Game Day- West Coast Swing Begins in LA

SensChirp October 9, 2013 510
Game Day- West Coast Swing Begins in LA

(UPDATE 3:31 PM)- The Senators have wrapped up their morning skate in LA and the word is Jason Spezza will not be in the Ottawa line up.  Spezza says he would prefer to play but the Coach has made the decision to rest him until he’s at 100%.  That means Da Costa slides in on the top line.  Change reflected in the line up below.

The Senators play their third straight game on the road tonight and the first of a four game West Coast swing.

Up first, the powerhouse Los Angeles Kings.  The Kings are coming off a loss on home ice to the New York Rangers and have lost two of their first three games overall.  You can expect a hungry and motivated team coming into tonight’s game.

The Kings were one of the league’s top teams last season and haven’t really made a whole lot of change heading into this season.  They are a well coached group under Darryl Sutter and have one of the top goalies in the game in Jonathan Quick.  They have a deep forward group including Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Justin Williams along with the always exciting Drew Doughty on the back end.

They’ll certainly be a handful for the Senators.

While there isn’t exactly a storied history between these two teams, Ottawa/LA games have produced two of the more memorable moments in Sens history including this dramatic come back win back in the Civic Centre days and this fight filled affair that included a goalie fight between Jani Hurme and Felix Potvin.

These same two teams will meet back in Ottawa on December 14th.

Jason Spezza was on the ice for practice yesterday but comments made by Paul MacLean afterwards seemed to suggest that Spezza was questionable for tonight’s game against the Kings.  It’s clear that whatever is bugging Spezza (the Sens say groin), is something they are worried will linger throughout the season.

It’s important for MacLean and his staff that Spezza isn’t in and out of the line up throughout the season because of a lingering issue.  With that said, I would be surprised if Spezza didn’t suit up in LA tonight.  If he can’t go, Da Costa slides into that spot on the top line.

At practice yesterday, it seemed as though it would be Matt Kassian that dressed but that could change at the morning skate, which is scheduled for 2:30 PM or 11:30 AM Pacific time.  Here is how the Sens were lined up yesterday

Michalek-Da Costa- Ryan
MacArthur-Turris-Conacher
Greening-Smith-Neil
Kassian-Pageau-Condra

Methot-Karlsson
Cowen-Wiercioch
Phillips-Corvo

What we do know is Craig Anderson will start in the Ottawa goal.  Expect Robin Lehner to make his first start of the season either in San Jose or Anaheim this weekend.

If you’re the early to bed type, might want to get in an afternoon nap today.  Puck drop between the Senators and Kings will come shortly after 10:30 PM.

  • ChronicallyInjured

    What a weird situation where Da Costa is either in the press box or in the middle the top line.

    • Dante

      Agreed, 0 to 100 on such short notice…
      PS – Love the avatar. That GIF is amazing lol

  • Tooks

    Lingering injury issues you dont say…AND the Sens are worried it will linger…funny, I was also worrying about the same thing but I guess since the Sens now came out with it, its now ok to worry…

    As I’ve been saying, IMO Spezza will never be 100%, atleast not throughout a full season, and playing him hurt limits his productivity. I would bounce Turris up with MM9 and BR6 and put SDC on that 2C (ease him in) since CM16 and CC89 can probably play with any C.

    Thats IF Spezza cant go.

    • s3nsfan

      totally disagree, put pageau on that top line, leave the turris’ line alone why mess with a good thing they were absolutely DOMINANT in that leafs game.

      • SenaWalrus

        I like that idea!

      • leisuresuitwally

        I agree. JPG as 1st line C is a better option than SDC.

        • kerovnian

          If the Stache thought that Pageau could cut it on the top line, he would have at least tried him there in pre-season, whereas he made a very deliberate and obvious choice to make Da Costa the understudy. The Turris line is doing great and Pageau’s third was one of our best in the playoffs, so this also minimises the disruption if Spezza is day-to-day for a while. I’m with the coach.

  • markuki111

    Sens are the kings, and will not give up their crown today!

    GO SENS!

  • The Apostle

    I would like to swap Greening and Kassian

  • Hax

    No point in worrying about Spezza too much. None of us scrubs will ever *know* anything for sure so let’s just assume for now they’re being extra cautious. Better for him to him miss a few games now than a lot later.

    As for DaCosta, yeah slide him in if Spezza can’t go but I’d actually put Pageau in Spezza’s spot, leave the Turris line as-is since they’re rolling already (give them top minutes) and then have Da Costa skate with Greening and Condra. To start anyway.

    • Tooks

      Greening and Condra not playing together, according to SC’s line up. So you would have change the whole line up for Da Costa?

      Michalek-Pageau- Ryan
      MacArthur-Turris-Conacher
      Greening-SDC-Condra
      Kassian-Smith-Neil

      Not too shabby Hax.

      • Hax

        Well technically I’d be changing the whole line up for Spezza but yeah. I think the Smith line maybe gets more minutes than the Da Costa line just due to needing some Western style banging and crashing but that’s the gist. Of course Pageau may need Turris or Smith to take some of his draws.

    • Alcatraz

      Like this idea alot. Also like the idea of calling up MZ for the Anaheim game so he can compete against Silf to see if we made the right decision haha

    • WaitingSince92

      “Better for him to him miss a few games now than a lot later.”

      True, but the start of a season is really when you should be at your best. Training from the summer, having not just played a long, arduous season.

      This team needs Spezza healthy… Spezza is rarely healthy. This is a problem…

      • Hax

        No amount of off season training gets a guy ready for actual games. I agree the long season wears on a guy but I think most athletes peak a few weeks into their season (in most sports).

  • Player-61

    I’d let Spezz rest up and take the rest of the week to recoup since they don’t play again until Saturday night, that should give him a full week’s rest and enough time to give some headway in the healing process.
    But having said that, if Spezza is out of the lineup tonight, I have a feeling SDC will be really outmatched and it might get ugly for the boys. Hoping for a great outcome though!!

  • s3nsfan

    Wow, quiet in here today! And on a game day no less.

    • SensChirp

      Odd, isn’t it? Nothing but positive reviews on the new comment section layout and how easy it is to follow along. Hundreds signed up for accounts. Yet still oddly quiet.

      Seems to be a bit of adjustment period while people get used to the new approach.

    • my2sens

      Everyone is sleeping, getting ready for tonight… shhh…

      And the Leafs trolls are still crying over having to cancel their parade after their loss…

    • Dr.Hockey

      On the up side I have noticed a lot of new people chiming in.

  • ReleaseTheKarlsson

    No one should be worried about Spezza. If he sits, it’s not a big deal. I agree with the idea that it’s better for him to play 70 games healthy than be in and out for 80. We are early in the year. NOBODY PANIC

    • Tooks

      I think what worries people is that you dont know when Spezza will get hurt again, could be 3 games from now, could be 3 months, but a sure bet would be he does get hurt again. I would love for him to play 70+ healthy games but that aint happenning. Also resting him up now doesnt mean he’ll be healthy later. He can get hurt in playoff for all we know. Or he can surprise and stay healthy for a Cup run! (for the homers)

      • Robert Lepage

        Any and all players are susceptible to getting injured at inopportune times: from Pronger to Crosby to Karlsson. You don’t not play them because you’re afraid of injury– it can, and will, happen whenever their skates touch the ice. The only way to avoid injuries is to not use your players (and even then *cough* Anderson/Leclaire).

      • ReleaseTheKarlsson

        You don’t know when anyone will get hurt. Anyone can get hurt at any time, at least that’s what I hear from the pro-fighting people all the time. Sure, he is more susceptible to getting hurt because of pre existing issues, but I don’t think that means you don’t try to fix it as best as you can so he can play. If this was later in the season I might be more worried about it, but since we are in game 3, why not let him rest it up on the beach in Cali for a few days and let him get consistent playing time later.

      • kerovnian

        Concern trolling at its best.

    • WaitingSince92

      Yes, we should be worried about Spezza. He’s our #1 center, and one of our few elite players. Like I said, we need him healthy – if he’s not, it’s a problem and YES, we SHOULD be worried. Not time to panic, since he hasn’t even missed a game, but need ‘maintenance days’ this early in the season is only a bad sign.

      • ReleaseTheKarlsson

        I’m just not convinced we should be worried about anything at this point, with 3 out of 4 points on the road to open the season so far. No one has any season ending injuries yet, we haven’t been blown out, and no one is really disappointing on a scale that should garner panic. If Spezza sits out more than 4 or 5 games in a row, I would get worried

        • myteam65

          I agree with both of you in the sense that I’m not worried about the team’s start, but think it’s less than ideal to have your star center (and captain!) starting the season with a nagging injury. Hopefully it’s just a minor thing that can work itself out
          over the next few days because I think we’d all like to see Spezza at 100% asap!

