Game Day- Sens Open Season in Buffalo

SensChirp October 4, 2013 312
Game Day- Sens Open Season in Buffalo

It has been more than 130 days since the Ottawa Senators last played a meaningful hockey game.  The scene was the Consol Energy Centre in Pittsburgh and the result was not so kind to the Sens that night.

A lot has changed since Game 5 of the Conference Semi-final including the level of expectation around this hockey team.  As we get set to drop the puck on the 2013/2014 NHL season, the Sens have gone from lovable underdog, to legitimate threat in the revamped Eastern Conference.

The face of the franchise, Daniel Alfredsson, is gone.  For the first time in 17 seasons, the Senators will start a season without Alfredsson on their roster.  And while he will be missed, this team certainly won’t sit around talking about how much they miss their former Captain.

The torch has been passed into the more than capable hands of Captain Jason Spezza.  On the heels of an injury riddled season, Spezza is eager to not only prove that he can stay healthy, but that he can lead this club to heights Alfredsson never could.

There are new faces in Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur that add a dimension to the offence that wasn’t there last season.  Young players like Turris, Pageau, Conacher, Da Costa Wiercioch and Cowen are ready to be everyday reliable NHL hockey players. Veterans like Methot, Phillips, Michalek and Neil provide leadership on one the youngest rosters league wide.  Role players like Condra, Smith, Greening, Corvo, Kassian and Gryba each bring something unique to the roster.  In goal, the Senators boast one of the best tandems in all of the NHL in the form of Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.

And on the blueline they have a Norris Trophy winner and one of the best players in all of hockey in Erik Karlsson.

One wrinkle to the Sens line up as it looks like Eric Gryba will take the place of Joe Corvo on the third defence pairing. Corvo was on that paring all week but it appears the Head Coach has had a chance of heart.  Here is how Paul MacLean lined his team up at the morning skate.

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

Methot-Karlsson
Cowen-Wiercioch
Phillips-Gryba

It was a dramatic off season in the Nation’s Capital but this team and this fan base is eager to put that in the rear-view and focus on what should be one of the most exciting seasons in the history of this franchise.

The league is as competitive as ever but there’s no reason to believe our Senators can’t be the last team left standing on that summer night about eight and a half months from now.  Let’s drop the puck and get it started.

GO. SENS. GO.

  • ProbablyNot11

    Sens 4 Sabres 2.

    Can’t wait for puck drop tonight!! Go Sens!!

  • FBP

    Wonder if inserting Gryba has to do with Rolston inserting Scott? Or maybe after watching Buffalo lose earlier in the week Mac thinks a little more grit will get under the Sabres’ skin?

  • my2sens

    Here’s to hoping we can get Pageau under Scott’s skin… GO SENS GO!!

    • FBP

      Literally. Imagine if he was 6’8″?

      • SensChirp

        I think I’d prefer if we kept John Scott happy and on the ice as much as possible.

        • my2sens

          But his ice time is quite low, so benching him for 10 minutes or throwing him out would be better, no?

          • my2sens

            PS – This new, you can comment to comments is awesome!

            Best way to keep the flow of comments coming and yet keeping things organized!

            First a table… and now this!? What’s next!?

    • Stephen Renaud

      Tell u what, bet you Pageau wouldnt swing his stick at Scott. Prob would get in his face more than Kessel!

      • NO65*

        He would probably punch him in the nuts!

  • 57gord

    Hope we win tonight but I really hope we shine tomorrow night.

  • aegiszx

    Going to be one heck of a year… Cant wait to get it started!

  • ReleaseTheKarlsson

    I still can’t believe people still disagree with Spezza being Captain. No one on here that I’ve seen, but MAN I hate having to still defend it. These people don’t get it. I’m excited! 4-1 Sens tonight

  • Curtis Brunet

    So excited! Absolutely cannot wait to see all lines flying out there tonight.

  • Heisenburg

    I approve. now seriously, I cant get a picture of myself centered as my profile pic…..would anyone care to coook…er i mean help me out

    • 57gord

      I did it through the gravatar web-site. Could not crop my photo on this new site…………….yet. Chirp?

      • 57gord

        Oh ya and have an A-One day !!

      • Dr.Hockey

        There`s a little conflict with the cropping at the moment. It will be sorted out later this evening.

  • ZibbyFan

    I too am excited for tonite’s game. And predict that we will be a little rusty to start, but we’ll finish well. Go SENs!

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Great additions to the site Chirp. Much easier to read & follow in the comments section. Sens will take this one 4-1. Karlsson first career hat trick.

    • Kohlmanator

      5-1, I chose Over 5.5 on my pro-line :)

  • sprucesens

    great new site chirp. love the scoreboard thing. Does it get bigger on Saturdays when there are 15 games? Too bad you can’t BOLD the sens game scores, cuz that’s all that really matters. lol.

  • SensChirp

    Anybody else have issues getting their confirmation email after registering? Seems to be an issue a few people have identified on Twitter.

    • IcySurfas

      I tried (unsucessfully) to register with a hotmail account. It worked when I used my gmail account though. I also had a problem with cropping tool for my avatar.

      • The Apostle

        same issue for me.

    • Leo JR Maiorino

      I have tried pretty much everything to setup my karlssens account but to no avail… seems impossible to receive an e-mail through hotmail. I’d rather use my sc account than post with Disquis lol.

