Senators Face Uphill Climb

SensChirp March 12, 2014 227
Senators Face Uphill Climb

With just 17 games left in their season, the Ottawa Senators have a daunting task ahead of them. Heading into Wednesday night’s action, the Senators trail the Philadelphia Flyers by five points in the sprint for the final wild card position.

Not out of reach just yet but it’s going to take some kind of magical run for Ottawa to close the gap on the teams ahead of them. An 11-4-2 record would get them to 92 points, which right now is the projected cut in the Eastern Conference. Impossible, you say? Not quite. In fact, it happened just a couple months ago. From the end of December to late January the Senators posted a 10-3-3 record.

So yes, it’s within reach. Sports Club Stats puts their chances at 11.5% heading into Wednesday night.

The Sens are off again tonight and actually don’t play again until Saturday in Montreal. Let’s take a quick look at the team’s remaining schedule.

@ Montreal
Colorado
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay
@ Dallas
@ Tampa Bay
@ Florida
Chicago
Calgary
Carolina
New York Islanders
Montreal
@ New York Rangers
@ New York Islanders
New Jersey
Toronto
@ Pittsburgh

10 home games, 7 on the road. 11 against playoff teams, 6 against non-playoff teams. 5 back to backs. 3 afternoon starts.

The way I see it, the only way this team was going to make any noise this Spring was if they went into the playoffs playing their absolute best hockey.  And now with the situation they find themselves in, they’ll have to go on a pretty incredible run just to qualify.  We’ve seen flashes, in Winnipeg and in the third period against Nashville, that suggest this team might be up to the challenge.  When asked if his team still had a shot at qualifying for the playoffs, Captain Jason Spezza was quick to reply “We think so.”

Really, that’s all that matters at this point.  The players still believe. And fans should too.

-The Senators were on the ice for practice yesterday but were without Craig Anderson and Cody Ceci.  MacLean called Cody Ceci “day to day” and said he expects Craig Anderson to be ready for Saturday after suffering a “stinger” in the third period against Nashville.  Clarke MacArthur, who has been sidelined with an injured hand, is expected to be in the line up on Saturday night in Montreal.

-Tonight is the Sens Skills competition down at the Canadian Tire Centre.  If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of these events before, I highly recommend it.  Great event to bring your kids to.  For more ticket information, head here.  A few predictions…Hardest shot-Spezza, Fastest Skater- Mike Hoffman, Overall winner- Team Spezza.

  • Hax

    The way this season has gone we know we’ll have no trouble beating the playoff teams (so 11 wins there) – it’s just the crappy teams we’ll have problems with. If we can salvage 2 or 3 points against the weak teams we’ve got a shot.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Love it. great observation. I am on this train

  • Cicero

    Senschirp: “When asked if his team still had a shot at qualifying for the playoffs, Captain Jason Spezza was quick to reply “We think so.””

    “Really, that’s all that matters at this point. The players still believe. And fans should too.”

    Prior to the Christmas break, I had no hope that the Sens would be in a hunt for a playoff spot. So the run the team has taken us all on since then has been a great ride. I don’t care much for probability statistics, but I do know that if this team plays their heart out every night, and if we catch breaks with other teams faltering, then there’s a 100% chance that we make it in. But if we don’t it’s been a good season for a young, growing team. Better to show improvement in the second half, rather than the other way around.

    Fans should believe. That’s more than a statement of opinion from Captain Jason Spezza — I think it’s an appeal to Sens fans to lighten-up and enjoy the remainder of this ride.

    This is not the time to bring scalpels into the conversation and cut apart players and coaches just because you have a grudge. If the Sens are going to pull this off, each and every player needs to know that the fans believe. Greening needs to know that the fans believe in him. Cowen needs to know. Phillips needs to know….

    They need to hear it, read it, and feel it. (Seriously. Why do you think their PP record on the road is the polar opposite to their home record??)

    There’s an old saying, “an expectation is just a pre-meditated resentment”. If anyone really expected this team to make the playoffs after the first half of this season, then I’m amazed. I for one am just grateful that we’re actually talking about chances now, this March 12, 2014.

    So good luck Sens!

    I believe!

    • SensChirp

      An early contender for comment of the day!

    • CUP 2014-15

      Well said and now let’s hope Pmac will show some confidence in his lines and let them play together for this outstanding finish we are about to go on and I could not be happier we are being led there by Spezz.

      • A-Train

        Good comment , Cup. I lean to the optimist side, but let’s see the coach do the same: Put his best (and healthiest) guys out there and let them carry the team. Really important for the franchise to have a strong finish, playoffs or not.

        • CUP 2014-15

          Agreed, I like this core group and this team needs to show that part of their image is having no quit in them. Like you said, make it or not…go down swinging boys. A Saturday night game v the habs, what the hell, love it, the bar tab will be a lot less then those afternoon starts.

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      that comment literally made my day. I remember all the negative comments within the first 30 games..I knew the boys would turn it around at some point and they did. Yes we are not perfect and no where near Stanley Cup contention but making the playoffs anything could happen.

      • SuperSENS

        Yep. The hard part is making the playoffs. After that, anything is possible.

    • ZibbyFan

      Well said and very true. Thanx for posting.

  • Andrews theory

    The fact remains, Ottawa didnt show up for games against Calgary or Nashville for most of the night…. up until those games I thought Ottawa looked like a team poised to turn the corner.
    While it’s a breath of fresh air to see Spezza step up and take over the fate of this team. It seems as though there have been too many passengers since part way through that Oilers game when Ottawa had the puck the entire time but couldn’t score.
    Fans deserve the playoffs, not so sure about this squad this year unfortunately.
    Hopefully we can play spoiler down the stretch and set the stage for a big year in 2015

  • mo

    thanks cicero wish there was more sens fans like you
    #believe show your support good or bad this is OUR TEAM

    • Cicero

      Thanks! I’m just following Chirps’ lead and trying to stay positive. I also managed to wake up and post before my Inner Troll did which is okay I guess :-)

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Honestly, i am looking at those 2 games against Tampa. We are 7 points back of them. If we could win both that would be great and also Montreal this saturday will be huge. Things could get very right in the east after this week. I am gonna say this again we will be in the playoffs. I just know these boys have some sort of fight left in them. Just watching Bobbys reaction after shooting the puck right at Pekke at the Nashvilles game. He wants to win soo bad and we are literally right there. Lets hope we can get some wins agaisnt MTL and the Avs tooo boost our confidence. GO SENS GO

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    and hey remember Alfies comment when asked if they could beat the Pens. At least Spezza showed that he has hope in his squad and so do I

    • SuperSENS

      The Sens were getting outmatched pretty badly by the Pens in the series. While it may not have been the ‘popular’ thing to say, it wasn’t untrue.