  • Alcatraz

    With the new world of instant media, and constant analysis via twitter through our so called favorite beat writers and hockey “experts,” we find ourselves constantly over reacting and panicking for no reason
    Spezza being injured or having a lingering injury is important, but if we didn’t have a camera on the Sens 24/7 we wouldn’t really need to know about this lingering injury. He was at practice, and Maclean says he could be questionable. OK, how bout we just let Spezza know his own body and play if he wants.
    Same thign with Ryan, as mentioned before, its the media that creates panick,a nd its because media is now a 24 hour job with twitter

    • Tooks

      I agree its all media related but Spezza missing time already is significant news, its not like its his first time or something where we could just brush it under the rug and say he’ll be fine…he wont, thats the bigger picture. Sure rest him up now and he might be good to go later (small picture), until he re-aggrevates the injury close to playoff time or in the playoffs and we blame it on injuries.

  • my2sens

    It will be a fun game to watch. I think dressing Kassian is useless tonight. It will be a fast game and could use someone a little quicker.

    All being said, I think the Sens can pull this one off if we can stay out of the box.

    Anyone know if the douchebag Peel is reffing?

  • Dante

    How many people are actually staying up to watch? I’d be lucky if I didn’t pass out half way through the first with my schedule…

    • Tooks

      I’ll watch the 1st & 2nd then have my phone text me when someone scores in the 3rd.

    • SenaWalrus

      I’ll watch the first, PVR the rest of the game, get up early, watch the 2nd and 3rd, then watch the highlights on SportsCenter.

      Yeah!

    • FBP

      I probably won’t even make it to puck drop.

      • Guest

        DVR it.. Ill most likely watch the first period the watch the rest of it before work.. Just keep FF it through all the commercials and other stuff

      • Zeke

        DVR it.. Ill most likely watch the first period then watch the rest of it
        before work.. Just keep FF it through all the commercials and other
        stuff

    • s3nsfan

      Seeing as i have to be up at 4:30 to make the gym before work, i doubt it, too bad there wasn’t some way to catch a repeat radio broadcast, listen to it at work, that would be good.

      • The Apostle

        You should be unhealthy like me. Sure I’ll dies earlier than you but I do get to have a nice lie in.

    • ProbablyNot11

      PVR is the way to go with this one.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      I am out west ATM so game starts at 8:30 for me…needless to say I will be watching it

    • Miguel

      if its a good game, I won’t be able to stop watching :)

  • ZibbyFan

    Maybe it’s not so much about a lingering groin issue with Spezza…maybe it’s a showcase situation with SDC? Hummm…

    • ProbablyNot11

      As much as the Sens would like to showcase SDC they would not sit their top line center to do so. Spez may need a maintenance day today but hopefully he will be in the lineup on the weekend.

    • Tooks

      Doubt it, they wouldnt sit Spezza to showcase a guy who hasnt cracked the lineup in 3 years on a team that is rebuilding.

  • Dr.Hockey

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    • The Apostle

      There’s a FAKE senschirp?

      • Dr.Hockey

        There used to be…

        • SensChirp

          Ominous…

  • SenaWalrus

    On the upside, all of this talk of Spezza’s lingering (season ruining) groin injury has drawn the media attention away from Ryan’s brutally slow start and Karlsson’s obvious inability to regain his previous form. So there is that.

    Yeah, that’s sarcasm.

    • myteam65

      Shhh … don’t give the media any quotes for their weekend articles about Ryan and Karlsson!

      PS did anyone read the sarcasm part before down voting SenaWalrus?

  • FuzzFace

    How ridiculous is it that we HAVE to play Kassian because Spezza is injured and Zibanejad is in Binghamton. 93 should be playing, and could slot in anywhere better than Kassian.

    • SenaWalrus

      While I agree with you in the short term, the long term gain of letting Zibby mature and learn what it takes to be an NHLer will hopefully pay off in the long term.

      There’s a reason BM & PM make the big bucks and run the team while we post on here under silly names…

    • Miguel

      I completely agree,
      no way we should have Neil, Smith and Kassian all playing, yes they add muscle, but at the cost of scoring, if we must dress two of the them but not all three IMO

  • karlssens

    Spezza better be playing, he’s a professional athlete for god sakes. If you can’t play 70+ games a year because you keep picking up little knocks, then you’re not working hard enough in the offseason to strengthen your body.

  • Millennium

    I had the privilege of being at that LA game back in 2001 when they had the big brawl. It was one of my great hockey memories. I was there with my family, and even my quiet little mom was cheering during the fights. My sister and I even got on the jumbotron! Such a great game.

  • WaitingSince92

    On ething I’m pretty happy/proud of our fans for is the calm surrounding Bobby Ryan. I haven’t seen a single fans shit on him. It’s just a matter of time before he starts lighting ‘em up. Possible we might need to find some player who have a little more chemistry with him though.

  • Millennium

    If Spezza has a lingering issue, leave him home from the roadtrip, get him to 100%+, then he can get his season started on the right foot. Constantly trying to play him with a small injury and re-aggravating it is counterproductive in the long term. That’s probably over cautious, but why risk it.

  • Conor_smythe

    I dont understand why dacosta would take spezzas spot.

    Would make sense to move Turris up. Would make sense to move Smith up.

    Heck it would even make (slightly) more sense to move pageau into that spot.

    Does not make sense to put dacosta in there

    • Millennium

      Turris and co are clicking right now, no reason to break that up.

      I could see giving Pageau a shot up at 1C, but if the team is trying to get him and his linemates to establish chemistry, breaking them up is counterproductive.

      That pretty much leaves DaCosta or Smith, and DaCosta is the better choice.

      • Conor_smythe

        I dont think sdc stands a chance vs. Doughty. Smith could at least match DD’s physicality

    • Tooks

      I agree with you on the Turris front cuz he’s been there before and tried his ass off to be competitive. Pageau, Smith are not top 6 skill players, they are grinders, defensive minded players with some offensive flare. Pageau and Smith would get overwhelmed playing #1C.

      • Conor_smythe

        Pageau is more skilled than dacosta

        I only mentioned Smith because at least he has nhl experience which puts him ahead of both those guys imo

      • Zeke

        1 word… Zbad!

      • Mexican Baby Jesus

        Disagree with you on Pageau. He has produced when given significant ice time. Until he doesn’t, I don’t think you can legitimately say he doesn’t have what it takes to play top 6.

        I do agree with you on Smith assessment though.

  • boom

    Regarding the proposed line-up – IF DaCosta is sitting again, can we assume that there’s a dis-connect between Coaches and Management with regards to DaCosta’s worth to this team? The reason I ask is I can’t belive that Zibanejad would have sat two out of the first three games. I had no problem with the decision to send Zibby down (although not for long), but it was with the assumption that his replacement would actually be playing…otherwise, what’s the point? (apart from the dreaded budget reasoning…)

    • Tooks

      “otherwisee, what’s the point? (apart from the dreaded budget reasoning…)”

      You nailed it!

      • kerovnian

        Except he’s playing on the top line. So, guess what: you both nailed being wrong.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Would you rather Zibanejad be sitting out 2 of 3 at NHL level instead of playing top line minutes with high end prospects in the AHL?
      So development wise, keeping him on the team vs. Da Costa would have been a poor choice (assuming he would play the same amount of games as DC)

      • Tooks

        Thing is Zbad wouldnt be sitting, he would be entrenched in that 3C position like he had been a year ago. Pageau gets 4C and nobody sits…Kassian sits actually.
        Now SDC is wasting away in the press box waiting for an injury to a player he cant replace anyways.

        • boom

          That’s pretty much what I was saying. Thanks Tooks.

  • iamwickid

    Anyone else kind of sick and tired of hearing about Jason Spezza injuries? Like it just amazes me how a player of his calibre can be so damn fragile. His back, his knees, his groin?The injuries are contant and endless. Considering that his playing style is also not a hard nosed type who gets into the dirty areas, I don’t see how he can continuosly get injured. I mean I love spezz, but anyone else think there is a bit of laziness and lack of off season conidtioning?

    • Tooks

      Oh I’m sure there is, does Spezza look like the kind of guy that would put forth extra training regiments before hitting the Sens gym?
      Looks like an easy going fella who likes his cottage down by the lake during the off season.

      • Dan Hill

        It amazes me that a Leaf fan spends all his time on a Sens site
        is it because other Leaf fan sites give you the bums rush ?
        or are you a teenage drop out looking for an identity ?

        • Tooks

          I gave ya thumbs up cuz you really figured me out, damn!

      • Robert Lepage

        Unless you were stalking him over the summer, you’re basing this entirely on superficial observations.

        Player-61 could mostly right. Instead of tearing muscles, the more common problems is over-strengthening opposite muscle pairs. The weaker of the two becomes over strained and can result in tendon damage.

