Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Too Little, Too Late

Were we asleep until the 3rd? Was a pretty poor effort from the lads tonight, it happens but still crappy. Colorado sure is an exciting team to watch, up and down, end to end.

Thoughts from the game:

-Kovalev worked as hard as I've ever seen him

-Good to see Foligno back

-Apparently we need to hire Shannon's uncle as a coach asap

-Kuba actually hit a bit tonight

-Craig Anderson is good

Thoughts on the game?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

GDP #40: Sens V Nordiques

The Sens play their 2nd last game of 2009 tonight, as they take on the Quebec Nordiques, I mean Colorado Avalanche, in a rare matchup. Am I the only one who wishes they would wear these as throwbacks? That is one stylish uniform, haute couture at its hockey's best.

The Avs are leading the Northwest division and are a surprise 22-12-6 this season, boasting a bunch of solid rookie talent and of course the league wide, surprisingly amazing, Craig Anderson. For the Sens, Nick Foligno returns to the lineup with no other changes. Can the Sens make it 3 in a row without Spezza and Alfie? Pascal Leclaire gets the start, coming off an All Star like performance against the Habs on Monday.

Prediction: I'm not gonna lie, I rarely watch Colorado games and the Sens still are missing a ton of talent. For some reason, I could see a goaltender duel, given the way these 2 have been playing lately, but I'm gonna go the other way and call a shootout kinda game. Sens make it 3 in a row and win 5-4 in a shootout. Look for Fisher and Kovalev to have big games.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

3 More Sens Get Tickets To Van City

While it was bad news for Mike Fisher, there was some good news for 3 more Senators today, as Milan Michalek, Filip Kuba and Jarkko Ruutu were named to their respective countries Olympic teams. The first 2 were named to the Czech republic, while Ruutu was named to Finland. Let's hope they come back injury free, damn you Hasek.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

No Olympics For Fisher

The dream is dead for Mike Fisher, at least for now. The Canadian Olympic roster was revealed earlier today and #12 wasn't on the list. To Fisher's credit, it was amazing he was in the discussion at all, thanks to his great season so far. All is not lost however, if there is an injury to Mike Richards or Brendan Morrow before the games start, look for Fisher to take their place n the squad. Shoutout to Fisher anyways on a great 1st half of the year so far.

Thoughts?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Vindicated!

I've never felt so good about being wrong. Another great effort despite the refs trying to give us the Joan Collins special yet again. The whole team played with heart and that's a team you want to cheer for. The win streak is now at 2.

Thoughts on the game:

-Markov is the Habs best player by far

-How nice was it to see the Sens not take a penalty for once

-That disallowed goal was a total joke. Neil didn't touch him. Kerry Fraser has been so grumpy since he's no longer allowed to rock his hair sans helmet.

-Chris Neil continues to impress.

-So we didn't let Karlsson go to the World Juniors to let him be a spectator?

-Snoopy was brilliant

I couldn't be more proud of the boys tonight. Great game, great effort, great win.

Thoughts?

Monday, December 28, 2009

GDP #39: Sens V Montreal

The Sens are back at it ce soir, as we take on the divisional rival Montreal Canadiens, in a crucial 4 point swing game. The Habs are only one point back of us entering tonight and this would be a big win for us. The Habs have won 3 in a row and the Sens are coming off the satisfying shootout win over Buffalo on Saturday. Unlucky for us, we have to face another hot goaltender in Jaroslav Halak tonight. Pascal Leclaire will be in goal for his 3rd stright game. No changes to the lineup from Saturday. Erik Karlsson is a healthy scratch again.

Prediction: I'm not gonna lie, I'm very worried about this one. Missing Spezza and Alfie is not a good look, plus Foligno is out as well. We already have trouble scoring goals, so where are the goals going to come from tonight? Maybe from Fisher, hoping to make a last minute effort to convince Stevie Y? Perhaps Kovalev will be motivated to show his former team what they're missing? Will Halak stand on his head again? In the end, I can see us narrowly winning or getting blown out. It pains me to say but Habs win 4-1. Hopefully the Sens prove me wrong.

Thoughts?


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Olympic Hockey News

With the Olympics coming up in less then 2 months now, the rosters of the teams are starting to trickle in. Daniel Alfredsson was named for Sweden, but it is unclear if he will be able to play or not yet, since he has a separated shoulder. My money says there's no way he misses it.

For Russia, a definite gold medal contender, Anton Volchenkov has been named to the squad, while Alexei Kovalev was left off, which is not really a surprise.

Next up is Wednesday and Team Canada's announcement. Will Mike Fisher make it?

Thoughts?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I need A Cigarette.......


.........cuz damn was that win satisfying. With all the key players out, on the road and in a shootout no less, especially after coughing up that 2-0 lead. Was great to take the 2 points from our division rival and has to have Buffalo wondering what they have to do to beat us. That's now 7 in a row against the slugs.