      Optimism will only get you so far.

      • Sensnation

        Bullshit. As the captain of an NHL team going into a pivotal game you should never claim you have no chance. You shouldn’t even believe it, or else what are you doing. That’s the problem with Alfie, his “realism” held him back from those big underdog wins, he really didn’t believe in himself or the team when the cards were stacked.

        • SuperSENS

          So, you’d have preferred if he spouted the same tired cliche about having a chance to comeback, even though they were badly outmatched, especially in Game 4, and the almost insurmountable odds of recovering from a 3-1 series deficit. At least he had the balls to say what everyone was obviously thinking, rather than insult everyone’s intelligence by blowing smoke.

          If you recall, he made that infamous guarantee that the Senators would win Game 7 against New Jersey, only to have them lose. As I said, optimism will only get you so far.

          If you honestly believe his ‘realism’ held them back and that he didn’t believe in himself and in this team during all those years, then I don’t even know what to tell you.

      • Tooks

        Ya Alfie just said what was in his heart. We weren’t going to win that series, so why lie to the fans. Its all good that Spezza thinks we can make the playoffs, go out and prove it.

  • CUP 2014-15

    What’s that you said, Montreal is talking about playing a tough in your face game on Saturday

    • Doc

      What are they doing? Playing Patty Cake?

      • SuperSENS

        As per someone’s comment on yesterday’s post, maybe Neil is getting ready to show Gryba his ‘healing fists’ like he did with Cowen :)

        • SenaTHOR

          Other than the one game with Cowen I think Gryba has had a solid season. Let’s trade hime for a small European puck moving defenseman who is minus 40. That will help us againts the teams with power forwards like Lucic etc.

          • SuperSENS

            Huh? It was a joke. I don’t even know what trading him has to do with my comment whatsoever.

  • EHMatt

    Does anyone want to buy me a plane ticket home LOL? They started that run in December when I came home to visit. I was at the Washington game where they broke their curse of not winning back to back games.
    I’m still holding onto a little bit of hope that they’ll make it.

  • FistsofNeil25

    I still have hope that the Sens will squeak into the playoffs, but I certainly don’t believe they can. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s playoff parade but the performances against Detroit, Edmonton, Calgary and Nashville are too fresh in my mind. Only 1 point out of a possible 8 in those very win-able games just wasn’t good enough.

    • runningbear1974

      Hey… It’s positive, hopeful day…

      • SensChirp

        I was wondering how long it would last.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Sorry Chirp, but all this scoreboard watching we have to do this week between our games has me feeling doubtful. It’s tough watching other teams pick up points while we aren’t playing.

          I would feel much better about our chances if our team actually had competed hard enough the last couple weeks.

          • SuperSENS

            Yeah, scoreboard watching is the most nerve-racking part of all.

          • PraiseAlfie11

            It’s not like the other teams are playing games in hand. However, having said in january/feb that teams playing like the sens don’t miss the playoffs, teams that play like they did in Alberta deserve to miss the playoffs.

            The big question is: which team will close out the season? Jeckell or Hyde?

    • SuperSENS

      Optimistic but realistic too. Nothing wrong with that. :)

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    We played horrible in Winnipeg… You don’t fave that many shots and have it considered a good game

    • SensChirp

      Third period was kinda rough, for sure.

  • FistsofNeil25

    If the Sens are going to make a push for the playoffs in these final 17 games, Maclean has to find a way to get some offense out of more than just the Turris and Spezza lines. The team gets very little secondary scoring out of their 3rd and 4th lines. Obviously we can’t expect much production out of the Greening-Smith-Neil line and we can’t expect Zibanejad’s line to produce produce when he has to try and carry Kassian and Condra.

    With MacArthur expected to return on Saturday, what kind of mine-up would you guys like to see that would give us a more balanced offensive attack?

    • Hax

      Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky
      MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
      Hoffman-Zibanejad-Neil (Neil on Zibanejad’s wing has worked before)
      Greening-Smith-Condra

      • FistsofNeil25

        To be honest, I really wouldn’t mind seeing another Da Costa call up. During his last stint with the big club he showed that he could help provide the secondary scoring we need. I know that Maclean is keen on keeping Zibanejad at center, but it wouldn’t hurt to move him back over to the wing short term if it will help provide some additional scoring.

        Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky
        MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
        Hoffman-Da Costa-Zibanejad
        Greening/Condra-Smith-Neil

        • sprucesens

          love those lines. then next year, if we don’t sign michalek, stone could take the spot on the top line. I see 3 scoring lines that can all keep opponents guessing

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          But swap michalek for someone in the off season… Be it someone in the minors or a trade… Pretty sure he is done here

          • JAY79

            To be honest with you, if Michalek would sign a cheap two year deal, I wouldn’t mind him coming back. The man has talent, it’s just that he’s always injured. I don’t know how he’s been feeling this year but if he’s feeling good and not playing through injuries then I would explore bringing him back.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I sort of agree….. But like Philips don’t think he brings enough to justify.

            Although look where that got us with Philips

          • Tooks

            Errr wrong, why do you think his official nickname is No Knees. He’s done, Sens cant afford to make contract mistakes a la Cowen/Greening. Hoffman/Stone can battle for his spot.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Those are just suggested lines for the remainder of the season to help produce some secondary scoring. Don’t even get me started on what I’d like to see the line-up look like next season lol there would be quite a few additions and subtractions

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Oh man I hear you!

          • FistsofNeil25

            I’d like to see Greening, Condra, Kassian, Wiercioch, Gryba all gone.

            Condra’s a good fourth line right winger but that spot belongs to Neil.

            Greening is set to make 2.65 for the next few seasons and that’s too much dough for a 4th line plug who can easily be replaced.