        • Tooks

          Well then, that MUST be the case! He overworked his tendons…Silly Spezza, dont work so hard!
          Guys come on man, this aint a joke…

          • Robert Lepage

            As opposed to the “I’m jealous of his Muskoka cottage, he must be lazy”, approach to analysis?

            The reality is, neither of us knows what’s going on, and both are plausible. He knows he has injuries and has worked hard to strengthen his back. It’s just as likely he was trying to reinforce his knee in the off-season and de-stabillized his groin in so doing.

      • Mexican Baby Jesus

        Lol. I am gonna assume this is sarcasm.
        Every human being is not created equally. If any of you guys have played sports at any kind of competitive level you will notice some people, who train equally as hard, will be more susceptible to injuries. Just the way she goes.

    • Player-61

      I heard it was the opposite actually, he may have over-done it over the summer to be ready for the season. Muscles can end up too strong and eventually tearing when really forced. I honestly don’t think we should be questioning Spezza’s commitment to play his butt off for this team.

      • kerovnian

        I suspect this is a groin inflammation rather than a tear. With a tear, however small, he wouldn’t be on the trip. With an inflammation he’d be missing practices and trying to play through it when he can. Rest doesn’t really “heal” inflammations, unfortunately.

  • Tooks

    OK time for predictions! This wont be popular but I’m going with LA, coming off 2 straight losses I dont see them losing 3 in a row, especially not 2 in a row on home ice.
    With Spezza 3-2 LA, without Spezza, 3-1 LA

  • Dan Hill

    4 to 2 Ottawa
    Ryan hatrick Karlsson 4 points
    Conra empty netter

    • Zeke

      That would be great but 4 goals twice in 2 games now thats stretching it a bit.. Ill guess 2-1 Sens

    • NO65*

      Condra with the empty net, c’mon, let’s be realistic here. I see no problems with your Ryan and Karlsson pronostics though.
      GO SENS GO

      • Sens-fan-in-mtl

        or, most likely, Condra has an empty net chance….and misses the net!

    • The Apostle

      you had me until the last line

  • Kratos83

    key to winning against Quick, shoot from our own blue line kidding, doubt he ever lets one like that in again..and will be itching to redeem himself, still picking a pesky sens win, BFR netting the winner…3-2 Ottawa.

    • Tooks

      Quick hasnt been that great since his Cup run, that gaffe vs the Blues in the playoffs and now this, you may end up being right, all I know is its going to be a tough battle both ways, low scoring.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Lets trade Spezza for Tomas Hertl

    • Tooks

      I wuold do it!

    • myteam65

      I didn’t even know who Hertl was until he scored 4 goals last night… still not as impressive as Pageau’s playoff hat trick though haha

  • SensChirp

    Jason Spezza and Jason Spezza’s groin are taking the morning skate in LA. Sure looks like he’ll play tonight.

    • Alcatraz

      And once again the over analsys of day to day activity surrounding the team creates a non-story! (Not blaming you Chirp lol)

      • Tooks

        Its not over analysis, nobody said he wasnt going to play, even Maclean said he was questionable and still is until PMac says otherwise.

      • SensChirp

        It’s true though. Except in this case I think MacLean is to blame. Kinda stirred the pot with his comments about sitting him till he was completely healthy

    • Miguel

      has Kassian been confirmed as well? I hope not

  • Phil.

    Yes, but was Jason Spezza’s groin wearing a non-contact Jersey?

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      How would you put a non-contact jersey around his groin

      • Phil.

        Jersey up side down, legs out of the arm holes?

        • Tooks

          LOL Phil your a genius!

      • Tooks

        What? you’ve never seen a groin wearing non contact jersey?

  • Tooks

    Some pretty funny pics and notes at the end of this article…
    http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=686083

    • Alcatraz

      Yup and some lowlife actually responded “No you look more like a victim of domestic abuse”

  • SensChirp

    Jason Spezza will not be in the line up tonight, according to the Coach.

    • hq8

      surprise surprise. i think this one may be painful to watch tonight,
      but experience from the last two years tells me, this team always has a surprise when you least expect it. so lets see…….

    • Tooks

      But clearly you said he was going to play?
      SC your slacking hard, dont take a practice skate as evidence that he’ll play. He was just probably testing it out. PMac said questionable, that one notch before “Out”.
      Ouch, we’re gonna need Andy to stand on his head again tonight!

    • Player-61

      Would rather he rest up than risk the chance of injuring it some more. Better off sitting out a few games early than more games later on in the year when it’s harder for a player of Spezza’s caliber to get up to mid-season form.
      It’s just this one game (so far…), but we all know how the Sens faired last year without their big players. Hopefully some of them, who aren’t injured, can step up and fill the void….or just do it by committee.

      • Brianmichille Dablo Cabaltera-

        A single game in a six day stretch seems like a good time to rest a player with a possible nagging discomfort. I am not typing the i word, lol.

  • SensFanInLA

    Hoping for a big win tonight, won’t be there but I’ll be in Anaheim on Sunday reppin!! GSG

    • Tooks

      Thats awesome dude, how’s the weather?!?!

    • SENSor

      Hope you got your (Sens) Ryan jersey!

  • boom

    Spezza’s latest injury reminded me of this old “Cheers” episode – classic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg9ruee3Vos

    • SenaWalrus

      Man – weird seeing Woody Harrelson with hair!

  • Tooks

    Cant say I’m too proud of this one…
    A bubble player as our #1C on a western road trip…
    Turris is a much more viable option and he would fit in nicely with 9-6, I guess PMac thinks that SDC and CC89 would be too small of a line. Well we’ll see tonight how SDC handles it.

    • Phil.

      Plus, Spezza is the best face-off man. Can’t see SDC matching well against Kopitar and/or Richards.

    • Miguel

      I dont think Turris is that much bigger than DaCosta, I think it is more that the Turris line is doing so well we should not break it up

      • Tooks

        Its not that he’s big, its more the experience and the skill, Turris is a much better NHL rounded player then SDC, SDC has never played #1C in the NHL, is tiny and not very good defensively.

        • Jacques

          You shit on TUrris all last year and now you give him his due. Cause you look pretty dumb now, the kid has proven to be our most clutch player. Let DaCosta play, plenty of skill, he looks a lot better so far this year, watch the games a little.

    • hq8

      i would say Zack Smith is a safer choice still if breaking up the turris line is an issue. he did well between alfie and michalek last year.
      regardless of result tonight, as a fan, im looking for EK65 normal performance tonight, not the EK65-against-the-leafs performance. If he delivers tonight, anything is possible.

      • SenaWalrus

        That would be an interesting option… doesn’t really add much speed or skill to the top line though.

        My prediction – lots of line juggling tonight!

        Time to show LA some PESKY!

        • SensChirp

          Can’t believe nobody has mentioned Pageau as an option. Would be interested to see what he could do on that top line. He’s sort of being wasted on a line with Matt Kassian, anyway.

          • Alcatraz

            Sort of???? lol

          • Tooks

            I love Pageau but IMO #1C is a bit out of his skill range.

          • Brianmichille Dablo Cabaltera-

            Lets say 1C is out if the skill range for Pageau, DaCosta, & Smith, but of the three, I think Pageau is closest. If Pageau were to center Michalek and Ryan, it wouldn’t be as the 1C, they would more likely be second line minutes. MacTurCon would play first line minutes.

            Imagine this;
            MacArthur Turris Conacher
            Michalek Pageau Ryan
            Greening DaCosta Condra
            Kassian Smith Neil

          • SENSor

            I may be way off base here SensChirp, but you’re not the biggest Matt Kassian fan, are you?

          • SensChirp

            Ya know, compared to some of the other criticism he gets from Sens fans, I am right up there with his biggest fan haha. I appreciate what he does, but also understand that when it comes to contributing to wins, they are more useful options.

          • Righteous Smoke

            But wasn’t Pageau a 4th line center in Bingo last year and that’s where
            he excelled? Also on the PK. He’s not afraid to get dirty in the
            corners, he’s always first on the puck, he throws big hits. So to me he
            does everything you want out of a 4th line center with the added bonus
            of having the scoring touch. And I think we can all agree our bottom six
            lacks in the scoring skills. So i think JGP on the 4th line is perfect!

  • Sandy

    LA — big and tough. Quick the best in the game..

    Sens recent record in LA — 1-11-1. That’s not good.. and outscored something line 20-8..

    DaCosta against Kopitar? Yeah.. that sets up a failure..
    The only way they stand a chance is to draw penalties and hope and pray that the PP can finally work. It’s is at 0 right now.. 28th in the NHL.. Andy will have to play like he did in Buffalo for the Sens to win.
    I find it really odd for teams that don’t meet very much like LA & Ottawa…. they don’t like each other…
    GSG
    To warm up for that game… the best one of the night will be Chicago and St. Louis. What a game that will be…

  • Alcatraz

    I would think SDC starts out there, but as the game goes I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pageau get his shake in that spot. Turris won’t move from his line, since it appears PMac expects Spezza back for Saturday so this is a bandaid situation and we want that 2nd line to continue building
    SDc and Pageau alternating and I could even see Smith get a few chances but I actually think SDC will have a stand out game

    • Phil.