Thoughts from the game:

-Is there anyone better on the backhand then Kovalev?

-Good to see Neil get back on the scoreboard.

-Miller is my 1st half MVP

-Loved the BLo crowd giving the loud ovation when the Sabres registered their 1st shot late in the period.

-So we brought Karlsson back up and burned a year off his rookie deal to make him a healthy scratch? Genius!

Thoughts on the game?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Daniel Alfredsson will be out 4-6 weeks, with a separated shoulder from the hit from Adams on the 23rd. We are now without Spezza and Alfie for a month, plus Foligno is on the sidelines as well. Things are not looking good. This would be a great time for Snoopy to stand on his head.

Thoughts?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Jersey Foul 51: Merry Christmas

First off, I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope everyone got what they wanted. I got some new Senators swag, which I may post later or tomorrow if anyone wants to see. Not too much time to post today but figured I'd post this Christmas jersey foul as my present to you. Where do people even come up with the ideas? You know how around the holidays they have those ugly sweater parties, well maybe this was for an ugly jersey party. That's the only explanation I can really think of. Have a great day everyone and hopefully Santa brings us a stud defenceman or a power forward in the near future.

Thoughts?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

For The Player That Has Everything.....

Well guys, it's that time of year again. The time where malls are crowded, the snow is falling and time to buy people who you borderline dislike gifts. With it being Christmas Eve and all, I figured I'd make my own list. Everyone has someone who's harder to shop for, and it got me thinking what I would buy each player if I had to. I present to you, the 1st annual, Sens Town Gift List. Enjoy!

Daniel Alfredsson- A better gambling sense. I wonder if he will dare bet against Canada for a THIRD time. Love you Alfie but maybe stay away this time, learn your lesson. After last night, perhaps a bodyguard as well. Is Mart McSorley still alive? I'm joking, I know he isn't.

Chris Campoli- A signed, framed picture from the goalie he famously scored two overtime winners on in a matter of seconds

Matt Carkner- Personal Assistant to pinch him daily to remind him he isn't dreaming. Playing in his hometown, with a fresh one way contract is the best present he ever could have hoped for.

Jonathan Cheechoo- A scoring touch, just kidding, sorta. How about a record label so this guys talent reaches the world. And ya, a scoring touch too.

Shean Donovan- Some new teeth and a permanent spot on the 4th line the rest of the year.

Brian Elliott- Spotty goal cream. Destroys 82% of all momentum killing goals.

Mike Fisher- Soundproofing for all his walls, for I think we all know why, or does just being engaged not count?

Erik Karlsson- A one way ticket to either Binghamton or Sweden, he can pick. That or a lifetime supply of cheeseburgers so he bulks up.

Nick Foligno- I would say some speed skating classes but to be honest, I really just wanna see him do his father's patented leap after every goal, which I hope starts to come in more frequent manner.

Chris Kelly- Some human hands made of flesh, instead of the stone one's he currently has.

Alexei Kovalev- A map to remind him that he lives in Ottawa now, not Montreal, just kidding, kinda. I meant to say a new blu ray player, so he can play his new video in sparkling HD, if only those moves were useful in an actual game.

Filip Kuba- An imaginary friend to remind him that he is 6ft5 and that hitting IS allowed in the NHL.

Pacal Leclaire- Some windex to clean his glass body with.

Brian Lee- I'd donate all my frequent flyer miles, so he can at least travel in business class when he's getting screwed over for no reason. And maybe some hair dye.

Milan Michalek- Do they make the equivalent of winter tires for skates?

Chris Neil- A good lawyer, so he can avoid going to jail on a robbery charge on that 4 year contract.

Chris Phillips- The DeLorean + Marty McFly & Doc Brown, so he can go back to game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals and make sure that goal never happened

Alexandre Picard- Lasik eye surgery, so he can see when he's out of position, or making an errant pass, or coughing up the puck, or so he can read the box score and understand that stats don't men everything.

Peter Regin- A shrink, so he can work out that whole Peter Regin, Peter Jensen thing. And some lego, to remind him of home.

Jarkko Ruutu- Some new plates and cutlery, to go with Andrew Peters' hand.

Ryan Shannon- Some stilts so maybe he can crack the 5ft10 barrier. Is he still married to Smurfette?

Jason Spezza- I would buy him Fran Drescher, so his laugh would sound less annoying by comparison.

Anton Volchenkov- A day at the Spa. He just seems like his body would need some pampering.

Jesse Winchester- Some nice personalized stationary, so he can write thank you letters to Jim O'Brien, Zack Smith and Cody Bass, for all not living up to expectations and allowing him to have a job.

Bryan Murray- The device from Men In Black that erases people's memory, so he could try and convince us this isn't the team we're left with 3 years after a SCF appearance.