            Kassian seems like a great teammate but I think wasting a roster spot on an enforcer is a total waste. If Murray wants this team to be tougher then he should address that by bringing in a couple tougher players that can actually play throughout the line-up

            I like Wiercioch but the coaching staff doesn’t seem to believe in him. He’s seen the most time riding the pine this season other than Corvo of course.

            Gryba is a good physical bottom pairing defender but there just isn’t a need for him with Cowen and Phillips in the teams plans going forward. The Sens defense needs to become a more mobile group and having Cowen, Phillips and Gryba in the line-up doesn’t make us a good team.

          • SenaTHOR

            Maybe Gryba will get picked up by Torontp or Montreal. That will help us.

    • boom

      Assuming MacLean insists on playing Zibby at center: (rather see him on wing on top 2 lines)

      68 – 19 – 83
      16 – 7 – 6
      9 – 93 – 61/22 (prefer Stone)
      28/14 – 15 – 25

      • Mat

        lol. Totally didn’t see your line combos. Great minds think alike…

    • Tooks

      Play the shit out of your BEST players.

      93-19-83
      16-7-6
      68-93-9
      14-15-25
      Out: 22, 28

      3-65
      46-5
      4-62
      Out: 2
      41-40

      • FistsofNeil25

        Zibanejad on the first and third lines he? Also don’t think he’s ever played left wing in his career.

      • SenaTHOR

        3/4 Wiercioch/Ceci Really?

        • FistsofNeil25

          and a pairing of Phillips-Gryba? Yikes…

      • Sensnation

        Nothing about this lineup makes sense Tooks

      • sben

        no.

      • Mat

        So Zbad plays first and third line minutes? Not buying it. But you could bring up Stone and have this;

        68-19-83
        16-7-6
        61-93-9
        14-15-25
        Out: 22, 28

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    In regards to Anderson being ready… I really hope after both his and Lehners performance last game Lehner gets the nod

    • FistsofNeil25

      I know you’ve been pumping Lehner’s tires all season but Anderson gives us a better chance to win right now. You can’t tell anyone that Lehner would have fared better than Anderson in the first 2 period against Nashville. The team was a no-show until the 3rd period. Andy played well and couldn’t have been to blame on any of the 3 goals allowed against him.

      • Sensnation

        Lehner has the possibility of stealing games. Though less consistent, the team plays more confidently in front of him. Anderson is not at his best this year and it’s showing. It’s not that he should have some of the goals, it’s that at his best he would have. That’s why we want Lehner, the chance to steal more games.

        • FistsofNeil25

          When was the last time Lehner stole us a game? Andy has stolen more than his fair share of games for this team over the last few years, including our most recent win in Winnipeg.

          Andy hasn’t been at his best this year but neither has Lehner. The point is that Anderson is the most tested goaltender at this point of the season and for a team that is desperate for wins, he gives us the best chance. Lehner has too much rust right now.

          • Sensnation

            Didn’t we just steal a point last game because Lehner shut the door that Anderson let fly wide open?

          • FistsofNeil25

            How was Andy responsible for any of the goals agains? Two points blank deflections and a brutal turnover by Methot to Nystrom who picked the corner while Methot screened Andy!

            Lehner didn’t steal us a point at all. The rest of the team just finally decided to show up and and compete in the third period, firing 19 shots on goal and scoring on 3 of them. I didn’t know Lehner scored goals. Spezza and Hemsky stole us that point. Not Lehner.

          • Sensnation

            Did Lehner not shut the door in the 3rd? Did you miss his huge saves? Not debating further if you can’t see it for what it was. As for your idiotic comment about Lehner scoring goals … have a nice day.

          • SensChirp

            I thought Anderson was actually quite good in the portion of the game he played. No chance on any of the goals. Lehner was good too.

          • Sensnation

            As I said, Anderson had no chance, but the best he can play he saves at least 1 of those. Lehner did on similar chances in the 3rd. Lehner is a gamebreaker, still learning consistency, but his best is better than Anderson’s, and it’s extremely clear in how the momentum changes when Lehner plays. Team is much more confident in front of him and know they can take the risks. He just needs games in a row, which won’t come till next year unfortunately.

          • FistsofNeil25

            lol take it easy man. There’s no reason to react like that. I did see Lehner make some big saves in the third but I also saw Anderson make big saves in the first two periods when the rest of the team hung him out to dry. If the players in front of him had played as well as they did in the third we wouldn’t have been losing 3-0 when he left the game. Both goalies were good.

            Your comment was that Lehner stole us the point and I believe it had less to do with Lehner and a lot more to do with Spezza and Hemsky taking over.

            If you were to ask me in December who I wanted to see get the starts, I would reply Lehner without hesitation. Given the fact the he hasn’t played enough in the last couple months and that he hasn’t looked good when he has started, I believe that Andy gives us the best chance to win right now. That’s the point I’m trying to make.

        • Mat

          Sorry but I have to agree with FistsofNeil25. Whlie Lehner has shown the ability to steal games in the past, it hasn’t happened in a while. Lehner also had some recent stinkers too (e.g. the last Detroit and Carolina games come to mind).
          Anderson has clearly been the better goalie in the second half of the season and Lehner either needs more ice time or some refinements. I’m thinking both..

          • Sandy

            Because Lehner hardly plays…

          • Mat

            Yes, as indicated in my comment. But that still doesn’t make him the right choice. You still have to perform in when you are given the chance.

          • Sensnation

            Lehner has the better goals against average and the better save percentage. What is it that you think shows he’s not performing at least as well as Anderson?

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I disagree that he automatically gives us a better shot… Had you reversed the games played I would be just about anything (obviously not possible) we would be better off… Having played keeper (moreso I’m soccer but a bit in my short-lived. Hockey career) it is impossible to get into a groove and in turn stay hot playing once a month.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I don’t think there is a clear trend for one over the other, IMO. Lehner has struggled lately. But, he gets so few games, I don’t really expect any consistency in his game. If Anderson had been deployed like Lehner has this year, it’s not clear to me he would have played any better. And having said all that, Lehner still has the marginally higher save percentage this year (0.912 versus 0.908 for Anderson).

        I’d also point out that Anderson had a phenomenal January. This fits with his performance historically. For some reason, he always has a better January than any other month.

