Game Day- Sens, Wings From Joe Louis Arena

SensChirp November 23, 2013 306
Game Day- Sens, Wings From Joe Louis Arena

On Wednesday night, a late goal by Mikko Koivu sent the Ottawa Senators to another disappointing home ice loss.

The Senators now hope that a weekend away from the Canadian Tire Centre will help snap them out of this early season funk before they find themselves too far out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.  The important weekend back to back starts with a rare Saturday night game at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The Wings have been solid in the early going this season, posting a 10-6-7 record which is good enough for fifth in the Eastern Conference.  They are certainly happy about the switch to the Eastern Conference though because that same record would have them sitting in 10th in the competitive Western Conference.  The Wings haven’t been great at Joe Louis Arena so far this season, posting a less than impressive 4-3-6 record.  You’ll recall that one of those three regulation losses came against the Senators earlier this season.

Detroit will be without former Senator Daniel Alfredsson as he continues to nurse a fairly serious groin injury.  Alfredsson mentioned that he’s hoping to be back in time for his return to Ottawa at the start of December. It would be a damn shame if Alfie missed his return to Ottawa.

After putting in a solid effort on the fourth line against the Wild, Mika Zibanejad has finally been promoted in the line up.  Zibanejad will skate on a line with Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza.  It’s a move that a lot of fans have been asking for but one that Paul MacLean has been reluctant to make so far this season.  Here’s hoping the Coach gives them some time to build some chemistry as a line.  The MacArthur-Turris-Ryan trio remains in tact while there is more juggling among the bottom six forwards.  Here is how the Senators are expected to line up.

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

Methot-Karlsson
Cowen-Wiercioch
Phillips-Borowiecki

MacLean will announce his starting goalie after this morning’s skate. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM tonight.  The Senators are in Carolina to play the Hurricanes tomorrow.

  • -The Senators have been slowly revealing details of their new jersey which they’ll wear for the Heritage Classic in Vancouver in March of next year.  All  the clues so far seem to indicate that the rumours of a white version of the current heritage jersey are true.  We’ll know for sure when the jersey is released on Thursday of next week.
  • -As some of you may have noticed, it has been a little quiet here over the last few days.  Mrs. Chirp and I welcomed our daughter into the world on Thursday morning and are finally back home and settled in.  Thanks to everyone that kept the site up and running during my time away and a big thanks to those of you that passed along well wishes in the comment section or on Twitter.  There may be the odd delay from time to time but I suspect it will be business as usual here at SensChirp. Although to be honest, it took me about three hours to write this post this morning so we shall see.

  • T K

    Fingers crossed for Dr Jekyll showing up tonight. Tired of Mr Hyde and his Cloustonesque unpredictable effort.

    Go Sens Go. Go Norah Go!

  • Guess Who

    Please start Lehner! Please!

  • SensChirp

    Looks as though Robin Lehner is the starter tonight.

    • Jacques

      Let’s win one for the new Senator princess! Come on boys, let’s show the Bingo boys that we’re capable too!

  • SensChirp

    Coach will insist that Craig Anderson is still the number one but tonight feels like Robin Lehner’s first opportunity to really challenge that. Huge game against a divisional opponent while the team is struggling. Lehner’s chance to make a statement.

    • MikeS

      About time, he has played much better then Andy this year. Hope the sens keep up their unbeaten in reg vs the div

      • Adam

        Both goalies have struggled recently.

        • Adam

          Oh good. My real name is showing up. User name just for fun?

          • Adam

            New here, obviously…

          • Jari Beef Kurri

            All fixed. I’ll move on from this now. Sorry for annoying you all with my newbie-ness

        • MikeS

          Id put the goalie in who is stopping 94% vs the one stopping 90%(not even nhl level). Sens can afford to give up 1.7 times more shots with lehner in net and expect the same result this year

          • Billy Bob

            this starting goalie thing is bs, put in the guy who is playing better. This year it’s been Lehner no doubt

    • do due dew doodoo

      Ragnar (errr Robin) is the team’s future – let’s start

      the G-O-A-L-I-E C-O-N-T-R-O-V-E-R-S-Y now and

      get it over with

  • T K

    Although Andy is not playing like the Andy of yore, I don’t think it really matters which one plays as we’ve seen relatively stinky play when each has been in.

    I hope that everyone on the team got a taste of a meal prepared by Bibi Alfredsson. She is Alfie’s true secret weapon. We saw how Karlsson played with true 65 mojo last time he had dinner over there.

