Tough Match Up Ahead for Sens

SensChirp October 20, 2013 115
Tough Match Up Ahead for Sens

The bizarre early season schedule continues for the Senators as they enjoy another two day break ahead of the back to back that faces them this weekend.

Ottawa was able to snag a point at the Staples Center last night and will be looking for two when they face the Sharks on Saturday night. San Jose has been downright frightening in the early going this season and seem like they’ll be one the league’s elite teams.  And as good as their team has been on the ice, they’ve also been dominating headlines off the ice with 19 year old sensation Tomas Hertl’s ridiculous start to the season and the equally ridiculous remarksmade by Joe Thornton about the kid’s four goal outing.

San Jose makes a stop in Vancouver to take on the Canucks later tonight if you’re looking to do a little advanced scouting.  Meanwhile, the Senators will be looking to build off some of the positives in Wednesday’s overtime loss.

Lack of discipline and a struggling penalty kill put Ottawa in an early hole against a powerful Los Angeles team. At 5 on 5 the Senators were competitive but mistakes in the form of penalties and a sloppy PK killed them early.  But to their credit, the Sens did not quit after an ugly opening 20 minutes. First it was the trio of Erik Condra, Matt Kassian and Jean Gabriel Pageau doing some diligent work on the fore check, leading to JGP’s first of the season.

Then in the third, the Sens cashed in on a power play of their own, as Bobby Ryan silenced the local media, ripping a shot that beat Jonathan Quick high on the glove side. Ottawa didn’t stop there either, as a nifty bit of stick work by Joe Corvo kept the play alive at the LA blueline and ultimately led to Milan Michalek beating Quick to tie the game at 3-3.

Another Kings power play goal would end the game just moments into an extra frame. A disappointing ending but considering they were down three against one of the best teams in the league; the single point will seem like a victory.

No practice for the Senators today but they did hold an off ice workout in San Jose. Back on the ice tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s game in San Jose.

  • -Over on Hockeybuzz, Travis Yost is talking about some impending changes coming to the Ottawa Senators front office. No names included in that post but fans of this team could probably guess at where the issue areas might be right now. The organization has not been thrilled with ticket sales, as apparently thousands of tickets remain for the home opener and season ticket sales are falling short of where they should be. Will be an interesting story to follow.

  • Robert Cyr

    Looking forward to an exciting battle in San Jose on Saturday night.
    Top 2 lines should now build much needed chemistry, in order to compete
    with other top teams.

    Winning versus the Sharks, will be a big boost to the confidence of the Sens.
    Simply stay out of the penalty box, and play 2 way hockey for 60 minutes.

    Looking forward, to see Lehner start his first regular season game, on Sunday
    against the Ducks. Would love to start on the 17th in home opener, with an
    envious record of 4-0-2 for total of 10 points out of possible 12 !

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

    Snoopy Senior

  • Millennium

    Watching SJ @ Van, and damn do they look good. Gonna have to bring our A+ game to get points against the Sharks.

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Silfverberg? Again?!

    • karlssens

      I hate heindsight haha.. Who would have known he’d score 3 in 4.. Just our luck!

    • jtf927

      my thoughts exactly. that’s definitely a prospect i wish we hadn’t traded. if zbad was going to be benched, why not have traded him vs silver surfer? ugh.

  • karlssens

    I thought they were just talking about how well tickets were selling? The sad part is that Ottawa isn’t a small city at over 1 million in the most recent census.. We should be selling out every game… If anything is to blame it’s definitely the location.

    • Dante

      Nothing dirves me crazier than knowing the arena could’ve been built at Lebretton Flats!

