Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy halloween today/tonight. I hope everyone has cool costumes, and if you were soemthing Sens/hockey related, or see someone rockin soemthing Sens/hockey related that looked cool or was funny, send em in and I'll post them this week.

Entries should be sent to senstown@gmail.com

Hope everyone has a fun and safe time.

-The Mayor

Friday, October 29, 2010

Say What?

I was minding my own business on Tuesday's game vs Phoenix at the 2nd intermission, when I saw this. At first I thought, no it can't be, I must be seeing things. No way would a 50+ year old man be rockin a pink womens jersey, but after a few seconds I realized it was indeed true. I was speechless. This was sadly the best picture I could get, but you get the idea.

Thoughts?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thank You Kessel



Welcome to one of the funniest things of 2010. I'm sure many of you have seen this already by now, and no it's not Senator realted, but it made me laugh, so I'm putting it up anyway. After the Bruins scored last night against the Leafs, the B's faithful serenaded Phil Kessel, because after all, the B's used that 2nd overall pick they got in return for Kessel to select the goal scorer, Tyler Seguin. Hilarious. Shoutout to Boston.

Thoughts?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

PGW: Back To Back Baby

The Sens get their first back to back victories, beating the Florida Panthers 5-3 tonight, in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score might indicate. The team as a whole played pretty well again, scoring 5 unanswered after bing down 1-0 early.

It was really nice to see a consistent effort again. The Ruutu-Kelly-Neil line was a force all night again, as they have been all year, easily our best line in my opinion so far. Brian Elliott should have had the first goal of the night, but the other 2 weren't his fault. Other than the mistake on the first goal, Elliott played well and made the saves when he had to. Solid game for Brian for once.

Other thoughts from the game:
  • I do not know what is wrong with Chris Phillips, but he needs to turn it around and fast. He has been awful this year and had multiple giveaways tonight, including one to Chris Higgins, which lead to the Panthers 2nd goal.
  • Kovalev scored a easy tap in again, making his last 2 goals a combined 6 inches from the net.
  • Foligno was fiesty all night.
  • Regin is looking a bit better.
  • Kelly had a nice little game, especially on the pass for the shorty to Michalek, what a finish by MM9 by the way.
  • I enjoyed the Michalek-Fisher-Alfie line tonight, perhaps they should leave it like that when Spezza returns and make it Regin-Spezza-Kovalev. Then we might have 2 decent lines.
  • Nice heavyweight tilt with Carkner tonight, he gets the decision.
  • Almost 17,000 out to see the game tonight, solid for FLA.
  • I'm so tired of the music at SBP. Is there a rule that they can't play music from any earlier than 15 years or soemthing? It's so outdated.
  • Great to see Zack Smith rewarded with a goal, even if it was a lucky one.

So with the win tonight, my predicting record is an even 5-5 through 10. Good to see the boys get it together for back to back wins, and even more importantly, starting to show a better effort. Day off tomorrow and then Boston Saturday in a divisional tilt. On to the next one.....

With 1 goal and 1 assist, as well as a +3 on the evening, Milan Michalek wins the night.

Thoughts?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

GDP 10: Sens V Panthers

The Sens are back at it tonight, trying to get consecutive wins for the first time this season, as they take on the Florida Panthers tonight at 7pm at SBP. The Senators are looking to build off an impressive performance in the 5-2 Tuesday win against Phoenix, while Florida is trying to recover from a 3-1 defeat to Toronto, in which the winning goal should not have counted.

For the Sens, the lineup will remain the same, which means no Spezza yet again, and Brian Lee as a healthy scratch. Look for Brian Elliott to start for the Sens, and Tomas Vokoun, who sat the last game to be in between the pipes tonight.

Prediction: Sens need to get back in the thick of things and build on the decent performance on Tuesday. If they play that way, they will certainly get the W again, but we all know being consistent isn't our forte. Luckily for the us, the Panthers are one of the worst teams in the NHL, though they do have an elite goalie, which can cause problems from time to time. Sens show up and win this one 4-1 and get back on track.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

11 + 27 + 55 = 1st time?