  • Jari Beef Kurri

    thought Karlsson was playing as a forward today. At least that’s what I got from the Brennan article. That dude is never wrong…

    • do due dew doodoo

      Hee Hee – Donnie’s got 6 Goalie Controversy articles

      written and waiting to be published

  • do due dew doodoo

    Why hasn’t Corvo been placed on waivers ?
    This year’s Daugavins or O’Brien ?

    • Jari Beef Kurri

      This years Lundin

  • Billy Bob

    just thought I’d pass this along… I find it quite interesting. Anyone remember last sunday our boys played at 1:00 pm at CTC? Well a few of my buddies were out at Era night club downtown that Saturday night…and guess who they saw? Karlsson and Turris…gee that’s awful strange…didn’t they play absolutely brutal the next day? I wonder why

    • Sensturion

      Turris scored a goal dude… and I thought he played decently on Sunday.

      • Billy Bob

        they lost 4-1 to the blue jackets, Karlsson scored on a 5 on 3. figure it out

        • Sensturion

          Woops. I’m thinking of the Wild game. It’s been a while since sens hockey…

          • Billy Bob

            no worries, I just feel like this might be part of the problem, these guys are too young and I think Alfie was a huge part of why Karlsson was looking so good, now it’s almost sickening to see his lack of effort. the fact that he’s point a game is great but think of how much better he could be at both ends if he took it a little more seriously

          • MikeS

            your complaining about the guy that nhl.com just wrote an article on saying he was the frontrunner for the norris. I would not rather have any defenceman in the league before karlsson

          • MikeS

            Also, he played 33 minutes that afternoon. MacLean says the “best” players play

          • Billy Bob

            Oh yea the best players have been playing alright, guy plays 33 minutes and we get stomped 4-1.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Everyone will agree that Karlsson has made too many defensive mistakes this year. I wouldn’t be too tough on him though. He’s playing way too many minutes. When you’re playing over 30 minutes a game your bound to have focus lapses. I think his defensive miscues say as much about the 2nd and 3rd pairings. If they could provide reliable minutes, and we could have Karlsson closer to 25 minutes, I think you’d get a better defensive result without sacrificing too much offense. I think this teem is just relying on him too much, and it’s making him vulnerable at times.

  • Floridasensfan

    Lets hope they play as well as the last time we faced detroit.
    Lehner and Anderson are awesome goalies, they have both had some off games for sure, all we need is for them to get back to game stealing shape and we can rack up a bunch of wins.
    We have three back to backs in a row to get through.
    A shut out for Lehner tonight would be nice.
    Go Sens Go

  • Tom P

    Damn, this whole internal budget thing sucks, Jiri Tlusty is apparently available as Carolina is in the market for a puck moving defencemen, I get Ottawa is as well but could be a nice addition to Spezza’s wing you would have to think.. A guy like Patty Weircioch (sorry if misspelled) could be someone the Sens could of dealt, but whatever looking to turn this thing around time and for the Sens to prove to us that the previous Detroit game wasn’t just a fluke !

  • sensfan4ever

    stupid fuckin VIDEOTRON piece of shatz is not even showing the game

    anywhere we can see it guys ?

    • sens fabulous

      yeay it is playing on videotron cbc 606

  • MikeS

    cbc.ca

    • sensfan4ever

      thankssssssssssssssssss MIKE

  • Guest

    Sens generally win when alfie is scratched in their games

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    SATURDAY NIGHT HOCKEY. GO SENS GO.

  • MikeS

    Sens unbeaten in regulation vs division. GO SENS GO

  • Mat

    Our usual start…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The sens are the easiest team in the league to forcheck against…

    • Mat

      Yup. The trick: Win the faceoff.

  • Mat

    Wow. Total trip by Methot right in front of the ref and NOTHIN!

    • MikeS

      Lol, dont complain, Refs arent usually that nice too us

      • Mat

        I’m not. Making a note of it for when comments start pouring in about the refs…

  • MikeS

    Lehner only reason still 0-0

    • Mat

      That and the fact that Detroit is not the Detroit we know…

      • MikeS

        They need to figure out how to get off to better starts, this is really sad

        • Mat

          Every game. Every team. That first pass out of the zone is a major issue.

          • MikeS

            The only 2 that make it consistently are karlsson/methot

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Where’s Karlsson? Is he even playing?!

  • Mat

    Our first real offensive pressure of the game comes at 12 minute mark of the first.

