too far fetched. Bottom line is, we won’t have room on our team for a few of these players, especially when you consider lazar adding to that group in a year or 2. I’d like to keep stone, because if we trade him, then we have to bring up one of the extra bodies from bingo to do the same job, but if it is the difference between kane and no kane, it should be done i think.

  • Simple Jack

    Since we are talking cowen. I hope its sinking in that he’s not the complete player that he thinks he is.

    Yes its hard luck the puck off the foot on a play where the player has a history of injuries not wanting to crash the net sliding.

    What gets me is the O.T. goal where he tries to steal the puck from pk instead of laying a big open ice hit on him. Cowen needs to use his size and stop thinking hes as good as ek65 at stealing pucks.

    • Sensnation

      So in other words, Cowen is still learning. Wow what a concept!

  • Cicero

    Sens don’t need to trade youth and undervalued players for a rental. This current team, if it keep growing in leaps and bounds as it has been, could win the East. If the Sens play like they did against the Habs in a series, no Pens or Bruins team could defeat them in a seven game series.

    The Sens have some things working together they’ve never had in the modern era of the franchise: (1) Strength all the way down the middle; (2) Superb goaltending; (3) Youth that has boundless potential; and (4) a great Coarch and system.

    Hold. No trade unless there’s a TGTBT deal at the March deadline.

    Get them Rangers! GSG!

  • Sensnation

    Gonna be a tough task against the Rangers today but I’m sure the team is reeling to bounce back from that disappointing ending against Montreal. Looking forward to a battle and hopefully Anderson doesn’t fall apart against another top end goalie again.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Simple Jack

    Was hoping lehner got the start but i have faith in andy. Its good having two no.1 goalies and i hope maclean realizes what he has in anderson/lehner tandem. Wish he would stop calling andy his no.1 when both goalies are good.

    Lets get into the wild card boys and chase down the top 3 playoff birth. Go sens!

    • sprucesens

      they will continue to call him the number 1 until lehner gets a new contract, preferably a lengthy one around 3-4 mill per for 5 or more years. If they called him the #1 now, they would be shooting themselves in the foot. Simple business. They know he’s a great goalie, and he will get his shot. no worries

  • bluebuyyoo

    One good thing about being the early game is we get Brown/Galley calling the game.

  • Richard Gough

    Is that Andy’s new mask ?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    THE MAYOR.

  • Richard Gough

    Nice goal !!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Bad penalties to take….

  • bluebuyyoo

    No doubt Condra had his stick up, but no way it even touched Nash. Good sell by Nash.

  • Terry

    2 bad passes by Gryba. The whole team needs to wake up.

  • Cicero

    Liking Michalek’s jump and puck sense today.

    #nosenstrades2014

  • bluebuyyoo

    So the slash and check on Cmac after the whistle are not penalties? Bullshit!

  • aegiszx

    311 minor penalties for the Sens, 3rd most in the league… I’m actually not fucking surprised. The refs hate us.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Sens penalties were deserved, but the Rangers are getting away with trips, slashes and interference.

  • Cicero

    Cowen and Greening looking good on the PK.

    #donttrademysens2014

  • Millennium

    Its Tim Peel out there, so clear away the valuables from your immediate area, you’re gonna wanna smash things over the next couple hours.

    • MikeS

      I seriously dont understand how he is allowed to ref a sens game. Didnt he say he would never call anything done to karlsson cause hes a diver

      • bluebuyyoo

        That was Dan O’Rourke. Another piss-poor excuse for an NHL ref.

        • MikeS

          O sorry I was wrong. But the reffed they game together

  • karlssens

    Brutal missed calls by the refs on NY..

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Cowen looks so bad
    He just waves his stick around and is constantly out of position
    Cowen and greening to edmonton for eberle please!!!

    • Deadly

      Suckitcowen is available.

    • Richard Gough

      What make you think that EDM want to trade Eberle

    • Phoenix

      Send him there for nurse. Then go geta gritty dman

  • Millennium

    St Louis with a 1st period hat trick, not Team Canada material…

    • bluebuyyoo

      Yea. That’s a head scratcher.