        • FistsofNeil25

          I agree completely. It’s hard to expect Lehner to be consistent and play to his potential when he’s rarely playing. That’s why given the circumstances, Anderson is the better goalie to start at this very moment. He’s just the more tested goaltender

          Both goaltenders have shown that they have the ability to steal games for this hockey team but neither one of them has been great this season.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I agree with that. I’d argue that if you made Anderson starter (and Lehner backup) or Lehner starter (and Anderson backup) for the remainder of the season it would make little to no difference. But, coaches want Anderson to be the starter. As a result, he’s more tested right now. They should stick to that path. I’d like to see smarter goalie deployment though. On back-to-back games each should see one of them. That just makes sense from a fatigue perspective. MacLean has made some stupid decisions on that front, IMO.

          • Sensnation

            It’s not a coaching decision. It is honestly a decision to keep Lehner’s games down this year for his contract renewal. Not sure how anyone still attributes this to Maclean. It’s been discussed all season.

          • Aaron 2.0

            First I heard that management has told coaching not to use both goaltenders in back-to-back situations. I can understand management telling coaches they expect Anderson to be # 1 (thus keeping Lehner’s next contract lower). But, directing coaches on this sort of micro-level really scares me, if true.

          • Sensnation

            Murray knows this is a growth season, but he also knows how to manage his staff and assets to maximize their long term effectiveness. So yes he’s micromanaging a bit this year when our roster is weaker and younger, because he wants to give his prospects the best chance to grow longterm, but he knows for this team to win a cup, they need to sign Lehner at an affordable contract.

            A GM with BM’s history has every right to perform some micro managing. He did bring us to the finals, and pretty much built the ducks teams that won the cup. A lot of GMs don’t have the coaching side as well.

          • Aaron 2.0

            If management (BM) tells coaches what game to play what goal-tender, maybe he should just coach… There isn’t so many back-to-back games that the few extra games to Lehner would seriously change his contract.

          • Sensnation

            At this point we are both advocating for Lehner, I was just trying to add why it’s happening.

            Lehner is already at 25 games played this year. I don’t know all the goalie comparables, but Rask was kept below 30 games played other than the 1 season Thomas was injured. I believe Murray’s number is around there as well.

  • Inquiring Mind

    Hemsky still seems to be able to play the game quite well at the NHL level.

    Why did he fall so far out of favour in Edmonton and why did they
    get so little for him when he was traded ?

    “Injury prone” only covers some of it.

    • Sensnation

      It’s a team of losers, with a coach who admits almost every press conference that he’s out of his depths and has no clue what to tell his team anymore. They tried moving on to the young generation before they were ready, and Hemsky kept getting injured. There’s no doubt he’s always had this level of skill, but the combination of a fresh start and being lined up with Spezza really has got him going like the old Hemsky again.

    • Tooks

      Idiotic Management followed by idiotic Coaching = Players not put in positions to succeed.

      • Inquiring Mind

        Fair enough – my brain hurts every time I try to understand the Edmonton situation.

  • Mat

    The scary part of Hemsky and Spezza clicking really well is that Michalek is benefitting from this as well and that may sway management to consider re-signing him. Granted, his play has improved significantly over the last 5-10 games but I don’t want to imagine a scenario where we have him back next year. I would rather pursue the search for a top 6 winger for Spezza…

    • Inquiring Mind

      It’ll be all about the money.

      I suspect that Ottawa will use Michalek’s potential salary to try and keep Hemsky.

      Michalek will be looking for a long term / big money contract – I’m not the GM
      that would risk “buying” his knees.

    • Sensnation

      At one point Stone was that up and coming winger, but I don’t know if him or Hemsky would move to the other wing to accommodate it. I hope they at least try Puempel with those two at training camp next fall.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Was it prince that requested out… If so Gove him a shot to earn his Cockyness

  • Sensnation

    The craziest part of the schedule is that for this team to complete a run into the playoffs, it could very much come down to a final game against Pittsburgh. I bet Spezza’s up for that game, no matter the odds!

  • Sensnation

    Nice to see Murray come out to support Cowen.

    “I believe this guy is going to be a really good player for a long time,”.

    Had offers at the deadline and didn’t want to move him!

    • SensChirp

      Important to note that despite this comment, the Coaching staff and organization has actually been pretty frustrated with Cowen this season. A lot of the mistakes he’s making are just poor decision making and the result of not listening to instruction.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Further demonstrating the disconnect that is blatantly obvious on this team.

        • SensChirp

          Sorry?

          • boom

            I thnik he’s referring to the (apparent) dis-connect between Murray and MacLean. I have mentioned this mumerous times as well.
            I know you disagree, and I’m hoping that you are right (being closer to the team than I am)

          • SensChirp

            No disconnect on Cowen. Both Coach and GM believe he will be a good player.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Yeah boom nailed it….There is absolutely no way Murray traded for Ryan and expected him to play such low minutes(and this also happened early in the season)….I doubt he was injured then.

          • FistsofNeil25

            I don’t think Bobby’s ice-time is that low is it? Yes there have been some games when it has been lower that expected, but overall he has the 5th most ice-time amongst Sens forwards. The only players ahead of him play both special team units (Spezza, Michalek, MacArthur and Turris) while he only plays 5 on 5 and on the powerplay.

          • laffin681021

            He was on the kill the other night..

          • FistsofNeil25

            Yeah but he wasn’t on the kill until the last two games and that was because MacArthur was hurt. Two games isn’t going to effect his average-time-on-ice for the whole season.

          • laffin681021

            Oh I know that but I was just pointing it out.

          • boom

            Like I said, you are closer to the team than me.

          • Sensnation

            I don’t see the disconnects either. I think the disconnect is between what fans expect and what is actually occurring.

          • FistsofNeil25

            I don’t know how much of a disconnect there really is. I’ve heard Bryan Murray make a few comments about that would indicate some of his views on the roster are different from those of Maclean’s but I wouldn’t exactly call that a disconnect.

            I remember Murray saying he wanted to see Zibanejad as a top-six forward on the team but that was back in January. He also said he would like to see Wiercioch as a regular in the line-up because he believes that Patty is a capable puck mover.

            Those would be the only two comments that would leave me to believe there may be a disconnect. Not really enough evidence if you ask me.

