Three in a Row- Highlights

SensChirp January 3, 2014 108
Three in a Row- Highlights

QUICK THOUGHTS

  • -Mika Zibanejad continues to impress with Jason Spezza on the sidelines.  That line with Mika, Cory Conacher and Milan Michalek is clicking right now and playing the game with terrific pace.  Going to be really interesting to see what MacLean does when Jason Spezza is ready to return.  Right now, three of the four lines are finally clicking and the Coach will have to be careful with chemistry.  Perhaps a line of Pageau-Spezza-Stone could work?
  • -Cody Ceci and Marc Methot drew shutdown duties last night, matched up against the Jets big line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.  Those three have been dangerous for the Jets this season but were held pointless last night.  Crazy how far Cody Ceci has come in just 11 games.  There are times when it looks like Paul MacLean trusts him more than any other defender.
  • -Heck of a play by Bobby Ryan turning the puck over on the Clarke MacArthur goal.  A great example of how it may not look like Ryan is flying around the ice sometimes but he just has a way of being in the right spot.  Having some of the best hands in the league doesn’t hurt either.  Speaking of Ryan, how was there no call on that hit from behind? Yes Ryan turned on the play but Keeton Ellerby did not let up at all and came from a long way to finish the hit.
  • -The Montreal Canadiens are up next on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.  Fortunate enough to attend that one in person.  Any other Senators fans making the trip?
  • -Lastly, yesterday we were informed that one of  our own- “Snoopy Senior” passed away in November.  Snoopy Senior was a long time supporter of this site and always brought much needed energy and optimism to the comment section.  If there was ever a day where I was slacking a bit on the Game Day post, Snoopy was always the first to let me know.  It’s strange how you can get to know someone without ever meeting them but that’s the reality of the community we have created here.  The comment section certainly won’t be the same without Snoopy Senior around.

 

  • Tooks

    Good win but the standings still tell the truth. The pack is still in better shape then we are, we have 43 games played and most have 41 and we are only 1pt ahead of NYR, NJ, CBJ, CAR. TOR and DET have a game in head and are 3/4pts up on us.

    Still lots of work to do and alot more wins! A 3 game winning streak is surely a good start but far from great.

    As for the game itself, was very sloppy, Cowen keeps showing he isnt made for the NHL, 16-7-6 always clicking even with time off…89 seems to have found chemistry with Zbad, Milo would com off that line IF/WHEN Spezza comes back. I would rather have Spezza clicking than Milo.

    Anderson played good enough to win but that isnt hard when your playing Al Montoya…

    • PageauPageauPageau

      Makes way more sense to me to play Spezza with Stone, than it does to break up one of our top producing lines to play Spezza on the wing..

      • Tooks

        Zib would move to the wing. He’s a better winger than Michalek.
        89-19-93

    • the dude

      Hey Negative Nancy! Detroit isn’t winning, last 10 games they are 3-5-2. Still bitter over Alfie’s stupid decision, so I think it would be absolutely fantastic if that last playoff spot comes down to Sens Vs Wings and the good guys win to destroy Alfies Stanley Cup dreams.

      GO SENS GO!

      • CUP 2014-15

        take a look at the wings sched over the next ten, it’s as tough as it gets. They will be lucky to collect 40% of possible points.

      • Sandy

        They had a lot of key injuries during that stretch, one of them was Howard. But that said… I don’t think Howard is an elite goaltender. Team USA should hope that their top 2 goalies don’t get hurt.. when they have to go with Howard..

    • Aaron 2.0

      This idea of reuniting Spezza & Michalek seems to be popular. I know they’ve worked in the past. But, this year the two of them together have been a disaster.

    • Miguel

      cmon Tooks, with all the positives of 4 wins in 5 games, you somehow find a way to be negative… you already have our friend Snoops rolling in his greave :-)

      • Tooks

        I’m not being negarive, I’m being realistic, we are not in a good position right now, we have to hope other teams lose their games in hand. We do not control our ouw destiny. Even if we win out and play .600/800 hockey, we would need other teams to lose.

        • Miguel

          not saying it isnt true, just that after 4 wins in 5 games, and two of them over the Pens and the Bruins, there is plenty of positives

          • Tooks

            I’ll be a happy Sens fan if we make the playoffs, anything less is a disappointment. We should be a better team than what we are showing.