  • MikeS

    Lol refs let zibby get away with mauling a guy who wasnt near the puck and call taht ….haha

  • Colin

    Weak.

  • karlssens

    Honestly, I can’t stand Melynk. This team is struggling and needs help. I hope he enjoys loosing a lot more money this year without the playoffs.

  • MikeS

    finally

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    CLARKE.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Nice play from Bob

  • MikeS

    The sens actually had a good shit 0_0

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      wat

      • MikeS

        IDK where that came from, they were sleeping the whole time b4 that

        • karlssens

          That’s probably why they didn’t have a good shit, they were asleep

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            hahaha

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    neil lol.

  • MikeS

    Well the sens woke up, playing hard finally

  • Millennium

    I gotta say, Conacher and Smith make for a good energy combo. If Conacher developed into a decent 3rd liner, I would be ok with that.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Guys

    Jimmy Howard is NOT THAT GOOD. Sens need to keep shooting. The M.O. needs to be shoot shoot shoot

    • MikeS

      Howard is great, both those goals he had 0 chance on. No goalie in the league saves those

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        .911 sv %, 2.64 GA.

        That’s no where close to ‘great’.

        • MikeS

          That much better then anderson

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            Who mentioned anything about Anderson.

          • 65kwhissell19

            it is better than Anderson. 911 sv% is not to bad good enough to be a starter.. 900 sv% and ur a starter now ur scratching ur head

  • Colin

    Weak. Part deux

  • MikeS

    worst pk in the league, lets go

    • MikeS

      Whoa, they are actually 19th….cant believe there are 11 teams worse then them

  • karlssens

    Zibby looks good on that second line… My boy Michalek, not so much :(

  • Aaron 2.0

    Sens lucky to be ahead; Detroit carried most of the play. Lehner had a very strong period, He’s giving his team a chance to wake up. I like Conacher on L3. It gives that group some speed (sort of balances out for Neil’s skating). Zibanejad playing good. Spezza not; he can’t seem to hit even the easy passes. I don’t know what’s going on with him. I hope it’s just confidence, and he works it out, soon.

    • 65kwhissell19

      after that macarthur goal Ottawa has carried the play

  • Jacques

    Wow Lehner might have too stop 50 again tonight! And the beat goes on. What’s that famous saying… If it ain’t fixed don’t broke it! Haha this team still needs a trade something is off. C’mon boys we need this one!

  • 65kwhissell19

    dunno about you guys they do got 17 shots. but 5 were just shots that lehner froze from comeing in the zone and some point shots. nothing to big the way there shhoting at lehner. Ottawa keeping them on the boards so far minus the power play 17 shots but there the type off shots you wanna give up

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Spezz needs to help out his linemates more. So much is talked about wingers being a fit for Spezza, what about Spezza being a fit for his wingers? The way he plays totally kills the momentum of that line with his hesitation moves. He just needs to simplify his game and use his linemates better. Too much one-and-done.

    • Jacques

      Just needs to play like any other player, drive to the net and when in doubt just get the puck in deep. Stop playing pond shinny and work a little.

  • karlssens

    BY THE WAY. Clarkson=4 pts in 12 games loooool… Boy am I glad we dodged that bullet. MacArthur <3

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      David Clarkson is awful.

      • MikeS

        I wouldnt mind him on the sens, just not for 5.5

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          Dont think we need another third line player

  • MikeS

    CC back with spezza. MacLean seriously wont give zibby a chance with him

    • karlssens

      That was because he came out of the penalty box.

      • MikeS

        O, didnt realize..LOL

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cowen…..

  • karlssens

    Cowen fucking sucks… Omg

  • karlssens

    At this point, Gryba and Cowen are on par for me.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Honestly I’d like to see what Corvo can do

    • Jacques

      Gryba is better!

      • 65kwhissell19

        cowen is

  • MikeS

    Are you kidding…

  • Colin

    Too easy. Fucking refs only seeing one team on the ice tonight.

  • karlssens

    Phillips you idiot.

  • MikeS

    Where is Mat saying the refs are equal?

  • karlssens

    This is Lehners team now.

    • MikeS

      If they win this game, he better start next game

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    What a kill. Wow.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Awesome kill.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Huge kill! Lets stay out of the box guys.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      If the Sens stay out of the box, they will win this game.

  • MikeS

    Thats the second time lehner has been run, first time sens got a penalty

  • MikeS

    Nooooo. Lehner be ok plz….

