Nathan Lawson Recalled from Bingo

SensChirp March 14, 2014 135
Nathan Lawson Recalled from Bingo

On the day before a weekend that will define their season, the Ottawa Senators have found out they’ll likely be without their number one goalie.

The Senators announced this morning that they have recalled goaltender Nathan Lawson from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.  Craig Anderson was injured in the third period of the game against Nashville and has not been able to practice this week.  The injury is believed to be something with his shoulder.  While losing Anderson hurts, it also means a huge opportunity for Robin Lehner.

The game on Saturday in Montreal is the biggest of the season for the Senators and he’ll be getting the start.  Ottawa plays at home on Sunday against Colorado so you would assume Lehner starts that one as well.

  • SuperSENS

    Release The Lehner!

  • Zelle

    Lehner better have a knock out game on Saturday. Games against the Leafs and the Habs are big for the Senators.

    • Tony

      I’d rather have the whole team have a knock out game, let alone Lehner ;)

  • H POTTER

    First.
    As some of you may recall from previous comments in here, I’m from Montreal. I’ll be at the game tomorrow. Of course hoping the Sens come out and play like they did against them in last year’s playoffs. That’s the only way they will win against them. Boston showed how good forecheck and hitting their D’ helped them to cruise to an easy win. Lucic just abused Yemelin all night..so that’s the key

  • thepez

    No better way to see if Lehner is ready for #1 status. If he plays well, then give him the majority of the games down the stretch. If he plays well, then trading Anderson in the summer will be the way to go. With all the contracts coming up at the end of the 2015 season, decisions will have to be made.

    • A-Train

      I’d bet they try to get another season out of the Lehner/Anderson combo.

      • Hax

        Possibly or even likely. If I’m Murray my plan looks something like this:

        As of July 1st, start trying to ink Lehner to a 5+ year extension. If I can get him signed to a good number (i.e. $4M per season or so?) for 5 years or longer then I do it.

        If that happens, then I start looking around to see what kind of offers I can get on Anderson. I like Andy a lot but if Lehner signs for a good cap number then I’m going all in with him. If I get a great offer on Anderson during the summer then I pull the trigger. If not then I bide my time until the deadline or a great offer comes in (whichever comes first).

        While I’m waiting of course I have MacLean using both with the knowledge that Lehner will ultimately be the #1 and using him in a way that has him ready. I’m also looking around for the best backup option. I’d ideally want a veteran guy that can provide a little guidance etc but is happy to sit out most games. Not keen on having a real young guy backup another young guy.

        If for whatever reason negotiations with Lehner break down and it ends up that I can’t sign him, I immediately switch to extending Anderson and trading Lehner – but hopefully it never comes to that.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          God that last paragraph is terrifying

          • Hax

            Somewhat and I don’t think it’s likely. I’m not someone who believes the whole “Lehner feels mistreated” BS that floats around. But I do think Anderson is going to be a great goalie for several more years. So going with him isn’t the scary part. The scary part would be seeing Lehner excel with another team.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I wouldn’t be that worried next year, but every other one after that…. He tends to have an on yeat then an off year

          • MethotToMyMadness

            Andy is a hot one year and not so much the next kinda guy. Look at his stats, it’s visible. He went down this road with his other teama and after each trade, he got hot then simmered off. We managed to get a good run from him though, before this season.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Don’t really see his performance as that bad. Dryden and Tretiak in nets at the same time couldn’t make this team D look good this year.

        • sprucesens

          personally i’d extend andy for another 2 -3 years, if he’s willing to split duties, and gradually see lehner take over. I’d way rather have him as a 50% back up or less than most other goalies that might be available. Depends on what he wants and what he might get offered

    • H POTTER

      Even if he gets a shut out, you know MacLean is not going to ride with him..i still believe that early in the season if they had gone with him and showed confidence in him, it would’ve been a different story in terms of being in playoffs or not

  • Hax

    Perfect scenario for Lehner really. He’s looked rusty recently (understandable of course). He’s not really built to be a backup but he’s not ready to be a number one just yet. But getting the ball for at least a couple of games in a row should help him focus and bring out his inner viking. He’s not lacking in passion so hopefully we get a glimpse of what we’ll get to see for years to come.