      • Sandy

        I read a story somewhere about how it came to be located where it is.
        They looked at LeBreton flats.. but trying to get that many people out of the area after the game would have been a nightmare.
        A subways moves about 10,000 people per hour. OC Transpo buses move about 1,000 people per hour. That is what they found out.. How many buses would be needed to move about 20,000 people?
        Try driving downtown to the 417 on 1 lane — 1 way roads with about 10,000 or so cars. The parkway is not the best option either.
        It just wouldn’t work. Ottawa needs a subway for a downtown arena… LRT is coming but many years away…

    • Dan Hill

      How is location a problem ?
      It’s right off the 417!
      Try to get to City Center or Somerset and Bronson
      at 6.00pm
      Stupid reason not to go to games
      and it sounds an awful lot like outside media
      Ticket sales will pick up as we get closer to
      the home opener
      Sens fans always wait til the last minute
      and I’m pretty sure we have the largest walk up crowd
      in the league
      Man the media just screws with your head and like lemmings
      fair weather fans repeat every freakin line
      Watch the games and form your own opinion before
      sharing with others

      hedpucker

    • Guess Who

      Average Senators game attendance last year: 19,408
      Average NHL game attendance last year: 17,766

      Problem with Ottawa is that there are so many people who aren’t from here who work for the government and they’re not gonna stop cheering for the team that’s from where they grew up. And there’s all the people who are from here but irrationally cheer against the team that represents their hometown. So the metro area population doesn’t reflect how small the Sens Army is. But the fanbase is consistently growing and newcomers to hockey in Ottawa always get behind the Sens. And besides, NHL hockey is so popular here that it makes sense for us to have a team in order to grow a profitable fanbase. Most ticket buyers are 40+ and the first generation of fans who grew up with the Sens hasn’t reached that age bracket like it has elsewhere in Canada. Attendance will be excellent ten years from now…if the economy hasn’t completely crashed and the NHL hasn’t gone out of business. GO SENS GO!

  • karlssens

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see a drop off in projected sales based off of the Melnyk sega. Perhaps people don’t want to pay to see a team that isn’t at it’s full potential?

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    Silfverberg going for the hat trick.. second tonight. Wow!

    • Millennium

      5 pts in 4 games so far. Seeing him light it up while Zibby is in Bingo is hard to see. I’m sure everything will balance out, but still hard to see :p

  • GoSensGoEh

    This is a tough 4 game stretch. Toronto always plays Ottawa hard. LA has nearly all it’s players from it’s Stanley Cup team still. SJS are on fire right now. Anaheim will be an emotional one because of the trade. If Ottawa can come away with 4 (or more) points in those 4 games, I’m happy.

  • kerovnian

    Silfverberg with 2 goals. Alfie a -3 in Detroit’s loss against the Preds. Exes cancelling each other out.

  • Righteous Smoke

    Makes you wonder if Silfverberg would still be in a Sens jersey if he had the opportunity to play a lot of games alongside Spezza last season.

    • Tooks

      He had the opportunity to play with Spezza and the top line for 2 years and didnt show any signs of becoming a great player. Its also our style of play and expectations we put on the kid, like defensive awareness and trying to make him a good overall player instead of feeding his goal scoring talents, like Anaheim does.

      • Righteous Smoke

        Ummmm, where did you get your info Tooks? Before you want to argue please look it up first buddy. 2 years ago Silfverberg played a whopping 2 games in the playoffs, last season Spezza played a whopping 5 games in a shortened season without a full training camp and 2 games in the playoffs. How can you say that was good opportunity to show what he can do alongside Ottawa’s number 1 playmaker?

        • Tooks

          I dont control injuries bro, he was on that top line with or without Spezza, didnt do much. But like I said in the rest of the post that you ignored, its not completely on him either.

    • Kohlmanator

      Agreed, Spezza only played in 5 games last season. I’m not sure if Silf was on his wing for those games, but it doesn’t really give them time to develop any kind of chemistry. Then again, Bobby Ryan not scoring in the first 2 games this season made the sky fall…

    • GoSensGoEh

      What could have been if Spezza isn’t injured…

      Silfverberg has a decent rookie season alongside Spezza and is a Calder finalist. Zibanejad is called up because JOB worked his way out of the lineup. Bishop is traded for a defenceman.

  • ZibbyFan

    Headline today:

    SILFVERBERG SCORES TWO GOALS AS DUCKS ROUT RANGERS — http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=433866

    We all new he was good. I’m happy for him, but also know we gave up some quality talent. And, to boot, Stephan and an as yet unknown pick.