    • Colin

      He’s fine. He’s getting mad.

      • MikeS

        RELEASE the LEHNER!!!

  • Jacques

    No surprise there Grant was the best penalty killer in the AHL last year and he’s our best this year!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Karlsson > Miller & ref.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Too many refs on that Detroit team.

  • MikeS

    Neil decides to fight while they have the puck in the zone….wait till the chance is over omg…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Smith’s getting his ass kicked.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Hahaha. Refs probably should have broken that one up sooner.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Neil pummeling.

  • Cronie

    looks like Neil for the win

  • Colin

    That’s what Cowen has to do more often

    • MikeS

      Where has he been all year?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    When Cowen is hitting and is physical: that is when he is at his best.

  • Millennium

    When was the last time Spezza tried to enter the zone without making an overly fancy move at the line putting everyone offside.

    • SensChirp

      Friggin never, amirite?!

      • MikeS

        Its better then skating in and dropping it to the other team

        • Millennium

          What’s behind door #3?

          • MikeS

            Marc Methot?

      • Aaron 2.0

        Haha. Well it’s been a while. Zibanejad will help out that line if coach lets him stick for a while, I think.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Playing some really good hockey tonight.

  • MikeS

    Man cowen and Methot are crunching tonight :)

    • Aaron 2.0

      The whole team looks intent on not letting their focus down. Detroit is hemming them in at times, but I like the sens attention to defensive detail so far.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Even the great Datsyuk falls to Methot.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens are playing hard.

  • 65kwhissell19

    great game back and forth. like how these wings get 2 little slashes and there on the ice crying trying to get a call from the refs sad too see

  • Millennium

    Is that not 2 Wings players to crumple at the hint of a stick to their legs? Neither Mule nor Helm looked like they really took any hit at all on first glance

    • 65kwhissell19

      sad too see. fakeing like that

      • Millennium

        Detroit is not a team to take dives, so I give them the benefit of the doubt, but those looked….soft

        • 65kwhissell19

          there diveing 100% on that. not that type off team

  • 65kwhissell19

    not sure how the 3rd gonna be but looks like there starting to hate each other

  • MikeS

    clear trip missed, then they call that…..

    • 65kwhissell19

      wow

  • 65kwhissell19

    think its time they have a ref school every summer for them

    • MikeS

      They do, its called the hate ottawa school

      • 65kwhissell19

        oh ya forgot about that is held in Toronto rite?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens are actually playing a good tough road game. Gotta cut out the penalties though. But the offense is coming along…

    • MikeS

      There offense this game consisted of complete fluke goal and a nice scramble in front

      • 65kwhissell19

        don’t think it was a fluke goals…. macarthur was a nice one

    • 65kwhissell19

      pen could be even. plus that one pen that wasn’t sapose to be. but ya love how there playing

  • Colin

    Other than the 1st period shots, Ottawa is really taking it to Detroit tonight. Keep it up and they will be rewarded.

    Category OTT DET
    Power Plays 0/2 1/5
    Hits 26 12
    Faceoff Wins 27 24
    Giveaways 4 5
    Takeaways 5 4
    Blocked Shots 9 3
    Penalty Minutes 15 9

    • MikeS

      You may want to separate that so we can read it

      • 65kwhissell19

        it is says Ottawa on one side and det on othere. nice to see maybe this is were Ottawa starts turning it around

      • Colin

        Refresh (F5)

  • 65kwhissell19

    shots 11 to 6 for Ottawa in the second. probably one off there best seconds shot wize. witch is a good thing

  • MikeS

    Assuming Lehner wins tonight, you guys think he starts 2moro?

  • MikeS

    This is freaking ridiculous, 2 5o3s in one game…

  • SensFanInMTL

    How many more 5 on 3′s will we be giving these guys tonight?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cowen.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Not really his fault though. These penalties are killing us.

      • SensFanInMTL

        You’re right nevermind what that dude said.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Not his fault at this point.

  • Colin

    Never mind the crowd. That last goal really got CBC back into the game.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    That’s hard work from Derek Grant man. Wow.

  • Colin

    Still a bullshit call. Shitty calls leading to really shitty calls is the reality in the NHL.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Moving your feet and skating hard gets you penalties. Hmm.

  • SensFanInMTL

    We must capitalize. Nao.