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      My hotmail account worked. Takes about 10-20 minutes for confirmation. But I did not need to confirm anything?

    • NickofTime

      worked fine for me, thanks.

    • Senator Stanley

      Nothing yet in my email and its been over a half hour. Gmail

  • SpezzaFan19

    Gryba HAS to play if Kassian doesn’t.

  • IcySurfas

    Really looking forward to tonight! Hockey in October … how about that eh!

    Would love love love to see the Sens ruin the Leafs home opener Saturday. Well get to that… tonight its the Sabres.

    Lets go boys!!

  • The Apostle

    Question: Generally speaking, how close to puck drop does it get too full in The Senate?

    • SensChirp

      I like to get there about an hour before puck drop to make sure I get a good choice of seat. Fills up at a pretty steady rate after that. Add in the fact that it’s a Friday and the season opener and I expect it to be jammed in there tonight.

      • The Apostle

        That’s what I figured. I think my first Senate experience may have to wait for a less significant game.

  • beeblebrox

    Leafs fans here at work are intolerable. Must be a day that ends in the letter “Y”.

    • The Apostle

      I took the liberty of editing your post so it better reflects the truth. This is what I ended up with.

      Leaf fans are intolerable.

  • Leo JR Maiorino

    This is definitely a huge upgrade though, absolutely love the new site layout and comment section. On that note, GO SENS GO! Can’t wait to see Bobby’s first NHL game with Ottawa.

  • SensChirp

    So it sounds like a number of you are waiting for your confirmation emails so you can start posting. Noticed a bunch of users have signed up but not posted yet. We are working to address this on our end. Sit tight!

    • Leo JR Maiorino

      Are the confirmation e-mails just in limbo right now? Will they push through? I’ve exhausted every e-mail option I have haha.

      • SensChirp

        Seem to be in limbo yup. There were more than 60 hung up. Should be sent to you shortly!

  • SensChirp

    We’ve had to activate accounts on the back end manually because emails were not going out to some.

    So even if you don’t get that email notification, your account should now be active. Give it a try and let me know if it works!

    • FuzzFace

      Nice work Chirp. My conf email worked immediately, with my Gmail account.
      Can’t wait to See these guys light it up!

    • mr.slapshot

      tried to log in and it worked, nice!

    • Robert Cyr

      Finding a few bugs in the new site are not that major.
      Eventually it will all be much smoother.
      Because I could not log in with Snoopy Senior, I will
      wait for a week or so, and try to re-instate Snoopy Senior !!

      Cheers,

      • benchwarmer

        Can’t you just change your display name?

        • Robert Cyr

          Can it be done Chirp??
          How is it done ??

          Thanks !

          • Dr.Hockey

            If you made your account through senschirp you should just have to select edit my profile from the top right menu. theres a name changer in there.

          • Zira1

            Yes, and see you on here soon again as Señor Senior…or Snoopy Senior

    • SensFanAl

      it worked for me. I was waiting for the email then just tried it.

  • Conor_smythe

    Really like the look of the site, but I like the Sens Lineup even better

    My 3 question marks for the season are Dacosta, Condra, and Gryba

    Gryba: not so worried about him, but he was seriously underrated for a long time, maybe theres a good reason for that. still a question mark in my mind

    Condra: He’s competent, but not a scoring threat… watch out for Shane Prince because he’s coming for your roster spot

    Dacosta: still don’t know if this guy is a legit scoring threat, or if he’s just quick. If he goes 15 games without a goal I wouldn’t be surprised

    That being said, I think its Wonderful that the only 3 guys I have as question marks about are a 3rd line winger, a 4th line centre, and a bottom pairing Defenceman… All of whom are completely replaceable from within our own system.

    Can’t wait til puck drop

    • sscr

      Prince is a scoring forward. Condra is a defensive forward.

      How can you compare them?

      • Conor_smythe

        you don’t think Prince can play defense?

        • CohMa

          I think that was a knock against his game early on. His play in his own end. I believe it’s improved considerably but I would compare them either.

          • Conor_smythe

            Im not comparing their skill set, its more that I’m considering the spot they’re vying for. 3rd line wing is a good spot to either put a solid defensive guy, or, if you have the depth, a scoring winger

            It’s Apples and Oranges, its true. I’m just asking: What do you like better, Apples or Oranges?

            Me, I would put the guy who scores, especially since he’s younger, cheaper and projects to be better. Oh and he’s played a heck of a lot of minutes with JGP already.

        • The Apostle

          I think it’s more of a waste having Prince play an 80% defensive role than having it being done by Condra. I would rather have Prince develop his game for a year or two in Bingo and then push for a place in the top 6.

        • sscr

          Well maybe he can.. but his main skill is his offense.. where Condra’s main skill is his defense… and Condra (love him) can’t put a puck in the ocean…

    • Jacques

      I agree Condra has to work real hard cuz someone is coming for him. Plus having Smith on the wing has never been impressive. If he isn’t playing center he is expendable. Plenty of better Wingers in Bingo.

  • karlssens

    Annnnnnnd we’re back!