      I agree. I expect Smith and Turris will take most defensive zone draws (Pageau was 17% against TO). SDC and Pageau can play in O-zone.

    • Tooks

      For this reason alone its a Sens loss, if they are going to rotate 3 guys at #1C, they are not in comfotable spots and makes constant line changing a distraction and hassle. But Sens are Pesky so who knows…

      • SenaWalrus

        Perhaps you could entertain us while being negative… how about “Tookie’s top ten reasons why the SENS will lose…”?

        • Tooks

          10 reasons will be tough!
          Maybe 5?
          1. We havent won in LA since 2000
          2. No Spezza
          3. SDC #1C
          4. LA has lost 2 straight, back to back home losses are very rare.
          5. Jonathan Quick

          • SenaWalrus

            Fair enough… how about 5 reasons why we might win? Can you do that?

          • Brianmichille Dablo Cabaltera-

            5 reasons the Sens will win tonight

            1. Sens haven’t won in LA since 2000, it’s time
            2. No Injured players starting
            3. SDC #1C
            4. LA has lost 2 straight, losing streaks happen
            5. Jonathan Quick

          • Brianmichille Dablo Cabaltera-

            Wait a moment here. The Sens not winning since 2000 is a negative for the sens, but the Kings losing 2 straight is a positive for them?

  • hq8

    so guys. BURNING QUESTION ON MY MIND SINCE LAST NIGHT: SHOULD SENS HAVE PICKED HERTL INSTEAD OF CECI IN 2012. 4 goals last night and yes he is a center too – go figure.
    and no, i’m not knocking Ceci in any way. im just asking the question.

    • Tooks

      In hindsight, fuck ya, is there any doubt…Ceci will be good but we already have Karlsson. We dont have anyone like Hertl.
      Too soon to know if Hertl can keep this up but its a damn good start to his NHL career, he doesnt seem to be a flash in the pan either, if you watched the SJ game, kid has real game. IMO.

      • karlssens

        Man, he’s played 2 NHL games, and one was a huge blowout.. Give him until the 20 game mark to judge whether he was a smarter pick than ceci.

      • Jacques

        I can tell you haven’t watched a lot of hockey, as you’re only 15-16 years old. One game and you’re ready to take this guy over Ceci. C’mon imagine if you had said you would have picked a guy over Karlsson after we sent him back down to the AHL his first year. You would have had egg all over your face like any other non-knowledgeable Leaf Fan.

    • Player-61

      I thought the Sens needed some D at that point and, looking at Murray’s tendancy to draft local guys, Ceci probably was scouted way more and probably felt it was a safer bet to go with a guy they’re familiar with than a guy they might not know as much about. I think it was all about getting a safe pick at #15 with the probability of Ceci blossoming into a top 4 D-man is pretty high.

      EDIT: plus Ceci was thought of as a top-10 pick going into the draft

      • Alcatraz

        Considering Ceci was slated to go in the 5-10 range and actually dropped I’m ok with it

        I think its a myth that we need centres, we actually need dmen more than forwards. So when Ceci is ready to hit the show we will open him with arms open because its a major need I mean we are going to have to struggle all year watching speedsters shoot around phillips corvo and gryba all game long.

        Ceci is what we needed, and I’m surprised we took Lazar over another dman last year. Dmen are very hard to get

    • SenaWalrus

      Hard to tell much from 3 games in the NHL… no doubt he’s having a good start, but let’s wait 10 years then we’ll know.

      • hq8

        10 years???? no, thats too long of a wait lol haha. look at JOB and Foligno – drafted in the first round less than 10 years ago, already traded.
        and the wait in context to that question is probably over as no way they send him back down after last night. Ceci, dunno, does he make the team next year?looks like it.
        btw, does anyone know if Rundblad started with PHX this year. he had a productive pre-season.
        my reasons for question:
        1. sens desperate need for scoring wingers/centers
        2. already have karlsson, cowen, PW46 on the team
        3. Hertl seems to have cracked a lineup deeper than ours.
        4. Hertl’s surprising production to start.
        5. Puempel and Noesen still wouldnt have cracked sens lineup this year even if Noesen stayed.

        • hq8

          but having Ceci next year could make the sens defense one offensive juggernaut – Karlsson, Methot, Cowen, PW46, Ceci.

          • SENSor

            Defence wins championships…right?

    • Jacques

      No, did you see the highlights of the AHL game this weekend? Ceci looked pretty damn good. Karlsson and Ceci will be deadly on the PP when Ceci gets the call up. Lets not get ahead of ourselves, with this Hertl kid, but he did ave a good game!

    • SENSor

      No. Way too early too tell, and by all accounts, Ceci is the real deal. And a local boy to boot.
      However, we’ll know the answer in 5 years.

  • karlssens

    Wouldn’t it be just amazing if SDC has a breakout game with a few points? Ottawa def has the speed advantage, so let’s skate around those pylons! They can’t hit what they can’t catch!

    • hq8

      thats if you are as fast as chicago.

  • Kielbasa

    Come on Spezza. Ugh. It really would be a gift to Sens fans everywhere to have a complete lineup for a season. RIDICULOUS!

  • Jacques

    Pretty crazy when 15 percent of your payroll isn’t in the lineup! Especially more relevant when you don’t spend to the cap. Oh well, happy a healthy DaCosta is given a shot, he worked hard all summer, and you can see that he is so much harder to move off the puck. I honestly enjoy watching him play the game.

  • Mike Peluso

    Nice new site Chirp. Fuckin rights big guy!

    you know who I’d love to punch square in the guntsticles? The HNIC producer. The guy I go to right after that is the editor of the cbc.ca sports section.

    Also, you remember in the movie Bloodsport, when that guy gets his kneecap kicked right out of his leg? Well, imagine the gleeful smile on my ugly mulleted head if I ever got the chance to do that to Glenn Healey. I’d take that kneecap and feed it to him, and then stick around until he shat it out, and I’d feed it to him again.

    Holy shit, I’m in such a good mood now just thinking of being able to do that.

    I also wish Z-bad was playing on our top line tonight. Are there any direct flights from Binghamton NY to LA?

    ~GFS

    • SensChirp

      Peluso has arrived! Now you’re all gonna be in big BIG trouble,

      • SENSor

        Sounds like Glenn Healy is the one in trouble…

  • hq8

    this really cracks me up: leafs bloggers, fans and media repeatedly listing Frazer McLaren’s injury and subsequent missing of games as a handicap to their lineup. seriously…do these guys have a kidney instead of a brain, because it makes no difference on the result of a game if McLaren is playing or not.

    • kerovnian

      If it didn’t, then McLaren wouldn’t be in that lineup. Kassian may never score for us, but when the coach puts him in it’s because he thinks he will help win games.

  • Don Ed

    Did we make the playoffs without Spezza. A few game missed here is ok.

  • A Train

    Good lord this schedule is the worst. Teams already past game 4 and we’ve had nothing but a back-to-back with the Sabres and Leafs to talk about.

  • Hax

    The big question is: Was Spezza crying in MacLean’s “harms” when Mac told him he wasn’t going to play?

  • Deadly

    No respict……

  • SENSor

    I’m hoping we come out of this game with at least a point – that would be satisfying…

  • Floridasensfan

    Nap in, bring on game time.
    Hope the players don’t fall asleep in the third

  • hq8

    andd……sean monahan is eating up the canadiens. i think the canadiens are going to get demoralized this year with a price-shock

  • Matt

    Annnnndddd finally signed up! Big win coming tonight. 5-2 sens (and that will wreak have on my pool.. with the exception of Karlsson who puts up 3 points) 2 goals by Ryan, Karlsson, Michalek, and 1 mystery goal.

    Stay the fuck up Sens fans

    edit: also, ate a big steak for dinner. Hoping to get the steak = win streak started early

  • SensChirp

    A Sens/Kings game brings back memories of this friendly article. This guy was NOT a fan of SensChirp http://www.insidesocal.com/kings/2009/02/07/on-trade-rumors/

    • hq8

      lol he didnt like you much haha….were you stirring spezz trade rumors lol?

      • SensChirp

        I seem to recall it being something like “The Kings will be one of the teams with interest if the Sens make Spezza available”. Back in 2009 at the peak of Spezza rumour madness,

        • GoSensGoEh

          It’s funny sometimes how we say one thing and someone repeats an entirely different possibility of what was said. Sort of like that old kids game, I think it was called telephone line or something. Goggled it, found this
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_whispers

          30 minutes to go to game. Time to shutdown the PC, be back after the game, if I’m awake, lol.