Cory Clouston- A megaphone, so the refs can't ignore his yelling for a single powerplay per game.

So there you have it, what I would get each player. What do you think? Feel free to post your own one's. Merry Christmas Eve everyone.

-The Mayor

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Jersey Fail 1

What the hell is an Eastern Conference Quarter Finals jersey?? Oh right, they don't exist. At least it wasn't up in a display case for everyone to see at SBP, put there by the Senators themselves, because that would be embarassing and make them look ridiculous. Ooops!

This is actually a game worn Eastern Conference All Star jersey from the 1997 game in San Jose. Oh well it's not like it's their job, oh wait. Merry Christmas Eve to all the readers. I think the Mayor should take over running things at SBP. I'd set things straight.

Thoughts on the mistake?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Disgraced!

I think the title says it all.

There's 2 hours and 45 minutes I'm never getting back. 8-2, really? It was a pathetic display on all parts.

Legal or not, someone needs to go after Adams for that hit, we were spineless yet again. How many times does Alfie need to be killed before someone sticks up for him. I'm ashamed to be a Sens fan at the moment, especially with the game way out of hand and nothing to lose. We didn't do a thing, yet again. Pathetic!

Thoughts?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

GDP #37: Sens @ Pittsburgh

The Sens play their last game before Christmas tonight, as they take on the Stanley Cup holders at the Igloo. It was widely reported yesterday that Leclaire and Neil would be returning to the lineup after missing significant time, but now late breaking word this afternoon is that Shean Donovan will also be playing. I have to say I'm pretty excited about all of this, finally some physical presence that should help us score some more goals. Pascal Lecalire starts in net.

A few changes to the lines, they will look as follows for tonight:

Michalek-Regin-Alfredsson
Kovalev-Fisher-Cheechoo
Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
Donovan-Winchester-Shannon

Interesting line combos. I thought Winchester had done a good job centering the top line but I guess triple C thought differently. Good to see Regin get a chance though, I think he has some potential and he has been playing hard lately.

Prediction: The Sens are not good on the road and we have a lot of rusty players returning tonight, but I have a good feeling about this one. Sens win 4-3 and Alfredsson scores a pair, ending his career long 12 game goaless streak.

Thoughts?

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fashion Police: We Got New Socks

I knew there was something off about our uni's this season but I couldn't place it and it was driving me nuts. Then it hit me, our socks look different. Didn't they used to be striped differently and be on an angle I thought? So I took to my picture archive of past games and sure enough, there it was (click on the above picture to enlarge). Last season we had socks that featured one black and one white stripe, on a sharp angle. This season, it's one big white stripe with two black stripes, one on each side.

I don't remember them ever announcing the change, does anyone have any more info on why the change and why it went unnoticed seeminly for so long? You can't fool me, the Mayor spots all.

Which do you like better? Thoughts?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Leclaire and Neil Back Tomorrow

Some good news on the injury front finally, as Pascal Leclaire and Chris Neil are ready to return to the lineup tomorrow night for the game against Pittsburgh at the igloo. As a result, Josh Hennessy and Mike Brodeur were sent down to Binghamton.

Will be great to have Neil back in the lineup, we sorely need someone to play physcially and post up in front of the net to cause some havoc. Also good to have our number 1 goalie back, though Brian Elliott did play decently, minus some sketchy goals here and there over his 16 games while Snoopy was out.

Thoughts on the players returning?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Thomas Bruins My Night, Yet Again

Make it a perfect 10 for 10, as Tim Thomas has now hit double digit victories in a row against us. It was a fairly even game, with the Bruins capitalizing on their chances and us failing to do so, simple as that. I'm so tired of seeing the same outcome with the B's, it's so frustrating.

Thoughts from the game:

-Can we change the lighting when the Bruins come to town next time?

-Another game without a powerplay? What a joke, rant coming soon.

-Did we have one good chance?

-Nice to see a sellout at least.

-I still hate Chara and so does Sens Army apparently.

-We need to food posion Tim Thomas next time.

-We were the only one in our div to go pointless tonight

-Karlsson was a pylon again, a really light pylon that's easy to push over and gets skated circles around.

Thoughts on the game?

Monday, December 21, 2009

GDP #36: Sens V Boston

As the Sens get back to it tonight, there is one main question on the minds of Sens fans. What did the ring look like that Fisher gave to Carrie? Just kidding. The big question is will we ever be able to beat Tim Thomas and Boston again? The Bruins have won 9 of the last 10 against us and Tim Thomas has won his last 9 starts against the Sens, with an awesome 1.63 GAA. The odds are not in our favor, especially with our depleted lineup.

No changes for the Sens tonight, except in goal, where Brian Elliott returns, after Mike Brodeur's suprise performance on Saturday against Minnesota. This is big divisional matchup, with a big 2 points on the line. The Sens are 8-1-0 in their past 9 home games, yet the fans are still staying away. Let's hope that tonight we have a sellout and the crowd is into it, we could use it. One would assume that Mrs Fisher will be in the building with an new piece of jewelry.