  • Alcatraz

    I really hope we dont need to adjust our roster all season because of plugs on the other end of the ice
    If we take a stance and stop worrying about goons, then teams wont bother starting their goons vs us, because they will get exposed. Slowly this trend woudl work its way around the NHL I would think
    Should Ottawa dress Kassian because Scott is playing, or should be treated as, Why is Buffalo starting Scott if Kassian isn’t playing

  • karlssens

    Only real problem I can find with the site right now is the picture cropping… Non existent haha.

  • IcySurfas

    Ian Mendes is talking up the Sens right now on TSN 1050 Toronto Radio.

    http://www.tsn.ca/Toronto/listen/

    • IcySurfas

      Aaaand its all done. That was fast.

  • senate19

    My Prediction? Pain.

    Seriously though, 4-0 Ottawa Wins, Andy gets the shutout.

    Goals from Conacher x2, Pageu and Spezza

  • Sen John’s

    Love the new site. Only thing I would change would be to make your own comments in bold or something like before. I liked be able to easily spot a comment from Chirp himself.

    • Kohlmanator

      I second that.

      • Conor_smythe

        third

  • NickofTime

    I like what I see in Buffalo with a lot of their young guys & the fact that they have gotten much bigger & tougher although they are still quite young. Should be a good test for Ottawa against them. Glad to see Gryba in the lineup instead of Corvo.
    Hopefully, against the Leafs I expect that Gryba will still be in the lineup, Lehner should probably replace Anderson for that game & Kassian should hopefully replace Da Costa in the lineup & Smith moves to centre.

  • Alcatraz

    Only thing I would add is the ability to refresh the comments in page. Right now I don’t see any function like that similar to the old site which means I have to hit F5. And with all the new added javascript on the page, it becomes a little slow to resh constantly

    • Robert Cyr

      To me I see refresh option replaced by site updating itself under “new comments. Click on that and it’s refreshed ??

  • karlssens

    I’m in the camp that thinks we shouldn’t play Kassian Saturday vs the Leafs. I don’t want the game to turn into a gong show, I’d rather just beat them on the scoreboard. Im optimistic that Da Costa can do a good job at creating some room room his line mates. When Kassian is on the ice, that line just isn’t as effective. Spezza’s line would have a lot more energy and pop if Da Costa’s line played 8 min as opposed to Kassian’s 3-4. Just my opinion.

    • Alcatraz

      you forget the main deterrent. If Kassian is sitting on the bench and Orr elbows Spezza with a dirty hit and gets a 5min major. Then a few shifts later Kassian will be able to go and take a dumb penalty to even out the score. This is an important part of hockey.
      Orr will definately think twice about hitting Spezza if he knows Kassian is on the ice and will play again in 10 minutes
      Please note the sarcasm

    • NO65*

      The Leafs just called-up Devane. No way PMac would not dress Kassian tomorrow.

  • MethotMan

    With Ian Mendes now on the radio, does anyone know who the new Host is for the Sens on Sportsnet this year?

    • Heisenberg

      im putting my money on jason york

      • senate19

        Isn’t it Shawn McKenzie?

        • FBP

          Yes.

  • Alex

    GO Sens GO!!! Very excited for the start of the new season.

  • sscr

    BTW — sscr is really Sandy. I have this ID from logging in on another site..

  • Dr Sens

    Oh Snizz, you know you’ve made it big when you have Radek Bonks mullet in the mix. Welcome a board man.

    Great work on the site Chirp

  • Phil.

    I might be late to the show, but my account now works despite not getting an email.
    My request would be to have numbered comments.

    • SensChirp

      Welcome! That’s a little tricky with the direct reply feature we added.

      • Phil.

        Right. I was thinking just numbering the initial comments to make it easier to navigate for those of us who come and go during the day.
        Realistically, if I see the number of comments go up by 1 and it’s not a new comment I am not going to go search for the 1 reply unless it relates to a discussion I am part of/interested in.

        • SensChirp

          It lets you know that there is a new comment below. Then when you click on that, it takes you directly to the reply.

          • Phil.

            I see that now. Feel free to completely disregard what I said before!

  • The-Sens-Ghost

    Great site Chirp!

  • hq8

    tweeted this too, but awesome site. really #pesky

  • hq8

    now can the next 4.5 hrs just fly by, please and thank you.

  • karlssens

    How did you guys manage to center your avatars?

    • FBP

      A centering tool was automatically prompted upon uploading a picture.

      • karlssens

        How do you get rid of the black bars on each side? I can’t seem to figure out the centering tool you speak of haha.

  • SensFanAl

    This site rocks now!! Not that it didn’t before. But it looks great.

    Looking forward to the game tonight.

  • SenaWalrus

    Ok, I’m liking the site, except for the New Comment updating.

    On the old site, you could read down to the bottom of the page and when you click “refresh” the new comments would appear in order below where you are and you would be in the right place to start reading them

    With the new site, I can’t seem to figure out a way to get the new comments to show in a similar way. The “Show new comment” option displays new comments, but not in the order of oldest to newest following on from where you left off, meaning you have to scroll down to the right place to start reading again. Although, the new blue highlights to show unread comments does help.

    Additionally, new comments that are replies are obvious unless you keep scrolling up and down through the whole list. A bit of a pain.

    Not sure if it will just take getting used to or if the new commenting will be a pain to follow.

