Sens Look to Get Back in the Win Column

SensChirp November 5, 2013 231
Sens Look to Get Back in the Win Column

In the middle of an ugly five game losing streak, the Ottawa Senators look to get back on track tonight against their newest conference rivals, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Like the Sens, the Blue Jackets have struggled a little bit as of late, dropping three straight and posting a 5-8-0 record through the first 13 games of the season.  They currently trail Ottawa by just two points in the Eastern Conference standings.

We don’t know exactly how long Craig Anderson will be out for but it’s safe to say this is a great opportunity for Robin Lehner to prove what he can do in the starting role.  He has posted an impressive .938 save percentage but has an 0-2-2 record to his name.  Even though he hasn’t yet posted a win, he’s looked solid when he’s be in there and with Anderson down, has a chance to take the ball and run with it.

Tonight’s match up marks the first time the two teams have crossed paths since an offseason deal that saw Marc Methot and Nick Foligno switch places.  Foligno was always a solid player here in Ottawa but this was a deal that really worked out well for the Senators.  Methot has quickly become a key part of the leadership group here in Ottawa and an important piece on the blueline.  Safe to say Bryan Murray is extremely happy with how that deal turned out.

Unfortunately we won’t get to see Foligno tonight as he will miss the game with “family issues”.

MacLean tinkered with some new combinations at practice yesterday and is expected to start tonight’s game with that same look.  Here is how the Senators are expected to line up:

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Borowiecki-Methot
Phillips-Gryba

Lehner starts for Ottawa while the Jackets will counter with former-Senator Curtis McElhinney. Puck drop at the Nationwide Arena is set for just after 7:00 PM.

  • Doc

    Guess us a win, boys.
    Do it.

    I really like those lines too! Hopefully it all works out.

  • Go Sens Go

    Lehner gets his first win of the season tonight. Sens will play a lot better defensively today. I called it.
    Go Sens Go.

  • Alcatraz

    Foligno family issues is to do with the health of his newborn child, so I wish him nothing but the best. Hopefully his child gets healthy quickly

    As for the game, would this also be our first meeting since the infamous Filatov trade? haha

    With all the trades that happen between these organizations I would love for Murray to try and poach Clitsome from them. He’d be a great 4/5 dman on our team

    • Mat

      Grant Clitsome has been with Winnipeg for 2+ seasons now..

      • Alcatraz

        Haha good call, had Columbus on the brain as I know he used to be Methot’s partner lol

  • my2sens

    Sexy lines!!!

    Hope we don’t trade anyone, I BELIEVE we are on the verge of greatness with the team we have.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • TheTruth

    Wonder how much longer until Sens brass make a move for a top 4D?

    • CC

      9MM = top 3 fw? for top 4 d. Worth it? I don’t think so. It’l be a while before we pull the trigger. But if Cowen and Wier don’t pick up their game we’ll need to make a move sooner rather than later.

      Currently we have KK#65 and MM#3 and then that’s the end to our top 4 D.

      Cowen needs to step it up to fit into the top 4

      Weir – His play has been good, but he’s a 2nd rounder from 2008, it’s time for him to shine.

      Phillips/Corvo – can’t rely on these guys.

  • Alcatraz

    Anyone else feel like we are missing onmmore top 6 player? Perhaps Stone/Hoffman/Puemple in the near future….I mean this would be sexy:

    Macarthur-Turris-Ryan
    S/P/H-Spezza-Conacher
    Michalek-Zibanejad-Greening
    Condra-Smith-Neil

    • CC

      i think smith has been playing good, wouldn’t want to see him demoted to the 4th.

      • Alcatraz

        How is it a demotion? He gets to play with 1st line winger Neil

    • MikeS

      STop with the top 6 talk, they are fine for goal scoring(3rd in the east). They need to stop letting in goals

      • Doc

        Agreed. Scoring is the least of our worries right now.