    • Roar…

      You’re just a debby downer troll Toronto fan. You always troll harder the second the Sens are winning games. Leafs are garbage. They are falling out. Detroit hasn’t been much better. The other teams are all more likely to eat each other alive for their last divisional spot. Just shut up already you’re so annoying man.

  • Jason

    Corvo and Phillips playing together is the scariest D pairing ever. Corvo was playing good earlier in the season but now he is horrible, especially in his own end. It seems like every time the other team scores or gets a really good chance he’s on the ice. When Winnipeg scored the third goal last night he was the Dman in front of the net and decided to leave the front to go into the corner and of course the Jets passed it right out front to their player standing there all alone.

    • PageauPageauPageau

      It was actually Karlsson who blew the coverage on their 3rd goal. Although I do agree that Corvo needs to sit and one of Weircioch or Gryba needs to play.

    • Tooks

      Oh no Joe has taken over I think, was only a matter of time…But doesnt help that he’s paired with the King of Def zone disasters, CP4…

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        I like that name for phillips

    • Aaron 2.0

      I still have a hard time figuring out why Weircioch is taken out of the line-up so often. He’s had a few games over the season where he just wasn’t hard enough. But, overall I feel like he’s really getting unfairly shafted.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Agreed that he should be in not Corvo, however that would not solve the issue of the front of the net being wide open for opposition forwards to hang around. I still wish they would either call up Boro and play him or go with Gryba or a third option of making a deal to bring in a tough stay at home D. Don’t care how we get tougher on the back end just that we get there, we are too easy to play against through the natural zone and in our own end. The Sens did a great job last year standing up the opposition before they gained entry and now we seem to just back in and allow teams to gain access far too easy. All that being said, the team is heading in the right direction. Go Sens Go.

  • Sicilian

    - Well I’m still not optimistic that we’re going to make the playoffs but it is very exciting to see them playing so well.
    - Mike, Cory, and Milan were a threat out there almost every shift. It was great to see. Spezza and Stone have shown some promise in the past.
    - Just amazed by how well Cody Ceci has been playing. Did not figure on him making the show this year but he’s done it. I wonder if he’s done the traditional, treat everyone to Dinner?
    - Makes me wonder who Snoopy Senior really was… RIP

  • Andrews theory

    RIP peice Snoop, you will be missed

    • spezzerman

      Yes, RIP Snoopy Senior. May the lineups always be at the ready.

      Times sure have changed – I think this is the first time in my life I felt that sadness you feel when someone you know has passed from someone I only knew through an online forum.

  • Andrews theory

    I’d take Gryba Wiercioch over Phillips / Corvo 10 times out of 10 times at this stage in their careers

  • LOL

    Chirp,

    Don’t quote me on this, but Snoopy Senior would often sign his name as Robert Cyr… so I googled the name and found this… everything would point to this being him:

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?pid=168083011

    • SensChirp

      Yup. Mentioned it in the post above and on Twitter. Fairly certain that’s him.

  • Serge Benvenuti

    Does anyone know what Karlsson’s off-ice issues are that the mods on HFBoards brought up?

    • Sensturion

      Divorcing his wife, maybe?

      • Tooks

        Getting married so young, WTF was he thinking? Enjoy the money while you can!

      • Serge Benvenuti

        One of the mods on HFBoards PMed me that she was sleeping with a personal trainer.

        • Lucretia

          And why do you need or deserve to know anything about his personnel life? It’s fans like you that make players want to leave the fish bowl and move to a city where they can play hockey and live their lives in peace.

          • Serge Benvenuti

            Who said I need or deserve to know everything about his _personal_ life, you stupid twat?

            But if a player is doing coke or sleeping with the coach’s wife it sometimes will explain the stuff that doesn’t make sense otherwise.

          • Lucretia

            Are you 12? That’s the only explanation for your childish response.

    • Sandy

      Someone else mentioned on the RSU facebook page that Erik’s wife was in Ottawa with him at a charity event a couple of weeks ago. So who knows.
      I’m not sure which local sportswriter wanted to talk to EK about his twitter comments re: 2013 being a bad year — but he has not been available to the press — which they said is unusual..

  • SensFanInMTL

    We are winning games, in a row no less without my favourite player. That is all.

    Continuation of the trade scenarios.