  • Jacques

    Are we the late game on CBC Saturday night?

  • Robert Cyr

    Yes we are, and the start time is 10 PM
    Sharks have won all 4 of their games, and so has Colorado.
    Big test for our boys, who will playing with a complete lineup !!

    Snoopy Senior

    • Sandy

      2 against the Canucks and one each against Phoenix & the Rangers.
      To me the Avalance have had the tougher schedule. They have been playing amazing…

  • Tooks

    Andy starting vs SJ? thats brutal, give Lehner a chance to steal this one for us!

    • Robert Cyr

      Still the best option to play Anderson,, who will either steal the game, or get
      in trouble because of shoddy defense. I think it’s better to start Lehner in the Ducks’ game to rest Anderson.

      Snoopy Senior

      • Tooks

        Why not rest Andy now to play him on Sunday vs Silf and Co., SJ is a tough team if anyone can work through our shoddy D its Lehner man.

  • Tooks

    Silf doing well in Ana cuz the spotlight aint on him like it was here. Happy for him but he wouldnt have been that successfull in Ottawa. Anaheim also plays a free wheeling type of game, we dont.

    • SensChirp

      Also- He has played four games.

      • s3nsfan

        also haven’t they been at home with favorable matchups and more time on the PP. it’s only 4 games in, he’s not gonna score 80 goals lol

        • GoSensGoEh

          People are comparing Silf to Ryan, if Ryan has more goals than Silf, people will just say he was supposed to. Lets compare Silf to MacArthur or Conacher and see who has more goals this year between those three. It isn’t fair to Silf, a 2 way player, to be compared to a true scorer like Ryan.

          If anyone thinks that Anaheim’s style is better suited to goal scoring needs to lower their expectations for Ryan since he is here and not there now. Of course I don’t think it’s true. Ottawa has a shoot first mentality. They can play defence, but they prefer to do it in the offensive zone.

      • kerovnian

        Amen to that.

  • http://www.hockeydrunk.com/ procdaddy

    Sens will do ok against San Jose if they stay disciplined.

  • Terry

    Hello everyone, I have been reading for a while but this is my first post.

    First off, well done on the new Site!! Its pretty sweet!

    San Jose and Anaheim back to back is a HUGE test for the Senators and if the Penalty Parade continues Ottawa will come away with zero points. Personally, I think the Senators have the talent to take 4 points over the next 2 games. I feel this way because alot of positives came out of the LA game, mainly in the final 40 minutes. PM needs to keep the team focused on that as well as to keep moving their feet to draw penalties and not take them.

    Now onto Silfverberg, good for him for the excellent start on his new team! The Anaheim style of play suits him, and as someone posted earlier, Ottawa’s 2 way style does not. He is also on the second line as opposed to the top line playing against the other teams top line. I prefer Ryan myself, he seems to be more physical on the forecheck and his shots WILL go in the net, he just needed that first!!

    My 2 cents! Go Senators!!!!

    • SensChirp

      Excellent first post! Welcome to the SensChirp community.

    • Sandy

      Good post.. and I agree it will be two very tough games.
      SJ will be really tough to beat. It will all come down to staying out of the box and the goaltending has to be exceptional..
      I think they may stand a better chance in Anaheim rather than SJ..
      Checked SJ schedule to date. They have played 2 games against the Canucks.. one against Phoenix & one against the Rangers. Not the toughest of schedules… But they are flying out there..
      Hoping for at least a point in that game.. SJ’s big test comes next Tues against the Blues…

  • Alcatraz

    I’m happy for Silf. The last thing we want to do is become Leafs fans. You know constantly comparing Kessle to Seguin

    In the end we had to give to get. We got Ryan. Be happy 3 pts in 3 games, I’ll take it. We have a star sniper. Who cares what happens on the west coast

  • Alcatraz

    Also is there a way of making a space between paragraphs? Everytime I post and press enter to make a separation, I post. then have to click edit, re-hit enter to separate again and it sticks. Anyway of doing it the first time?