  • luckan20

    Way too many error and minors taken. Two post and a PP goal by Rangers. Our back end play is scary. Hope BM should think twice. Speed matters. We three slow skaters in defense.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    out the glass and out, why can’t they learn this?

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    crosscheck on turris-nothing

  • Deadly

    Saving our game for the third period.

  • Simple Jack

    I cant believe they give us tim peel for this game. Ny out shooting ottawa… yeah no shit ny keeps getting a power play.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    pathetic power play

  • Hannibal

    that Montreal loss has really affected team momentum moving forward. Don’t you just hate afternoon games?

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    anderson has to stop that

  • Terry

    unless they start to play, Ottawa will be lucky to steal a point today.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Been a pretty sloppy game other then the first 5 minutes…Put the Turris line on already..I can see this going to Ot though…

  • aegiszx

    Whole team needs to wake up… I think those first period calls just killed the energy the Sens had… Hopefully the 3rd will be much better… Already see Karl taking the game into his own hands, as he tends to do that when the Sens are being outplayed.

    • Deadly

      Good prediction,but not what you expected.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    cowen could help himself out here by dropping the gloves and changing the momentum

  • Millennium

    Just remember, according to the team, they REQUESTED these afternoon games.

  • Simple Jack

    Now days in the nhl you cant call someone a fag. Next word to be banned will be pussy, because you cant discriminate the place u come from.

  • senskarlsson57

    Holy shit…what a boring ass game

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      afternoon games generally suck

      • senskarlsson57

        Absolutely no flow whatsoever

  • QSenFan

    Looking like the Sens of old

  • xiorcal

    They look slow and often out of position today.

  • xiorcal

    No one from NY to get Conacher after that ?

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      we are tougher than them, we should be more physical, especially considering we are at home

  • Terry

    brutal

    • Deadly

      Probably Cowans fault.

      • Terry

        Alot of people’s fault. PM should’ve called a timeout once the tide started swinging to NY’s favour. Gryba is passing to the Ranger’s. PP sucks. Taking stupid penalties. What else?

  • aegiszx

    Yeah, well, this one’s over lol. My god, almost as boring as watching the Devils.

    • Cicero

      Go hop on some other team’s bandwagon pls.

  • xiorcal

    Not sure Andy is there to start the 4th.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    karlsson will be an animal in the 3rd

    Anderson should have had that as well

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    bring in the Lehrner

  • Simple Jack

    Its lehner time, come on maclean put him in

  • QSenFan

    How can you not show up for Hockey Day in Canada…..

  • Terry

    How can you not shop up to your 1,000,000 a year job?

    • xiorcal

      That’s a question for Daigle

      • Terry

        Touche

      • Sensnation

        He was always there, just cherry picking at the blue line!

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Glad Melnyk is there to watch this, maybe when Murray says he needs to make a trade he will agree

    • aegiszx

      And to think, Cyril Leeder probably sold him on the afternoon games too LOL!!!

      “Don’t worry Eugene, it’ll bring in families that have nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon, everything will be great!”

      • Hannibal

        For this season anyway, it appears this flirtation with afternoon games appears to be unsuccessful, and scanning the seats they are not full.

        • aegiszx

          1-8 so far for games before 7:00pm this year… Brutal!

  • Simple Jack

    Ron maclean sounding like a phedophile during the intermission asking kids strange questions and laying kisses on somebody elses kid.

    Creepy

  • Luc Wolfe

    sens are bi-polar, with that being said 2 goal lead is the worst lead in the game

  • Zorav

    I think this is what separates us from elite teams… Yes, We played exceptionally well over the past 8 games or so..but elite teams don’t take their step off the gas pedal..If they get into penalty trouble.. they regroup and come out strong. The sens just sorta become disorganized and just flailing the puck here and there..not really a whole lot interested to compete.

    I’m not angry, I think we were bound were one of these games considering how well we had been playing.. but it’s games like these that can make you forget the last 8 regardless of how well you played.

    • SENSsmile

      Goddamned Saturday afternoon games!

  • luckan20

    We suck royally. I hope we don’t fall off from here.

  • Terry

    St. Louis has 4 goals?