Prediction: For whatever reason, the Bruins own us, like really own us, but can it continue forever? I say no. Plus the Sens are very, very good at home. Sens end their horrific streak against the B's and win going away 4-2.

Thoughts?

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Engaged!

Welcome to the family Carrie, Sens Army that is. It has been confirmed that good old #12 and the star singer are engaged. Fisher popped the question on Sunday and Carrie gladly said yes. I know I've given her a hard time before but it was all in good fun, so please accept my sincerest congratulations. You've been a great influence on Mike and have turned his career around this season. Best of luck to the both of you, mazel tov!

This means we will be seeing Carrie's face around Ottawa and SBP a lot more from now on, though I have yet to see her in person so far. Now that you will be here permanently, time to get that red jersey and time to sit down with the Mayor and talk hockey. Congrats again Mike and Carrie. Here's hoping he scores tonight as an early wedding present.

Since Carrie is known to be quite traditional, one would assume she will be taking Fisher's last name. That sound you hear is the collective excitement of million of Star Wars geeks excited at the possibility of her being named Carrie Fisher. A new Pirncess Leia, what an early christmas present for nerds everywhere.

Thoughts?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Jersey Foul 50

Hard to believe we've hit such a milestone in the jersey foul game, but here is #50. I knew with the 50th one coming around that it had to be special and this one is definitely that. Crazy doesn't do this one justice. As you can see, it features someone who has the numbers of multiple players on the back, which is something I've never seen before, with Fisher's #12 and Alfie's #11 on the side's. This one is pretty self explanatory and I'll leave it at that. But what I have noticed over the previous year of jersey fouls, is that a very large number of them seem to occur with people who have seats in the very front row. I guess it's true what they say, money can't buy style.

Thoughts?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Couple Of Firsts


Special shoutout's go out to two Sens rookies today. Shoutout to Mike Brodeur, who played very well in his 1st NHL game to earn his 1st NHL career victory. Next up is Erik Karlsson, who scored his 1st NHL goal in the win. Congratulations to both of you on the milestones and amazing life moments. Thoughts?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Deja Vu 300


Shoutout to Mike Fisher and Jonathan Cheechoo, who both got their 300th career point last night in the win against the Minnesota Wild. Congratulations on the milestones from Sens Town.
Thoughts?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sens Run Wild On Minnesota

Is it bad to admit I like the way we play a hell of a lot more without our "star" number 1 centre? The Sens played another dominant game, imporving their solid home record. Once again it was a total team effort. Special shoutout to Erik Karlsson who I usually kill on here. The kid got his first goal of his career finally and I ran into him out celebrating with some of the boys. Hopefully this is the first of many for EK.

Thoughts from the game:

-Mike Brodeur was more then solid. He looked like a seasoned pro.

-Nice to see A-Train pot another goal

-Havlat looks weird as #14, he's always #9 to me

-Great to see my man crush get a goal again, nice job Milan

-Props to Karlsson for scoring his 1st goal. I only kill him cuz I had big expectations. I hope he succeeds.

-What's a Wild? They have ugly main uni's. Their home are nice though.

-16k on a Saturday night is disappointing

Once again, I was very impressed and happy with the team effort tonight, as you can tell since I'm posting at 3:15am. The celebrations went long. Back at it on Monday against the pesky Bruins. I'm going to bed thrilled with our team and the way our work ethic is shining through. Are we a better TEAM without Jason? Spezza for Kovalchuk anyone?

Thoughts on the game?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

GDP #35: Sens V Minnesota

From Martin Brodeur and his record setting 1,030th career start last night, to Mike Brodeur and his 1st career start tonight. That's how weird things can get in the NHL, as the Sens take on the Minnesota wild and Martin Havlat tonight.

For a minute, we didn't even know if the game would take place, as as many as 11 players had their equipment burned in a fire so bad that they would not be able to use it tonight, including their star goalie Backstrom. The game will go on as scheduled, as Minne's new gear arrived this morning at 9am.

No other changes tonight to the lineup tonight. I hope we give Martin Havlat a warm welcome, as he was a very important piece to a lot of our success in the past.

Prediction: This one is hard to predict. We're still missing a few players and we have a goalie making his NHL debut, but on the other hand, they will have half the team in new equipment, which is a major advantage. I say the Sens win 4-3.

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Thoughts on tonights game?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Send Fisher To Vancouver

If you think Mike Fisher belongs on Team Canada for the Olympics, there is a new site for you. To show your support for good old #12, click here

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Things Heat Up



With all the weird stuff that has happened with our team the past few seasons, I thought I had seen it all, then yesterday happened. In the afternoon, Minnesota's equipment was destroyed in the SBP parking lot as it returned from Kanata Recretional Centre from a practice. The things that happen if you're alive long enough. I can't ever recall hearing anything like this ever.