        Team D and discipline is where we should focus…

        • Alcatraz

          I’m not saying we need to focus on top 6. Merely stating that moving forward its still a need
          Obvioulsy I agree we need to bring in a top 4

  • CC

    does everyone agree that corvo should be scratched?

    • AlaskanHoser

      I think he has been playing well actually.

  • Hax

    If Condra was healthy and playing instead of Kassian I would really like those lines. Top 6 is thinner than I’d like and Conacher on the 4th seems a bit wasteful, but the balance of all four lines is/would be very good.

  • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

    Formerly Bonus2McStash. Had a prob with my old account…

    My new username pays homage to 2 terms used by Dean Brown back in the radio days. For whatever reason he doesn’t use them anymore. I personally liked them both

    So,, I haven’t chimed in lately. I personally am not too worried with the recent slide. We picked up a couple of points, mind you losing 2 goal leads is never good. And lets be logical, better they have these struggles now than in the late stages of the season. I have to say… Sharp – Toews – Hossa didn’t just skate circles around the Sens that night, they skated figure fuckin 8s. Wow…..

    Many didn’t agree with me, and lots thumbs me down when I brought up the idea of trading Michalek to Phoenix a few weeks ago. So I personally was not at all surprised to hear the rumors : ) I had him to Phoenix for Vrbata… But obviously we have a glaring need for Defense. Vrbata would be nice but we definitely need D

    Was also Thumbs down a lot for my:

    No matter what Turris – Ryan – Spezza have to be together on Unit 1 when on the PP…

    So I get to say I told you so!

    • Sensnation

      Michalek for Vrbata is a straight downgrade!

      • Killadi Sen

        Vrabata is a massive upgrade compared to MM9, MM9′s career is over the guy had a knee surgery and he will never be the same again. I’ve played professional sports for a long time and have a sibiling who tore his ACL and he has never been the same. I doubt the Yotes would trade Yandle or Vrabata for MM9 straight up.

    • Killadi Sen

      Turris-Spezz-Ryan
      ZBad-EK65

      on the pwr play would be amazing and ZBad has cannon and would be amazing on the point. Could be similar to SJ’s or even the Pens pwr play :)

  • HarvardYaleAndPrincetonMan

    SOOOOO – will Joltin’ Joe soon be placed on waivers ?

    • CC

      was he that bad on the 2nd pp unit?

    • Hax

      Nope. At 900k he can spend the whole year in the press box if necessary. Hopefully he gets spot duty and plays decent since there’s always teams looking for a PMD near the deadline.

    • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

      Highest ppg defenseman not named Karlsson. 5 pts in 7 games, and he’s 6th in +/- on the team folks at +2

      What more do people want from him???

    • senate19

      Yeah, seriously, I think Corvo’s actually been pretty good so far this year. Wish he could play more minutes

    • Killadi Sen

      Corvo has played well this season, why do ppl listen to all this junk from team 1200 and the rest of the media trying to spin things. its absurd, the guy has been a solid 3rd pairing d-man and on the 2nd pwr play

  • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

    Speculation that BM is talking to Philly and Florida as well…

    Realistically there’s only 1 player on those 2 teams that we should make a pitch for…

    Braydon Coburn! it’s too bad Hartnell’s contract is so long. I love Hartsy but not for a cap hit of almost 5 million till the end of 2019.

    So with Phoenix, Philly and Florida

    I say we bring in either Coburn (preferrably) or Derrik Morris

    • Doc

      Gimme Simmonds NOW!!1!

      • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

        WE WISH!

      • The Apostle

        At first glance I read Gene Simmons and I was laughing for a long time at that prospect.

    • AlaskanHoser

      I don’t think Philly would be interested in trading one of their top Dman.

  • my2sens

    Who was it last year during the Montreal playoffs would eat steak and we would win?

    Someone needs to take the man out for a steak dinner!

  • Zorav

    No daily chirp, chirp? :(

    • SensChirp

      Knew that title was going to be horribly misleading.