    Go Sens Go

  • FistsofNeil25

    Huge opportunity for The Lehner this weekend to show what he’s got. It sounds like Andy won’t be ready for either game this weekend and I would imagine Maclean would rather start Lehner in back to back games than turn to Lawson for either start.

    It’s Lehner’s time to shine and he’s going to have to come up big against two good teams this weekend. The good news is the Habs can’t score 5 on 5. The bad news is the Avs are one of the most explosive teams in the league and their forwards will feast on the Sens team defense if they don’t tighten things up.

    • H POTTER

      Crucial point in the season is when Lehner had 3 consecutives wins and rather than going with the got hand, MacLean elected to go back with Anderson. That simply just did not make any sense. Want a way to crush a young goalie ‘s self confidence then there you go. He hasn’t played the same since !

      • FistsofNeil25

        Yeah Maclean really shit the bed on that one. They should have rode Lehner when he was hot back in December. At the same time should, this is the big leagues and Lehner needed to be good for the team when he was given an opportunity again and he hasn’t been.

        I believe in Lehner’s abilities and I think he has the potential to be one of the best in the world. It’s time for him to start showing it. It would help if the team shows up in front of him this weekend instead of hanging him out to dry like they did in his last start vs Detroit.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    I don’t want to say good…. But Needless to say I’m stoked THAT Lehner should get at least two in a row

  • aegiszx

    The funny thing is, win or lose for Lehner, people will talk. If he drops the ball his supporters will say its due to rust, inexperience, no team D in front of him… if he runs with it, its “hes ready for no.1 status, plan the parade, trade Andy, trade spezza, trade cowen!”

    Should be a rather interesting weekend. Big games.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I’d be giving anyone a pass really after five days off…. But yeah, it is a great situation for him

  • 383

    Bobby Dollas from MTL radio is saying he doesn’t think Price will play tomorrow.

    • Zelle

      Good then he can’t steal another game. Still mad about that loss. Game should have been the Sens all night.

    • Hannibal

      It is irrelevant who is going to be in the net tomorrow but what is relevant is the compete level and to what extent each player is willing to do what it takes to win. This has to be a statement game to tell all that we will achieve that playoff spot!

      • 383

        So it’s “irrelevant” that a potential Hart and Vezina winner this year isn’t playing?
        I agree they have to play well and play desperate hockey but to say that the fact that Carey Price may not be playing is “irrelevant” is completely wrong.
        Thanks for coming out though.

        • MethotToMyMadness

          I agree that it’s irrelevant, because our beloved Sens have had the opportunity this year to play many great teams who have played the backup keeper. And while this always sounds good, more times than I care to count, we’ve ended up on the losing side thanks to said keeper, who just ends up having a career game.

          I don’t know what it is about Ottawa making backup’s look good, but they’ve done a very good job of that this year.

        • aegiszx

          It’s absolutely irrelevant to this hockey club because the statistics show, this year the Sens have been AWFUL against back-ups, rookies, and old vets. This is a team with an inflated ego now due to last seasons success, and it’s been the primary reason for their lack of success this season.

        • Hannibal

          Becareful what you wish for, they have to beat Price or whomever is in net, I mean Therrien could call up Dubnyk and he could be more successful than Price. Knowing our luck he will. The Senators do not seem to do well playing against back up or call up goalies. Price is irrelevant in that he is a body occupying a portion of a 4 x 6 area of the ice and figuring that out will be the key. The team has to elevate their level of engagement and seize this opportunity and when that occurs that potentially award winning goalie (that I respect btw) will be irrelevant.