          • The Apostle

            I dont think that Murray making aspirational statements about players and those players not living up to those aspirations shows a disconnect between GM and coach. Murray knows that if those players proved they were those players they would generally get played accordingly. But honestly speaking WireCock hasn’t done enough to be an every day player and Zbad hasn’t done enough to show he’s a regular on the top 6.

            When Murray makes those statements he isn’t saying this is what should happen he is saying this is where i want these players to prove they belong.

        • FistsofNeil25

          He still just has too much potential to give up on yet. He’s probably been the worst Senator this year based on expectations but it’s foolish to give up on high draft picks like him this early in his career.

          He has a lot of work to do if he’s ever going to reach his potential though. It kind of raises some flags though when you see a guy hold out for an undeserved contract and then this report of him not listening to instruction.

          • Tooks

            Very iffy at best…

      • Sensnation

        I do feel like that’s been made clear this year. Wasn’t trying to discount his difficult season, but it does show that Murray understands the game better than his young coach. Cowen needs time to learn everything they are teaching him, very few apply it over night.

        • Tooks

          Cowen’s problems go deeper than a kid trying to learn a very easy system. He had no problem learning it his rookie year. He has an ego (proven by his holdout) and trusts his skills are sufficient for the task at hand, which they aren’t.

          • Sensnation

            Lol, Tooks. “Who told you” that he believes that? You are such a troll.

    • Tooks

      What were the offers and who told you that?

      • SensChirp

        Friedman told all of us that. And Bryan told him.

        • SenaTHOR

          Can’t imagine it was much at that point.

  • WolfInSheepsClothes

    3pts out of a possible 4pts in the last 2 games.

    Optimism!

    • laffin681021

      Have to start somewhere!

  • BeJamin

    To whoever said we didn’t play well in the Peg… It’s called score effect hockey. Ottawa dominated until they had a big lead and then coasted. Completely standard.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      And how does that mean they played a good game? A good period or two…sure, but if you coast and shit the bed at the end it isn’t a good game.

      50ish shots, does not constitute a good game regardless of outcome.

      • my2sens

        That is where it is confusing. We seem to have found some of our scoring again, but our defence has returned to shite!

      • BeJamin

        Every team in the league coasts with a 3 goal lead. Every team. Getting burned for 50 shots is because they coasted to the extreme. Game was won in 2 periods. It is what it is.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          We can agree to disagree.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Toronto lost 6-2 to San Jose facing 48 shots….doesn’t look like they coasted.

      • s3nsfan

        better than a game with 20 shots and losing…imho

  • BeJamin

    Also, maybe they make it but at the end of the day this team didn’t play it’s best players. GSN line getting 15 mins a night while DaCosta, Stone and Pageau rot in the minors and Conacher Is waived for cash is nonsense.

    • Sensnation

      So much of this team’s longterm vision has been laid out for fans over the years. The fact so many fans feel so out of sorts this year with what should be going on is really an indication of how little fans realize the natural ebb and flows of pro sports and creating a team. It’s a rebuild, Brian has a vision and a plan on how to get there, and the growth this season will just be so much more evident next year when the coach and gm start making decisions that are similar to fan expectations. Just playing your prospects at the NHL level, is not the way to rebuild successfully. Instead you need to overplay underskilled vets for a year or two while the young guys are learning and growing.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I actually didn’t expect us to do as well as we did last season….although for most on here and other places I agree that this is a lot of the problem.

  • BeJamin

    Hoffman-Spezza-Hemsky
    MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
    Michalek-DaCosta-Zibanejad
    Conacher-Smith-Condra

    If we played this lineup. We would be comfortably in the playoffs. Unfortunately money is more important than wins. We won’t see ottawa’s best team this year and it’s a damn shame.

    Instead we will be treated to 15 mins of GSN every night.

    • my2sens

      Conacher is playing for the Sabres?

      • BeJamin

        Obviously…. “The Sens have not iced their best team this year” as in waiving Conacher while keeping Greening is painful. It was all to save money.

        • Sensnation

          Conacher may do well in Buffalo, but has not room on an up and coming team. He’s the type of player that needs more offensive minutes then he deserves just to put up decent point stats. This team had plenty of scorers, what Greening offers is what this team needed to keep around.

        • FistsofNeil25

          If it was all about saving money don’t you think they would have tried to get rid of Greening’s horrible contract?

    • laffin681021

      So you take DaCosta as a center over Zib? and Conacher is gone

      • BeJamin

        Yes. Zib plays wing just fine. Da Costa can’t… Easy way to get them both in the lineup.

    • Sensnation

      Ottawa’s best team is still 1-3 years away … patience!

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Defense? There aren’t any gold chip D prospects in the system. Drafting them now will take 3 years for them to get to the NHL, yet alone be a force.

        They are never going to be elite allowing 50 shots every game.

        • Sensnation

          Love the optimism. For next year we have Karlsson, Cowen, Methot as top 4 dmen. We need 1 of Wiercioch, Ceci or Claesson to be able to be that 4th guy. Phillips, Gryba and the other one split time on 3rd pairing. There’s your 7 dmen. Not saying a trade may not be in order, but just about every NHL team wishes they had 1 more top 4 dman. Add to that the improvement in nets and our D will be improved at least slightly with the year of growth we’re going through.

          • PraiseAlfie11

            Right now, with the exception of the last couple of games, Cowen is no way a top 4 guy. Ceci is being forced into the top 4 and shouldn’t be (you think he would be top 4 in Boston today?). PW is never dressed and claesson has zero experience.

            That leaves us with 2 legit top 4 and 4 3rd pairing players. Call me pessimistic if you want, but 40+ shots on average does not bode well, no matter how good your offense is…especially in the playoffs.

          • Sensnation

            You keep harping on the shots allowed, but you’re ignoring the system. I thought this had been put to bed, but the system the sens play will always make them one of the leaders in shots allowed. They want the opponents to take quick shots from bad angles so they can recover the puck and move the other way. I agree when you’re over 45-50+ it’s way too much.

            As for Cowen, his problem this year was playing 1st pairing, but it was a needed pain. He is well served as a 2nd pairing dman going forward and again if we’re talking about next year I think that will be even more evident.

          • SenaTHOR

            He’s had 2 good games, don’t get over confident.