    • hq8

      once you get used to it, it will be better as in this version, assuming you are going back and forth with Tookie, it wont get broken up by other comments in-between. ofcourse, everyone goes back and forth with him so thats a challenge.
      you can sort the comments to show as the old-style too, by selecting oldest first.

    • FuzzFace

      I agree. Too bad there’s no hybrid version… Like the old site, have the comments go down in chrono order, with a button to refresh. Your view stays on the last read post. However, for replies in conversation, scrap the quotes but have a toggle to ‘view conversation’ in each post.
      The way it is now, you have to scroll down the entire list to see conversation updates. I’m all for making change, but not at the expense of ease of use.
      As for the look of the site, I think it’s great!

      Also I don’t think the sort order button is working properly.

      • SensChirp

        Not sure I entirely understand the issue here. A pop up box appears at the bottom of the screen that will take you to the location of new replies.

        Comments can be arranged with oldest or newest at the top.

        • FuzzFace

          Thanks Chirp. I didn’t see that box until now. Once you do that, should be a button to go to top or something? The oldest/newest sort isn’t working for me. If I sort by oldest at top, and hit the blue ‘show new comment’ button, it appears at the top, right next to the oldest post. Again it may be my old IE8, Not sure. Please don’t misunderstand, I like what you’ve done, and bugs are to be expected. Just trying understand, and help.

          • SensChirp

            No no. All feedback is helpful. There are always going to be issues and things that can be perfected. Comments on the layout are more than welcome.

          • FuzzFace

            Cool beans. I’m just noticing that it takes a lot more scrolling/mousing to follow all the conversations than before.

          • Greg

            IE 8 is a bit of a rickety contraption. Some websites don’t even support it any more. I would upgrade to Firefox or Chrome. Much better browsing experience.

          • FuzzFace

            Well that just sucks. This is my work PC, and I’m at the mercy of IT. Might have to lobby for an upgrade so I can read SC.

        • FuzzFace

          Yep, sort isn’t working right for me, and the popup box you speak of doesn’t always appear. Image upload not working for me either. Must be my browser :(

          ACK! Sorry!

        • SenaWalrus

          There is no “New Comments” button at the bottom of the page for me.

          Also, I prefer the time stamp on the comments rather that “an hour ago”… makes it harder to find your spot.

  • hq8

    fyi for people not liking the new comments features, this is the way it works on the majority of websites across the net today. once you will get used to it, its much easier to like!

    • SensChirp

      I’ve resisted it for awhile, myself. Was finally convinced that it was time for a change. Same goes for the dark background that had been a SensChirp staple for so long.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Hello Chirp

    I like the new site, wish I was free enough to help do some review last weekend. Either way, I do like the layout. I like the way the comments are filtered. One user mentioned it’s a bit of a pain, because they don’t appear at the bottom as new anymore, but I can understand where you are coming from with the design. If you want to see your own comment replies, scroll up and look at them.

    I also had the issue with the crop, just left it where it was. But it would be cool to have David Puddy’s full face in my avatar. High Five!!

    Love that people now have there face next to the thumb Up/Down, pretty cool. Now we can see who the big thumb downers are.

    Sens need to come out flying tonight. They cannot start the game the way Washington did against Calgary last night. While I’m sure they could come back and score 4 and win in a shootout, I’d much rather see a full 60 minutes of compete.

    Happy Gryba is in the lineup. There was little word about him, I was getting scared his injury was worse than expected.

    Can’t wait to crack a pint (or 7) tonight and enjoy puck drop. Go Sens Go!!!

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Trying out the image post option. This has been my new desktop background. It’s a nice one!!

    • NO65*

      WOW, this is great. This is now my desktop background too.

  • yannrock

    Waking up with the roosters here in Hanoi to watch the game at 6am.

    Can’t wait

    I think it’s going to be a great game

  • karlssens

    Yah? I think so!

    • GoSensGoEh

      LMAO, too funny.

  • karlssens

    Is there a refresh button? Or do comments automatically drop in?

    • SensFanAl

      I believe it’s automatic, it will tell you that you messages have been entered and you have to click on that message to see them.

      • karlssens

        Yah I just noticed that. Thanks.

        • SensFanAl

          BTW Not only does it tell you when there is a new message at the top. It also lets you know if someone made a comment somewhere down below. It takes you right there.

          • Greg

            Where does it say that someone made a reply?

          • SensChirp

            You can see ones to you under “My Disqus” or any new one in a little pop up box that appears at the bottom of the screen when there is something new.

          • Greg

            Ahh nice, I was wondering how replies showed up. I like to sort by Best for the most active threads too.

  • NO65*

    The Leafs just called-up Devane! I guess Kassian will play tomorrow in TO.

    • SensFanAl

      How many guys do they need?? Don’t they have enough fighters on their team already. Oh wait they’re worried for baby Kessel.

      • karlssens

        I assume when they get Maclaren back Devane will go down.. the leafs like having a useless 4th line. It’s going to hurt them as the season progresses.

        • SensFanAl

          they don’t want David Clarkson jumping over the bench and getting suspended 10 games every time.

    • karlssens

      Devane is a little bitch, he fights with a visor LOL.

  • SensChirp

    This new website is great and all but how the heck am I ever supposed to get anything else done? Have not been able to look away from the comment section all damn day!

    • SensFanAl

      tell me about it. So I guess we can blame you for not getting any work done.