  • MikeS

    They need to score here

  • Colin

    Here is the ticket to two points

  • MikeS

    Normally Im a fan of turris or zibby on the point but on a 5o3 I want a double one-timer option on the point

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    BOBBY.

  • SensFanInMTL

    BEAUTY FUCKIN PASSING BY KARL & SPEZZ TO RYAN!!

  • MikeS

    I just got 3ppp in my pool for that :)

  • Millennium

    I need to change my pants, because that was amazing

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I have the biggest man crush on Bobby Ryan.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Nice play by Spezza to open up ice. Ryan can fire that shot so fast and quick, it’s just insane.

  • MikeS

    Is that the sens first 5o3 all year?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens score one more and its game.

  • SensChirp

    As good as the Senators power play has looked all year. Terrific movement

    • MikeS

      Might have something to do with it being one of their first 5o3 all year?

      • SensChirp

        5 on 4 looked good too.

        • MikeS

          Yep, I think the 5o3 gave them alot of confidence

  • Jacques

    I think I’ll faint if I every see Condra bodycheck someone! Holy crap, he had a guy perfect for the taking there. It ain’t ringueete man! Man that Bobby Ryan is good!

  • MikeS

    What a setup by Karlsson to Zetterberg :)

    • MikeS

      Must be getting practice for the olympics

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cowen loves taking penalties.

  • Jacques

    The real Seinfeld is funnier than our slouch!

  • MikeS

    3 5o3…..OMG, whats the record for most 5o3 in a game?

  • Colin

    Absolutely unbelievable

  • Jacques

    Here we go the fix is in!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Horrendous. Absolutely atrocious. This will seal our fate now.

  • Colin

    Go Robin go!

  • Jacques

    Karlsson and Phillips PK ! HOLY fuck!

    • SensFanInMTL

      Yeah, pas sur si c’est une tres bonne idee.

  • Jacques

    Thank God we have Grant!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Derek Grant is a God-send

  • Jacques

    Oh and Lehner!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Man where would we be if we hadn’t have Lehner between the pipes?

  • MikeS

    did he throw that in the net?

    • MikeS

      yep

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The fact that Karlsson’s been on the ice for that entire 5-3 says a lot.

    • Colin

      Likely that the rest of the D are truly playing like shit

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Doesn’t matter. Great kill for the 5-3.

        • Colin

          You bet! Loving it!

  • MikeS

    Lehner is taking the number 1 job tonight! Sens LOSE except for Lehner

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Deserves the start tomorrow imo regardless of result. But you know Mac, he’ll find an excuse to go to Anderson.

      • SensFanInMTL

        You feel bad for Andy somewhat don’t you?

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          Why would I. Lehner is amazing…

        • SensFanInMTL

          Lehner is too beast. He is absolutely a phuckin monster. Those key saves are timely. No doubt he is soon to be # 1. It’s just a matter of time.

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            Ummmmm. No shit lol?

          • Jacques

            What do u mean soon, give him the keys to the vehicle, he’s driving NOW!

          • SensFanInMTL

            We cannot make that call unfortunately. It’s all on P-Mac.

  • Millennium

    make that 3 dives tonight wow

    • Colin

      Embarrassing. Wasn’t even close.

  • Jacques

    Why the Spezza line in our own end???? The stats don’t lie wake up MacLean that’s suicide. Hemmed in all the time!

    • Colin

      Likely because Spezza is the best centre and may just win the FO

      • Jacques

        That was scary dude.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Why do these players in red dive so much? Such a soft team.

  • Jacques

    TUrris, what a player, face-offs own end brings the puck all the way and they bust their asses back!

  • Jacques

    OMG get 9 and 19 off please. They were running around again.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Good on Bobby for keeping his cool. Draws key penalty. He’s awesome :)

  • SensFanInMTL

    What is it like, 20 penalties each team now?

  • MikeS

    5th time tonight a team has to play with 3 players

    • Aaron 2.0

      Refs doing their best to make sure people remember they were on the ice too tonight…

  • Jacques

    Kronwall, sucker!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    CLARKE.

  • SensFanInMTL

    WOOOOOOOOOOO

  • SenaWalrus

    Sweet!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Macarthur’s good man

  • Jacques

    Wiorcioch hits the net love it, how come Karlsson keeps missing the net! MacArthur is awesome!

  • Jacques

    Smiles everywhere , no penalties now boys.

  • MikeS

    Score again, common!

  • SensFanInMTL

    I wish Neil would drop Franzen. Frazen’s been a punk since the removal of Patrick Kane’s mouth guard a couple of years ago.