      Threw the post together a little quicker than usual and did not have time to include one. Will come up with something for the post-game wrap up.

  • aegiszx

    We cant possibly lose to Curtis McElhinney…

    • Doc

      Sens have a knack of making subpar and backup goalies look like all-stars.

    • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

      I call him McBackUp!

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Corvo has 5 points in 7 games and is +2. :/

  • BonksMullet

    I like that we’ve finally given up the charade of listing Spezza’s line as the first line.

    • Doc

      We all noticed the severe lack of ‘Mups’.

  • Robert Cyr

    In order to increase our scoring strength, we should consider switching Neil and Conacher, thus our line of Michalek – Smith – Conacher,could produce much better
    than having Neil on it !!

    GO SENS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Snoopy Senior

    • Aaron 2.0

      Love that suggestion. I actually think Michalek has looked pretty good over the last handful of games. The question is always about mobility with the knee; it looks to be reasonably decent. Not sure why he gets demoted to L3 (and Greening goes to L1), but at least give Michalek the benefit of Conacher (over Neil).

  • FBP

    I really hope the Sens get their shit together starting tonight. I believe Chirp gave us permission to panic if we weren’t doing anything during this lengthy home stretch.

    • Tooks

      Yeah no kidding, 2 straight home losses, hopefully they can right the ship in CBJ, a loss to CBJ would be devastating.

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Since I pretty much nailed the over/under on Dallas shots, here’s my El predicto on tonight’s game: 32.

    Any takers on under?

    • Alcatraz

      I’ll take the under. 28 will be the total

    • Go Sens Go

      Under. Sens dominate and win 4-0.

  • NickofTime

    LOL very funny to see how many people now have Spezza on the 2nd line instead of the 1st line. It wasn’t all that long ago that people were arguing how Turris doesn’t have what it takes to be a 1st line centre, what a difference a couple of months makes? And others have said how Turris would never be the #1 centre while Spezza was here, haha.
    Tonight could be Ottawa’s biggest opportunity to get out of it’s slump against a Columbus team that is struggling & playing their backup goalie. Still hoping Ottawa calls up a forward from Bingo to replace Condra, Stone should be back from injury by now or Hoffman or Robinson. We have already seen what SDC & Pageau can do or better put what they can’t do at the NHL level so hopefully it will be someone other than those two.

    • Doc

      It’s not about 1 player, it’s about line chemistry and production, and since the beginning of the season our best line by far has been the Turris line. So they are rewarded with the most ice time, which in turn can be considered the first line.

      Their possession numbers are off the chart. So fun to watch!

  • Dr Sens

    I would gladly do Wiercioch and Michalek for Yandle and a 5th

    • Dr Sens

      not even remotely going to suggest that they would move Ekman-Larsson. Dude is a beast

    • FBP

      What if it was a 6th?

      • SensChirp

        And what if it wasn’t Wiercioch? And what if it was Morris?

        • Alcatraz

          So your saying your rumor you are hearing is Michalek for Morris? Yikes

        • FBP

          Morris!? So old.

        • Dr Sens

          Well that would be slightly scary. Morris has been ripping it up numbers wise but he is playing with Yandle. I don’t think that production will continue. That’s like bringing in a second Phillips, slightly younger in the body and skating ability. What happened to them wanting to move Yandle damnit

        • Dr Sens

          if by what if it wasn’t wiercioch then I don’t know what to say. If they were to move a Ceci or a Boro I’d be effing mad (I guess almost as mad as I was when they moved Runblad hahaha for 10 mins). If it was a guy like Michalek and Greening or Michalek and Grant then so be it. Michalek has served his purpose here.

        • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

          Am I on to something Chirp?

        • MrSkullhead

          I really hope that isn’t what the trade is. Morris is 35. Milan is 7 yrs younger is currently on track for a 50+ season.

          • Alcatraz

            Isnt Milan like 28?