    • Tooks

      We NEED to tak advantage of this, will we?

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Well here we go. Lehner, who has been WAITING for his chance to take the reins, not just in relief or out of a pitty game, now has his opportunity. He won’t have to worry about playing a great game and not getting a 2nd game because he’s not the starter. He is now the starter. Lawson would be considered a last resort option, because at this point, Ottawa can’t gamble with any of the remaining games.

    Would be great to see Lehner come out with the intensity and durability we saw him show in Binghamton the year he got them into the playoffs and all the way to the Championship.

  • Andrews theory

    Hate to say it but the “biggest game of the season” already came and went. Sens didn’t show up…anything from here on in is builiding for next year…
    still want them to win obviously.

    • SensChirp

      Oh ok.

    • Hax

      Cool. I guess I have 17 free nights/days that I didn’t think I had. Appreciate you sharing this “fact” for us.

      • Andrews theory

        so you’ll only watch if they are going to be in the playoffs?
        thats a piss poor attitude

        • SensChirp

          I would say yours is equally “piss poor”.

          • Andrews theory

            When you watch games on tsn sometimes they comment on the tsn turning point of the game. Do you honestly feel that this game against Montreal represents that moment in the season?

          • SensChirp

            I hope it does.

          • Tooks

            MTL is struggling without Price. Again, IF we dont take advantage of that, like we didnt vs EDM/CGY, we are done for. Which Sens team shows up. We’ll see!

        • 2014 NCAA free agents

          HUH ?

          Why bother , If I don’t cheer for or even against any of the other NHL teams.

        • Hax

          Google “sarcasm”.

          But in case you’re not good at google:

          No, I watch no matter what because (for me) I support the team no matter what and get entertainment value out of any game the Sens play. Not saying someone’s not a true fan if they don’t watch or don’t hold much hope etc.

          Plus, 12-3-1 is not impossible. Difficult? Yes. Likely? No. But not impossible.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I think 8 games over should do it. that’s 25 pts and 93 has been the number for years, never 94. Some years less got you in. 11-3-2

      • boom

        Sarcasm aside, he makes a valid point. I know we (most of us) strive to stay positive on this site, but the last couple of days have been optimistic to the extreme.
        I remain hopeful that the Sens can reverse their fortunes and make it into the playoffs, but I can admit that they really had their best chance to pick up some ground against some of the weakest teams in the league, and choked like Mama Cass.
        It’s these games that I assume Andrew was referring to, and to suggest that he’s wrong is ludricous.
        Go Sens Go (without the rose-colored glasses)

    • my2sens

      11% chance of making playoffs is not 0.

      11% chance of making playoffs is not optimism entirely, it’s a fact. We are not eliminated.

      11% chance of making playoffs will increase when we win tomorrow.

      It’s NOT next season yet.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Agreed. Does not matter at all what other teams do, Sens need to play 8 games over .500 the rest of the way. I am still a believer.

        • Aaron 2.0

          I think it will probably come down to how other teams do. If they went on some sort of insane run, they could do it on their own. But, if we were to see a team falter, that would really help. For example, the NYR are really struggling right now. Not really sure why (I think they’re a good team), but, if they managed to drop back into the pack of hopefuls, that would really help our chances.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I agree but because there are so many teams in it, some nights your screwed when Det v CBJ someone is faltering but one of them is gaining. You can only keep pace and not gain and that’s the thing, they are in control of their own future without the need of help from others as someone will be loosing when our competition is playing each other. Just play 8 games over and their in. We all can’t play over 500, too many games between teams that are in it.

        • my2sens

          As a fan of hockey and the Sens, I like a great story. And a great story would be to see the Sens finish the season playing like they are capable and shutting up the naysayers.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I am still on that list and when stuff like that happens in sport, most fans miss out on it as they are done and pissed and only”‘jump” back on when the comeback looks like it’s there. They miss out on most of the run

        • Tooks

          Wrong we need other teams to falter… We basically need a miracle to happen.