          • Aaron 2.0

            If Cowen develops into a legit top-4 next year, those 7 might be okay. But, I think it’s a role of the dice. A lot of nice prospects back there. Unfortunately, defensemen usually take a long time to develop. Expecting both Cowen and one additional sophmore to be reliable top-4 defenders next year sounds like a gamble. I think bringing in one legit top-4 would calm things down. I have no idea if BM will find one before the start of next season though.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Can’t stand the GSN line. Hopefully next year’s roster doesn’t feature the same threesome. Smith is a good player. Neil still has a role on the team, just need to limit his ice-time. Greening is completely expendable.

      • SensChirp

        It’s a fine fourth line. Issues arise when they are played more than 15 a night as a shut down line. Similar issue as we have with Chris Phillips.

        • FistsofNeil25

          I agree that it’s a fine fourth line. If they played fourth line minutes I wouldn’t have a problem with the trio.

          They work so hard so Maclean rewards them with more ice-time than their skill-level warrants.

          Another issue though is do you really pay your fourth line a combined 6.5 million? They could get the same results from a line that costs almost half that amount and then have more money to spend on a player that could make a greater impact than any of those three guys.

          If we were a cap team I would have no problem with spending that kind of money on a fourth line, but since we’re a budget team I would rather see the organization spend more for impact players and less for depth guys.

          Patrick Wiercioch has been making 2 million sitting in the press box all season.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Wierioch situation also drives me nuts…he has BY FAR not been our worst defender this year…Any given night any of Gryba, Cowen, Philips has played worse than I have seen him play at all this season.

          • Sensnation

            He’s great with the puck, but doesn’t take the body enough defensively and gets beat for that and positioning even more than the other dmen you listed. It’s not as over the top only because he barely plays.

          • SenaTHOR

            He missed a fair number of games in Bingo as well. Its simply that he is weak in the d zone and coaches hate that. We already have Karlssons d zone weakness.

          • BFR

            The games he missed in Bingo were due to serious injury.

          • SenaTHOR

            Mostly but was healthy scratched as well. He got sheltered minutes in Bingo as well. Must be a reason?

          • BFR

            Explains why he was brought up after EK went down for the season too.

          • SenaTHOR

            Wiercioch? He was already up I believe from the beginning of last season.

          • BFR

            He was brought up mid-Jan to get some NHL games. Karl went down a month later, and Wiercioch played well as a rookie with the increased minutes.

          • Sensnation

            They’ve been the 3rd line for years. I guess it becomes a difference of opinion between you and the coaching staff, but that has been their role. At 6.5 mil for a 3rd line, is not bad at all.

          • boom

            I think you’re missing his point – perhaps on purpose…
            Fist is saying that the are a decent 4th line, but make too much money for a 4th line. I agree.
            He is also saying that his problem with the line is when they play 3rd line minyes, because they are nowhere near good enough for that role. Again, I agree.
            You all can say that this line is fine, and they do their job, but our point is MacLean plays them too much.

          • Sensnation

            I get the point, but arguing about them being a 4th line when they’ve played as a 3rd line for a few years now is pretty useless. They are an above average 3rd line, that gets played too much, but gets paid according to their body of work, and earns the icetime when no one else is. Now that Spezza-Hemsky are clicking, there will be less time to give them, but Zibanejad’s 4th line has not earned more icetime than the Smith line and do not deserve it this year.

    • Hax

      Can’t see DaCosta playing over Greening or Neil. GSN is a great fourth line and decent third line. Our goal should be to have three other lines so good that GSN doesn’t get so much ice as a unit.

      If they want DaCosta that would mean Hoffman sits and Zibanejad moves to RW. That (to me) means Zibanejad needs to be in your top 6 as well though. Can Hemsky play LW?

      Hemsky-Spezza-Zibanejad
      MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
      Greening-DaCosta-Michalek
      Condra-Smith-Neil

      Still don’t love that bottom six. I think we need to get Zibanejad a decent set of wingers so that our fourth line is three of Greening, Smith, Neil and Condra (and our top 6 is still stacked).

    • s3nsfan

      Read Hax’s comment below and realized that GSN was greening smith neil, I thought it was Gong Show Nightly…my bad.

  • my2sens

    SC you are wrong. Chris Phillips or Jared Cowen will be the fastest skater, Condra will win the accuracy shootout, Smith the hardest shot, Hoffman best stache and Team Alfredsson (oh wait…)

  • my2sens

    With regards to the break, I actually welcome it. It will give a chance for those few players that are banged up to heal. Also, by Saturday we will have a better picture of where the teams stand.

    As for making the playoffs. Who knows? Anything can happen.

    I believe!!! Go Sens Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Millennium

    Steps To Making The Playoffs:
    1.) Pay for the best players
    2.) Give the best players the most ice time
    3.) Have best players show up in game consistently.

    Adjust your team accordingly….

  • Sensnation

    This interview with Methot is very refreshing. Hope others feel his optimism as well! Best way to sum up getting 1 point and their goals going forward.

    http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=145855

  • Sensnation

    Peverly out for season, will need additional heart procedure. Hopefully he’s able to come back next year and this doesn’t end his career!

    • Andrews theory

      hopefully he has enough sense to walk away from the game. it’s a great career and all but it’s not worth risking your life. If I’m him, I’m done…

    • BFR

      I wouldn’t bet on it. Jiri Fischer never returned after his collapse on the bench. He should do what he needs to do to get his health back, appreciate he got the chance to play in the NHL, and enjoy a long life post-hockey.

      • Michenator

        AND he got to win the cup, so that’s pretty great!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Anyone know anywhere I could watch the skills competition tonight? So bored without sens hockey for 4 days… would be greatly appreciated

    • BFR

      510 or 22 on Rogers.

  • SenaTHOR

    141 points for for Spezza, Michalyk, Karlsson. Unfortunately they are -56. You do the math!
    When your counting on your secondary and tertiary players to win for you, nothing will change. Your best players need to play a 200ft game. Winning teams have positive numbers.

    • Millennium

      You can’t add players’ +/- together and get any meaningful stat. All it gives you is a useless number.

      • SenaTHOR

        OK they are on for way more goals against and extrapolating, their defense sucks! Add to that that their PP points don’t count in +- and its even worse.