    • SensFanInMTL

      BTW, who informed of the passing of Snoopy Senior? R.I.P. my friend. :(

  • NickofTime

    Our condolences to Snoopy Senior’s family.

    The hit on Ryan was a terrible non-call last night right in front of the ref, he was only a few feet away & speaking of Ryan that was totally a classless move by Team USA. You don’t insult players you don’t pick for the team, you say how hard it is to choose & you went with who you thought could win. Why is it that Ottawa always seems to get the shit end of the stick with media, refs, Heatley, Yashin, Chara, Alfredsson & bull shit like that.

    Nice to see that Conacher & Zibanejad have re-united the chemistry they had at the development camp & rookie tournament. I also like Michalek on that line, he brings the veteran leadership, defensive responsibility & some offence of his own to the line.

    The Senators are starting to turn the corner, although I don’t know if it will be enough to make the playoffs, I think they will, but it is certainly encouraging for next season’s possibilities. If Stone could find a way to gel with Spezza to create another scoring line this team would be dangerous. As I have said many times Ottawa has all the pieces in their organization to be a very competitive team but they just have to find a way to get the right players playing together & the whole team playing the right way consistently for 60 minutes. IMO some of the right players are still in Bingo though.

    • spezzerman

      I can understand these conversations being very intense where tough criticism is made and whatnot. I love that we were exposed to it as fans and I hope it continues.

      But Brian Burke is a special kind of a prick to make these comments. I have no problem if he questions a players intensity but to go out of your way to emphasize your point in such a caustic way has “prick” written all over it. This guy was gifted a SC in Anaheim and has been an Average GM his career. He is not an authority on players. I hope team USA tanks big time and Brian Burke is pushed further out of relevancy in the NHL.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    One interesting fact: The Senators did not take a single penalty last night.

    That is amazing. I’m telling you, the less time we spend killing penalties, the more games we will win.

    How long is Chris Neil out for? :)

  • sben

    I don`t know about everyone else but I see the chemistry between conacher and zibanejad and not really with michalek. I think if we put a different winger instead of michalek the line would still produce. When spezza comes in I think we can put michalek on his line and we would have:

    16-7-6
    9-19-?
    ?- 93-89

    Thoughts?

    • CUP 2014-15

      16-7-6, 9-19-44, 61-93-89, 14-15-22/25
      2-65, 4-5, 3-62
      Just my wish list

      • Tooks

        16-7-6
        89-19-93
        9-15-22
        14-44-61/28

      • FistsofNeil25

        I like those lines a lot actually. As Sben mentions above, the chemistry really does seem to be between 93 and 89, although Michalek has played very well with them.

        Below, Tookie has Spezza between Zbad and Conacher but that’s just a terrible idea. Why would Maclean disrupt the chemistry between 89 and 93 with Spezza. Spezz likes to carry the puck for too long. He likes to turn over the puck too often, and his injuries have made him the softest forward on the team. Until Spezza is close to 100% again he should really learn to simplify his game. He’s not an effective hockey player when he isn’t healthy.

        I would either put Stone of the right wing with Zbad and Conacher or move Zbad to the wing and put Pageau between him and Cory. I’m unsure if Pageau can be effective on the wing.

        • Tooks

          Spezza and Zbad were playing well together before the Spezza injury. I dont see why that wouldnt continue, we already know CC89 played well with Spezza too, so 2 + 2…

        • CUP 2014-15

          I would like to see 89 and 93 stick together and ZBad really looks good at centre. He’s big and strong enough to play there, his FO% is better. We can’t drop Spezz on the 4th line, He doesn’t need to be a 30+ goal guy but he needs MM and MM needs him if their going to get out of this funk.

  • Miguel

    I wish to pass my condolences to the Cyr Family.
    Only new him forom this forum, but seems like we lost a good friend. Snoop was always the breath of fresh positive vibes when us Sens fans would start to bicker, it will be missed
    Someone will have to make sure Chirp is up on his Game day posts for our friend Snoopy Senior…RIP good man!