Fear not, the Wild have dispatched their equipment manager back to Minne to round up other equipment and the game should go on as planned. What will happen next? To see more pictures of the destroyed gear click here

Thoughts?

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Devil Of A Time

The Sens fell to the Devils for the third time this year, in another snoozefest, which is classic New Jersey hockey. Martin Brodeur broke the all time games played by a goalie mark at 1030, but failed to get the shutout record, thank god. The Sens didn't play great, they didn't play poorly, they just didn't have it tonight. Back at it tomorrow against Minne.

Thoughts from the game:

-Were there even 5000 fans there?

-Brodeur deserves to be #1 at the Olympics

-Good to see Deano getting another shot in the NHL with Jersey

-Erik Karlsson continues to drive me insane. Can he go the whole season without a goal? His supposed silver lining.

-Why do we always let a goal in within a minute of us scoring?

-Amazing goal from Ruutu, nice pass from Kelly as well

I hate playing the Devils. They are so frustrating. At least we have a chance at redemption tomorrow night. Thoughts?

Friday, December 18, 2009

GDP #34: Sens @ NJ

Fresh of what has to be called a surpising and dominant performance against Buffalo on Wednesday, the Sens head to the Garden State, looking for some revenge and hoping to avoid some NHL history.

As always with New Jersey, the conversation begins with Marty Brodeur, who will become the NHL's all time leader is games played for a goalie tonight, when he stands between the pipes for the 1,030th time in his career. He is also one shutout away from being the NHL's all time leader in career shutouts as well, so all I ask is that we please score one goal tonight to avoid being a footnote in his HOF speech.

Besides that, we all know what to expect from the Devils. A boring, trap filled game with Paris scoring and them holding on from the 2nd period on. Classic devil hockey.

On the Sens side, no changes to the lineup. Campoli will still be playing forward and Elliott makes his 15th straight start. On the injury front, Pacal Leclaire and Chris Neil are expected to be back for the Pittsburgh game on the 23rd, while Donovan is finally skating again too. Spezza is still out of the lineup with a bum knee, but is well enough to hobble around Holt Renfrew this afternoon, looking for some holiday presents. Ya that's right Spezz, the Mayor has people everywhere.

Prediction: Jersey is 8-2 in their last 10 and are difficult to beat even with all our players, but for no reason whatsoever, I'm feeling good about our chances tonight. Sens win 3-1. Sorry Marty, your record will have to wait for another day.

Thoughts?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Foligno Out A Fortnight

As if we didn't have enough injury problems at the moment, now comes word that Nick Foligno will be out 2 weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee. The timing is awful since Nicky boy was starting to play really well and we are already doing without Donovan, Spezza and Neil. Speedy recovery Nick.

Thoughts?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Screw Jason Spezza, We Need More Carrie Underwood

So last night was a very surprising performance, but in a good way. The Sens just killed the Slugs in every way possible, alleged food poisoning or not and Carrie Underwood was in attendance yet again, though not in a Senators jersy this time unfortunately.

It appears we've found the answer to Jason Spezza being out 2 months and it's Carrie Underwood. Is it me or does old #12 score every single time she visits SBP? So there you go Sens Army, no need to call anyone up or make a desperation trade. We just need to convince Carrie to hang out and watch the Sens for the next 2 months until Spezza returns. Problem solved. It seems Fisher plays extra hard when she's around. At this pace, he might even make Team Canada.

Still waiting for my interview Carrie and to see you in the home red jersey would be nice for Christmas. Rumor has it she will be here for a a week or so and will be at SBP regularly for our games over the holidays.

Thoughts?

-The Mayor

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Unexpected Awesomeness!!

Now THAT is what I'm talking about. What a great, total team effort. Amazingly entertaning game that the Sens dominated from start to finish with everyone chipping in. I have nothing bad to say about anyone really. Plus the Leafs and Habs lost, and we shut out the division leader, everything went perfectly tonight. We could have easily won 7 or 8 nothing if it wasn't for the amazing play of the first half MVP, Ryan Miller. What a nice way to start the no Spezza era, especially with so many regulars out of the lineup. Now that was a team to be proud of.

Thoughts on the game?

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

GDP #33: Sens V Buffalo

The rivalry is renewed tonight, as the Senators take on the Buffalo Sabres, with an important 2 points on the line at SBP.

Things are not looking so good for the Sens tonight, as they will be without Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno, plus Chris Neil and Pascal Leclaire are not ready to return yet. Josh Hennessy has been called up to take Spezza's spot and Chris Campoli will take Foligno's. Yes Chris Campoli will be playing forward tonight, brace yourselves. It might be a long night/

Brian Elliott gets the start for the Sens, his 14th consectuive.

