The Sens are looking to sweep the Sunshine state games, which has been almost a sure thing in the past, going an insane 24-6-2 in their last 32 games in Florida and Tampa. Getting another 2 points tonight would be huge for their playoff chances. We have a pretty easy schedule to start the year and need to take full advantage of it.
The big news last night was the return of Filip Kuba, today it's news of Volchenkov's injury, which should keep him out at least 2 weeks. This is awful news for a team that has playoff aspirtaions. The A-Train is having a career year and is as Pascal Leclaire put it, " a goalies best friend". There is no way we won't miss a guy like that, with all his toughness, hard play and blocked shots. It's definitely a huge loss and I'm bummed about it.
In his place, the Sens have recalled Brian Lee, who in my opinion never shoul dhave been sent down in the first place. Well here is your chance Brian, show everyone you deserve to be here over Picard, so we can get rid of him already.
The other news from last night, aside from the win and Volchenkov, was that Pascal Leclaire left the game after the first period. Here is the explanation from Triple C, "Part way through the period during one of the TV timeouts (Leclaire) came over and said he was starting to feel dizzy," coach Cory Clouston said. "He felt he would be good until the end of the period. He's a gamer, he tried to stay in but by the end of the period it kept getting progressively worse."
So with that said, Brian Elliott came in and played um, well he got the win. To me he looked shaky and his rebound control was brutal. Not the the Elliott were used to, maybe it was just an off game. Let's hope so as he gets the start tonight.
On the forward front, we had 4 different guys score last night in Alfie, Foligno, Fisher and Ruutu, who don't look now but has 3 goals and 6 points this year on the 4th line. Milan Michalek should thrive tonight with Tampa's lack of speed, look for him to have a big game. Cheechoo continues to be invisible, except when taking bad penalties. He was benched for the 3rd period last night, which was the 2nd time in 3 games for him. It isn't looking pretty for Jonathan.
Game time is 7pm on TSN and the Team 1200.
The Lightning to play well at home, but we did recently beat them 7-1 and I see a smiliar outcome tonight. I see the Sens winning 6-2. What do you guys think?