  • Sicilian

    Senschirp on my cell is working well too

  • karlssens

    The live feed of comments make it a lot closer to a chat room, with a more receptive feel. I like it.

  • karlssens

    No sign of tookie yet… maybe he got stuck in limbo between the two sites. We may have caught a break!

    • s3nsfan

      No if you search the page you’ll find he’s there

      • SensChirp

        That’s an imposter, I believe

  • my2sens

    All I have to say about the site is a big thank you to SC for all his hard work. No matter, I will keep coming back for his great hockey insight, insiders knowledge, tables, and faux-pas (stepping on logo).

    Thanks again SC for all you do! Group hug!

    • my2sens

      And no I am NOT sharing my estrogen pills!

    • karlssens

      As weird as this sounds, I wouldn’t mind seeing that a few times tonight ;)

  • karlssens

    Where’s Hax? He usually doesn’t go 2 hours without posting.. I’m worried!

  • my2sens

    Sabres Lineup:

    26 Thomas Vanek – 19 Cody Hodgson – 21 Drew Stafford
    9 Steve Ott – 22 Johan Larsson – 63 Tyler Ennis
    28 Zemgus Girgensons – 25 Mikhail Grigorenko – 65 Brian Flynn
    32 John Scott – 12 Kevin Porter – 36 Patrick Kaleta

    10 Christian Ehrhoff – 3 Mark Pysyk
    20 Henrik Tallinder – 57 Tyler Myers
    6 Mike Weber – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

    30 Ryan Miller
    1 Jhonas Enroth

    In short… food for our Legion of Pesky Sens!!!

    • karlssens

      That is such a pitiful lineup lol. Anything other than a win tonight is a major fail.

    • Mat

      Its definitely not an “elite” group, but I wouldn’t take any team lightly. They actually played well against Detroit earlier this week. And now their at home. My hope is that the Sens play with energy and confidence tonight and tomorrow.

  • karlssens

    I’m curious, what’s everyone’s goal predictions for the top two lines? Mine would be:

    31-27-35
    21-23-19

    Lineup as chirp posted above. I think those are all reasonable totals.

    • my2sens

      I would perhaps add a few more for Ryan though… sit him at 42…

      • karlssens

        I just don’t want to put too much pressure on the guy in his first season. Let’s just set a benchmark of 30, and anything more than that is a bonus. 30 in today’s NHL is still quite the feat.

  • markuki111

    I love your new site chirp,but if there was a possibility to change background colour from white to darker one, I’d be very grateful.

    It is usually 1am when sens play (where i live), and white colour hurts my eyes lol

    GO SENS GO 6-0 TONIGHT :)

  • SensChirp

    In case you missed it, you can also click on an individual profile and see all the posts from a particular user. Also counts the total number of “up votes” received.

  • markuki111

    just chcecking this fancy “upload images feature” love it!

    • Dr.Hockey

  • s3nsfan

    Boys and girls just a shade over 3 hours left until game time. Hockey is BACK!!!!!!!!

  • Dr.Hockey

    If someone posts a good stream to the game remember to give it a upvote. Make it easy to find with the “Best” sort option for all of us saps burning the midnight oil.

    • sprucesens

      any chance we make a side bar thing that people can post links to streams for gameday posts? Then maybe still have a voting bar, so if it gets a whole bunch of negatives, it indicates stream failure, and upvotes for great stream?

      • Dr.Hockey

        Definitely something worth looking into. After we get all of the basics in place and running smoothly I will see what I can do.

  • Righteous Smoke

    Hey Chirp, I can’t figure out how to crop my picture I uploaded to use as my avatar.
    Is it working properly, or am I just that computer illiterate.

    • Greg

      Cropping is on the fritz for the moment. They’re working on it.

  • Ahsan

    Bring back the live blogs chirp like you did before for game day. Fun chatting live and stuff. Also Sens win 5-1.

  • Sandy

    So Silfverberg got a goal in his first regular season game… and Alfie got no points.

    So Ryan & MacArthur.. step up… need points..

    Finally fixed the name thingy..

    Go Sens… 2 hours — 12 min to go..

    • GoSensGoEh

      Silfverberg scored with 7 seconds left in the game to spoil the shutout, so close.

  • timwrx

    First post from BINGO! NIce site Chirp! Good luck Ottawa fans tonight!

  • Kielbasa

    Great redesign of the site Chirp. Much more user friendly.
    AND FINALLY THE SEASON STARTS!!!
    I CANNOT WAIT!!! The red wig is out and ready to be worn!!
    GO SENS!!!

  • Sean

    Loving the new site, SC! GO SENS GO!!

  • Jacques

    Gryba being in the lineup was never in doubt if he was healthy. People saying Corvo was ahead of Gryba just weren’t paying attention last year. This kid is a stud and to learn he needs to play. Corvo is our Lundin for this year, minus the ridiculous injuries I hope.

    Sens 5-2 tonight Pageau and Ryan with a goal each!

    Go Sens go!

  • GoSensGoEh

    Seven new faces from last years first game to this years first game.

    Out In
    Alfredsson Ryan
    Silfverberg MacArthur
    Latendresse Conacher
    Regin Pageau
    O’Brien DaCosta
    Gonchar Cowen
    Benoit Gryba

  • GoSensGoEh
  • Guess Who

    The quest to bring Stanley back to his hometown starts in less than an hour. GO SENS GO 2013-14!