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      he really is making Team Canada Committee look stupid

      • Terry

        yep

  • xiorcal

    Condra and smith more ice time than Zibby, Conacher and Spezza. Prob because of the 4 pk but still not expected when you trail the game like that.

    • luckan20

      Turris line so far look average.

      • Shibal

        As long as Zibanejad plays center- he will never get the ice time he deserves, because Mac has always trusted Smith more than Zibanejad going back to last year; Last year Smith was playing alot more than Zibanejad, even though Zibanejad was technically the second line center. This is the only reason why I prefer Zib playing wing, because you can shuffle him around the top 6 and 9 based on how he is playing. Also If Spezza re-signs, that will result in Zib being below in the center depth chart behind Turris, Spezza, and Smith.

        • Sensnation

          Agreed, however watching him play C this year has really convinced me why he should stay at C. He really controls the play from that position and is a lot more involved than he ever is on the wing. For anyone thinking about life after Spezza, Zibanejad/Lazar are likely going to be 2C/3C at that point, and that feels pretty good looking ahead.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Rangers know which line to check. Need ZBad and Spezz lines to start going.

      • xiorcal

        Exactly my point. I love our lines but I’m hoping to see PM break the line a bit for the 3rd. Put Ryan with spezz and Mikalek on the first line. Ryan is playing ok on the first but the points are not coming easy for him lately.

  • luckan20

    Every time we come out flat, the entire teams positives and negatives get exposed. We have tons of negatives getting exposed in the back end.

    • CUP 2014-15

      agree how often is our D going to go back with someone on their ass and no forward digging back for a pass up the boards. The D has nowhere to go with the puck.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    I still think we win this in the shootout

    • H POTTER

      The way the team is playing today, nope!
      The way Anderson is playing, nope! I just don’t understand putting him in net today. I get that he had to be the starter against the Habs but why again today??? Lehner needs some starts too to build his confidence right back

  • xiorcal

    Really not happy with the way Andy as played in the last two game. Most goals where not is fault but where is the game changer goalkeeper that kept this team in the game when they where playing a stinker.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    The Sens play 6 of their next 7 on the road. These next 7 games will be huge for the Sens season. Just hope we dont go out in the 3rd without a little fight.

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      8 out of 10 on the road going in to the Olympic Break.

  • xiorcal

    Trailing by 2 goal in the 3rd. Offensive faceoff after the icing and its Smith line WTF

  • Lorenzo72

    I am very upset. We cannot play well if Spezza-Phillips-Neil trio are in the team. It’s a shame. We need to get rid of them.

    • Richard Gough

      I have to agree with you

    • H POTTER

      Phillips I fully agree. But you can’t expect Neil to be an offensive contributor. Spezza I just don’t agree with you here. He’s not where he should be but he’s finally got good linemates

      • Richard Gough

        Rosy O’Donald can be a better caption then Spezza $7m caption on the 3rd Line ? You fucking kidding kindling me

        • xiorcal

          Spezz is the guy creating the best chances for ottawa in this game and he is stuck on the 3rd with less ice time than the 4th line

          • Richard Gough

            This is the Sens in December and it’s fucking hard to watch even after Thursday game

          • Shibal

            Spezza is not stuck on the third. He has been getting second line minutes since coming back from injury.

      • Lorenzo72

        Chris Neil is noxious. He is always neurotic and has unnecessary fouls. You must use your brain in the game.

    • SENSsmile

      Those three vets slow the team down considerably. It’s so obvious that there is so much more energy and chemistry when they’re not playing — especially Neil and Phillips.

  • H POTTER

    Wtf is this moron thinking..what an idiot

  • Millennium

    Candidate for dumbest play of the season by Philips

    • Sensnation

      Karlsson did worse just before that and frankly all game, but sure let’s remember the 1 bad play after the game was already lost.

  • Zorav

    Man oh man.. If your damn Veterans can’t try to play a decent game..how do you expect the young guns to pick it up.

  • H POTTER

    Worst thing is he doesn’t even look upset..freaking DB

    • Zorav

      it’s not a requirement for players to look upset.

    • esk

      cant show emotion

  • Richard Gough

    Thanks Phillips !!!! Dumb Ass!!