  • H POTTER

    Woke up this morning at 6 am to get the kids ready for school, worked my regular 9-5pm, came back home, had dinner bathed the kids put them to bed just in time to watch the “kakadiens” lose against da flames and getting ready to watch the WHOLE Sens game tonight. We need a WIN tonight!! Karlsson with a goal, R6, also with a goal and the usual 2nd line contribution..hahaha

  • Sicilian

    Hey, so I see that NHL centre ice is offering the game up for free tonight. Am I the only one who didn’t know this? So I can watch even from Toronto :)

  • nick

    anyone have steam in sportsnet?

    • Sicilian

      looks like it’s on NHL centre ice for free

  • T K

    Am I the only one that finds that the comment section takes FOREVER to load?

    • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

      Same for me. Nothing but trouble and the fact I can’t post from my phone which is where I make 90% of my posts from.

      • SensChirp

        Why can’t you post from your phone?

        • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

          The comments just never load. And if I use the main Internet App it’s really cluttered and sluggish. Guess I need a new phone. Puts a tear in my eye :’(

          • SensChirp

            Ya that does seem to be an issue on some older phones. I’ll see if there are ways to address on our end.

    • SensChirp

      Loading fine for me. What type of device are you using?

      • T K

        Toshiba google tablet over (fast) wifi

  • T K

    Shoot the fuckin puck!

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Why is Smith on the Power Play? Nice goal there assisted by Ryan.

  • karlssens

    Not a great start by Andy..

  • H POTTER

    Dominate on da PP, can’t freakin shoot da puck, and now goal on nice shot wide by Ryan…merde!

  • H POTTER

    Karlssens, you’re telling me!

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    They couldn’t put Da Costa or Pageau on the first PP? It had to be Smith? lol. Who makes our power play lines?

  • H POTTER

    Ridiculous…still can’t believe 15 was on da PP

  • Tooks

    Thats on Karlsson, unawares of the guy coming out of the box…Nice shot tho, post and in.

  • karlssens

    We are simply a one line team at the moment

  • H POTTER

    WHY are they not shooting dammmm

  • karlssens

    Oh god.. Here comes our excellent pk.

  • H POTTER

    @tooks: I don’t think he knew Ryan all alone would miss da net by a mile…

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Get it together Smith. Jesus.

  • karlssens

    The boys are playing with energy though.. They need this kill

  • karlssens

    Ryan is kind of off to an epic fail this season so far :p. trade backs?

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      No. And thank god you aren’t our GM

      • karlssens

        Haha I was only jk. I’m a huge Ryan fan.. But he has to pickup his intensity

  • H POTTER

    If LA scores that’s it…when you that many chances and don’t bury it, it comes back to bite

  • mW

    does anybody have a link to watch the game

  • hq8

    no rispeck for the sens fans watching game back home late…..no rispeck

  • H POTTER

    Lol

  • H POTTER

    Nice job boys…nice kill so far

    • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

      Spoke too soon lol.

  • H POTTER

    Unreal….

  • Tooks

    Stupid stupid penalties, whay are we so undisciplined? PMac is gonna burst a gasket!

  • karlssens

    Good night guys

  • Tooks

    Haha get up Andy….wow

    • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

      Was he making a sexy pose for the Ottawa Senator’s calendar next year? Jesus.

  • H POTTER

    Is Greening freakin serious????????????????

    • hq8

      it was pageau. BRING BACK ZBADDD

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Well this game looks like it’s going to be complete shit. Glad I leave for work in 20 minutes.

    • H POTTER

      You’re lucky

      • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

        or maybe I wont be if Ottawa comes back #PESKY style lol.

  • karlssens

    This has blowout written all over it

  • karlssens

    #bringbackzbad

  • T K

    Sens are trying to push the tempo but it’s manifesting itself as jittery rather than fast

  • hq8

    hard earned chances, but MM9 is struck with the condra curse and badly. THREE WHIFFS AND MISSES NOW.

  • SensFanInMTL

    West coast trip always seems to have the better of us. There’s still a ton of hockey to play. I don’t like not being able to beat the phuckin Kings. We really cannot afford to be bad this early and continue to flop. Our 1st round is obsolete and if Anaheim were to go far and get their own 1st round plus an early 1st round from us, we’d be just phucked.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      No we wouldn’t be fucked…Anaheim would be in an awesome position

      • SensFanInMTL

        Yes, Anaheim would. Hense why I said we’d be fucked. Or hosed.

    • karlssens

      Shouldn’t have given up the first. We always were gunna get hosed for ryan

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I miss Alfie :S

  • Tooks

    Holy shit I called Brown and Carter PP….Only Doughty left to score on PP and Turris for Sens, maybe next time I shouldnt predict games…wow.

  • karlssens

    Oh gawd.. This is horrible.

  • hq8

    should have just kept siflverberg, the 1st rounder and noesen. not that i dont like ryan, but having all this high expectation but the same ailments as last year (bad penalties, missing chances) and then injuries still (spezza) is just ruining what was supposed to be an exciting experience.

  • H POTTER

    Don’t think bad of me if I go sleep after 3-0

    • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

      Might be in the next min and a half than.

  • hq8

    dustin brown is causing a senator meltdown.

  • karlssens

    Lol it’s really too early to say we lost the trade.. But Ryan looks very average..

    • Tooks

      Well he doesnt play PK and we’ve been in the box the whole period.

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Another fucking penalty!!!

  • karlssens

    Holy fuck they are falling apart.

  • Tooks

    5 on 3 haha meltdown? Who said they missed Alfie, this is where his leadership came into play, we have no leadership anymore…

    • Zorav

      Alfie lead by example. loved him for that, still do :), hopefully someone steps up.

  • Zorav

    It’s blatantly obvious tonight…one team wants to win , the other’s just going through the motions.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    penalites are dooming the Sens early this season. Something they can, and should fix.

  • H POTTER

    Nite nite

  • Tooks

    Good night!

    • SensChirp

      Best news of the night!

      • Tooks

        Sure single me out when ALL of the posters are in agreement, typical…You like the way the Sens are playing SC? any positives right now?

        • SensChirp

          Haha well that’s because you are the worst. And nope, no positives so far.

          • Tooks

            Well glad we agree, why post false positives when its pretty obvious this game is far from positive. I guess the only positives are 2 more periods coming up…or that can be very bad…for the Sens.

          • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

            True.

  • hq8

    its about to get DONE DONE guys. i guess they respect the fact that we are up late and need to go to sleep soon. and dont respect the fact that we tuned in hoping for a good effort.

  • karlssens

    Fuck you Ottawa!! Jesus

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Release the Lehner. This is a lost cause.

  • Zorav

    I can barely recognize team. They just don’t seem to have the same identity as the Pesky sens did last year.

  • karlssens

    We are seeing the affects of a budget team :p

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Everybody settle down. We aren’t going to win every game. And more importantly, this game is far from down.

    • Zorav

      I’m sorry …but this team had quite a big break. I’m quite frankly disappointed they aren’t playing with the intensity they should be.

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Ohhh The referee was forced to call that trip on Kings to try and even up the calls but all of Ottawa’s were deserved. Fuck off!

  • karlssens

    The games not over, but it’s still frustrating

  • SensFanInMTL

    “We are the sound….”
    “We don’t belong….”
    “So raise up your hands…”
    …. “And sing along.”

    • H POTTER

      Hahahahahahaha

  • karlssens

    Solid period guys.. Maclean should absolutely reem them out.

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    What a horse shit period. Now I get to go to work until 8am. Hopefully that was our shittiest period. I’ll take the burden if we turn this train wreck around by the time I get back.

    • SensFanInMTL

      You work from soon to 8 this morning?

      • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

        11:30pm-8am. This is my 9th shift in a row. Got one more after this one too lol. 10 in a row. What a horrible schedule I got this last two weeks.

        • hq8

          you know, be happy. because if this is any indication, the sharks are going to remake sharknado against the sens next game.

        • SensFanInMTL

          Go get ‘em broski. We’ll just keep here as we go deeper into the the bottom of the standings, hopefully not. It’s the 1st rounder that’s worrying me.

  • karlssens

    SC we love what you do here, but your so overly positive. Would be nice to see you show some emotion when they play like ass.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      I think you guys do that enough in the comment section

      • SensChirp

        Ha. Yup. I leave that up to you guys.

  • T K

    Three goal lead: most dangerous lead in hockey… Watch L.A. coast and Sens claw their way back…

    • Zorav

      L.A coast? lol they’re playing playoff hockey. Ottawa’s gotta play bigger than their size.

      • hq8

        actually no. their captain saw the window and he filled it up with three goals in quick succession. they arent even trying to play their brand of playoff hockey yet because they arent even going hard against ottawa.
        our captain is still nursing his groin. and the previous one, deserted us under premise of salary issues.

        • Mexican Baby Jesus

          Krusty!!!

        • Zorav

          deserted us? ….that’s an argument for another day.