          • MrSkullhead

            Hahah… wow… I’m tired.

            Fixed my error.

          • SensChirp

            I think it really comes down to whether or not they play on bringing Michalek back at the end of this season.

          • MrSkullhead

            Then why not just hold on to him until the deadline and get more for him. I don’t see how Morris would last more than a year or two, being 35 anyhow.

          • Alcatraz

            When do we start getting into NBA territory where Michalek is a huge trade asset as his contract expires, freeing up cap space for Phoenix. Surely thats worth an OEL Amirite? haha

          • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

            You’re trying to make Morris bring 35 a bad thing. It’s not.

            He’s the type of player we need to shore up the back end, give a few other a swift kick in the ass. He like Michalek is a UFA after this sseason. Not much risk involved. We get an experienced D who can hold his own with and without the puck better than guys like Philly, PW, and at this point Cowen. Morris can also play in all situations

          • MrSkullhead

            I honestly don’t know much about him. But, I’m just not convinced we need to deal a player that can offer the production Milan can for a old man Defensive D-man who is at the end of his career. The deal would feel lopsided to me.

          • Alcatraz

            Exactly, I’d prefer to go to Winnipeg and offer Michalek for Grant Clitsome or offer Michalek to the Ranegrs for Del Zotto or something like that

          • MrSkullhead

            My hand would be forced to go buy a Clitsome jersey.

          • Alcatraz

            If anything the Sens hand would be forced to call up Ben Blood to play defense with Clitsome……too far?

          • MrSkullhead

            Never too far.

            They would only be paired once a month though.

          • Alcatraz

            the rest of the time clitsome would be paired with weircioch

          • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

            A pick would definitely be nice coming back on a Morris for Michalek deal. Ultimately though if the Flyers are shopping Coburn, Murray better be inquiring!!

          • sprucesens

            with michalek being our biggest “tradeable” piece, i’d like to see something more than morris coming back, as a possible swap of rentals. We have other D we could bring up in claesson, and Ceci. I would sooner give them a shot than trade michalek for morris. ….but I trust murray

        • sprucesens

          i’d rather keep michalek than acquire just morris. If it was michalek for gormley, i’d be ok. At least then we have many years to see if he is gonna be good. It would be the same as michalek for a 1st. If we could pull that off, i’d be happy. Yandle would be good, but we’d need to send more, likely.

    • AlaskanHoser

      Are you crazy?

      • Dr Sens

        Well… Not sure if you noticed but Yandle is proven and has filthy hands.
        Milan is worn, slower than ever (Which was his key… speed) and has an expiring contract at 6 million in real money. Not sure why you don’t see the value

  • Alcatraz

    So whos better at running a business/team/city better
    Melnyk or Ford?

  • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

    Forward lines if it were up to me

    CMac – Turry – Bobby
    CC89 – Spezz – Zbad
    Greener – Smitty – 9mm
    Kassian – Grant – Neiler

    I really see no place whatsoever for Kassian in the line up and for that matter on this team. We have enough toughness if need be. He skates around looking like a mini Andre the Giant. Not to mention making others around him look bad…. PAGEAU! My only issue with Pag was his face offs. We didnt see enough of

    Greener – Pag – EC22

    • OleHeaveHoFlipperoooni

      Michalek IMO is MUCH more effective playing the right side. Where he was in SJ

    • sprucesens

      really like the lines. Only thing I would do there, is bring up stone when healthy as 3LW, and bump greening down a line, kassian out.

    • Hax

      Once Condra is healthy again Kassian sits for sure. And once they sort out who the top 7 D are for realz then I expect a forward to get called up and Grant to go back down. If Stone is healthy and ready then I’d like to see:

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

      If Stone struggles or if we’re protecting a lead you can drift Condra up to 3RW.