        • sprucesens

          lehner and Anderson are a combined -28. This doesn’t have any effect at how good there offense is. +/- is a poor stat to use and can be used to prove any player is good/bad. Example, you put michalek and spezza on boston, they probably have a better +/- because boston wins way more than we do. Winning = better +/- for everyone. Kassian is -2, condra -1, yes he is our “defensive wizard” (which I disagree with by the way, but the point remains). Is kassian as good defensively as condra because his numbers are similar? no. +/- CAN be used to show that a player generally produces more chances for than against, but it also is about 70% luck of the draw. Every time a goalie makes a bogus play, 5 players get a -, even though it had nothing to do with their play.
          For the sake of argument, Phillips play in OT, was his fault. He get’s the same – every player, including spezza and karlsson get, even though it wasn’t their fault. Use the stat sparingly, especially on the defensive side of things. It can be a little more telling on the offensive side, if anything.

          • SenaTHOR

            You can’t say that it’s not an indication of their defensive play.

          • sprucesens

            indication of the GROUP, yes. Any one player makes a mistake, and they all get a -. that’s kind of my point. Maybe a player changes as the opposition is on a rush, and they score, giving the guy that came on no chance at all. When losing, and having your top players on the ice a lot, chances are they will be negative players. having said that, yes I do agree that the players named should be improving their defensive end play. But its certainly not only their fault.

        • Hax

          The biggest thing wrong with +/- is that there’s no way to account for who they’re playing against. If you take the best “2-way” line in the NHL and play them 20+ minutes against Crosby they’ll have a worse +/- than if you play a group of danglers sparingly and only when they’ve got a chance to score.

          Spezza takes a lot of defensive zone faceoffs and has also been asked to be more of a match-up line when the Turris line was going so well (for example). Tough to pad your +/- in situations like that.

          Not saying he’s Selke material, but his perceived defensive flaws are more about situations and linemates than about him being horrible.

          And that’s not even factoring in what players are asked to do. Karlsson is asked to help us score first, then play some D if he has to. If he was asked to simply shut guys down he could do it (but it wouldn’t be as fun to watch).

          Skill is skill – Karlsson has more skill than just about anyone he’s on the ice with. If he took as much joy out of stopping the other guy as he does in trying to score, he’d be +100.

        • Pugnacious Serf

          Jeff Shultz was a +50 in 2010.

        • Millennium

          Consider this: -56 could be reached by all three being on the ice for 19 goals.

          Or each player being on the ice individually for a different goal 56 times.
          Or any combination in between.

          combined +/- tells you NOTHING.

          Individual +/-, which is what the stat was developed for, is also flawed, but for different reasons.

    • Sensnation

      Don’t tell the Leafs ;)

    • runningbear1974

      Yeah, i wonder if that number will get better or worse next year… Yikes, this crazy year, can’t tell if anyone is learning and getting better…

    • MethotToMyMadness

      Since Feb 27th, Spezza is a +2, so is Michalek and Karlsson is a -1. Won’t get into the habit of trying to add together these values, but it does show you there has been progress. And EK, well the fact he plays almost 30 minutes a game and is on the ice for almost every shift, odds are his end result won’t look fantastic if we don’t score more goals then the opposition.

      • SenaTHOR

        A two week sample. Good to see some improvement.

        • Aaron 2.0

          I do personally tend to be a little more sympathetic to Karlsson’s -15. He plays an awful lot of minutes. When the team is playing as poorly as it has this year, it’s hard to see how he could be a plus player.

    • aegiszx

      Yeah, seriously if Spezza or Karlsson actually played some D once in awhile… we’d be soooo good…

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Agree that the Sens will benefit from this extended break. If you want to get on a point earning streak, you need to have your best players on the ice. This little healing stretch will do the body good and it will make the guys eager to get out and play. It will be great to have CMac Back in the lineup as well. The reports say he will be, I just hope that’s true.

    Love the top two lines right now, especially with Hemsky in the mix. He’s been such a force with the puck and compliments Spezza well. We hear all about the inconsistencies, but as long as he keeps working with Spezza, given 1st line minutes, a few lapses here and there, I can handle.

    We’ve focused so much on getting a scoring winger for Spezza, in hopes of mimicking a little of the old Spezza – Heatley days. Nobody really thought of just adding more skill to his line. It seems picking up a creative play-maker to work with him, looks like something he’s needed even more. The best part is, anyone you add to the line, who has the slightest shooting ability will come out looking like a rock star. So far, anyone these two get into a passing play with, is putting the puck in the net. Great signing so far BM, well done.

    • Hax

      To that end, is it time to try Greening up there again? Let Spezza and Hemsky add the skill and let Greening do his bull-in-a-china-shop routine? That frees up Michalek to play with Zibanejad in some way.

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      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I thought this a couple days ago…I mean he did play well with Spezza at one point, I don’t think there is any harm in trying.

        • MethotToMyMadness

          As a Fan, I’m ok trying that experiment. I like giving Hoffman the ice up there, he’s so fast. But Greening still has some wheels and he is more of a bull on the puck.

          • Hax

            Yeah for me it’s more about getting a great third line together so that our fourth line (Smith and friends) doesn’t have to play too many minutes. All season long we’ve seemed to have one or two top lines plus the Smith line and then a line made up of scraps – skilled like a fourth line but not hard enough (at least as a group). Meaning the Smith line has to play 3rd line minutes/situations as well as 4th line.

            Similar to when we had Ruutu-Kelly-Neil. Another superb fourth line that we had to play like a 3rd line.

      • my2sens

        I really like this line combination. Thought of this last night when I saw that Greening can still skate and doesn’t mind the run and gun style… would be perfect for Spezza and Hemsky to saucer a puck through to the net….

  • Tim

    BSens season teetering now as well with a huge game against Rochester tonight. Season has spiraled downhill with 6 losses in a row….

    • sben

      WHat do you think is the problem? Hoffman leaving?

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Oohh….good question!

      • aegiszx

        Maybe the fact that we gutted half the team early on… Need to keep the team down there competitive.

    • sprucesens

      yikes. pick it up boys

  • Tim

    Went from 2nd in the Conference to 7th

  • Pugnacious Serf
    • sben

      he wasn’t even close. It isn’t even like marleau had to change his path when skating.

      “suck it phaneuf!”

      • Senators Pundit

        Hahaha! What could he possibly have been thinking? Nevermind, stupid question, this is Phaneuf we’re talking about!