    • Tooks

      You gotta leave like 3 spaces for it to work, I think everyone has been having that issue.

    • Bandit

      Shift + Enter

  • Phil.

    Is it wrong that I secretly enjoyed watching Aflie get “Pominvilled” by Boedker last night? Det had the empty net and Alfie was on the point, lost the puck and Phoenix scored. It hurts a lot less when it’s not againts the Sens…

    • The Apostle

      I’ve always found what ex-players do an irrelevance. With two exceptions-if they are playing against the sens or I have them in a fantasy team.

      • Phil.

        Fair enough and I would feel the same if it was say Bobby Butler. I guess I consider Alfie more than just an ex-player. The fact that I dislike how and why he left doesn’t undo the previous years, to me anyways.

        • Tooks

          So, you’re mad cuz Alfie didnt take yet another paycut to play possibly his last year on a non contending team?

          He asked for money he deserved and got lowballed and basically Sens didnt want to pay him 5Mil.

          But thats another debate that everyone already beat up.

          • Miguel

            ahhh tooks is looking for someont to play with… I will bite
            someone of his standing did not need an agent to do his work.
            he is admired by all the fans and even Sens Mngmt. He is a professional, and they were simply negotiating. Before he left in a huff, he should have made a personal call to BM to explain that if you do not give me the 2 years 12 MIL, then I will sign with Detroit for 5 Mil,
            BM and the Sens then could be blamed for not bettering the offer, the Sens never got this chance.
            Alfie left on his own terms, for less money, “cause his chances were better at winning in Detroit”
            Sorry but to me he is no better than Sundin now.
            Love the Alfie memories, but now I hope he helps them NOT make the playoffs

          • Sandy

            Tooks… didn’t he want 7M for 1 season or 6M a year for 2 seasons?
            The issue I have with this is the Sens made their offer.. Alfie & his agent made their offer.
            Negotiation is supposed to work off those numbers to get to the final $$ amount.
            Alfie’s agent did NOT do that…
            BUT if the Sens had offer 5M at the beginning.. would Alfie have refused that?

          • GoSensGoEh

            Why is everything an argument for you Tookie? You go straight to the attack in your posts. You attack players, coaches, organizations, other posters. Do you have some need to make everyone else seem wrong to make yourself feel better?

          • James0079

            The way he’s playing this year, I wouldn’t even pay him three million, let alone the 7 he wanted to stay in Ottawa. BTW, do you think Detroit is a contender???

        • The Apostle

          Nothing that Alfie did for this team or this community has been diminished one iota in my eyes. I just don’t care what he does from here on in. It’s a sport, players leave. Sometimes it hurts more than others, but once they are wearing another team’s jersey they aren’t an entity of concern to me.

          It’s like when the sens get knocked out of the playoffs, I don’t care who wins the cup, I don’t suddenly become a Bruins or a Blackhawks follower. The only point of interest I have (and it is now a concern for the first time in my hockey viewing life) is that the leafs don’t win because their fans and the media coverage would be unfuckingbearable.

          • Guess Who

            Just watching the battle of Ontario…CBC sportscasters going on and on and on and on and on about TOR. That alone was unbearable…never watching Sens vs. Leafs on CBC again.

    • sprucesens

      alfie bumped to 3rd line possibly…Coach not happy with the 2nd line chemistry. anyways, not a sen, who cares….

  • SenaWalrus

    In Toronto, the CBC is carrying the Ottawa game on STD Def but not in HD (all CBC HD stations are showing MTL/VAN).

    But since its on CBC in STD Def, NHL Center ICE isn’t showing the game in HD…

    What a freaking joke! Paying for Bell Fibe and NHL Center ICE and don’t get to watch the Sens game in HD… boo!

    EDIT: Apparently its because Bell in Toronto doesn’t offer the CBOTDT (CBC Ottawa HD) channel yet… sort of like in Ottawa until recently.

    • FBP

      They have not-HD still?

      Maybe we can get someone in the crowd to film it on their iPhone 4.

  • Dan Hill

    Joe Thornton is a joke ! Who talks like that in a room full of people ?
    13/14 year olds thats who.