          • CUP 2014-15

            WHO LEFT THE BACK DOOR OPEN ???????

    • Aaron 2.0

      11% is such a low probability, this sort of number basically means we have to take care of business from here on out, and we probably also need teams in front of us to falter too. Unfortunately, it’s extremely difficult to make up points with all the 3-point games. That western road trip was really unfortunate. I’ll keep hoping while there is still a chance. But, you’re absolutely right in saying things are grim. I’m not going to be too disappointed either way. It’s clear that this team isn’t contending for a cup this year. A playoff round would be nice. Pittsburgh might even go into that round a little beat up! But, really, this year is not the year we win the cup.

      • Hax

        Look at it this way: Our only hope in the playoffs this season is if we come into them on fire. Well, now we’re pretty much guaranteed to come into the playoffs on fire or not at all.

        • Aaron 2.0

          And crazier things have happened. Edmonton’s run in the play-offs! I really will keep hoping! It’s just that I won’t lose too much sleep if they miss. I would’t really describe myself as an optimist or a pessimist; probably more of a realist.

    • Tooks

      Yep biggest game(s) were the EDM/CGY ones, any game at this point is desperation and quite frankly, time to see what our kids can do the rest of the way.

  • SenaTHOR

    Not too much of a chance to make the playoffs but time to prove that you should keep your job in Ottawa.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Looking at the Goalie situation from another level, Hammond and Lawson have been the go to guys in Bingo sharing the load for the most part. Hammond has played a little more of late, and had a chance to be a backup already, now it’s Lawson’s turn. I like that they both got a shot this year.

    Ottawa has a pretty good crop of young Goalies in the system who will be coming through soon. Chris Driedger should be ready for AHL level action next year, I would expect he’ll push for a spot and make decisions hard in Bingo. Even Brassard could push, but he may need another year. Don’t know if Hogberg is ready to leave Europe yet, but he’s also someone management is watching closely.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Nice assessment. I am looking forward to seeing Driedger at the next level.

  • 2014 NCAA free agents

    best ones listed on the CBC WEB site

    Ottawa one of the 25 teams looking at Folin ?

    • Conor_smythe

      pass

      • boom

        I know absolutely nothing about him, apart from him being swedish. What have you heard about him?

        • Harry Lime was Orson Welles

          Cream of the this year’s NCAA free agent crop – Friend of Lehner’s
          Big defense first D- Man
          Ottawa tried to get him last year but he returned to College.

          Vancouver is going full throttle to get him this year

          • boom

            Thanks.

          • Zelle

            The way things are going for Vancouver he would be a waste there.

          • Hax

            Unless he thinks like Schultz and decides “at least I’ll play right away there”. Still bothers me we lost out on it.

    • Rick of the Universe

      Every NHL team that does not have a first round pick in this
      year’s draft should be trying to sign this guy.

      • Tooks

        Yep and if Murray’s track record for NCAA player stays the same you can bet we are in on this guy.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      From what I’ve heard I’d say it’s pretty low risk potential high reward

    • Sandy

      I assume Tim Murray will go hard after this guy as well?

    • sprucesens

      hmm, never heard of him until now

    • sprucesens
    • Hax

      Plus he’s a right handed shot! Maybe we can move Gryba to clear a spot if he’s good enough to take it?

      • CUP 2014-15

        I always look at upgrading positions but with a salary cap lots of different things come into play. With Karl and CC on the right side it’s only a season or two before they are responsible for 50 min a night combined. With that in mind if this guy is a top end talent and sees himself behind those two, he probably looks elsewhere to play. Gryba is a very good fit there. he’s always going to earn 1.5-2.5 mill per year forever. He can work the PK as well. Good price and nice fit. If we can find an upgrade from someone willing to play a max of 10 min per night and not hurt the team. Tough spots to upgrade when dealing with competitive people.