  • Jacques

    Come on Hatty for Mac!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    How does Wiercioch miss. My goodness.

    • MikeS

      How did Howard glove that? Same Q

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        He didn’t. Blatant miss.

        • MikeS

          Then why was the FO in the zone?

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            net dislodged.

  • Jacques

    How did 46 miss that?

  • SensFanInMTL

    Cat scratch fever…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens r gonna win ;)

  • MikeS

    They should put turris line out for Mac hatty!

  • Thor

    RAGNAR LOTHBROK – FOR THE WIN

  • Jacques

    Imagine if we actually iced a 3rd line with offensive talent and had the smith line as our 4th(where it belongs). Sens would be one of the better teams in the league. Of course with Lehnny in the nets.

    • H POTTER

      I was almost afraid you would not add da Lehner in tour sentence. No way Anderson is helping us go far this season..time for him to sit and watch

      • Jacques

        Lehner can carry this team, he’s ready.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I still think Mika is better natural fit at centre.

    • Shibal

      Nah. I think when Mika is a center he does not shoot the puck enough, preferring to look for plays. When he plays the wing his game changes, and he starts shooting the puck alot. He had the highest shot per game average in the world juniors back in 2012 while playing wing. He already has 5 goals as a winger this year, while he had 7 goals as a center last year.

      The only problem I have with Spezza’s line is: Spezza tries slows down and circles around the neautral zone too much trying to gain entry all by himself into the offensive zone which either leads to offsides, or takeaways by the opposition.

      Despite the sens winning today, it was not a well deserved win. They got 2 lucky goals, + 2 powerplay goals( one from 5 on 3). Detroit were very undisciplined today as were the sens( creating three 5 on 3 situations!).

      • MikeS

        He slows down for MM to get his walker to the blueline

        • Shibal

          But really as a player, you should never be circling around in the neutral zone. If there are no other options dump and chase, which Spezza never does.

      • 65kwhissell19

        it was a well deserved win. what do u wish for 4 highlight real goals. 1 of are goals was lucky

        • Shibal

          It was 8 powerplay opportunities for both sides. When the sens played even strength they got wrecked, like in the first period. Both the goals scored in the first, were pure luck goals.

          The sens were lucky that lehner played lights out short-handed.

  • Aaron 2.0

    I love when the sens win against division rivals! In some ways this was sort of a tough game to judge. The first 10 minutes were ugly (we’ve all talked a lot about the team not being ready to play). And, we took a tonne of penalties. But, I think most will agree that this game lacked a lot of flow completely due to refs. Do they get payed per penalty? And, the team really stuck with it all night. Their attention to detail in their own end was great. Even the power-play looked better. The last game against the wild may have been a loss, but that’s two fairly good games in a row against two fairly good teams. Lets hope they can keep it going tomorrow. And, give Lehner a 2nd straight start. He deserves it!

    • MikeS

      Great post. I 100% agree. I would start Lehner but dont think coach will

      • Aaron 2.0

        Yeah, I think coach will start Anderson tomorrow too.

    • 65kwhissell19

      ya was thinking the same 2 games in a row were there playing better

  • luckan20

    Good win for the Sens. Our turn over issue in the defensive end what cost us against the Wild, Jackets and the last encounter against Flyers. Tomorrow we are playing against a team, which usually put a good show against us in Raleigh. It is a must win game tomorrow. I still believe Cowen needs to sit. Even in the last PP he almost out Wiercioch in trouble. His play in defensive has been questionable for a while. It is better for both Ottawa and Cowen, if he is benched few games.

    • 65kwhissell19

      cowen is a plus 3 now just to let you no… n tonight other than little mistake he made with wiercioch he had a good game. he was more around the game hitting and pushing his way around. ur thiery on benching him is not gonna happen or does he need it. he has been improving. this is a team that looks like to be finding there way slowly and so he is just like the other players

      • luckan20

        One win do not count as we are finding our way slowly. Cowen has three give away in our zone, but thanks Lehner tonight. Honestly I am a big fan of Andy, but if he was playing tonight the end result will be different.
        IN one shit I saw Cowen turning over the puck before Smith making a brutal play. Any how, a win is a win, but we need to put a few like this before truly coming out of gitters,

  • Sensturion

    Sweden and Russia get gold and Silver medals in diving.