    I’m hoping Lehner gets the start Saturday
    not that Andersson can’t handle 40 plus shots
    but it is back to back and he’ll probably only start 1
    and if you’re going to get shelled why not let the back up
    take them

    hedpucker

    • Alcatraz

      What the joke is, is that the Hertle move and celebration is an actual story because of Oates and the media

      Thornton was just defending his teammate with an “off the recod” statement. Shame on the reporter to actually publish it. CAse in point, reporter asked Thornton to repeat the quote, and Thornton declined keeping it “off the record”

      If you think everything should be “on the record” then you dont understand media-player access, trust and relationship. Guaranteed Mendes knows a hell of a lot more about our players than we ever will, yet he keeps his mouth shut

    • Alcatraz

      If you think your gunna get shelled why even play the game?
      If Anderson plays well and we get timely scoring and actually win, wouldn’t that be more of a statement than feeding Lehner to the so called wolves?

    • Tooks

      I thought what Joe said was awesome!

      I also want Lehner to start as I think we need a fresh goalie with the ability to steal a road game…

      • s3nsfan

        Yeah cause Anderson is worn out and completely incapable of stealing a road win.

        Lehner starts in Anaheim, Craig will get the start tomorrow, of course that’s only MHO

    • sprucesens

      honestly, I’ve never cared for jumbo joe one way or another. But after he said that, my vote is he should be captain for team Canada. That’s how a leader takes the media, and tells them to shove it. Makes the story about him, which he could care less about, since he’s more than used to the media, and lets the kid(hertl) worry about hockey. And its almost exactly what the chirped article was about. Setting the media/press in their place. I love it

    • Sicilian

      I really liked what he said, thought it was funny as hell.
      They probably shouldn’t have reported it though but it’s nice to get a feel for the “off camera” version of Joe Thornton

  • Tooks

    Well thats one way to stop a rookie phenom scoring machine, elbow him in the head…Edler to face disciplinary hearing for elbow on Hertl.

  • Kielbasa

    I highly doubt, as stated earlier by someone that the reason ticket sales are falling short is due to location. The location has been there for 20+ years now, and it hasn’t been an issue (despite the continued complaints – myself included). I think fans in this city are frustrated right now with everything that has transpired over the past few months.

    -The Alfie situation and how it was handled has definitely left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans.
    -The “slow start” in the eyes of media and many fans, even though we’ve walked away with 4 out of a possible 6 points.
    -An injury cursed team over the past couple years; with Spezza still not at 100% can frustrate and keep fans away.
    -Maybe the freebies and incentives thrown at fans last year as an apology for the shortened season is now keeping fans away as they’re no longer being offered.
    -Melnyk, as much as he means well, has burned a lot of bridges with fans and the city.
    -Maybe it’s the summer weather in mid October.
    -Or maybe it’s Ottawa just being Ottawa. Apathy with regards to its sports teams is a battle that is constant here.

    Whatever the reason is, it’s good to see that the organization is doing something in response. Hopefully when Sens hockey is back at the CTC fans will be drawn to it like flies to….$#!+…as they usually are.

    • Mat

      I’ll be frank. The location is a HUGE deterrent for me. I make a hell of a lot more money than I did 15 years ago when I actually went at least a couple times a month. But I have a family now, and work and other responsibilities have ramped up and going all the way to Kanata is an ordeal. On most night, watching the game on the big screen, or in a bar, way supersedes the ordeal of going there. Building the arena in Kanata was a HUGE mistake.

      That being said, I do still go. Just forked $600 for 2 tickets for 2 games today. I’ve learned over the years that my enjoyment is greatly improved by heading there early (eating near or at Centrum) and having a pint after the game to let traffic die down before heading back downtown. The parking lot situation after games is a freaking nightmare. People of this city are literally at their worst when they are leaving the CTC parking lot after games. All civility and human decency goes right out the window..