  • Alcatraz

    If we are looking at rental for rental deals IE Morris, I’d much rather look Dallas way and offer Michalek for Robidas if they are interested

    • 65kwhissell19

      BM said it before that he is not interested in rental players. you think he still feels the same way. maybe he had talks with mm9 and he wants go go else were maybe instead off signing in Ottawa. then again who knows

      • Alcatraz

        Just going off of Chirp’s coded statement alluding to Morris being of interest in Phoenix

        • 65kwhissell19

          ya I no. just saying in the past BM said a trade would be for a player who want to play in Ottawa and stays in Ottawa all im saying lol. but I think we need a shutdown dman. but even a little trade can stear things up

          • SensChirp

            This situation is actually a little different, especially if they don’t think Michalek is in their plans after this season. Rental for rental but also creates a little more spending room this year. Not endorsing this type of move necessarily but I can understand the thought process behind it.

          • 65kwhissell19

            ya that’s true. id rather see them open up some money with mm9 gone and pick some one up in the offseason that would fit the pesky/fearless role. some who can hit,score and a little fighting. a big body for are top 6 is my dream lol. but if it be morris for mm9 we should get a pick comeing are way know?

  • AlaskanHoser

    I’d rather have Morris because he’s a right hander. Trade for him and a draft pick. Stick him with Cowen on the second pairing.

    • 65kwhissell19

      trade mm9 and a pick for morris?

      • sprucesens

        i think he wants a pick and morris for michalek

        • 65kwhissell19

          what type a pick ya think 2 pick 3rd?

      • AlaskanHoser

        No. Michalek for Morris and a pick.

  • T K

    Best wishes to the Foligno family for the health of their new baby girl

  • hq8

    chris phillips being his new-vintage. already noticed two gaffes in his own zone……ugh

    is nikitin being auditioned?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    So what ways are you guys trying to break the #Senscurse? I’m watching tonight’s broadcast by the Blue Jackets instead of ours.


    And I haven’t showered yet.

    • T K

      I’m watching on my oldest TV.

    • SensChirp

      Got money on CBJ. That should do the trick!

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Working so far fellas. Nice dangle and G by Karl.

  • T K

    The weird drumming in the stands is almost as annoying as soccer’s vouvouzelas

  • T K

    Karlsson = Norris winner

    • markuki111

      Subban who?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    KARL.

  • hq8

    in the background i hear a collective “oh, shit, he is back” from the league.

    • sprucesens

      best part is, he still doesn’t look as good as he was, meaning there is possible room for improvement

  • karlssens

    Refs are honestly being pathetic this game..

  • Colin

    So just who does Ottawa have to blow in order to get some favourable calls?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Bobby Ryan is having a career year

  • SensChirp

    What a feed by Ryan and a great finish by MacArthur out front. That line is fun to watch.

    • karlssens

      It’s like they always have the puck.. And really, how awesome has Ryan been?

      • s3nsfan

        Man, that MacArthur, Ryan & Turris line is SOLID!!!! Now we just need a couple players to play with Spezza. Who’da thunk that would be our best line a dozen games in. Solid period. Keep it up boys.

  • 65kwhissell19

    2-0 Ottawa turris line looks awesome again. lehner looks amazing so far. spezza looks good. karlsson with a nice goal as well. even cowen looked better

  • karlssens

    Erik Karlsson makes Cowen look good… Might be glued to each other now. Our top D pairing for the next 10 years!

    • 65kwhissell19

      cowen looked good on his own so far tonight. karlsson just added the finishing touch lol. glad to see a lead after 1. 2nd comeing cant wait

    • Zorav

      A tad too early, no?

      • karlssens

        We know his potential.. And playing next to Karl would be easy :p

        • Zorav

          Fair enough. However, i’d let them finish the whole 60 mins and a few games before i jump to any conclusions :P

  • Zorav

    There have been 3 occasions where Columbus has been harassing Turris without the puck not to mention the number of times he’s been cross checked/hit from behind into the boards. Reffing has been….at the very least ..pathetic.