It was 4-2 in the 3rd period of last night's game and we were on a 5 on 3 man advantage. I wasn't thinking much except let's put one in and seal the much needed victory. The puck went back to the point to Gonchar, then down to Kovalev, who proceeded to make an amazing cross crease pass to Alfie for the tap in goal that was caught by the camera in the picture above.

At the time I was thinking, wow what a pass, only the enigma himself could have made that one. It didn't occur to me at the time that I may have witnessed some obscure NHL history (fast forward to around 2:20). When I woke up today, I had an email waiting for me from a reader, who brought to my attention that Alfie, Kovalev and Gonchar (as of last night) have all played 1000+ games in the NHL. They of course were the goal scorer and the 2 guys who got the assists.

It got me wondering, has that ever happened before? As I am writing this, there has currently only been 251 players that have hit the 1000 games pleateau in their careers, which is not many considering the thousands and thousands of guys who have laced them up over the years. So what are the odds that 3 of them would be on the same team, let alone all get points on one play.

It seems very unlikely to me that this has ever happened before, so if anyone can think of another trio who did this let me know. If last night was the first time as I believe it was, then it was a small slice of NHL history I was lucky enough to witness in person at Scotiabank Place.

Either way, it was a pretty cool accomplishment for 3 veteran guys.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gonchar's 1000th

Last night was Sergei Gonchar's 1000th career NHL game, a game which we won 5-2. He recieved a silver stick and a painting my Tony Harris. Gonchar celebrated the milestone with an assist. Congratulations to Sergei and his family for hitting 1000, let's hope he has a great rest of the season. Here's a pic I took for you guys in case you didn't happen to be at SBP.

Thoughts on the milestone?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PGW: Kovie Time

Ok I admit it, when I'm wrong, I say so. So earlier today when I predicted the Coyotes would beat the Sens 5-2, it was a typo. I really meant the Sens would win 5-2, um are you buying that? You're not eh. Ok forget it, let's move on, this was one time I'm glad to be wrong, err I mean right.

The Sens got off to a strong start, scoring 2 goals only 9 seconds apart, to jump out to an early lead. A third goal that banked off a skate by Kelly made it 3-0 and we looked to be on cruise control after a 20 shot 1st period. In the 2nd, we took a few bad penalties and somewhat let them back in the game, but in the 3rd, we put it away on a 2 man advantage, with Alfie tapping in an amazing pass for Alexei Kovalev, who actually decided to show up tonight.

In somewhat surprising news, Brian Elliott was pretty solid tonight, making 28 saves. Perhaps you could fault him on the 2nd goal, but only slightly, and the first one was just a seeing eye shot that he didn't even see, so I can't blame him for that.

As a whole, everyone played pretty well, so I don't have much to complain about tonight. Shoutout to Gonchar for playing in 1000, shoutout to Karlsson for scoring, shoutout to the Foligno-Regin-Kovie line, who were excellent all night.

Other things I noticed:
  • Almost 17,000 at SBP tonight, not bad for Phoenix with our horrible play as of late.
  • The crowd was pretty lively tonight.
  • That Winchester goalie interference call was a joke.
  • Winchester got a mean slash to the wrist, don't know if he's ok or not.
  • Gonchar made a few subtle defensive plays that I was impressed by.
  • Glad to see Zack Smith back in, even tho he doesn't dominate, he brings a different element we don't have.

So a win is a win, and at this point I will literally take any we can get. Let's hope we get this kind of play and effort on Thursday against Florida too.

With 2 goals and one beautiful assist, Alexei Kovalev wins the night.

Thoughts on the game?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

GDP #9: Sens V Winnipeg Jets

The Sens are back at it tonight, in a rare game with the Winnipeg Jets, errr I mean Phoenix Coyotes at SBP, puckdrop is 7:37pm on Sportsnet. The Sens appeared to have turned the corner with a nice 4-2 win on the road in Buffalo on Friday night, but then came home and played like an OHL team on Saturday night against Montreal, and frankly, it was an embarassing, humbling game for all involved. The Senators look to rebound tonight against a sneaky good Coyotes team.