          Our team is being decimated by their physical play. Having spezza wouldn’t have made much of a difference tonight.

          • hq8

            just fyi, both are tied for hits at 13. and i think if anyone saw LA’s playoff series against st.louis last season knows that what they are playing today is maybe a fraction of their playoff level hockey.
            its really very simple. dustin brown got under the skin of the two tough guys on the sens: smith and neil. which resulted in two PP goals. thats really the game so far.
            the first goal is well……andy. i guess with his record, the first goal is what you call the anomaly

          • Zorav

            I agree with your point about what brown has done so far…but those things are also very vital in playoffs. I think we should be more scared if anything if LA’s playing at a fraction of their strength. As for number of hits, you do realize playing the body doesn’t always equate to “hits” that show up on the stats sheet. Look at the board play in both zones.

          • hq8

            i guess. i just didnt see LA being too tough and as hard forechecking as they usually are known to be. i thought the game start a little cautious on LA’s part and it still looked pretty normal at the point of Brown’s first goal. but after that, i dont get what was going with Smith, Neil, Pageau and Turris. especially Smith, Neil and Pageau. Brown is known league wide to incite and rile.

    • Tooks

      Its 2-0 (worse lead) but I like your enthusiasm!

  • hq8

    right sooooo:
    what was wrong last year is still wrong this year. actually correct that: ITS WORSE THIS YEAR. we still take bad penalties and then take bad penalties while killing the first bad penalties.
    and our stud goalie is starting to look very James Reimer-ish now.
    oh also, did you know that Zack Smith was sent out on the sens first PP with NEIL AND GREENING with a minute to go in it.

    and we complain about Bobby Ryan’s weight……

    • Zorav

      You do realize why maclean would do that right? our offensive players have forgotten how to shoot the puck. It’s called making a statement.

      • hq8

        dont see how sending pluggers on a PP every helps that. as if Zack Smith, Chris Neil and Colin Greening will magically start shooting the puck more than they normally do, which btw is far less than the top6 guys anyways.
        when was the last time Z.Smith and Neil scored a goal excluding the pre-season?

        • Zorav

          I repeat…it’s called making a statement. It may not bring immediate results, but it can sure open some of the players eyes.

          Lol we’re having two arguements simultaneously :P

  • karlssens

    Lmao Anderson looked brutal that period. Bring out Lehner. Anderson for a first!

  • Mike

    To early to call it quits this season just give up and have a firesale? They can’t score or play defence or make a save this season is done as far as, Iam concerned the leafs are the best canadian team, I hate to say it but it is true. Anderson is horrible they should know he is too inconsistent he has one good year then flops the next this team is horrible they need a trade something to pick up this team

  • karlssens

    Why can’t we ever score 3 in the first. Always seems like we’re on the receiving end of
    Blowouts

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Well we don;t have an explosive team. But you don’t necessarily need one for success

      • Tooks

        Its sure helps.

        • Mexican Baby Jesus

          Well if we start coming in Last for successive years then we can make that dream come true.

  • Tooks

    That 2nd goal by Carter, Anderson looked like a sunbather, taking in the Cali sun. Laughable. Lazy, Losing…

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Can’t blame him when he is in California. And to his defense, usually he is lying in bed at this time

  • hq8

    the frustrating part to this all is that Karlsson actually looks ages better than that leafs game.

  • Kielbasa

    Great first period. Way to come prepared to play hockey. Very disciplined. The powerplay is in full throttle as always. Goaltending and penalty killing is going to be the talk of the league. Now this is how you excite us Sens fans to start the season.

  • FSJ123

    wow, i thought i overreacted…this is just sad, 3 games in and first game in over a year and a half against a western team…

  • karlssens

    We might have to look for a top 4 d by trade if the current d can’t pick it up.. Phillips looks just god awful

  • SensFanInMTL

    Does anyone know if Zibanejad is unhappy and has asked to be traded? If so, do you think Ryan Strome can be made available?

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      We don’t need little Strome

      • SensFanInMTL

        He’s little?

        • Mexican Baby Jesus

          Compared to Zbad yeah. Don’t think he is very physical.

          • SensFanInMTL

            Well there are no indications that Zibby’s unhappy. Just trying to strike a conversation. Would be interesting to see what we could get for him if he ever did asked to be traded.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Panic button pushed. And Zibby isn’t even in the NHL!

      Na I’m just phuckin around. This is what happens when your team is losing and you say random shiat.

  • FSJ123

    these posts make me want to be a Leafs fan, at least they are stupidly optimistic, we have a mediocre game and a bad game and people are saying trade everyone except Stuntman Stu, good lord.

    • karlssens

      I remember your username. You were one of the most pessimistic posters on the old site. I’d recommend changing the name before pretending to be the perfect fan.

      • FSJ123

        read my earlier post, i’m not claiming to be the perfect fan, i had meltdowns too, but come on, it is THREE games in…they do this in March…i’ll be right there freaking out….

        • SensFanInMTL

          I’m already freaking out. I just don’t want Anaheim receiving a good 1st rounder because of where we might be in the standings if this continues. But yeah, it is the 3rd game afterall…

      • FSJ123

        also sometimes i trolled…guilty…

    • SensChirp

      This is actually as bad as I’ve ever seen it. Maybe the late start time means a couple children are up passed their bed time. Pretty embarrassing.

      • Tooks

        And I’m not even the main antagonist!

    • Tooks

      I’m not saying trade anyone, I’m saying atleast show some some effort, cohesion, discipline…something. Sens are stinking it up.
      Lets PRAY for a better 2nd!

    • Zorav

      haha last game was pretty bad too . We had a break for nearly 5 days…shouldn’t be playing with a tad more intensity?

  • Mike

    They don’t need a firesale however they need to trade Anderson while his value is high and get a top 2 defenceman and let Lehner play he is the better goalie and is acctually consistent and doesn’t lie down on the ice and let the other team score.

  • Sicilian

    I going to finish watching this game but I can’t read these comments any longer

  • karlssens

    C’mon sens, bounce back!!

  • karlssens

    Let’s get a quick 2 goals here guys.

  • Mike

    Look at what Anderson has done in the past with the Avalanche he had one good year then flopped the last. Okay I may be overreacting however this western road trip will kill them and they will most likely with the way they are playing right now will get themselves in too large of a hole and won’t be able to get out.

    • Tooks

      Well he’s had back to back good years in Ottawa so far…

  • karlssens

    Kassian renders any line useless haha fml

  • T K

    Sutter looks like the dried apple headed troll doll that my daughter made for me in grade school

    • Tooks

      A troll vs a walrus…I’ll take the troll haha

  • Mike

    Don’t say it is early this year either they said that with the Jays to and too much hype which is what the Sens have had too much hype and look what happened to the Jays awful season. However, I will keep my optimism because they had a bad start in 2006-2007 and went to the cup finals so anything can happen look at the leafs

  • karlssens

    I think everyone here would agree that Anderson could fetch us a first and a roster player this deadline.. I think it’s something they look at.

    • SensChirp

      Tookie Jr.

      • karlssens

        What would you do? Have him ride out that contract?

        • SensChirp

          I would watch the game and not propose trading players after each high and low within a given game haha

          • karlssens

            Fair haha.. It’s hard to contain my emotion!

      • SensFanInMTL

        haha.

      • Mike

        True but the second goal was terrible

  • Tooks

    SCORES!! Pageau!

  • H POTTER

    Et de UN!!!!

  • T K

    Yessssssss

  • Zorav

    hard work by Condra :D!

  • Mike

    I wasn’t trolling, I am being serious Anderson is inconsistent he flopped with the Avalanche the year after he did really well so what does history tell you

    • SensChirp

      He has only played well here. You sound sleepy.

    • Zorav

      Dude, we were on the PK …on a freakin 5 on 3. Agreed the brown goal was pretty bad…but our defense is leaving him out to dry. I’d blame Phillips , Cowen, corvo before i’d blame andy.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      He flopped? SO you watched all his games that year?

  • FSJ123

    trade everyone except Pageau lol

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      No TOokie says Pageau is not a skill guy. DOnt want him

      • Tooks

        Wait Condra does all the work and Pageau is now a #1C?? ok thx for coming out. Pageau is great where he’s at right now, hence why he’s scoring.

        • Mexican Baby Jesus

          I said he was #1C?
          Skill included finishing goals. Which from what I have seen, he is good at.

          • Tooks

            And I said “dont want him”?
            I said he aint 1-2C, he’s perfect for 3C or 4C.

  • hq8

    ok now i blame eugene melnyk and his stinginess hahahaha

  • Tooks

    Hey SDC is on the ice, didnt even know he was dressed…We gotta win this period! Bringing Pesky back!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Trading Anderson to get back our 1st round pick who won’t be playing for 3 years and feed Lehner to the wolves…. Not a great idea broski.

    • karlssens

      Feed him to the wolves? He’s 22 not 18. He’s shows he’s capable of playing in this league.