  • aegiszx

    And in case you didn’t know why Chris Phillips wears the “A” on this team lol

  • H POTTER

    Thank you Phillips.. what a waste of efforts after the miss shot by EK

    • Conor_smythe

      Ek stunk today. He didnt make one tape to tape pass. Hes scared to go behind his own net. And he made selfish unnecessary plays all over the ice..

      But ya, Phillips was bad too

  • Terry

    Wow, a solid 5 min right at the start and nothing after that. All my comments right now will be negative and rants so I am just going to log off and play some 2014 and calm down. I feel sorry for the people that paid to watch that debacle.

  • Richard Gough

    Dumb ass of the week award goes too
    Cowan
    Phillips
    Anderson

    • Deadly

      Might as well # 65 if you are looking for negatives.

    • Phoenix

      The defense was poor in front of Anderson.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Pathetic effort from everyone except Ceci

    The rest of them should have a bag skate at 8 am tomorrow because they didnt do anything today.

    I am fine with Michalek, Phillips, and Cowen being traded anytime

    • Sandy

      Tell me what the hell was wrong with Cowen’s game today.. compared to what Phillips & Karlsson did..

    • Jacques

      And Spezza , doesn’t skate the guy, floats around. He’s in the floater hall of Fame with Nash and Kovalev now! Nash scored today but oh boy he’s brutal too!

  • Deadly

    This site is about to get toxic. It could get overly ugly.
    We have a team and organization that is on a good track with a good nucleus of good players and a farm team that has some good assets.
    We laid an egg today but that’s life.

  • MoeDozer

    Im not saying i blame Anderson for this game again. however i feel the team plays with no confidence in front of him anymore (haven’t really played confidently this season at all..) . He is just simply not making the big saves that swing momentum our way to keep us in games.

    when will we hand over the reins to the Lehner?

    • Jacques

      Andy was kind of weak, especially the third goal, have no clue how that went in. He never seems to quite square to the shooter and always deep in his net. First goal, he couldn’t move to the other side, just stayed there???? Lehner please!

  • Zelle

    Methot and Smith had really good games again. Karlsson and Phillips were responsible for three goals and overall were very bad. Really disappointed in Karlssons apathetic attitude today on the ice.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    I wonder why this team always seems to take a day off when it is important to impress the fans-Hockey Day in Canada, when we play the Leafs. It is frustrating when the fans get excited about a game but the team doesnt give a shit

    • Sensnation

      They came out firing, not sure how that’s not giving a shit! Two stupid penalties turned the game around though, and the rest is what it was.

      • Sandy

        They had a 1-0 lead early. Then decided to take penalties and were shorthanded a lot in the first period.. including a 5 on 3 against. That gave the momentum back to the Rangers.. and that was that..

      • Jacques

        Man , if that was firing, you have no clue, all of 3 minutes of firing????

  • esk

    MAKE THAT TRADE MURRAY!! GET RID OF PHILLIPS AND GO GET EVANDER KANE!!!

    • Cicero

      Are you a caps fan?

      • esk

        hahaha

  • Roar…

    Chris Phillips – 5 takeaways, 33 giveaways for a whopping -28. Just awful.

    On a nightly basis we can insulate Gryba OR Phillips, not both. On an elite team neither would be on the roster as more than the 7th guy.

    Holding Patty W. out of the lineup for these clowns is just a crock of shit. Borocop & Claesson honestly probably also both better than these two.

    • karlsson65

      When Phillips, Gryba and Cowen are all playing, our D’s mobility, speed, pass accuracy, and offensive awareness,just bottom out. I think we need one of Wiercioch, or even Corvo, in each game to combat this. Pick one of Phillips/Neil to be the “legacy” guy on the retirement contract as 4th line/scratch or 6/7 D guy. Ship the other guy out asap.

    • Jacques

      Gryba played well, had a couple of solid hits! did you watch the game? Shit. on who deserves it! Phillips,

      • Roar…

        I watched the game. Gryba looked extremely slow. Pretty sure I did quite obviously shit on Phillips? Gryba is only good at one thing. With the puck on his stick he’s an unmitigated disaster. Without it, he’s okay. In case you didn’t notice Gryba completes even fewer passes than Phillips. He mostly just dumps the puck back to the other team. I.e. he’s terrible at everything except throwing the odd hit and pushing guys out of his crease/slowing people up at the blueline. Basic defense is his only skill.