Predcition: The Sabres are good and Ryan Miller is really, really good. Plus we are missing too many key players. The only saving grace is that sometimes when you have important people out, the other guys work harder and put in a big effort to sneak out a win. I could see this being pretty ugly however. Sabres win 5-1.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Head Scratcher

Is it possible that Cory Clouston or Bryan Murray was hit in the head with a puck recently and we didn't know it? I certainly hope so, as it might start to explain the bizzare move he has made for tonight's big game against the Sabres.

You would think with the loss of Jason Spezza for 8 weeks, that he would want every available forward body we have but nope. As our bad luck continues, Nick Foligno will also be out tonight, with what is being described as a minor injury. Instead of calling up someone from Bingo, say Cody Bass, who has NHL experience, they have decided to go with Chris Campoli at forward. But wait a second there Mayor, have you forgot Foligno plays forward and Campoli is a defenceman, maybe it's you who was hit in the head with a puck you might be thinking. If this keeps up I might hope for that. Nope, BM or Triple C have decided for some insane reason to play Chris Campoli as a FORWARD.

So for all of you scoring at home, we are minus #1 centre Jason Spezza and top 6 forward Nick Foligno, but plus underachiever and career AHL'er Josh Hennessy and mediocore defenceman turned forward Chris Campoli. (can he even play forward?)

This is either genius or insane. I'm going to go with the latter. This can't be a good sign for us that an unproven, at best average player on a good day, who will be playing out of position and can't crack the lineup at his natural position on a backend that is hardly HOF level, will suddenly excel at a different position at the NHL level.

I just don't get this move at all, I can't be the only one.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cowen Makes Team Canada

Finally some good news to report. Sens blue chip prospect Jared Cowen has made the Team Canada World Junior squad. At 6 ft 5, Cowen is the biggest player on the team and should be a very important part of the team going for 6 golds in a row. I'm excited to see him play at such a top level. Cowen, not Karlsson is the future of the Sens, believe it.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Spezza Out 4 to 6 Weeks?

That's the word as of now. He didn't practice today and he said he heard his knee pop when a Leaf player feel on top of him after a faceoff with 30 seconds to go last night. Despite him not scoring, this is not good news at all for the Sens, who have a lot of games to play in the next while and need a number 1 centre. I know he's frustrating but on a Joni Mitchell tip, you don't know what you got til it's gone. One thing that's for sure is it's likely related to him selling his house, right conspiracy theorists? Josh Hennessy has been recalled from Binghamton to take his roster spot, not good news.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Karlsson A No Go For 3 Crowns

Senators GM Bryan Murray announced yesterday that overrated Sens rookie Erik Karlsson will not be made available to play for Team Sweden at the upcoming World Junior Championships in Regina. Guess that means we're stuck with him. Ya ya I know Karlsson supporters, he has potential.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Look Sens In 2010?

I know this has been kicking around the interwebs for a little bit now and a lot of you have probably seen it, but in case not, here is the rumoured and I do stress rumoured, new possible jerseys for the Sens. Personally, there is no way they change all 3 jerseys at once, if they change one at all, which seems unlikely since they only introduced a new jersey last season that proved to be very popular. They look decent enough, but file this under the not happening tab.
Thoughts?

Monday, December 14, 2009

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Since when are Sens-Leafs games a fast paced, skillful affair? Was I the only one who found this game to be pretty entertaining? It must have been because I thought I even heard the ACC making a Go Leafs Go chant, even if it only was for a second. That's Leaf Nation for ya.

What can I say, we played well, but didn't get the breaks tonight. It happens of course, but extra bitter to take when playing TML. Extra bad news was seeing Jason Spezza hobble of the ice, one can only assume he left with a sprained hang nail.

Thoughts from the game:

-Did anyone else think Brian Elliott's impression of Patrick Lalime in game 7 on that first goal was bang on?

-Guess the refs gave us the Maple Leaf treatment tonight. No call on Komisarek for a blatant elbow to Kovie's grill or Ponikoravski for the definition of a hit from behind on Cheechoo. That's what happens when you have the NHL offices in the rink they play in. And that's not a conflict of interest how?

-Erik Karlsson continues to, well do nothing. How many chances does he get?

-If only Spezza had Alfie's heart. I'm getting tired of him trying to firepoke the puck instead of throwing a hit. He's 6ft4 and 220lbs, it's embarassing the way he plays physcially.

-Ditto to Kuba.

-I love Michalek but we miss you on the score sheet.

-Another nice game for Kovie.

So that's that. We're now 2-1 this year agianst Toronto. We have an off day tomorrow before jumping back into it against division leading Buffalo on Wednesday.

Thoughts on the game?