    • Dr.Hockey

      Tookie?

      • Guess Who

        Nope, I’m not Tookie.

  • Robinson

    Any word on live feeds?

    • Dr.Hockey

      I’m looking, not coming up with much yet.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Kind like the Gryba move. Mac giving him a chance to prove he can solidify the third pairing and give him a reason to sit Corvo.

    I can only take so much of watching other teams play. FINALLY, the Sens are back!

    GO SENS GO.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Testing….Not sure how we will follow the newest post when someone responds? is it easy and I am just being dumb??

    • Dr.Hockey

      You’ll get a notification at the bottom of your screen when someone responds , and a blue one a the top for a new post.

  • karlssens

    Here we go boys… Let’s go sens!!

  • alex trudel
  • karlssens

    rolling 4 lines so far

  • SensFanInMTL

    Man our PP looked really good. Have a good feeling about us this year.

    • SensChirp

      Was thinking the same thing. This team is going to score some goals this year.

    • Floridasensfan

      Night and day from last year

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    #FreeMika

    • GoSensGoEh

      I want him back too, but he’s there, let him stay there, for at least 9-10 games. Let him get his groove on, lol.

  • karlssens

    Miller..

    • SensChirp

      Looks real good early eh?

      • karlssens

        He already has 18 saves..

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens PEPPERING Miller. It will come.

  • SensFanInMTL

    This whole new layout looks really awesome. Hats off to ya, Chirp.

    Man we’re looking solid. That first line is twitching. It’s gonna happen sooner or later.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Gryba looks sharp.

  • markuki111

    Gryba sucks today. We need Borocop here

  • karlssens

    Fuck you miller!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Paj and Condra are smart ass players man. Nice combo

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    OMG even pp2 looks strong

  • karlssens

    We need to score a garbage goal to open the floodgates

  • NO65*

    I don’t like the idea of having Phillips on the second PP. Methot should be the one.

  • NO65*

    I miss Zibby already. I have a feeling we will see him sooner than expected.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Although it’s only been one period, I very much agree. It’s a crime to not have him on the team.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Man I hope we phuckin win 5-0 tonight.

  • markuki111

    macarthur doesnt need a stick to play penalty kill

  • NO65*

    Our passing game is not yet sharp. Wait until they get 3-5 games in. Haven’t played since last Sunday and it’s showing

    • SensFanAl

      they are getting their chances, just not doing well on finishing them.

      • NO65*

        Shots are coming from angles and you won’t beat Miller with those. You have to make him move and the only way is with perfect passing.

        • SensFanAl

          Yeah, it doesn’t help that the shots are right at him he’s not even getting screened.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Spezz should have scored already.

    • SensFanAl

      should have, could have, didn’t :)

  • NO65*

    Cowen’s passing is completely off.

    • Mat

      Do you mean Gryba?

  • NO65*

    The Da Costa line has no chemistry. I want the. Pageau line more often in the 3rd and we will win.

  • SensFanAl

    Anderson looks good!!

  • karlssens

    I see our shooting percentage hasn’t changed.

  • karlssens

    Honestly miller is pissing me off.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Clarke McArthur’s been our best forward tonight

    • SENSor

      Bet you never thought you would be saying that…

  • JGP44

    The goalies are without a doubt the best players on each side.

    Loved that MacArthur rush just now!

    • SensFanAl

      the second line has been good. The 3rd and 4th line are getting every chance just can’t get it done.

      • JGP44

        oh yeah, no complaints about the rest of the team. Both sides have had some stellar chances. Just nobody can get anything done…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The puck possession from Pajeau’s line is beautiful to watch.

  • karlssens

    Should be 4-1 Ottawa

    • NO65*

      Actually, I think the Sabres has enough scoring chances to be in this game. 4-3 Sens would be more realistic.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Both goalies are superb. Both teams are getting good chances. Man we just gotta get the first goal outta the way and we’re gold.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Love the look of the new site Chirp. Great to have hockey back. Love what the 2nd and 3rd lines are doing, both offensively and defensively. I was going to say that the 1st line still looks like they are struggling to figure each other out. But, then they end the 2nd period with sick play. I don’t know what coach sees in Gyrba over Corvo; I think it’s safe to say that Gyrba has really struggled tonight. Anderson looks great! Only problem is so does Miller. Should be an exciting finish.

  • Mat

    Great show by the goalies but I’ll be upset if Buf takes it 1-0. Time for the first line to put one in.. I predict Michalek. The forgotten one…

  • Floridasensfan

    I am thrilled with the way we are playing, fun to watch.
    Now just some in the back of the net.
    Love the new site as well, nice change.

  • JGP44

    So, anyone want to revise their score predictions? Miller is playing well, I’m thinking this is going to be a 1-0 game. Sens are getting the better chances tonight.

    • SENSor

      Someone here took the over over on 5.5?

  • Conor_smythe

    I cant believe its still tied!

    Predictions for first goal of the season????

    I’m gonna go with Turris

    • SensFanAl

      MacArthur

    • JGP44

      I might be biased, but I’m going to lean with a Pageau goal from Karlsson, just because he’s been so incredibly explosive tonight. He’s had a few chances tonight where he’s in behind the Buffalo defense before they realize he’s even moving.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Clarke

    • SENSor

      Neil.