  • Miguel

    would like to discuss a few things
    - why the hell does PM play Neil Smith and Greening as your second unit and have Phillips on the point?
    if the opposition cannot kill the penalty these three will for sure!
    we have plenty more offensive power than those 3
    - what the hell was Greening doing on the 5 on 3? He was chopping the puck all game before that, and he gave the puck away on a clear chance to ice it for a goal against
    -Again I have to ask why do we feel the need to dress Smith, Neil, Kassian in any one game? only 2 of those three need to play not all three of them
    - I have been hard on Smith, but right now he is clearly playing bettern than Greening
    on the positive side
    unlike others on here I like DaCosta’s game, he is very creative, and he won the faceoff for the tying goal. When Spezza comes back he should find room oh the bottom six and sIt Kassian
    Corvo looked very solid last game and in fact his speed made up for some of Phillips gaffs
    Finally Ryan will make us all forget about Silfv in due time… he is a stud just give it time.
    Sens are in for a doozy Sat night, playing the hottest team in the NHL, smack in the middle of a 6 game road trip…. Sharks had better not come out too cocky… we may just surprise them!

  • Andrews Theory

    Currently sitting in first place this week in the CBC Kia hockey pool!

    Booyaaaa!

    I’d like to see Lehner get a start next game. Andy’s still rounding into form and Lehner is due for a start…

    Holy crap Oilers suck again.

    • SensChirp

      Is there a prize for the winner of that thing? And how do you plan to share it with your fellow SensChirp readers?

      • Andrews Theory

        It’s a Kia….

        Not sure if there’s weekly prizes but its a lot of fun.

      • Andrews Theory

        Actually apparently weekly prize is a CBC jersey lol…could’ve at least given out my teams jersey

      • Conor_smythe

        Prize…. that reminds me… didn’t SensChirp give out prizes once upon a time???

        • SensChirp

          There’s even a contest tab at the top of the page that is sadly empty. Trying to line a couple things up.

      • Mat

        Its a candle light dinner with Don Cherry. And a free suit.

  • Andrews Theory

    I think ticket sales are more of a reflection of the ottawa economy than anything else.

    Every business I know of is down right now and it doesn’t help that the Feds haven’t been purchasing anything for close to a year

    • Sensnation

      I think it partly has to do to with Melnyk’s cry for broke this summer. I know some bandwagon/fair weather fans who got rubbed the wrong way by that. Hopefully once the boys get rolling the fans will be willing to spend more of their money on tickets!

      • Conor_smythe

        LMAO.. so your friends hear that the team is struggling financially, and their solution is to stop buying tickets?

        that doesn’t sound like bandwagon or fairweather. thats just stupid

  • Sandy

    They are playing NJ.. I’m not surprised. But the home opener is a week away.. they may get more sales before then.. It had better not be Leeder leaving… This team will be in trouble if he does go..
    Or is this another cost cutting move by our cheap owner.
    Looking at the additions some other teams make and succeed.. it really starts to piss me off. I see what the Sens are doing by developing inside talent.. but adding players would help.

    • Lorien

      Maybe Leeder is leaving…to run for mayor. I’d get behind that.

      • Sandy

        Yeah he would be good. He is a very nice man to talk to..

    • Alcatraz

      Losing Mlakar was the first downfall to the organization

  • Sensnation

    Just got back from a week in Toronto including the Sens vs Leafs in Toronto! What an experience to open their house wearing the Sens jersey!

    I’m pleased with how the team is doing so far as with all the roster changes in the top 6 this group will likely take about 15 games or so to really get in the groove, but you can see the chemistry developing already. It’s going to be a special season for Sens fans.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Tony Gallo

    I’m afraid that they might lose even more season ticket holders after this season due to the changes they have made to the policies regarding trading/purchasing tickets (for season ticket holders). Previously we were able to upgrade our seats by trading in our tickets and pay for the monetary difference… now we’re restricted to only trade for seats in the equivalent area where our seats are located… if we want better seats we have to purchase them at the Season ticket holder price (10% off) and try to sell our seats ourselves… and to add salt to the insult… there’s a blackout on some games for trading :( So instead of spending 4k on tickets I might spend $300-600 bucks next year and enjoy the game via the ‘ol television set.