        All of a sudden Phillips isn’t looking so bad.

  • SenaTHOR

    I try and go to as many games I can and I don’t usually watch streaming video but is anybody streaming the skills comp? I’m on business in LA for the next two days.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Dean and Gord are ruining the skills competition their commentary lol

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Hemsky and Spezza just cant stop talking to eachother. CHEMISTRY

  • sben

    Is there a place where I can watch the skills?

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      Channel 22 rogers. its almost done though

      • BeJamin

        Hardest shot was Z at 106mph

  • sprucesens

    anyone watched the skills? just curious who won what, since i don’t get the channel. well, i don’t have tv. lol.

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      Bobby won accuracy. Zibby hardest shot. Fastest skater not sure Team Spezza won

      • Millennium

        MM9 won fastest skater over Hoffman by a fraction

        • sprucesens

          huh, whoda thought. Hoffman actually uses his speed in the game though. Makes all the difference in the world.

  • PraiseAlfie11

    To bring back an earlier discussion, I said 40+ shots against is not the sign of an elite team. Another poster said its the system they play.

    If that is the case, why would they choose this system? All the strong teams are in the top 10 with less than 29 shots against. We let 34.4 a game.

    By my logic, a goal is scored roughly every 10-12 shots. That’s expecting to allow an extra goal per 2 games. Jacques Martin said of the early 2000 senators that they werent good enough to play firewagon hockey. I tend to agree with this team.

    It doesn’t need to be addressed today, or even this summer; but we will need 2 top 4 defensemen at some point if we are to make that jump to a serious contender.

  • Shibal

    Zibanejad with 106 MPH shot! Chara’s previous all star record was 105.9, however Zibanejad is only 20. Put this kid on the point or the half wall on the powerplay.

    • Senators Pundit

      Yeah, incredible. His other shot was a 104. This kid is a monster.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        You almost have to wonder if they are using a stick for that competition that is totally not allowed in the NHL games, when it comes to flex points, etc. Zibanejad already has a stick with a strange blade on it, like Spezza does.

  • Floridasensfan

    PM has a lot of say in us making playoffs, if he continues to overplay the plugs and not the skilled guys, playoff chances are zero.

    • Doc

      Easy to say when you have no clue what’s going on in the dressing room, or who is playing injured.

      Ever think there might be a valid reason some players have more TOI than others?

      • Floridasensfan

        Fair enough, I don’t know what goes on in the dressing room or who is injured, Sure there might be a valid reason for some TOI but from this side it seems like power struggles and favorites.

    • runningbear1974

      It’s not nice calling player PLUGS… These are NHL quality players that we chose to play on the team… For every player on the team, we had other options… Imagine telling one of the veterans players that we can’t have them out there for the last 2minutes of the game because we don’t trust him… Imagine that… Don’t trust your most veteran players…

      • Floridasensfan

        fair enough on the plugs comment

  • my2sens

    FYI – Everyone was sulking we lost to the Flames… they beat the Ducks 7-2 last night.

    • Loyd

      FYI – Ducks aren’t fighting for their playoff lives.

      • SenaTHOR

        Or maybe the flames are playing better lately. Half full or half empty.

  • sprucesens

    love the lines chirp tweeted. hopefully next year we can have 1 of either greening or condra traded, and have stone in the lineup also, on the 3 wing spot. 3 solid scoring lines and one competitive 4th checking line. heck, maybe stone and lazar make it? puempel, prince, pageau, SDC? probably a trade coming for a legit top 4 D in the offseason, with the rest maybe making the team.
    Hopefully the boys can keep it going this year and grind out a playoff spot.

    • boom

      What were the lines he tweeted?(I don’t tweet)
      Thanks.

  • esk

    sens vs detroit eastern conference finals….sens win , game 7 overtime..spezza with the winner…alfie would cry. lol

  • runningbear1974

    Why do people believe next year will be better than this year? It seems most of the team will be the same… So, I don’t understand why we should expect anything different next year…

    • runningbear1974

      I know lots of people love Spezza and Phillips, but I’ve been wanting to cheer for the future, not the past… I’ve been cheering for those guys for the last 10 years… I’m tired of it… I want to cheer for Turris, Zibanejad, Ceci… And the other new guys…
      To me, it really doesn’t feel like we’re winning the cup this year… And, it doesn’t really feel like we’re winning it next year… To me, the only chance we have is in a few years, when the other young guys come up, Puemple, Lazar, Stone… those guys… I don’t know why people believe Spezza will win us the cup this year, or even next year… To me, it’s obvious, that can’t win the cup with Spezza as our main #1 centre… Not even possible… When has there ever been a forward that plays like Spezza that won anything big? Ever… The winners have always been the strong 2 way players… Always… I don’t understand why people don’t see this, or don’t appreciate this… Anyway… Glad to see Zibanejad won the hardest shot… That’s something for me to cheer about…

      • Deadly

        Just like Alfie never won us anything.

        • runningbear1974

          2 years ago we were losing series with NYR 2-1… Alfie got injured… We were wining 3-2… Alfie returned from injury… We lost 4-3…
          In my mind, there were 2 main qualities of Alfie… His work ethic, and his loyalty… But, as it turns out, it was a loyalty of convenience…

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Zibanejad with the hardest shot! Nice. Get that guy on the point in the power play.

    • runningbear1974

      Get that guy lots more ice time…

      • SenaTHOR

        106mph shot means nothing. The accuracy is much more important. 106 mph into the chest or missing the net does ZERO. If he can corner or roof daddy it with that speed then you have something. Positioning is critical on the PP.

        • MethotToMyMadness

          While that is true, how many players, even as skilled as NHL players, can shoot over 100mph and aim in those areas with precision? We know Weber can shoot that hard, and his lift and go all over the place. Talk to Ceci about it. Regardless of where it always ends up, having him out there and rifling it, makes people aware. I say go for it.

    • Zelle

      It would be really nice to see that kind of shake up on the PP. It’s just so bad, and has been for a few seasons now.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Well it’s Friday, couldn’t have come soon enough. Only one more night before we get to see the Sens destroy the Habs. I have a bet with a buddy of mine that Ottawa will take this one, so I really hope they dominate like they did in the playoffs last year.

    This would be the perfect time to get a win and continue on this point streak we’ve started. Go Sens Go!!