  • Miguel

    as many have pointed out Ceci is really amazing me.
    For all of 20 years old, he is certainly in our top 3-4 right now, imagine what he can be in 3 or 4 years!
    What is a joy to watch as he buys some time to make a great play, or if there is nothing there, he will certainly make the right play and get it our of our zone. Awesome.
    For all the good he brings, I am in such pain watching the struggles of CP4.
    Did anyone witness that beautful pass from deep behind our net to the Jet sitting alone in the slot? This unfortunately is a common occurance with CP4.
    And again yesterday he helped kill our PP, cmon Cameron, he cannot play on the PP.
    People, it does not matter who is paired with CP4, that pairing always struggles, and whoever is stuck with him is blamed for having a bad game.
    No it is not Corvo, he has played well with others this year
    Cowen is now playing better since he is no longer with CP4
    PW and Gryba are out of the lineup after some bad games with CP4.
    Please do not mistake this as a disrespect to CP4, he has been good, but it is time for him to be put aside so the better players play
    PW, Gryba, Boro, can do their jobs and help us win, the time has come and we need wins

    • CUP 2014-15

      Agreed with almost everything you have posted with the exception of PW and Gryba playing with CP. I can’t remember the last time Gryba played with him it’s been MM or Cowen with Gryba over the last month to six weeks and PW with Cowen was nothing short of a disaster. But unfortunately you are right in regards to the big rig and by the way nice deflection by Corvo last night.

      • Miguel

        point is that over the past few years, many d-men have been blamed for bad play, and the coincedence is that most of them were paired with CP4.
        Management should start to realize who the real problem is

        • CUP 2014-15

          agreed

  • Tooks

    Haha I knew the Burke comments were going to be over reacted to…Was probably made to look that way by media…

  • Miguel

    Burke what a complete ASS Clown… he should be ashamed of himself, and to all owners and managers out there, this is the type of person who you should never ever have run your teams… he speaks way too much BS, has ulterier motives, never listens, and has too many personal vendetas… if this were the Soprano’s he would be written off!
    Stay Classy Bobby Stay Classy!

  • QSenFan
    • The Apostle

      If Brian Burke was the biggest supporter of Ryan in the process then I’d hate to think what the others said about him.

    • Miguel

      what is Poile apologizing for? it was Burke the loud mouth schleprock who cant shut his face not Poile.
      Burke has embarrassed all of the US hockey, and Poile is trying to do damage control.
      Burke once again shows he is as stupid as most of us know he is.

  • Tooks

    Why it wasnt a penalty, Bobby turned last second, cant expect the Jets player, who was coming in for a very routine hit, to ease up or bail at the last second, risk injury to himself…

    Other penalties are because the guy already has his back turned or is in a vulnerbale position before the hit occurs.

    Bobby wasnt vulnerable until it was too late. Bobby even said it was on him. He wont turn his back anymore.

  • Andrews theory

    Lots of people criticizing the omission of Ryan on team USA but to me Mike Modano’s response holds the most weight as one of the greatest American born players to lace em up

    Suck it USA, you just messed with the hockey gods and Karma is gonna get ya

    • Tooks

      Yeah Mikey told em good!

  • Andrews theory

    Interesting to note the bleacher report has bobby Ryan currently listed as 24th best American player of all time

  • sben

    Question: Does anyone else other than me also hate cowen enough that he thinks he should be waived.

    • Sicilian

      Not me. He hasn’t been great at the beginning of the year but he’s picked it up.

    • Serge Benvenuti

      I’m guessing you’re short and jealous of his height or you’re just ignorant about hockey.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Waived…omg really?

      • Tooks

        Maybe not waived but he shouldnt be playing in our top 4, He would be alright as the 5/6 D. He cant handle the speed of the game every night.

        • Shibal

          Unfortunately, Cowen being a high draft pick gives him the advantage of playing over PW every night. PW has produced points every time he has come back from being a healthy scratch, I feel sorry for this guy.

    • Sensnation

      The thing about Cowen is it’s easy to notice his mistakes, and when he’s good you rarely notice him short of the big hit here or there. This guy is going to be a key cog in our top 4 for a long time, and I think people need to re-evalute how they assess his game. He’s a good player, will take some time to get more consistent, and as a two way defender his learning curve is the hardest. Add to that a system which requires passes out of the zone in the worst of times instead of chipping it out to center, and it all adds up to fans needing to be more patient!

      He is a really good prospect, not a Karlsson, not a Subban, but does have enough offense to his game that when it all comes together he will feel like a force!