    Too bad they had to give such a backlash to us season ticket holders…

    • Lorien

      Who ever had the idea to do away with Bronze, Silver and Gold games in favour of regular and premium should be fired. And then making some games blacked out…ridiculous. I pushed back on my account rep and made him unblackout those games for trades.

      They need some new ideas in their treatment of season ticket holders. Little things go a long way, small gestures. Getting my tickets in a giant box with foam, for a tiny package…not a good expenditure. For the amount that went in to that, they probably could have provided a free jersey instead, and had much happier STH base. Even if they were pickup at CTC. So many chances to improve relations, make STH’s feel appreciated, but instead just missed opportunities.

      • Tony Gallo

        Completely agree with you… I also got a “gold pen” in that box… but seriously…. even a signed picture of a player would have been more appreciated.

        I’m just really miffed because in the past 4 seasons I used some of the games I didnt go to, to invite some friends from out of the province to a game in some good seats… now I cant because a) they blacked out the games they’re interested in b) I cant trade outside my equivalent section and c) the lowered discount for extra tickets (10%) is too low for me in those prized sections and just the thought of paying near face value plus $4K (and the thought of the hassle of selling the seats I own that I dont need anymore because of the upgrade) is too bloody expensive and too much of a hassle.

        Sorry but a gold pen and wasteful packaging just doenst cut it. I’ve already talked to 3 other couple and they’re considering getting flex packs instead of full season tickets like myself… not a good sign

        • SensChirp

          Thanks to both of you for sharing.

          If either of you are interested, could you send me an email to do a little Season Ticket Holder Q&A? I really feel like there are a lot of STHs reading this site that would appreciate hearing the experience of fellow seat holders and that we might be able to come up with some ideas that could help out this franchise.

          Send me an email to senschirp at hotmail dot com and I’ll let you know how you can help out.

          Thanks!

    • Righteous Smoke

      My neighbor(Huge Laffs fan) told me the other day that in Toronto they had Colton Orr and Jay Mclement deliver season tickets to one of there long time holders. I looked online and it’s true and it’s not the first time they’ve done this. I guess they do do some things right in leafsnation…

  • Sandy

    Fans stop going for any reason.. whether mad at the team over Alfie.. or Melnyk mouthing off… or where the arena is located.. then you won’t have to worry about any of that in a couple of years.. because the team won’t be here..

  • SensChirp

    Lines at practice today in San Jose

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

    Methot-Karlsson
    Cowen-Wiercioch
    Phillips-Gryba

    • GoSensGoEh

      DaCosta actually played better than in his first 2 games. I’d like to see DaCosta centering Greening and Condra, and let the pesky Pageau play with the grinding line. Corvo played better too. Lets hope He and Gryba push each other to improve.

    • Sensnation

      Very excited to see Gryba get into action. Corvo’s making too many mistakes and is too soft on the body!

      • Righteous Smoke

        If it wasn’t Corvo’s sweet little move on the blue line near the end of the game against LA the Sens would not have 4 points right now. I think he’s been pretty good and the game in LA was definitely his best performance so far and much better than Gryba’s one game that he played. On the other hand, I do think it’s good to get Gryba in there and see if he can step it up.

      • SENSor

        Those two assists the last game annoyed you?…But if Kassian is out, then Gryba does have to come in, I agree….

        • Sensnation

          Truthfully I complained about him during that game to my buddy, looked at the stat sheet and went wtf! Corvo is good for points and has a nice pass out of the zone, he just takes the body softer than Karlsson does, and it hurts us late game to not be pounding them all game!

    • Mat

      Yaaaaaaaay! No Kassian!

      *relief*

  • Kamel

    Speaking of home opener tickets – I have two for sale (309 row K) that I can’t use because I have to travel. If any chirpers are interested in buying them contact me ckamel [at] gmail [dot] com.
    (Sorry Chirp if this a faux pas – please delete if it’s against house rules)

    • Kamel

      Also willing to trade for tix to a future game

  • aegiszx

    Gotta love all these premature talk about really stats that dont matter all too much right now… We are FOUR games in.