  • karlssens

    If Bobby, Turris, and Karl all play this way for the season, we might have 4 ppg players at the end of the season. That’s crazy…

    • Zorav

      I’ll take them playing as a unit any day over ppg. Although to be fair, ppg can be a good indicator of that too :P

  • 65kwhissell19

    boro showing some meaness

  • karlssens

    Gryba doesn’t deserve a spot over Boro at all..

    • 65kwhissell19

      ya I feel the same way. he been up 2 games and I feel a lot safer

  • karlssens

    He’s just terrible

  • karlssens

    Our pp <3

  • T K

    OMG!!! A power play! I thought that Sens were not allowed to get those tonight

  • 65kwhissell19

    got to say Clarke macarthur so far is a awesome signing

  • Tooks

    Refs giving us some chances to win, that was a brutal acll on Umberger!! LOL Cant waste this!

    • SensChirp

      …Interesting take in a 2-0 game as the Sens get their first power play….

      • Tooks

        And we wasted it, now we got another. We gonna go 0-2? Come on boys.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Yeah, I don’t think we need the refs in this game…

      • Tooks

        Fuck yeah I would hope not, its CBJ but our PP needs to start clicking! Were gonna need it against the better teams.

        • Mexican Baby Jesus

          Not looking good tonight…but I think it has looked quite dangerous the past few games. Maybe not as many goals as we would like but the chances are there

  • Mat

    Damn. Totally want Conacher to get one.. We need small victories on the bottom 2 lines.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Neil goes offsides quite a bit ive noticed

    • Mat

      Like an old school locomotive coming to a stop. Heavy.

  • Mat

    We are totally rushing on the PP. Not taking our time and setting up properly. This is where we are missing Alfie..

  • T K

    Someone needs to crush Dubinsky into the boards… hard

    • 65kwhissell19

      think he thinks its a rangers sens playoffs still

  • hq8

    needless to say the following will be very helpful tonight:
    STL beat MTL
    EDM beat FLA
    DAL beat BOS

    • Mat

      Who did Chirp bet on?

  • Mat

    Lehner = What the doctor ordered.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      He would have won Vezina last year had they played him the whole year. The guy is a franchise goalie…Management just doesnt want to Carey Price it up and rely on him too much too young

  • Millennium

    Spezza still looks lazy and not skating hard in either direction. Some things never change.

    • 65kwhissell19

      he playing a lot better today. still that line is new

      • Millennium

        Its not his play, or the line’s, per se that I’m talking about, just his personal compete and effort levels.

        • SensChirp

          ‘lmsndrgmnslmf’dngfndskgkjsdfngjsdfjngjsdfngjnsdfglm’nsdf’lmg

          • Millennium

            I assume you disagree with this line of critiquing with regards to Spezza?

          • SensChirp

            I think the constant critiquing of Spezza by some people in this city is one of the absolute worst things about the fan base…So yup, I disagree.

          • Millennium

            Don’t get me wrong, I love Spezza, and I like him as a captain. He’s a great player. But he’s a player, and if the team is struggling, his game should be open to review just like everyone else. But to your point, there is a lot of unfair criticism leveled against him, so I can see why its a touchy subject.

          • SensChirp

            A good response. To be honest, I have lumped all Spezza criticism into the same category at this point and maybe that’s not fair.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Honestly I think his stride has a lot to do with it. He skates super wide so what looks like a slow back check is the equivalent of little Conacher giving it his al.

    • SensChirp

      Hahaha some things never change, indeed.

    • hq8

      i think its the blue jackets ohl-ish camera angle playing tricks with your vision

  • karlssens

    I think at this point it’s who do we trade Anderson for? It’s not fair for someone with Lehners talent to not start.

  • T K

    Here’s some ironic trivia: the remainders of the Leclaire for Vermette trade on both teams are Lehner & McBackup

  • Mat

    Ryan and Spezza were on their off shooting side on that PP.. That’s not optimal..