      • CUP 2014-15

        Could not agree more. I like Cowen’s upside allot. He will be fine in time, these growing pains are tough on us fans, it must be a nightmare to the players. We need his toughness. He will be a top four before the year is out.

      • Tooks

        “The thing about Cowen is it’s easy to notice his mistakes”

        Yeah no kiddidng he makes several every game. He’s a big slow defender that gets victimized by speed. He doesnt even clear the net and adds little in offensive production.

        I would play Gryba, Boro, PW46 before Cowen.

        • Sensnation

          Way to quote half a sentence! You sooooo good Tooks. They have a program for at risk youth like yourself, you could get your own big brother, since your mother obviously failed.

    • Sandy

      NO he shouldn’t be waived…
      One thing is.. he should not be playing with Karlsson. Karlsson needs an experienced D (like Methot) as a partner to cover up for his defensive mishaps.
      Cowen is still learning himself… and struggling… he should be paired with someone else. Gonchar was good for him when he played with Cowen… the unfortunate issue is, other than Phillips and Uh–Oh there are no other experienced D for Cowen to pair with to help him along..

  • aegiszx

    With all the Olympics talk, it does make me really worried for the Canadian team that’s to be announced shortly. Having watched that CBC special with Stevie Y & Co. I’m now confident there will be some big surprises in store.

    Calling it now, I think only one of Getzlaf/Perry makes it, and Staal doesnt make it this time around. Benn, Couture, Giroux, will definitely be on this team…

    • The Apostle

      This is one of the times I’m glad I really don’t care about international hockey.

    • Sandy

      Haven’t been watching Carolina play this season.. but apparently, E Staal hasn’t been very good.
      I certainly hope Team Canada picks the players that are playing well… and not picking by name alone.

  • ghost of Moose Vasko

    soooooo – can we finally say that CC05 has made the team ?

    An honest question – I’ve only seen a couple of his NHL games.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I would vote yes and thank God this should put the trade rumors for MDZ to bed. He needs to get stronger on the puck but hell he’s only 20, great vision, wheels and passing ability. Plays a calm game, no panic in this kid.

      • Tooks

        Yep, if not for his minor stint in the AHL that management thought he needed, I would of had him starting D first game of the season instead of Cowen or Corvo.

        As you can tell I am very Pro Ceci :)

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        His vision is great for his age. He’s already bailing out cp4 when he plays with him. I love his poise and he will be a great defensemen for years to come.

        65-3-5 are our best defensemen
        If chris Phillips can go away next year or even better we could bring up borocup and voila…. With pw46 we would have 3 puck moving D and 3 defensive D…. Great balance, Cowen will get better guys be patient a lil bit with him

    • Sensnation

      Absolutely, I joked we’d be saying this soon after his callup, but his play has confirmed it! He is currently the most consistent Dman we have, and skillwise likely only trails Karlsson. Obviously he’ll need to get bigger over the years, but this kid just knows when and where to pinch 99.9% of the time and where the play should go, as oppose to where the d would expect it to. Really enjoying having him on the team, can’t write a better homegrown story than this!

  • Misaow

    That’s three in a row, go for one more. Go for it!

    Connect four!

  • Samsquanch

    If the win streak is going to stay alive then Spezza = Healthy scratch

    • NOBODY can play with Spezza

      Spinner Spezza 2014 = Rick Nash 2012 or Joe Thornton 2005

  • ghost of Moose Vasko

    MZ93 continues to make solid progress in just his second full season of N.A. hockey.

    Nice to see how well he’s responded to his October in the AHL wake up call.

  • Sensnation

    Have to agree with you there Chirp, I think a line of Pageau-Spezza-Stone would be a good combo when he returns. Spread the minutes across all 4 lines and let each line compete for the extra minutes each game. Make them hungry!

    Loving the turnaround this team is showing. As I’ve been saying this group needed time to gel and grow. Still a young team, but at least everyone sees the light again!

    GO SENS GO!!!

    • Tooks

      Until the next pathetic performance, dont kid yourself, look at the Jets, they were riding 6 games and still look like shit. They are who we tought they were.