  • Sensturion

    Wow… Detroit fans are fuming. Demanding the head of Cowen for the “blatant’ elbow to Datsyuk’s face. Calling Ottawa the dirtiest team in the league. Quite entertaining. A rivalry is born!

  • H POTTER

    I don’t care what any of yall says! I’d Anderson was in the net we would’ve NEVER won that game! Three 5on3′s???? No way in bell Anderson would’ve kept us in. Solid win tonight, let’s hope that it’s not just another DET-hate win and that it carries on. Honestly I wish they would start Lehner again! What’s wrong with 2 nights in a row ! Yesssssss

    • Sensturion

      Does the H stand for Harry? I feel compelled to ask…

      • H POTTER

        Lol…yes indeed

    • H POTTER

      Sorry for all the typos..stupid z10..lol

  • MikeS

    Lol, det fans calling for cowen suspension on the play where he missed datysk and he dove anyways

  • Aaron 2.0

    I haven’t seen any player interviews yet, but Yost posted this line from Lehner after the game about the Detroit dives.

    “I don’t know if their skate sharpener was broken or what.”

    • Millennium

      Macarthur said that.

      Lehner said: “It was like there was water out there with how much they were diving,” according to Garrioch

      • Aaron 2.0

        Thanks for the correction. Just watched the interviews by MacArther and Lehner. Both good stuff!

  • luckan20

    I believe Red Wings should change their team name to Dive Wings. Helm, Datsyuk, & Franzen put a good dive show. Disgusting to see how players stoop to that level.

  • Millennium
    • sprucesens

      wow, excellent gifs. F’n pathetic by any team, but even more so, the “classiest org” in detroit. i’ll admit on the cowen to datsyuk, on some views its like a light brush. But the one view does show contact. But it was definitelly embellished. I’m sure his jaw is sore, but that certainly shouldn’t have put him on the ice face down to call a whistle…

  • sensfan4ever

    Swedish meatballs for everybodyyyyyyyyyyy
    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    not !!!

    Right on Robin , solid game ONCE AGAIN .
    Oh and Franzen , what a pussyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • IcySurfas

    First off .. that Aerial shot of MacArthur in the top of this post is awesome. Really becoming a MaC fan this year! (or whatever nickname he eventually gets).

    Great game from the Boys! Special teams in this game was ridiculous!

    I dont have tickets for the Dec 1st game against the Wings at CTC, but damn will that be a sweet thing to get last minute. Alfie WILL be back (despite his groin) and on top of that their is quite some stink-eye coming from the Wings to get revenge in our barn after

    • IcySurfas

      P.s. Just another 2 pt night from Erik Karlsson !

  • Andersonfan41

    I agree I would like to see Paul put Lehner against the Hurricanes!

  • Millennium

    Sounds like Datsyuk will be missing the trip to Buffalo. I haven’t seen the Detroit feed, and CBC never showed any angle except the one that looks like a dive, but the consensus online seems to be a missed elbow to the head by Cowen. Unfortunate for sure. Dunno about a review or not.

    • Millennium

      Here’s the better view. Pretty obvious elbow to the head by Cowen:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAh4bU1dnTE

      • sprucesens

        more importantly, obvious he was trying to step in and hit datsyuk, but he stopped up, thus contact with head was made. Should be ok suspension wise.

        • bluebuyyoo

          What you do not see at the end of the above clip is Datsyuk peeking up from the ice to see if ref was calling a penalty. I’m sure Cowen grazed him, but I highly doubt he was concussed.

  • Luc Wolfe

    Yeah I still want a trade. 1 win proves nothing.

    • 111010101110101011111111010101

      Can’t dance without a partner

      • Luc Wolfe

        Their’s 29 of them

  • MikeS

    So detroit dove alot but the cowen hit to datsyuk wasnt a dive unfortunately. I know cbc ripped it but if you look at the angle from the detroit broadcast, he actually caught him. Knowing the sens luck cowen gets a few games while seidenberg got nothing..

    • 4thStringGoalie

      I’m sure the refs caught on that Detroit was diving a lot that game so you can’t really blame them for not calling an penalty on Cowen. Maybe the ref sort of see it and usually would give the doubt to a guy like Detroit, however with the detroit players flopping all night you can’t blame them for not calling things.

      There was also the play where Turris slashed Helm I think at a neutral ice face-off and he fell like he broke a leg.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Seidenberg should have been suspended. This hit is also suspendable. We will see what happens. At this point I wouldnt be surprised to see it go either way. I am fine with this hit deserving a suspension just not fine with the consistency around the league.