    • Tooks

      Yes whoever is running the PP is a goddamn idiot…is it Cameron? Fire his ass!

  • hq8

    is conacher the most innocent pest in the league?

    • Mat

      Fair assessment. Gallagher is not always innocent… That’s for sure..

      • hq8

        yea i just dont see what conacher does that is so pesty. he goes to the net but he doesnt fester around like gallagher, who btw i think will get mugged by someone hard for his around-the-net antics, after that, he wont do it.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Missed the 1st with another (successful) ultimate playoff game tonight. I’m going to guess the 1st was a better period for the good guys than the 2nd. It looked like they were competing in the 2nd, but execution just wasn’t that great. Columbus penalty kill looked pretty good, surprisingly; good pressure on the puck. Lehner looks really strong. BoroCop looks good in his minutes too. Any thoughts guys, since i’ve missed half the game so far.

    • Millennium

      Honestly it was kinda up and down in the first. Some good play, some bad play on both sides. Neither team was sharp except for that Turris line which has looked amazing. Oh and Karlsson being himself. Oh and Lehner was excellent.

      • Aaron 2.0

        Thanks!

  • karlssens

    Can we entertain a Michalek for Gaborik swap.. We can sweeten the deal perhaps..

    • karlssens

      Getting Gaborik would be a HUGE boost.

      • 65kwhissell19

        no way he is struggleing bad the last 2 seasons

  • 65kwhissell19

    here we go 3rd

  • Deadly

    2 goal lead

    • Mr Hockey

      you just had to go there..

  • Aaron 2.0

    Cool cannon …

  • hq8

    CHRIS PHILLIPS…………….own goal……….

    • T K

      False (this time)

      • hq8

        nein, i still count that as an own goal since he got the primary assist on it.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    I love blaming Phillips…

  • hq8

    quiet quiet game by cowen eh, no crazy ventures into the blue jackets zone.

  • Gaveen

    Bobby Ryan is my new favourite Sen…Iwish moreof the forwards played with his grit. He also has very insightful comments in his interviews…. Definitely “Captain” maternial. but we already have one of those, I suppose… Maybe if we’re lucky enough to re-sign him, Mgmt could consider him for Captain then…

  • sben

    Radek bonk’s mullet tweet: Nice to see Chris Phillips has managed to find a way to stay useful out there. http://i.imgur.com/R64DSL2.gif

    • Aaron 2.0

      Phillips’ face is priceless there.

    • yannrock

      Hahaha! That’s amazing!

  • sben

    How did Cowen even think of holding out on his contract?

  • Mat

    Oh for Christ sake, can we get a goal please!? This is awful for my heart.

  • Mat

    Total interference. Not even a doubt.

  • hq8

    yes yes thats interference. thats how it works in NHL 12, 13 and 14

    • Mat

      Is that where the refs get their training?

      • hq8

        if you ask me, yes, i think they not only get their training on it, but the way things have been going for me, they probably have a great part in the code behind it too.

        • Mat

          Haha.. I believe the code is: up down up down left right left right B-A-B-A-start

  • Aaron 2.0

    No conspiracy theories or anything, but the reffing just gets worse every year.

  • Mat

    Michalek is right where he belongs on the 3rd line. I can even forget his salary. Problem is, Greening is not where he belongs on the first…

  • sben

    I find it funny how Dubinsky is the most dangerous player on the jackets.

    • Mat

      Columbus fans probably don’t

      • sben

        They can say thank you to scott howson

  • 65kwhissell19

    ohhhh chris neil

  • Deadly

    Love the neil

  • T K

    Player 25 redeems himself on top line

    • hq8

      yea

    • sben

      the turris ryan macarthur line is the top line. The top line title isn’t glued to spezza.

    • 65kwhissell19

      lol.. and gets a pen. and another fight

  • Deadly

    Neil ,back to normal.