      • Sensnation

        Unsurprisingly Tooks, you are who we think you are too

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      I agree that a line of 44-19-61 would be interesting to watch, simply cause you can’t break the two first lines that are playing with heart and peskyness. I would love to see spezza stay away from this club but… That ain’t gonna happen so playing him on the third line with two youngster that work hard might light a fire under his ass…. Maybe what the doctor ordered

  • FistsofNeil25

    I really hope Spezza doesn’t return until he’s 100%. The team is rolling right now and an injured Spezza could just disrupt their chemistry. I believe the Sens can make the playoffs without #19, but if they’re serious about a deep playoff run they need him 100%.

    When Spezza is on his game and skating well, he’s elite player in this league. There are few better offensive weapons in the NHL. When he isn’t 100%, he’s a liability to the team. I know Spezza wants to come back and play ASAP. He’s going to want to play in all situations; 5-on-5, PP, and PK, but he’s struggling to stay healthy at the age of 30. His focus should be on healing up and strengthening his back and core, and not on coming back right now if he isn’t feeling like himself.

    I know Karlsson and Spezza wanted to come back last season to give Alfie a shot at the cup, but was it really the right thing to do? Spezza tried to rush back and he ended up hurting his knee in the process. The right thing would have been to shut him down for the rest of the season so he had the chance to recover fully from his back surgery.

    • Sensnation

      Agreed, and don’t forget the treatment he received on his back while in Europe during the lockout was below par. We may not see the old Spezza until next year if he rushes back now. Hopefully that is not the case, too early in the season to come back at less than 100%.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Jason York said Spezz was flying at practice this afternoon. Can see him in between JGP and 9MM with Stone moving to the right side with Mika and CC89. Mac likes his pairs.

      • Tooks

        If Spezza is flying he aint gonna play with MM9 and 44, LOL. Mika, 89 and Spezza have all played well together before the injury. Wanna make the playoffs AND actually win a round…we need to get Spezza going.

        Cant see any better way than 2 kids playing hard and producing. MM9 is a spare part at this point, he’s gone next year.

        • Jacques

          You know diddly, leave the first two lines alone. Let Spezza earn his ice by proving to be reliable again.

      • Jacques

        Does that mean he might back check?

    • Tooks

      So your an expert?
      Funny how you seem to think thats the way it should be done. I’m sure you know everything that is going on in the Sens Org.

      As soon as we lose or hit another 3-4 game losing streak its gonna be where is Spezza, this team is shit and so on…We are a long way from the playoffs and many teams have to tank for us to even have a shot.

      • FistsofNeil25

        LOL thanks Tookie! That was just the reaction I was looking for from you. You’re so predictable, so full of shit, and so funny… oh yes and so pathetic. This site would never be the same without your “expertise”. Gotta love the trolls!

        • Tooks

          Keep playing the expert Fisty!

          • Roar…

            Zibanejad has greatly improved the underlying numbers of that first line. That being said – MacArthur-Turris-Ryan have had a couple lousy games of late. I think as Yost pointed out that mostly correlates with Cowen playing in the top 2 pairings. He’s been playing behind them and dragging them down a bit. Corvo was Mediocre last night, Phillips was outright terrible.

            There really isn’t any justification to playing Phillips over Wier at this point. I sort of am inclined to give Phillips some slack as it was his first game back but he was by far the worst Senator last night. Completely stalled the offense all night long and was atrocious in his own end. His best days are long behind him. The sooner we move him on and bring in another well rounded Marc Methot type player with experience the better. Calgary holds the ideal fit but who knows what it would cost to get him. Girardi or Del Zotto aren’t a bad second choice. If the price is right. Regardless it’s very clear Ottawa needs a stable 3rd defender so that Methot can play with Karlsson and give us 30 minutes of dominance a night up top.

            I think with Spezza the ideal solution is to have a 3rd scoring line. Roll whoever’s playing best the most. Stone was very impressive last night so I’d be inclined to keep him up. His skating is much improved.

            MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
            MIchalek-Zibanejad-Conacher
            Pageau-Spezza-Stone
            Greening-Smith-Condra

            No real first line in this top three group. Just three balanced lines and a 4th that can eat up 10 minutes playing good defense. Share the rest among whoever is having the best game up top.

            Edit: You can flip Spezza & Zibanejad whenever you please OR flip Spezza & Turris. Whenever you please. Allows for different looks without disrupting too much chemistry. Turris & Z play well with everyone. Spezza has played well with Ryan & MacArthur before.