Monday, December 14, 2009

GDP #32: Sens @ TML

Welcome to another instalment of the Battle of Ontario, that all of a sudden has some genuine interest again. The first game this year between the two clubs was, um boring and that's being kind, and it had many, myself included, wondering if the battle was over? Almost on cue, the 2nd meeting last month was a thrilling game that remind us of why we enjoy these games so much. Now comes the rubber match, will it live up to the hype or be another disappointment? Only time will tell.

Both teams are coming off wins on Saturday, the Sens 4-2 over Carolina and the leafs with a crazy comeback of a win against the league leading Washington Capitals. As much as we love to dog them, the Leafs have been playing a lot better and are 7-3 in their last 10, only 4 points out of a playoff spot at this point. The Sens are also on a semi roll, with 2 wins in a row and 3 of 4 ending with the W. Both teams could use the win and this promises to be an entertaining game at the ACC.

For the Sens, there will be no changes from Saturday's lineup, which means Chris Campoli sits again. Brian Elliott will make his 13th consecutive start tonight, as they are riding him hard until Snoopy comes back in a week or so. Vesa Toskala is expected to start in net for the Leafs. If you're interested, Kovalev will appear on TSN's Off The Record tonight at 6pm.

Prediction: This will be a hard fought, entertaining game, as the battle seems to be renewed, at least for now. The Leafs are finally playing well but always seem to have trouble with the Sens in the regular season and the Sens have won both meetings this year. Look for the Sens to win 4-1 in a tough game. And guess what, Erik Karlsson scores his 1st NHL goal tonight.

Thoughts on the matchup?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday Updates: Injuries & Real Estate

Happy lazy Sunday everyone. Hope you're taking some time to just relax and watch some football. Just a few minor updates today, but I thought I would pass them on to you anyways.

-Bad luck for Sens prospect Patrick Wiercioch, who left Team Canada's World Jr Camp today with what they are calling a pre exisiting injury. He has gone back to the Univeristy of Denver to recover and finish his season. Too bad he won't be playing, I was looking forward to seeing what the kid has.

-In can his luck get any worse news, former Sen Martin Gerber has suffered a very serious neck injury while playing in Russia. He drove me insane here but I do wish him a speedy recovery and best of luck in the future.

-In real estate news, it has been revealed that Jason Spezza has sold his sweet mansion for some reason. Does it mean anything? Probably not. I'm sure he just wanted to be closer to SBP or something.

Thoughts?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Footage Of Fishers Epic Jog

As I told you a few days ago, Mike Fisher would be carrying the Olympic torch for some reason. I'm not quite sure how this came about but it has to be a pretty nice feeling. Hell it's worth it just for those "kick ass" uniforms they get. Here's the footage......



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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Kovie Hits 400

A big Sens Town shoutout goes out to L'artiste, Alexei Kovalev, on getting his 400th career NHL goal last night against Carolina. The enigma scored a hat trick on the milestone night. He is only the 82nd player in NHL history to reach the impressive mark. Congrats Kovie and keep it coming. Don't worry, the mayor is on your side.

Thoughts?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Critics Silenced For Tonight At Least


Did I become clairvoyant overnight? I mean I did ask for the ability to see in the future for Christmas, but it's still 2 weeks away. Forgive me if I'm feeling a bit excited today, for most of my past predictions didn't even come close to coming true. But tonight is different. I called Spezza and Kovie scoring in my GDP, plus I said the game would be much tougher then the final score indicated. Check and Check. So ok, I said 5-2, not 4-2 but don't be such a stickler. Let me have my brief moment. Now back to the game.

My thoughts on the game:

-How was it nice to see Kovie breakout and get the hatty, even if they may have been the ugliest 3 goals he will ever score. Getting him on a roll would be huge.

-Shoutout to Section 303 tonight, who were holding it down from puck drop to the final buzzer. They were chanting and signing all night long. Major props to whoever you guys were.

-What happened to Filip Kuba? I've been giving him some slack lately, figuring it would pass but he has been brutal lately. Let's hope he starts to pick it up soon.

-Nice to see we were fairly disciplined for once.

-Great to Spezza score, even if it was garbage. Hopefully this gets his confidence up.

-Sad to see only 16k at SBP tonight, especially on a Saturday against a winnable opponent.

-Man do I feel bad for Eric Staal.

-Brian Elliott did what he had to and got the win, but please don't play the puck anymore.

-Carolina has some bad unis. They are neck and neck with Nashville for worst in the league.

So we played well and then let them back in the game. For parts of it, we look uninterested, which is never good, but we got the 2 points and in a week that's all we will remember. Next up is the Battle of Ontario against a much improved TML sqaud. Until then I'm off to celebrate the win with a few adult beverages, cheers!

Thoughts?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

GDP #31: Sens V Canes

The Sens take to the ice tonight, fresh off a 2-0 shutout win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Tonight they welcome the last place team in the NHL, who are a whopping 7 points behind 2nd last place Toronto. This should be a win but it's a trap game too, with everyone expecting a win, there might be a tendency to be complacent. At least Carolina is coming off an ovetime loss where they collected a point, against the NHL leading Washington Capitals last night.