  • Conor_smythe

    I sure wish karlsson the same game-plan as ceci…

    I sure wish karlsson had any kind of game-plan

  • Cicero

    GG Rangers. Tough loss at home against a peskier team that showed-up to play a 60 minute road game. Trying to dig for positives to take from this, but I think I need a longer pickaxe. Too loose, too many hi-risk transition plays (stretch passes and back passes missing the mark), and critical errors that the Rangers exploited perfectly.

    I hope Coach Maclean puts the team through a hard practice (or two, or three) between now and Tuesday. The emotional drive didn’t make an appearance until after 40 minutes.

  • luckan20

    Another lackluster afternoon game performance. We can’t show up during early games. I hope we don’t start with a mini slump. As all three so called veterans played, we looked flat, but two of them played well with the exception of Phillips.

    • Cicero

      Maclean will whip them back into shape for the Caps. This young team has turned the season around, but stumbles are to be expected. GG Rangers.

  • Deadly

    Third period was 16-6 in shots for the Sens. We were 1 shot away from turning it around for most of the period.

    • Shibal

      60 minutes!

      • Deadly

        Just looking for some positives.
        Always easy to be critical so I prefer to look at the positives in life.

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      the rangers were on defense in the 3rd, they were not actively shooting on us hence the shot differential

      • Deadly

        Like we played the third against the Habs.

    • Jacques

      Too little too late , I was there and saw no urgency!

  • Roar…

    What separates Ottawa from the elite teams? Probably one more 50-60 point 200-foot forward in the mold of MacArthur with size (Andrew Ladd?) and at least two Top Four defenders. That’s what they need to become a truly great and consistent team. It’s up to the General Manager and the Owner to decide they want to go out and make this happen either via trade or free agency.

    Ceci is going to develop into a solid top four. As of now he’s a rookie and he really should be playing insulated minutes in a 3rd pairing role where his mistakes would be fewer and his game simpler.

    Cowen will develop into a top four, but man is it ever killing Ottawa to have to play this guy 25 minutes a night and watch him consistently shit the bed with the puck. He’s another guy that should be playing protected 3rd pairing minutes to develop his game and his confidence.

    Wiercioch he’ll either be a top four all around 200 foot player or a bottom pairing defender who adds to the team positively. It’s time for him to play though. Really can’t justify any of the other guys (Gryba, Corvo, Phillips) getting ice ahead of him.

    Phillips is flat out done. Playing him is nothing more than team loyalty at this point. He’s got 5 takeaways on the year and 33 giveaways for a dead sexy -28. By far the worst on the team and 12th worst in the NHL. Most players up high on that +/- turnover stat are offensively inclined players. How the fuck he manages to do this in 20 minutes a night in what is supposed to be a defensive role is earth shatteringly fucking bad.

    Gryba is what he is. He’s good without the puck, sort of. He’s slow and lacks lateral mobility but he can lay a crushing hit and is generally decent and prevent entries into the zone. He’s basically a 6th/7th D-Man fringe NHL’er who should be used sparingly in a penalty killing 10-12 minutes per night type of role. Frankly I’m not even sure he’s a good PK guy because of his lack of speed/awareness.

    Corvo is up and down. He had a great stretch of games earlier in the year where he was playing like the teams 3rd best defender. Was actually doing very very well. Then he got taken out of the lineup with the emergence of Ceci and sort of never really got back into a groove. When he was put back in he looked terrible – possibly just because he’d been sitting a long while. I’d play him on the 3rd pairing way more than I’d play Gryba or Phillips though. He’s not really ahead of anyone else at this point.

    The way I see it:
    Methot-Karlsson
    Unknown-Unknown
    Cowen-Ceci

    Gryba/Corvo/Wier/Phillips

    Making a big play for Dustin Byfuglien might be a good choice for Ottawa. If we can move the pieces. Frankly I say if it costs us Cowen at this point it’s probably worth it. Cowen+ for Buff. I’d do it. Frankly I’d look at the same trade for Myers out of Buffalo. That guy skates amazingly well and will rebound if he’s insulated properly. He’s got too many tools not to eventually get things back on track.