    • Tookie

      Spezza

  • JGP44

    Thoughts on Da Costa’s performance so far?

    • SensFanAl

      He has the speed. But can’t buy a goal no matter how much he tries. I think it’s because he’s not playing in the top lines.

    • NO65*

      Like I said earlier, they haven’t played all week long, we’ll give them a few games to really have a good opinion. I didn’t like his first period but seems to look more confortable in the third.

  • MikeS

    karlssons back

    • markuki111

      wow, just incredible

    • JGP44

      That was an epic shut down!

  • JGP44

    Doh, I thought at least I could probably beat Karlsson at golf…

    So much for that.

    • SENSor

      Maybe you could out-drink him?

      • JGP44

        Lol, Maybe that’s why I can’t break a 15 hdcp.

  • SENSor

    We need Joe Corvo out there!

    • MikeS

      Well he cant be worse then gryba tonight. I dont think he has made one outlet pass

  • JGP44

    Has anyone seen a recent shot count? Announcer just said 38 for Ottawa, but had no numbers for Buffalo

    • MikeS

      31

      • JGP44

        thx

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Craig Anderson is so pesky.

  • karlssens

    Not thrilled with Ryan’s play tonight.. But it’s only the first game.

    • SENSor

      He’s not used to playing so many minutes…

  • karlssens

    There’s no solution for miller

    • SensFanAl

      they are going high, they went low before.

    • MikeS

      honestly I feel like anderson has been much better then miller. We have more shots but less insane chances

  • NO65*

    Good thing we are not facing Pitts tonight. Our defensive play suck big time.

  • SensFanAl

    They keep shooting the puck but no one is screening Miller.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Can’t believe all the complaining in a 0-0 game, and the first one of the season at that.

    • SENSor

      Who’s complaining? This game is awesome!

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Complaining is the wrong word…bitching about players is maybe more accurate.

        And I agree this has been an awesome game. Both goalies are on their games.

        • SENSor

          Bitching – well, yeah…fans are gonna bitch, lol

  • MikeS

    “karlsson gambles, loses, can he catch up?………..yes”

  • karlssens

    Any other goalie and we have 5 goals..

    • SENSor

      They’re probably saying the same thing – lol!

    • NO65*

      Any other goaltender than Andy and they have 5 goals too. Let’s be honest here.

  • JGP44

    anyone getting massive lag / skipping on the Gamecenter Live feeds?

    • markuki111

      It works good for me

      • JGP44

        Hmm, it’s suddenly dropped to 10 seconds smooth, then 20 seconds unwatchable on and off. Looking at my bandwidth usage, it’s suddenly not even coming close to using my full connecitno

    • Topshelf

      Yep. I was too. Kind of choppy.

  • SensFanAl

    There hasn’t been a single penalty this period

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    What a game. These goalies are incredible.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I really like Conacher’s game.

    • Tooks

      Yeah Conacher has really impressed…SDC not so much.

  • karlssens

    Line 2 has been amazing

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    JESUS

    This is literally the craziest goalie battle I have ever watched

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    My heart is in my stomach right now. This is so stressful I need a Sens goal

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      and it is only game one

      TESSSSSSS

  • SensFanAl

    sweet

    • SensFanAl

      that was a beauty!!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • karlssens

    Karlsson

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Lazar’s got 2 G’s tonight.

  • karlssens

    Miller is still heroic

  • SENSor

    HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    MacArthur pass.

  • SensFanAl

    10.2 seconds

    • SensFanAl

      Pack it up boys and head to Toronto.

  • karlssens

    Awesome, open up with a win

  • SENSor

    What a game!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Great game. All hail Andy and Karl. My goodness.

  • Conor_smythe

    a win is a win!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Solid.

    Tomorrow will be a huge score fest.

    • Floridasensfan

      We keep this play up the year is going to be a score fest for us.

  • Floridasensfan

    What a beauty goal, total rocket, already love Karlsson but MacArthur was Awesome. Shut out for Andy to start the season.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Clarke MacArthur was very solid. Impressed from what I saw, from that line and line 3. But Craig Anderson man………. good grief. What a guy.

  • SENSor

    Kassian in tomorrow – old time hockey!

  • Justin

    GO SENS GO!!! What a game to open the season!

  • Tooks

    Ugly game but a win is a win. thank God for Andy!

  • Jacques

    Wow! I’m happy with that game. Exciting as hell. Sens look good.

  • aegiszx

    I definitely did not expect that out of the first game. Wow. It’s going to be a veryyyy fun year!!

  • NO65*

    We can’t give as many 2 on 1 on a regular basis, our goaltenders won’t be able to save our ass every game.

    • MikeS

      but karlsson will

  • Robert Cyr

    Anderson just on his game with a shutout.
    Karlsson is almost 100% and scores the winner.
    Chemistry slowly building with Michalek- Spezza- Ryan.
    Cowen – Wiercioch getting to play much better as game progresses!

    Let’s get those Leafs on Saturday night !!

    Snoopy Senior

  • Guest

    that was the best 1-0 battle ive seen possibly ever!?

    quiet night for too many players though. Hope the nerves and rust is gone by tomorrow as the leafs will not be any easier to defeat.