  • hq8

    neil looking for early season gordie howe

  • sben

    4 times the amount of fights today than the rest of the season so far combined.

  • Aaron 2.0

    No penalty on Ryan cross-check. Neil gets one for probably boarding or something. I just don’t get it. Only thing I can think of is refs don’t want to let it get ugly.

  • hq8

    was prout the guy who cross checked ryan in the corner?

  • T K

    Chirp, I still think that the avatar images, up and down vote buttons are too close together for fat fingered tablet users and small screened devices…

  • 65kwhissell19

    awesome 3rd for Ottawa only 4 shots allowed

  • T K

    Wooooooooo hoooooo let’s do it again against Mtl

  • Deadly

    Pretty decent effort.

  • hq8

    damnit Maclean, you wait all game long to put the line together that I wanted:
    Zib-Spezza-Ryan

    about time Greening went to where he belongs!

  • Millennium

    the SensChirp curse lives on!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The Ottawa Senators have a plethora of very talented individual players… the guys are just still in the midst of finding out what works for them and chemistry with one another. This team is too good not to turn it around.

    By the way Chirp, not sure what type of coin you make from 9-5, but could you put a 20 down on the opposition every night?

  • Thor

    RAGNAR LOTHBROK – FOR THE WIN !!!!!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Love those empty net goals with Karlsson and/or Spezza; I have them both in my keeper pool with a few good friends.

    Missed the 1st, but from my vantage point the defensive coverage was much, much better. Cowen was better too. I think coaches probably sat down with him and told him to simplify until he starts to feel the game a little more. Puck execution wasn’t all that great tonight, which I think showed up in how we were out-shot again. But, scoring chances were probably pretty close. They’ll need to be more crisp for Montreal in a few nights. That team can skate. But, overall, I think we saw some improvement tonight.

  • hq8

    now Dallas, going to OT, needs to go to SO and then win it.
    STL needs to wakeup in regulation against MTL, cant lose as it will give the smurfs too much confidence.

    • Mat

      Don’t worry. The Habs will collapse..

      • hq8

        Dallas hasnt left the bruins zone much in OT. Bruins look like they are in quick sand. funny to watch.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Watching that game now on a Boston feed. Love that Boston accent. Always gives me a smirk.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Seguin and Peverly both score for Dallas in SO. Love it!

    • Mat

      St-Louis ties the game. Collapse in full motion…

  • 65kwhissell19

    habs are tied now at 2-2

  • Millennium

    Mac-Turris-Ryan are just unbelievably good. On pace for 50-82-82 respectively. Easily our first line.

    • 65kwhissell19

      no if they would get rid off mm9 and get someone for spezza wow that be crazy

  • Guess Who

    I just watched the highlights and couldn’t help but notice a TOR fan CLAPPING for Karlsson’s empty net goal. Whaaaaaat?

    • One Gun Mitty

      What’s the sound of one Leafs fan clapping ?

  • One Gun Mitty

    King Karl made Kuba look like a star when they played together.

    Cowen can easily play as well as FK when paired with the King.

  • Andersonfan41

    If the Senators are still in the playoff hunt come the trade deadline I
    would like to see Murray add someone with vetern leadership skills,
    For example I would like to see Murray trade for one of
    Jaromir Jagr or Ryan Smyth.
    Also I would still like to see Murray trade for Wayne Simmonds
    and trade for a defencemen.

  • Sensnation

    Glad to see the win quieted the storm on here. Lehner was unbelievable and at this pace Anderson may come back as the backup. Release the LEHNER!!!

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Very pleased with how they played as a group last night. You could see the defense and forwards make the smart decisions and not get in too deep or blow their positioning to make a hit.

  • FBP

    Well that was fun. Hopefully this means we don’t have to trade Michalek for Morris now.

  • SensChirp

    Highlights from last night’s game here

    http://senschirp.ca/videos/senators-vs-blue-jackets-highlights/