    • SenaTHOR

      Wiercioch he’ll either be a top four all around 200 foot player or a bottom pairing defender who adds to the team positively. It’s time for him to play though. Really can’t justify any of the other guys (Gryba, Corvo, Phillips) getting ice ahead of him.

      YES YOU CAN IF YOU KNOW THE GAME.

      • Roar…

        No.. you really can’t. His underlying numbers are better than all 3 of those guys. He produces half a point a game and he’s a + player on +/- even if we all consider that stat meaningless (myself included). Phillips hurts the team much more than Wier. Corvo was running pretty good and playing well, but he’s lost his game to an awful degree of late. Gryba has looked worse and worse. He really only does one thing well and it’s not enough to say he’s more than a 7th D man. I’m guessing you’re the one who knows very little about the game. Your post reads like you’re 13.

  • Luc Wolfe

    If Ottawa wants to make the post season they need to make sooner then later, its not time to panic, but build chemistry takes time, so better off bringing a player sooner then too little to late. My 2 cents

  • Richard Gough

    Trade SPEZZA /Neil /Phillips for the cast of the view then we might have a shot to make the play off

    • Phoenix

      Get real.

    • Luc Wolfe

      spezza is a rare point a game player, neil needs to stay in ottawa too much value. Phillips is losing half a step and making odd decision since October

      • Jacques

        Rare is the key word!

    • bluebuyyoo

      You blaming those 3 for today’s loss? You need to get real!

      • Richard Gough

        Today ? More like all season

        Our caption and assistant captions have no shown any leadership all season , in my eyes
        And today shitty game proved it

        • bluebuyyoo

          Ridiculous!

    • Sensnation

      Less skill and leadership always equals better results, right

  • Deadly

    Have I seen you at Yuk Yuks

  • Phoenix

    Flat

  • Reazy

    Tough loss. . It’s all how you bounce back. Tuesday will be a huge game for our team against a team that’s right in the mix of things as we’ll. I believe Tuesday will speak huge volumes on how much fight we will have down the stretch on making the post season. With that being said I pray we bring our A game! Go Sens Go!!

  • Simple Jack

    Lehner has got to get the start next game.

    • Reazy

      Doesn’t matter who’s in our net. We need to minimize are turnovers on a game to game basis or we’re going to have a real tough time finding a post season spot.

      • Sandy

        I would like to know the stat of how many shots from the right side faceoff circle go in on Anderson. I say about 80% of them… 2 today.
        Price won the game for the Habs– Andy lost it for the Sens.. Today he was not good either… along with the rest of the team.
        I don’t care afternoon game or not.. at least show up and give an effort.
        This team is not going to win every game remaining.. but if you are going to lose at least show an effort.
        Terrible…. disgusting.
        The next 4 on the road… 3 against teams in the wild card race in the East are all most wins.. If they don’t get 6 of 8 pts… it will be bad..

        And to Tooks… today’s loss is not on Cowen..

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Missed the game. Was Kassian playing?

    • Sensnation

      No, Neil was back for this game

  • karlssens

    Puempel is doing damage in bingo these days.. Like 9 goals in the last 11.

    • peetypuck

      He has another goal so far tonight.

  • Richard Gough

    I would like to see Lazar play a game and see what he can do

    • Deadly

      He is in Junior and a long way from playing in the NHL but I am looking forward to seeing him in a couple of years.

      • Richard Gough

        They can bend the rules lol

        • Deadly

          Goal and assist today for him. Looks like a great pick and a future top sixer.

          • Sensnation

            He could be that next level 2nd line C we always wished Fisher would’ve become!

  • Sandy

    Toronto winning 3-1.. so looks like it’s they are pulling away again.. 4 pts up on the Sens. Columbus is winning as well. That Sens loss today hurts.
    I guess Toronto has the benefit of their goaltender not allowing 3 goals on the 1st 5 shots.. so they don’t have to spend their energy trying to catch up…

  • Sandy

    Subban’s even getting booed in Toronto.. that’s his home town. That said, Leafs still winning 3-2..