      • SenaTHOR

        Less than 1/2 point per game in Hockey East. I don’t know? Is he an outstanding defender?

  • Sandy

    Lehner is my fav,, but lately he has not been his usually good steady self.
    He needs to absolutely be on the top of his game this weekend. His teammates need him to be.
    Go Ragnar Lothbrok…

    • BFR

      As long as the D is respectable in front of him, he should be OK.

  • Hax

    We’re all fans and the occasional snippiness aside I think we all know that.

    However, whenever the Sens do win the cup I hope that I’m in the front row to watch the parade and not stuck behind someone who’s spent the previous few years calling themselves a “realist” and telling people to remove their rose-colored glasses.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I personally think people try to label fans, especially here in a far to black and white way.

      Just because someone disagrees with your view doesn’t mean they are a fan that has given up on the team… Or if someone thinks we will win the cup this year doesn’t make them a Sens colored glasses fan.

      People see things differently it’s what makes us all keep coming back to this site

      • sprucesens

        if we didn’t have different opinions and ideas, this would be a hell of a boring blog.

        no offense chirp. I mean the comment section

        • A-Train

          True, debate is good. Personally I come to this site because the tone of the debate is generally better / more intelligent than in the rest of the online Sens world.

          I feel like we saw that slipping a bit in and around trade deadline day and the Alberta games.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I fully at this point admit I am not overly optimistic for the remainder of this season… Does it mean I won’t watch the games… Nope(although I did get rid of any remaining tickets I had this year and next out of sheer frustration, and really having no other way to show this).

          • sprucesens

            yeah, i’m in the same boat. i’ll keep watching when I can, but realistically I am fairly certain we will miss the playoffs. Even if we win all our games, most of the teams above us can as well. All we can do is cheer and hope players that have had poor season, improve. Mostly I hope Hoffman earns a spot, as well as hemsky. If we make it great! if not, i’m already at peace with it. And as nice as it would be to have a first rounder, with the group of players we already have, and prospects yet to make the team, we likely wouldn’t have room for that player anyways, in our window of contention.

          • Sandy

            They are heading into the weekend with 2 legit scoring lines which really hasn’t been the case much this season. Zibby & Hoffman could get it going as well…. but need an offensive winger on the other side…
            It’s all up to the D and the goaltending as to if the Sens make it in or not..

          • Aaron 2.0

            Obviously there isn’t a lot of offensive up-side to Condra. But, his puck possession and defensive skills are incredible. Condra might be a nice complementary piece on that line.

          • Tooks

            That is very true Sandy, we havent had 2 scoring llines ALL of this season.

            IF any hope at all can be had its because of this, Spezza line and Turris line have to be lights out, cuz we know our D and G is below avg at best right now and wont change anytime soon.

          • Zelle

            Just because we don’t feel optimistic about a playoff run this year doesn’t mean we don’t want to see the Sens keep winning. Especially against Montreal!

          • Tooks

            So have I, been giving away tickets to emps out of pure frustration of watching this team at home. I wish I could travel to away games!

        • Tooks

          Yeah no kidding, I’ve been trying to do this for what 3 years now, and still fans get upset at anyone that doesnt agree with them. Everyone is automatically a Leafs troll, lol.

          • sprucesens

            lol. I agree with you on some points here and there, but lets be honest, some times you try.

          • Tooks

            Sometimes…:P
            But if not for me and a few select individuals, everyone would agree and like you said, it would be one hell of a boring blog.

            I am a Sens fan but an NHL fan 1st, No Sens game on, no problem I watch any other game, Sens playing badly, I watch the Ducks or Hawks cuz they are entertaining.

            Doesnt make me any less of a fan, I’m a realist, can we win 8-10 games, sure, will we, well…to quote Alfie “Probably not”.

          • Doc

            That I can get behind. Most Sens fan around my age had to follow another team when they were younger.