For the Sens, there is only one change, as Chris Campoli will be a healthy scratch to make room for Alexandre Picard's return. I can't help but wonder why Erik Karlsson is being scracthed instead but I suppose BM is riding it out with young Erik. Brian Elliott will make his 12th consecutive start in net tonight.

For the Canes, well what is there to say. After a very strong playoffs, many predicted them to be a good team this year but they have fallen on hard times, being the laughing stock of the league. Shoutout to Jiri Tlusty, who last week had the honor of being traded from the 2nd worst team in the NHL, to the absolute worst team. No word yet if the scandalous pictures that surfaced of him last year were included in the deal.

Luckily for the Sens, former Sen and Sen killer Joe Corvo will be out of the lineup tonight. Though I do always enjoy all the booing he recieves. Erik Cole will also be out tonight and Manny Legace is expected to start in goal, with Cam Ward recently returning from a serious injury.

Prediction: These are just the type of games we need to win, but can cause a lot of problems. With a reported 4000 unsold tickets, SBP will be quiet tonight and Carolina, despite their record, are playing a lot better. For evidence see last night's game. Still, the Sens are coming off their first shutout of the year and need this game for their playoff push. Sens win 5-2, with the game being a lot closer then the score indicates. Alfie, Kovie and Spezza all score.

Thoughts?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Jersey Foul 49

In honor of Alfie's 37th birthday yesterday, I bring you a jersey foul that will live on through the ages. This is a retro jersey, circa 1995 with numbers belonging to our former third jersey turned home jersey. Couple that with the namebar from the old home jerseys and it's starting to look like a Flyers jersey, but not in a good way. I never get how these frankenstein jerseys come about or how anyone thinks it's a good idea to wear them in public, especially when it comes to Alfie and the legendary #11.

Big fail from me. Thoughts?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy 37th To The Franchise

He is the Ottawa Senators. He is a legend. He is our career leader in everything. He is the longest serving captain in the NHL. He is the most popular ever to wear a Sens uniform. He is our heart and soul. He will be the first modern player to have his jersey retired at SBP. He scored THE goal. He is our best player. Today the living legend turns 37 years old. Happy birthday to the one they simply call Alfie.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Fisher & Murray To Go On A High Profile Jog

He may not be playing in the Olympics, but Mike Fisher will be involved in someway at least. Tomorrow night around 6:50pm, Fisher will carry the Olympic torch as it makes its way through the Ottawa region. Bryan Murray will aslo get his shot to carry it as well. I'm not sure how these 2 were selected but oh well, something to do with their off day I suppose. Fisher will be the 2nd NHL player to carry it this year, after Sidney Crosby.

Thoughts?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I Didn't See That Coming

As I said in tonight's GDP, expect the unexpected and the Senators definitely delivered on that front. They played an awful game and have very few positives to take away, other then the 2 points. It only seems fitting that they would earn their first shutout of the season in a game they didn't deserve to win. Your 2009-10 Ottawa Senators.

Thoughts from the game:

-Brian Elliott redeemed hismelf. While he didn't make tons of spectcaular saves, he didn't have to. More importantly was that he didn't let in any weak ones that kill your teams confidence. He had a good game and got his 2nd career shutout. Congrats!

-Our powerplay is pathetic. We were 0 for 7 on Tuesday and 0 for 6 tonight. Some changes need to be made, either to the personel or the coaching staff who is in charge of this. It's unacceptable.

-What a gorgeous pass from Kovalev that Foligno somehow missed the net completely on. Am I the only one who doesn;t hate Kovalev? Call me crazy but at least twice a night he makes an insane pass that someone SHOULD score on if we had better finishers. I will have nightmares for missing out on Heatley finishing his stunning passes.

-Speaking of Foligno, you gotta love the kid. He always plays hard and tries his best, he just doesn't have it. He is basically playing to his potential, just many of us, myself included may have overrated him. Excellent hard work and 2nd effort on his goal tonight.

-Another bad game from Karlsson. I wouldn't even notice him if it wasn't for his bad plays. By the way, I thought his strong suit was his skating, yet every shift, someone skates by him like he isn't even there. Mark my words, this will come back to cost us at some point. Can we trade him now while the rest of the league doesn't know he's a bust yet?

-Carkner, I love ya buddy but you can't take that penalty there. Luckily it didn't cost us.

-Still taking way too many penalties, most are unecessary. How do these guys not know to play a smarter game? Triple C must be going crazy.

-Seriously what is wrong with Spezza?

Well they say that winning games you shouldn't is the sign of a good team, and we won tonight when we had no business getting anything out of it. Still I can't say I feel good about our play at all, but I am happy we got the 2 points and won on the road. Back at it Saturday against Carolina.

Thoughts?