  • MoeDozer

    that was the best 1-0 battle ive seen possibly ever!?!

    quiet night for too many players though. Hope the nerves and rust is gone by tomorrow as the leafs will not be any easier to defeat.

    • Tooks

      I agree way too quiet for our big boys. Goalies showed well, damn why do BUF put up such a fight, just tank! LOL

      Alfie with the setup to Zet with 17 secs left in the 3rd to tie the game and in OT Weiss ends it…The new guys paying off for DET.

  • Sensturion

    Standouts tonight: Anderson, Karlsson, Line 2
    Players that disappointed: Ryan, Da Costa, Spezza
    Ryan seemed sluggish and hesitant all night.
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Da Costa is absolutely useless unless he’s playing with skilled guys. I thought Neil and Smith carried more of the play the the playmaker Da Costa did.
    I don’t know why but I feel like Spezza refused to pass the puck tonight.

    • MikeS

      you were dissapointed with 7 shots by spezza? miller stood on his head otherwise spezza could of had a 2 goal game

      • Sensturion

        I wasn’t disappointed with the 7 shots at all. I was disappointed with the fact that he decided to take the low percentage shot instead of passing it to the guy sitting next to the open net. Besides, shots usually mean very little. It’s the chances that should be tracked.

    • GoSensGoEh

      I wasn’t too disappointed in DaCosta. I didn’t like the team choosing him over Zibanejad, but in this game, I only saw him trying to do too much once, and then he relaxed again and just played. He made some very smart decisions at times, avoiding some big hits coming his way.

      Ryan looked okay too. He was set up at the goal a few times, and except for one instance, played alright. Ryan joined in a scrum along the wall where there were already 3 senators battling, leaving the entire other side of the ice wide open.

      Spezza was smoother than in preseason, but we all know he can still be better than what we saw tonight. I’m excited to see some high scoring games down the road.

      MacArthur really impressed me, very good FA pickup.

      Phillips was pretty good on PK tonight as well.

      The refs put away the whistles pretty early in this one.

    • Righteous Smoke

      I personally thought Ryan was the worst player on the ice, seemed like every time the puck was on his stick he turned it over, he looked very nervous out there and seemed to me was trying too hard to be fancy, he needs to settle down, let Spezza do the playmaking, just get in position and score some goals buddy. Karlsson was amazing, I watched the Buffalo broadcast of the game, they are HUGE homers, but at the end all they talked about was Karlsson, saying things like “After watching him first hand tonight, he is by far the best defenseman in the world, nobody else comes close.”
      SUCK IT SUBBAN.
      Anderson was awesome, and if it wasn’t for Ryan Miller, pretty sure it would’ve been 3-0 Sens after the first period.
      Also, that second line was lights out, always causing havoc for Buffalo and Macarthur played great!

  • Robert Cyr

    No change in lineup for Leaf game !

    No need for Kassian, but should start Lehner to keep both goalies in proper rythm

    Hope our first line get’s their mojo rockin !!

    Snoopy Senior

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      I am sure the plan *was* to play Lehner Saturday night. Do you think this game changes that at all? IMO, wouldn’t be surprised to see Maclean throw Anderson back in, but expecting to see Lehner. Nice to have two great goalies.

  • MoeDozer

    curtis lazar has 3g 1a in a 9-1 victory..

  • SpezzaFan19

    Anderson versus Miller = first tryout for the USA Olympic Team

  • 57gord

    Very happy tonight. Really looking forward to Saturday………..and not just for the main team but what a great line-up for the B-Sens too. Let’s hope we kick butt X2 Saturday night.

  • Senator Stanley

    Great start to the season!
    I like the makeover Chirp.
    Its going to take some time to get used to the changes, but the site looks great!

  • Hamad Siddiqui

    I loooveee what you’ve done with the website chirp :) and I certainly liked the way the sens played, if it wasn’t miller it would have been 5-0 :P

    • SensChirp

      Glad ya like it! Welcome aboard.

      • HamadBo$$

        Thanks chirp, though i don’t really post much I’ve been reading your posts on daily basis since the Dany Heatley saga

  • Robert Cyr

    Well fellow Chirp Posters, this is it, once again tonite we face the tough Maple Leafs !

    Hope Coach MacLean inserts Lehner, and sits out Kassian, to show the Leafs we want to play hockey, and not drop the gloves!!

    Would it not be fantastic, to enjoy a great hockey game, with no staged fights
    breaking out, and ruining the potential of a game like we played in Buffalo ??

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

    Snoopy Senior

    • MikeS

      How can u sit anderson after that game? He cant be that tired after 1 game into the season can he?

      • Robert Cyr

        I know what you mean, but that was what they did last year.

        Inserting Lehner, shows that we want both goalies to get some games in, right off the bat, in order to not be rusty when called upon later !

        Snoopy Senior

        • MikeS

          I don’t disagree. just sitting andy in g2 on hnic vs Toronto seems kind of like a slap in the face when he quite honestly doesn’t need a rest

  • Jacques

    I don’t know what game people are watching to say DaCosta disappointed? He was strong on the puck all night, that line looks a lot more able with him at center. Let us not forget how slow that Smith-Kassian-Neil line looked in the playoffs, constantly getting hemmed in. DaCosta played great and MacLean said it post game.

  • Doc

    Test.