            I’ve always told my friends that I’m a fan of the sport before a fan of the team. And usually, that’s how you can have great hockey talks with other that are also objective.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Stupidest posts ever are… Don’t respond to the leaf troll

          • Tooks

            Yeah those are Classics

          • Doc

            That’s because most of the time, instead of trying to have a conversation, you deliberately try to stir the pot.

            At least be honest about it.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Bingo

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol. Maybe one day we’ll all be good fans like you!

      • Hax

        Missed my point. First I was really just joking. And even so, I’m talking about fans that jump off the bandwagon in November and spend the remainder of the season crapping on fans that are still optimistic. A VERY small number of people like this.

        • Tooks

          Well, when and IF the Sens ever do win a Cup, I doubt people would have to jump off the bandwagon in November cuz if they had to, probably means we’re not a Cup contending Team.

    • Tooks

      Hopefully you are in front, you’ve been the poster child for optimism on this board and deserve your fairytale ending.

    • Doc

      I get what you’re saying. Speaking for myself, I’m a numbers kind of guy. The reason I love poker is the same reason why I love advance stats. Probability is key.

      Needing to win 12 out of 17 when the Sens won 28 total to date, I can see why some people would be sceptical. I love the enthusiasm of some posters on here, but numbers usually don’t lie.

      Being optimistic is one thing, having blind faith is another. That being said, I’ll still cheer for my Sens and will watch all of the remaining games with fervor. But you also need to take the bad with the good, and right now odds aren’t stacking up for the Sens. That’s not being a “realist”, it’s just fact.

      Go Sens.

      • Hax

        I think it boils more down to how people express it. Deep down everyone knows it’s *possible* for the Sens to make the playoffs but still very unlikely. Some would just jump straight to “never gonna happen” in the way they express it and others would more along the lines of “I think they can do it” and everywhere in between.

        Contrary to popular belief, I think everyone has a right to feel how they want to about it and express it however they want. The only thing that bugs me is when a very small percentage of people feel the need to convince others to feel the way they do.

        Human nature I guess. But yes, there is a way to be a pure “realist” and still 100% fan through-and-through.

        • Doc

          Very true. The same reason why I think it’s annoying as all hell when the same posters, on every posts, talk about the same players then want to trade/demoted/sent out to sea.

          EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

          You don’t like the player. We get it. Move on.

          • Hax

            Life on the internet I suppose. Thankfully (for my own sanity) I’ve developed my own “ignore” system that’s been working pretty well.

          • Doc

            Ha! We should maybe exchange tips and tricks.

  • Sensnation

    Excited for the opportunity being presented to Lehner and just hope he can grab the reins and run with them from here on out.

    This is the time for this team to catch fire and make their run. Either way though should be some fun hockey to finish off the season with a lot of key divisional matchups.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Bram

    Thank God Anderson is injured!!! He gives up on plays way too easily

    • Zelle

      Wow I don’t even know…

      • Tooks

        He has been showing signs of bad body language recently but the poor guy is playing with 2, if that, legit top 4 D’s, and 1 of those D’s (Karlsson) doesnt play D at all some games, so that only leaves Methot, who struggles.

    • Matty5634

      Say wha……?

  • Sens613

    It seems like everyone is on the Lehner bus and I really hope everyone remembers he’s suppose to be the futur of the club. I wish he was ready now but watching his last game was VERY disappointing. Yes you can blame the D, but even Maclean gave it Lehner after he was pulled in the second period.

    Sorry for the little rant but just so nervous knowing what’s at stake this weekend. Here’s hoping Lehner can be as focused as when he was stopping everything that moved on his way to win the Calder cup.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Or you could look when he took over for Anderson… And looked stellar. For whatever real job Noone remembers that. Hell even sports sites didn’t

    • CUP 2014-15

      I know what you mean. Remember that he wasn’t great in Bingo until the season was on the line, he was the back-up that year as well, right into the first round when they were down 3-1 in games. Next thing you know he’s the playoff MVP. and Baby Sens win the Caldar. He will get it done.