      • Mexican Baby Jesus

        So you’re an expert?

      • SensFanInMTL

        And who do you reckon will back him up? Leighton?

  • karlssens

    If they can make it 3-2 we would have momentum on our side.

  • Mike

    Lehner is ready to be a number one goalie he has shown he can be consistent night in and night out

    • karlssens

      Anderson definitely gets traded.. It’s just a matter of when.

      • SensChirp

        It won’t be tonight, fellas. Give it a rest.

  • karlssens

    Lots of time boys!

  • Tooks

    Jesus Christ Brown, why did yo decide to break out against us, what did we do to you!

  • karlssens

    Put Ryan with Turris to get him going.

    • Tooks

      Thats not a bad idea, hence why I would put Turris as #1C for tonight.

  • Tooks

    We are winning this period, good sign. Get another goal and we got a serious chance.

  • Tooks

    Hey we got some positives now!! woohoo!

  • Mike

    It really concerns me that Spezza keeps having injury issues do you think that he will have to retire early due to injury because his durability sucks

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Heard he might be announcing his retirement tomorrow

      • Mike

        I don’t acctually however his durability is of some concern if this team is paying him nearly 8 million a season and he can’t play Melnyk may want rid of him because he is a penny pincher and it would save him money that’s what I’m worried about

  • SensFanInMTL

    Silfverberg 3 PTS in 2 GP, Regin 2 PTS in 3 GP. He went goaless all season last year. Phuck sakes…

  • karlssens

    Our defense has tightened up well

  • Mike

    SensfaninMTL sometimes change of team works out really well for some players, I guess we are just unlucky that way lol

  • SensFanInMTL

    Man I never wanted a time like now to score 62 goals this game.

  • Mike

    At least they are making this a game now and Anderson hasn’t gotten caught this period

  • T K

    I’m amazed that player 25 still has viable bone in the bridge of his nose

  • karlssens

    On the bright side.. Tones of traffic tonight lol

    • SensChirp

      And a couple accounts to delete tomorrow

  • Mike

    At this point Spezza is more fragile than Alfie who is a decade older lol

  • hq8

    you know spezza is bad at conditioning when karlsson can cut his achilles and still come back and play and almost look like he didnt miss time.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      lol. Karlsson definitely not the same player as he was start of last season

      • hq8

        yes, but has looked much much better today compared to saturday.

      • GoSensGoEh

        Sorry to agree here, but kings #22 and #13 both beat Karlsson to the outside on separate plays tonight. But on a positive note, Karlsson was more like himself in the 3rd. This may not be Karlsson best year, maybe only 60-65 points, but he is still only 23, lots more ahead.

  • karlssens

    C’mon guys one more before the third, you can do this!!

  • Mike

    Just trying to lighten things up. Yes, iam pissed and will keep my negative comments to myself now and in the future

  • karlssens

    All it takes is a few bounces.. We got this! Third periods are always our best!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens are playing better.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Year in and year out, we always do well at home. When we get a string of games at SBP, Ryan will be all over the scoresheet when Spezza dishes him the muhphuckin puck.

  • Mike

    I appologize for my negative comments and venting my frustration you guys don’t deserve to see that won’t happen again thanks

  • T K

    Anderson: the more he plays, the better he plays

  • SensFanInMTL

    __

    • Mike

      Lol thanks for trying to lighten the mood please Bryan Murray trade Da Costa and Obrien and call up Zibanejad we could use that skill up front to help Ryan and Michalek

  • karlssens

    3-1 going into the third.. Could be worse.

  • karlssens

    Kings are a hard working team

  • hq8

    so, i guess we are left saying the same thing mostly as after the first: those two bad penalties…….

  • Guest
  • Tooks

    Kassian on for goal with 22 and 44 and playing well…SDC…nowhere to be found.

  • SensFanInMTL

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  • hq8

    everyone gets second chances. sens coaching has been near perfect for the last two seasons. but i hope after this game, they admit their error or if not error then the end of the little experiment they tried with SDC and call up Zbad. because who knows when Spezza’s groin heals fully.

    • Mike

      Thank you i feel exactly the same way

  • karlssens

    Z bad needs to be with this team ASAP

    • Mike

      Turris or Zbad on top line, I say Turris until Spezz gets healthy and that’s part of the reason why iam upset he is my favourite player and the leader of this team and it sucks to see him injured

  • hq8

    and right on cue, the spezza milk commercial comes on loll

  • Guest

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  • hq8

    btw, noticed in the craziness all the anderson traders were out. i have a message for them: have you seen carey price this season?

    • Mike

      How is it crazy have you seen the way he has played so far? It hasn’t been great and the defence is not up to snuff but he has to play better and I was only making a suggestion and iam just a fan so why get pissed at my opinion or suggestion it’s not like it will happen anyway although melnyk would like it it would save him money lol

      • SensChirp

        He was spectacular in the first game of the season. This is the third game of the season. The third. This is the third game. They have played three games. Also, in the third game, he has actually played pretty well.

        • hq8

          yup. i dont think you can blame andy at all this game. he allowed one bad one. the rest were absolute shit penalties that resulted in goals. i dont think any goalie in this league can be expected realistically to bail out repeated bad 5on3s

        • Mike

          I know just frustrated and at least they have this road trip early and not later they will get there sorry if I have annoyed you Chirp

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I still can’t believe they chose Da Costa over Mika…. Just don’t understand.

    • Mike

      I don’t either Zbad played well last year and Da Costa has never done anything at the nhl level

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Like honestly, he’d be doing a better job on the first line than Da Costa. I seriously think Mika can be a solid 1st line center one day. Too much talent to not have up…

  • karlssens

    Let’s go boys!! Big period!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Sean Monahan lit it up tonight. No phuckin wonder Murray wanted him so badly. He would definitely be wasted on the 3rd. I don’t know which line he’s on in Calgary but you can bet that kid is going to rip it hard this year. Imagine him in a couple of years.

  • karlssens

    Credit to Maclean for not pulling Andy…

  • karlssens

    Is Michalek hurt?

    • T K

      Nope

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    It’s still early in the season, folks. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Sens over the past 2, 3 years, is that they always find a way. Somehow, some way. Not a particularly great start to the season, but do you remember two seasons ago?

    • T K

      Shouldn’t your handle now be Jason on the old old Sens chirp?

    • Colin

      I figure that the Sens should at least be given the chance to lose a couple at home before they are written off.

  • karlssens

    Here we go guys.. Huge pp.

  • karlssens

    Thank god bobby

    • SensFanInMTL

      Lakka sumbooooty! Karlsson to Ryan with a beauty feed, Ryan shelves it. This is it!

  • karlssens

    Lmao what a snipe..

  • hq8

    WOW THERE YOU GO PEOPLE. HE PUT ALL HIS WEIGHT INTO THAT SHOT.

  • Colin

    Well, well, well. PP goal scored by Bobby Ryan. Maybe that will get the hounds off of his back for 20 minutes.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Wont see Silfverberg doing that

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Ya he does. lol?

  • karlssens

    This is our game boys. Momentum on our side.

  • Mike

    Finally first of 50 hopefully now we have a game please spezz get healthy

  • karlssens

    Positive energy!! They can sense it!

  • SensFanInMTL

    We will win 4-3.

    • karlssens

      Yes we will!! I’m done with being negative!

    • SensChops

      I really hope so. After a few pints, I’m still hanging in there. That first was hard to handle.

  • hq8

    ok guys, you can all go to sleep now. the first milestone of the sens season has been achieved: bobby ryan has scored. and yes he is also fat somehow – just dont ask me how.

  • Mike

    Silfverberg who?

  • hq8

    man, cowen is looking better and better every game and is an absolute beast to go up against.

  • SensChops

    Lets hope quick makes a similar mistake as the other night.

  • karlssens

    1 more goal..

  • karlssens

    Let’s get a goal from that second line

  • SensFanInMTL

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  • Delay

    STREAM ANYONE?

  • hq8

    ok guys, so the first genuine instances of karlsson rushes into the offensive zone are happening. fingers crossed!

    http://wallike.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Happy-Minion.jpg

  • T K

    Brown gets his hat trick by scoring on his own net…

  • hq8

    lol pageau took down brown pretty hard. nice

  • karlssens

    We could use another pp right now…

  • karlssens

    Lmao Neil is awesome

  • SensFanInMTL

    Everyone talks about compete level and those who don’t meet up to standards get benched or sent down, like Zibby right? How about Phillips sits one out and watches his turnovers? That last shift was absolute horrid. Guy’s been in the business 17 years esti.

  • Delay

    minus his penatly

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens are falling into the Kings’ trap. Carcillo and Brown are SMART. Sens aren’t playing with their heads on tight.

  • H POTTER

    Please Lord, please…..one more

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    We need Big Rig to score. Because… you know..