  • Mat
  • Sensturion

    If Datsyuk truly has a concussion and he didn’t go through the concussion protocol (15 minutes + checkup), can’t he be suspended and/or fined?

  • Captain Nitpicker

    Yet ANOTHER afternoon game today and AFTER they played the previous night in another city.

    This moronic schedule is going to cost Ottawa at least 5 points in the standing (and probably a playoff spot)

    • Sensturion

      Ottawa’s poor play is going to cost them a playoff spot. Not the schedule.

      • Captain Nitpicker

        Ottawa has the worst schedule in the league – ONE of the contributors to their poor play

        • Sensturion

          Good teams aren’t bothered by a schedule. Besides, I don’t think Ottawa’s schedule is that bad. New Jersey has 22 back to backs. That’s a quarter of their schedule. I don’t think Ottawa has anything to complain about.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Carolina played last night too. Just as tough for them…Travel is very light coming from Detroit or Boston..

    • spezzerman

      Ridiculous. They should want to play again ASAP and carry that PP momentum they had last night before they start thinking too much. If they arent fired up for these two points they really, really need its on them, not the schedule. Christ, its a two hour flight, tops, on a private jet.

  • hq8

    colin greening only 7:38 mins yesterday, 0 shots, 1 hit.

  • Kielbasa

    First, congratulations on the new SC addition. She’s beautiful.

    Second, great game last night with very few defensive lapses for a change. Murray is looking like a genius on bringing MacArthur in. He’s fittting in nicely and his confidence is growing each game.

    It’s nice that Detroit brings the best out of our Sens, but this strong play needs to continue against ALL teams. And stop blaming the schedule on how poorly this team has played. They alone are to blame for the hole they’ve dug themselves.

  • hq8

    always like to look at the underlying stats after a sens win – especially coming after a losing streak. some things that I noticed:
    1. in the third period, Paul Maclean used less of Cowen and Methot than the first two. But Cowen had drastically low minutes: 12 minutes total TOI, including just 2:33 in 3rd.
    2. Greening, already mentioned, 7:38 mins, 0 shots, 1 hit, 1:35 in third.
    3. MM9 also lost big chunk of ice-time in third: 3:48 minutes. 3 shots, this guy’s shooting % has disappeared i think and we are seeing the results. I think Maclean needs to rethink his role/style of play.
    4. Chris Phillips, our most dreaded vet, played almost half the third period at a whopping 9:24 minutes. also, that was a huge increase over his first and second period TOIs

    do you guys think Paul Maclean at all tried to conserve people for today? or was he line matching with Babcock? or was it all a result of the crazy penalty box parade in the third?

    • Aaron 2.0

      Some pretty craze numbers for some of these guys. Glad to see Greening getting reduced minutes. I’m guessing that you’re probably right about minutes of some players being affected by the penalty box. Especially for a guy like Phillips. He plays a lot of PK. But, a guy like Michalek usually kills penalties too. So, there must be more to it than just the penalties. We’ll probably have to see a little more balance tonight with back-to back games.

      • hq8

        yea the increased numbers for phillips and then comparatively reduced ones for methot surprised me. dont know how it was done considering the game did get a little looney in the third with wings falling everywhere lol. but i guess he reduced methot’s to conserve for today and maybe the same for Cowen? Methot did have an awkward fall after that hit on datsyuk but was that in the second or the third. He also seems to have given Methot some PP time in the third…so its a little puzzling. especially considering how nearly everyone thinks Phillips should get diminished minutes.

  • hq8

    one thing i liked about yesterday is that ottawa went better than the wings in the faceoffs – 42 vs 40.
    also, detroit will need to change its style of play. no way they can play against the sens if they get outhit 27 to 15.

  • SensChirp

    Game Day post up here

    http://senschirp.ca/news/game-day/

    • Millennium

      Is Disque not working on the new article, or is it just me?

      • MikeS

        Not just you, also seeing as teh main page says there is only 12 comments I think its everyone

  • MikeS

    Discuss not working on gameday post for me. Anyone else having that problem?

  • MikeS

    That was a dirty dirty hit

  • MikeS

    So Spezza has a great start and him/karlsson dont start the PP?

  • mr.slapshot

    comments are a go in the game day post.

    • MikeS

      still no working for me :(

      • Millennium

        Did you look for the newer post? The old one was deleted and reposted.

        Works for me.

        • mr.slapshot

          What he said^