    First off, Silf could easily go on a 20 game dry spell.. and then he has what 4 points in 24 games? Not so pretty anymore.

    Same with us here, we may be 1-0-2 now, but we also could end up 20-2-2 by mid November. Thats the great thing about this sport, you just never know where it will go wrong or right.

    • Sandy

      Very true. Wait until the 20 game mark to see where teams are and player stats.
      Some teams have relatively easy competition early on.. compared to others.

      Do we really think the Leafs will continue to lead the division by game 20.. or even game 10?
      Watched some of that Detroit/Phoenix game last night. Alfie didn’t look good on some plays… especially his last one with the goalie pulled. Looks like he is trying to hard to try to impress…

      Talk about filling the seats… have you seen Detroit’s home games? Lots of empty seats.

      • Sensnation

        I think it will be interesting to see Sens fans critique Alfie this year. Now that he’s not GOD a lot more people should see him for the player he is, skilled, good leadership, but still has holes in his game and is definitely declining.

        Leafs always start strong and taper off in the 2nd half. Bernier may be for real though, so they should at least keep competing for that 8th spot … much much lower than the Sens!

    • Sensnation

      We’re two OT/SO goals from being 3-0-0!

  • A Train

    Sorry but when I look at those lines I just think ‘Where the f**ck is Zibanejad?’

    We know he’s capable of playing — and occasionally being awesome — in the NHL. And the reality is this: Different people respond differently to different kinds of incentives.

    Some will take the challenge that comes with negative feedback and use it as motivation to succeed.

    Others will perform up or down to the level you define for them. They look to their leaders to give them an identity. I don’t know DJ Z-Bad personally, but I feel from watching his career so far that he’s the latter type.

    He needs to be given the benefit of the doubt and brought back to the NHL.

    • Jacques

      Don’t worry Zibanejad and later down the road Ceci will be joining the Sens.
      They just need some AHL games I think to round out their games! let them dominate the AHL for a few weeks.

      Then would love to see a Bottom six of

      Greening-DaCosta-Zibby
      Smith-Pageau-Neil
      Condra

      • Hax

        A trade will happen before Condra becomes a healthy scratch

        • Jacques

          Whatever, he shouldn’t be on the third line if we hope to contend seriously. Fine with him on a good checking fourth line.

  • Jacques

    Any streams r bingo game tonight?

    • Tim

      Not worth watching….down 4 zip to Norfolk after the 1st. Hammond in goal and Norfolk is 4/6 on the PP.

      • Tim

        Sorry 5 zip after one. Shitty Shitty Bang Bang

        • Jacques

          Wasn’t Syracuse Down 5-0 to Bingo last year only to come back to win!? Never over till it’s over. Pesky Baby Sens!

    • GoSensGoEh
  • SENSor

    Rob Klinkhammer with a goal for Phoenix tonight! ‘Memba him?

    • Guess Who

      Colonel Klink!

  • Guess Who

    I really do think the Sens have what it takes to win tonight. They have been really good in all of their games so far. Pesky time!

  • Robert Cyr

    To all the Subscribers of Rogers, I found that we get a total of 5 Channels in the 400 Series that cover NHL games, that most of us were not aware of whatsoever!

    Last night there were 6 NHL games, and I could see all of them live on following TV
    Channels :
    454 NBC Sports,460 Root Sports, 461 Fox Sports,
    462 TSN Sports, 464 MSG Sports + a few more …….

    This seems to be the NHLCenter Ice package, of which I am not a subscriber ??

    Check it out starting at 2 PM today with a Buffalo game on 457 I believe
    and they have 7-8 more listed today !!

    Snoopy Senior

    • SensChirp

      Yup. I believe they have a free preview until the end of the month! Gotta take advantage.

      • Robert Cyr

        Thanks Chirp,

        Guess it’s a nice bonus, but too expensive to purchase in my books !

        Snoopy Senior

  • SensChirp

    Game Day post up a little earlier than usual. We’ll have to wait a few hours before official lines ups come out though

    http://senschirp.ca/news/game-day-senators-visit-powerhouse-sharks/