      • Sens613

        I love that example, down 3-1 in a playoff series. Would you say the baby Sens only had 11% to win that series?

        • CUP 2014-15

          No kidding how about them winning the next three, all in overtime and the Lehner facing an OT penalty shot. Can’t remember what game it was but I think it was in the second OT period. That was a magic run with Robin, EC, CG, HOFF, PW, ZS, EG and Cowen. Bring back the Magic.

    • Sandy

      We do not know what McLean said to Lehner.. but he didn’t have much help..

      • FistsofNeil25

        He sure didn’t have a lot of help but that was the worst he may have ever looked between the pipes. That was a brutal game all around though. Cowen had a rough night.

    • BFR

      Like Sandy said, we don’t know what he said to Lehner, but he clearly didn’t “give it to him.” It is more likely that he said something to calm him down to keep him from going to the locker room and raging. If the coach ripped into him you would have seen a PO’ed Lehner and the camera would have caught that , kinda like the time Reimer got pulled.

      • Sens613

        Ok, do I was making an ass of u and me with what Maclean said. Just hoping we win this weekend.

        • BFR

          Well that I can get behind…

  • CUP 2014-15

    Montreal Toronto and the Sens all have their starting netminders out with injury. Release the Lehner

    • FistsofNeil25

      Hopefully Montreal’s starter remains injured for at least one more game.

      • Sandy

        The Sens are not that lucky..

        • CUP 2014-15

          No we are, Price still not close to a return.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Off the Sens topic, but James Neal is out with another concussion. You have to believe the Pens knew this when they were on the free agency hunt. Neal had that 40 goal season back in 2011-12, and last year with 21 and this year 22, and he’s doing it within 40 games. Impressive goal scorer, he may have been a 3 time 40 goal scorer if only he could remain healthy.

  • A-Train

    Interesting…..

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    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Uggg

    • Mat

      Perfect. Just in time to cause another useless distraction.

    • Sandy

      So then they don’t need the Casino there and Melnyk can get it? And therefore earn more $$$ so he can spend on the team, since he’s not spending on the team with the TV revenue he gets starting next season..

  • ProudSens

    Hope Lehner has shaken the rust and is good to go. Intensity gets you so far. Looking forward to the game. We need this win boys. Go Sens Go

  • Mat

    Time to shine Lehner! If this guy wants to be discussed as a possible future starter, this weekend would be a great time to pick up the ball and run with it…

  • CUP 2014-15

    got to hate scoreboard watching. Tonight we’re pulling for a bunch of crappy teams. So lets go Jets, Cats, Oil and Nucks……ugh!!!

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Wrong side of every game almost but the devils. Doesn’t’ t matter. Still 5 points back.

  • PraiseAlfie11

    So…who else is up for taking a run for Markov this offseason? If Cowen can return to regular form, we would have one heck of a back unit.

  • aegiszx

    Yep, no one really did us any favours tonight… Every team is stepping up unfortunately…

  • Jacques

    Well our 4th round pick that came with conacher in the Bishop trade scored 4 goals tonight! Vincent Dunn for Gatineau! Also, Chris Driedger stopped 37 of 41 shots tonight and then stoned all 6 shooters in the shootout for a 5-4 Calgary Hitmen win!

  • NickofTime

    Too bad Mark Stone wasn’t called up as well, would love to see him on that 3rd line with Hoffman & Zibanejad. They played together in Bingo & was their top line for a while, it would be nice for them to be a good scoring line in Ottawa as well. Condra is good defensively but has zero offensive talent, Stone is bigger & would certainly add more offence to that 3rd line. It may not happen this yr but I expect Stone to be on this team full time next season.
    If Anderson keeps giving Lehner these chances, one of these days Lehner isn’t going to give the net back to Craig. My guess is that Lehner takes the number one job away from Anderson next season at some point & makes it easier for BM to deal Craig.