          • sprucesens

            i like the pageau-spezza-stone line. I posted something like this in the offseason. I think i had hoffman in stone’s spot, and stone on the 3rd line (spezza was 1st line) I’m a firm believer in 3 scoring lines, and the teams that win it all, have an above average 3C. Maybe next year we finally see that happen, with spezza hopefully finally playing injury free, then turris line, then zib or pageau line, then smith line.

            If you think of teams like penguins, bruins, chicago and so on, they all have/had 3 very good centers, and rolled 3 lines that could all score goals. If you look at the current bruins line up, they don’t even have a big grinder in their lineup(not counting lucic, because he is 1st line power forward) They are set up as 3 scoring lines, and almost a checking/scoring 4th line. No big hitters. But all play with SOME grit. Thorton is the only grinder plug, and he is probably slowly playing his way off the team, assuming others step up.

          • Jacques

            What Zibby has proven us that Conacher and Michalek can be productive, so maybe just maybe 19 is an even bigger problem than everyone thought. Ok for Spezza to comeback but scale back his minutes on a third line please. Get him to play a more responsible game.

  • Sandy

    So according to Poile.. the players that beat out Ryan were… JVR, Pacioretty, Wheeler

    Well did some checking.

    JVR — 15 goals, 30 points — plus/minus — 0 on a team that is 17th overall in goals against..

    Pacioretty — 19 goals, 25 points — plus/minus — +2 on a team that is 3rd overall in goals against
    Wheeler — 15 goals, 31 points — plus/minus — -4 on a team that is 18th overall in goals against.
    Bobby Ryan — 18 goals, 36 points — plus/minus — +10 on a team that is 27th overall in goals against
    So what do those stats tell you?
    Sounds like Poile was apologizing for those comments coming out rather than what was said..

    • sprucesens

      definitely agree that poile was appologizing for the comments getting out, not that they were said. I don’t think ryan needs anything else to be said, and like the rest of the world, realizes that burke is a joke of a human being and knows very little about hockey talent. Probably hasn’t given a second thought to the actual comments after the day it happened, other than having to respond to media. Probably only cares about not making the team.

      I’m glad Ryan isn’t going to the olympics. One less player to potentially get injured. Yes its unlikely, but it can happen. Now i can cheer canada and sweden to whoop some american butt without cheering for ryan too! Also, probably lights a bit more of a fire under bobby’s ass, and he becomes an even better player through the stretch.

  • Sandy

    Don’t particularly like Paul Bissonette… but this tweet is funny.

    Paul Bissonnette ‏@BizNasty2point0 5h

    You can criticize me all you want @HockeyCanada. Just please don’t ask me to spell anything.

    • Yukon Cornelius

      I hate to sound like a homer but can you please explain this?

      • Sandy

        I think he is referring to the Team USA & Burke situation with Ryan..

    • Simple Jack

      Sounds like he’s making fun of bobby ryan, what an ass.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Looks like both NJ and NYR will lose tonight. That’s good, we’ll stay in 9th in the conference for the time being. We’re all so concerned about chasing down a team in our own division for 5th. But, if another metropolitan team near us in the standings gets hot, 5th might not be good enough. Good to see both of these guys losing. I’d obviously like to see both wildcards stay in our division.

  • Sicilian

    My best place to rant?
    How the F**k does Cowen get a 2 game suspension for a border-line hit when the player isn’t even injured on the play but Lupul only gets a $10K fine for breaking Eaves jaw?
    Or Kessel’s axe job to Scott, only gets him suspended from Pre-season games???
    Does this make sense?

    • aegiszx

      And really, 10k is like fucking peanuts to Lupul. That’s probably his off-ice warm-up money lol

    • QSenFan

      Big market teams bring in major $$ for league and broadcasters, especially during playoffs. I think Mr. Bettman likes the laffs making the playoffs; suspending Lupul for 5 games changes the wildcard scenario. Also, might have been a different story if the player being cross-checked in the face had been a marquee player.

  • SenaTHOR

    Tooks, everybody is an expert in their own mind and thats what boards are for. It’s just that some have a background in the game and know more than others who are just fans. Just for interest what is your highest level coaching or playing? Other posters as well? Junior A for me.

  • spoons

    I’m feeling optimistic considering the Sens’ top dogs (aside from Karlsson) will get a rest while many other teams’ top players will be away at the olympics. Plus Spezza usually turns it on in the second half of the season.