  • karlssens

    Talking to a guy who follows the B Sens, he really feels that Claesson is the best D man on that team by far. Id like to see him with the big team next year. He also said that Hoffman is dominant in every game, and deserves another look.

    I’m a huge fan of Stone, but I think he needs the rest of the year in bingo to work on his game away from the puck. Hoffman is 24, and has fully developed. Let’s put him on Spezzas wing and let them develop chemistry. Hoffman is a guy who once scored 46 goals in junior! Let him get a fair shot, just my opinion..

    Finally, it’s time to part ways with Gryba and get whatever peice we can get back. We need to clear up some room on the back end, as Weircioch needs to PLAY to develop.

    Lots of time left in the season, all it takes is 2 straight wins and were back in it. GO SENS GO!

    • SenaTHOR

      Wiercioch is not good enough.

  • Sandy

    LA was up a goal near the end of the game. Wings shoot the puck.. it goes up in the air.. hits the netting and falls on the back of Quick and into the net. NOT ONE of the officials saw the puck hit the netting… goal is allowed.. What a bunch of bullshit..

  • Sandy

    Every key win in the East.. went against the Sens today.. That loss was huge…

    • Jacques

      Was at the game old Tim Peel was back at it again!

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Lots of season left.

  • Sandy

    So Detroit got 2 pts tonight on that big mistake by all 4 refs when the puck went out of play then bounced into the net…
    If some team in the East loses out on the playoffs to Detroit by 2 pts… look to the official’s error tonight..

  • peetypuck

    Calgary and Vancouver start off the game with all 10 players getting fighting penalties right after the puck drop.

    • Deadly

      How do you spell truculence? Burke.

      • peetypuck

        Burke challenging Tortorella?
        Jarrod Cowen’s value is going up in the eyes of the Canucks and Flames.

  • LeafsSux

    Back home safe and sound in NY.. I dont know which was worse the drive to and from the game or that pathetic game itself.. What a joke.. Enough said good night!

    • Deadly

      At least Bingo won.You should of gone to the B-Sens game.

      • LeafsSux

        Tell me about it.. I think that team could be the Sens right now..

    • Jacques

      Feel your pain got back 2 hours ago drove from south shore of Montreal with my 6 year old to see that uninspired shit show as well. Witnessed that our peskiness has been sucked out of the team again!

  • Jacques

    Cowen sucks , the guy has time to do something with the puck and he gets bottled up in his own zone. His feet are too slow, or two left feet. The Spezza line plays too much, where is the 10-12 minutes max, uninspiring, stands around at both blue lines. Chris Neil! ouch he has lost it! Cowen, Spezza,Neil, fixing this mess would go a long way to solving the woes of this bunch, c’mon Murray.

    • Sandy

      What was so bad in Cowen’s game today that was worse than any other Sens player? You make no mention of Karlsson’s giveaway with 11 sec left in the 2nd period to make the game 3-1? No mention of Phillips’ giveaway to make it 4-1? No mention of Anderson’s bad game?
      It’s all Cowen’s fault today? He was ‘even’ in a 4 goals against game today..
      Just because you don’t like Cowen.. is no reason to blame that mess today on him. I was at the game.. he was no worse than anyone else on the team..

      • Zelle

        Phillips giveaway and Phillips letting his man get behind him were two goals. Karlsson giveaway was one goal. Then the PP goal. Honestly the Sens just win against themselves for the opposing team. It was extremely poor play today by Karlsson and Phillips. Karlsson looked like he couldn’t care less out there. At least Smith and Methot were playing well. Cowen was OK sometimes and bad other times, like usual. He loses the puck a lot and makes extremely slow decisions.

        • Jacques

          Oh yeah for Sure Phillips was terrible too! Goes without saying!

      • Jacques

        2-3times he could get the puck out easily only to have us get bottled up in our own zone for 30-40 seconds, the guy is so slow. I’m sorry he’s lost!

  • Zelle

    And in one day Sens get booted out and CBJ climbs on top. Not to mention our 1point difference with two teams has gone to 4 points.