    • SensFanInMTL

      Owes us from those almost costly turnovers…

    • Delay

      lol

  • T K

    We need Sens to win a freaking faceoff

  • karlssens

    Da costa my god..

  • karlssens

    Michalek!!

  • Colin

    Fuck yeah!

  • T K

    Wooooooooo hooooooooooo

  • Guest

    YES!! YES!! YESS! YESS!!! SUCE MA GRAINE!!

    SUCE MA GRAINE!!!!!!

  • H POTTER

    Always good to have Faith
    Yessssssssssssss

  • Mike

    Whoo Hoo Michalek comeback pesky sens!!!!!

  • Senator-Stanley

    Nice Milan!

  • SensChops

    This game is turning into a fantastic one!

  • SensFanInMTL

    YES!! YES!! YESS! YESS!!! SUCE MA GRAINE!!

    SUCE MA GRAINE!!!!!!

    SUCE MA GRAINE!

    • H POTTER

      Lmao@sens fan in mtl
      Tu me tues.hahahahahahahahahah

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    milo.

  • karlssens

    Ryan – 3 pts 3 games. One game without spezz.. Meeting expectations

    • Colin

      But he’s out of shape and slow and has no intensity. I can’t wait until he really gives a shit LOL

  • T K

    Bet those that went to bed early are not going to be happy with themselves

  • karlssens

    I’d be thrilled with a pesky point. Great heart shown

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    So all those people who were freaking out at the beginning owe the comment section an apology. I suppose it is the fun part of being a fan though…

  • SensFanInMTL

    This is the fuckin comeback we are discussing about. Let’s win it so I can, be happy?

  • karlssens

    Sorry guys

  • karlssens

    If Ryan can get points and not even look like he’s on his A game.. Imagine when he’s on!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Let’s end this soon. I really dislike shootouts. Completely.

  • karlssens

    Fuck…

  • Mike

    I apologized twice but lll do it again iam sorry still bitter from that loss to the leafs

  • Colin

    All the non-calls and the refs pick that one

  • T K

    Positive vibes!

  • karlssens

    Regardless of what happens.. I’m
    Happy

    • Mike

      Me to

  • SensFanInMTL

    These asshat fuckin referees are going to cost us this fuckin game these fuckin fuck heads esti mange marde de tabarnak.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    penalty………….

  • Mike

    On a positive note at least we may still get at least one point that’s good against a team as good as the Kings

  • karlssens

    Beautiful point!

  • Colin

    That’s a point for the good guys, baby!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    having a <3 attack………… anyone else?

  • H POTTER

    Guys I need a nice status pic representing #penskysens

  • T K

    Did I call it or did I call it??? one point in hand, another to come.

  • SensChops

    Worth the late night no matter what!

  • Mike

    The laughs are plugs I can’t believe they are three and one it won’t last they are too cocky and full of themselves especially Phaneuf and Kadri

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Well earned point. Very gutsy, pesky, hard fought point against a good team [which didn't really play all that great mind you] without Spezz. Well done. We should all be extremely proud.

  • sprucesens

    man, must be tough living in ottawa, i’m tired and i’m 2 hours behind u guys. go sens go, thats 1 point, lets get one more!

  • Aaron 2.0

    My nerves are absolutely shot. Happy to get 1 pt tonight (obviously more would be great). I just poured myself a stiff drink; hopefully that’ll stop my shaking.

  • karlssens

    Fuck…. Oh well

  • Colin

    Great effort! Better the PP goal in OT than regulation. Way to go team!

    • Aaron 2.0

      Absolutely. And, as a few have posters have already pointed out, 4 out of 6 points in 3 road games isn’t too bad at all.

  • karlssens

    Hurts to lose after the comeback.. But we will have to get full points next game.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    #PeskyPoint

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Not even mad. Great game by the boys. Picked up points in all of our games so far. Spezz back and healthy for the weekend. Night guys

  • hq8

    4 points out of a possible 6. i will let go being greedy for now…..
    atleast we got the big guns on the board today!

    • Colin

      On the road…Wait until they get home and go on a streak!

      • hq8

        still, would like this crazy penalty grabbing habit to go away. I dont think the sens faceoff percentage is at a place where they can luxuriously keep taking penalties.

        • H POTTER

          Glad I’m not the only thinking they have to. Stop with those ridiculous hooking penalties

    • NO65*

      I was extremely proud of this comeback. Not easy in L.A. considering the Kings were off to a poor start of the season and were working their ass off to get the win at home. I liked the Ryan-Pageau-Condra experience last night. Karlsson-Methot was much better also. Once the team adjust the PK, we will be tough to beat on a regular basis. I love Conacher-Turris-McArthur more every game, this line will do magic for us. #PeskySens

  • H POTTER

    Happy about da one point but they gotta do sum about those dayum penalties…stop blaming da refs…they were all good calls. Sens have to start realizing that they DO take too many stoopid penalties because they’re not skating! Crapy ending to a wonderful comeback

    • Aaron 2.0

      Really looking forward to the post-game with coach (although i’ll have to catch it tomorrow since it’s so late). I think he’ll definitely have something to say about the penalty problems.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Well, it turns out the very quick ending in OT was what finally calmed my nerves. That was a very big 1 point though, considering the 1st period. Coming back 3-0 on a team like the Kings doesn’t happen often. They definitely sat back and let it happen. The word of the game, and maybe the very early season, is ‘undisciplined’. It’s painful to watch most of those penalties in the 1st. If they just clean up some of this non-sense we will be okay. We’ve been pretty good 5 on 5.

    • H POTTER

      Exact!

  • Conor_smythe

    Got the point. After that first period I would say that’s as good as a win. Senators are finally starting to show some patience with the puck in the back end. Hopefully we can build on this

    Worth the late night

  • jtf927

    i just don’t get how that top line is supposed to develope chemistry if spezza is constantly injured. we gave up alot to acquire bobby ryan.

    • kerovnian

      Yeah, stupid Spezza. You tell him.

      • yannrock

        Hahaha!

  • kerovnian

    Should I go back and read the comments from when we were down three-zip? Wait, don’t answer: I’m not gonna.

    Liked Da Costa’s game. Turris’ line got no points but was still our best, and I think it justifies the coach’s decision not to slide Turris up. Corvo – dare I say it? – had a good game. Neil is just epic.

    On the downside: gotta stop taking the dumb penalties. Greening I’m picking will round into form later as he’s a big guy. Well, he’d better. Ryan far from his best form and still rolling at a point-per-game pace.

    We’ll take a point in LA against a powerhouse and move on.

    • SensChirp

      Whatever you do, do not read those comments. Came pretty close to switching the website off for a couple hours. Worst I have ever seen on here.

      • kerovnian

        I can imagine, somehow. If only the fans could be #pesky as well!

    • Tooks

      Da Costa played? didnt see him in the first 2 periods and hardly in the 3rd. Wouldnt say I liked his game as he couldnt win a draw 27% both of his linemates goals he wasnt in on and didnt help create.

      • kerovnian

        Didn’t he win the draw for Ryan’s goal? Apart from that he was woeful on the dot, but that’s pretty much my only complaint. He was strong on the puck, got three shots on goal (most individual for the team) and didn’t cost us defensively while playing against LA’s first or second line. Having him there meant the coach could keep the structure of the team together. Turris’ line simply became the first line, minutes-wise, but both Michalek and Ryan found ways to contribute. Can’t ask a lot more of your 1C fill-in on a tough, tough outing.

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    So I see I left and was unlucky of seeing the Pesky comeback. At least we got a point out of it. Looked pretty discouraging in the first with all the 5 on 3′s.

  • Tooks

    Great effort! #BringingPeskyBack
    Anyone concerned Cowen only played 15 minutes?

    • SensChirp

      He was actually having a pretty rough night. He and Wiercioch spent a whole lot of the night hemmed in their own zone.

      http://www.extraskater.com/game/2013-10-09-senators-kings

      • Tooks

        Ya but PW46 played 21 minutes…big diff, I know PW46 plays PP but not a whole 6minutes worth of PP.

        Cowen’s stat line
        2 D COWEN, JARED TOI 15:31 23shifts 00:40AVG 00:00PP 02:50SH 12:41EV

        Kinda low on the EV side but thats maybe PMac reducing since he was struggling.

        PW46 stat line
        46 D WIERCIOCH, PATRICK TOI21:41 26shifts 00:50AVG 04:25PP 02:44SH 14:32EV

        Patty pretty much did everything that game!! I think he surpasses Cowen in time, he’s going to be better overall.

      • Jacques

        Time to get GRYBA in there! Physical and he needs games.

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Just got my tickets for the Oilers game. Pretty excited :)

  • Jacques

    Going to that one too – Passed on the Opener the Devils bore the Hell(pardon the pun) out of me!

  • Jacques

    OK Tookie who can we package Spezza and Cowen for(just kidding).