For the Sens, Brian Elliott will be starting, though many thought Robin Lehner might get the nod. If Elliott doesn't show up, look for Lehner to start next game and to relieve him quickly. I believe Elliott is on a short leash, but with Leclaire still at least a week away, Clouston has limited options. For Phoenix, while not confirmed yet, it appears the Sens will catch a break, with Jason LaBarbera expected to start instead of All Star Ilya Bryzgalov.

In injury news, Filip Kuba skated yesterday and is getting closer to a comeback, but Jason Spezza will sit out his 3rd game in a row and his 4th out of 9 so far, which isn't good news. So much for it being a minor problem right? As much as everyone loves to hate on him, this team looks AWFUL without him centering the first line.

The Sens lines will look like this to start out at least:
  • Michalek-Fisher-Alfredsson
  • Foligno-Regin-Winchester
  • Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
  • Shannon-Smith-Kovalev

It looks like Brian Lee will be watching this one from the press box tonight, with David Hale still taking his spot in the lineup. I have to say these lines look a little wrong to me. Do we really need Winchester on the 2nd line? Tonight is also a small piece of NHL history, as Sergei Gonchar will play in his 1000th game, so hopefully he plays well and shows me why I used to wanna have a heart attack everytime he had the puck. He used to kill us, I wanna see him kill someone else now.

Prediction: The Coyotes should be tired, they're playing in the east, which is never good for a west coast team, and they played last night in Montreal, losing in OT, so they should be tired. They get a boost with Shane Doan returning tonight from suspension though, which should fire them up with their captain back in the lineup. I don't know what to make of PHX, they beat us last year in their barn and they surprised everyone making the playoffs, they have a nice little team ful of youngsters that are performing well, so we shouldn't take them for granted. Hell at this point I would count on a W against the 67's, even if PHX will play their backup. I see no reason right now that we suddenly get it back on track, Sens lose 5-2. I'm now 4-4 this season with 1 exact score predicted.

Thoughts?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gonchar Speaks On 1000


Tomorrow night the Sens will take on the Phoenix Coyotes in desperate need of a win. If things don't turn around quickly, things will change, but that isn't the only story. First year Senator Sergei Gonchar will suit up and play in his 1000th career NHL game as well. While he isn't off to the best start in Sens colors, I am confident he will get things back on track and soon.

In his previous 999 games, Gonchar has 202 goals and 688 points, which is very impressive for a defenceman of course. To hear what Sergei had to say about the upcoming occassion watch the video.

Thoughts on him hitting 1000?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jersey Foul 77

This was taken at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, on the momentous night that Alfie scored his now legendary hat trick and 1000th career point, sent in by a reader. I'm not quite sure what the owner is tryin to convey with the name on the back, but it seems appropriate since this is a douchey jersey foul, so he has now lowered the bar even more. And as we all know, using the iconic 11 on a Sens jersey is always a no no.

What has 2 thumbs and wasted a lot of money on a lame jersey? This guy!

Thoughts?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

PGW: 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

Just when you think we may have turned a corner, this happens. What a total pathetic effort on home ice in a huge game. We just didn't show up period. I'm embarassed.

Thoughts?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

GDP #8: Sens V Montreal

Last night sure felt great didn't it? A much needed road win against division rival Buffalo, and Alfie hitting 1000. It couldn't have gone any better, well except in net of course. So the Sens are back at it tonight, against another division rival in Montreal on Hockey Night in Canada at 7pm. The Sens are looking to make it 2 in a row and get their season back on track, can they do it? Tune in tonight to see, but I think they'll be ok.

The Sens lineup is expected to be basically the same as last night, with Jason Spezza still remaining doubtful, which is the smart move to sit him by the way, so I won't bore you with the line chart today. So instead of having Brian Lee playing less than 2 minutes at forward, they have re-called one of my favorite's in Zack Smith. Poor Brian Lee, now a failure at TWO positions. The kid can't catch a break can he.

The Sens line of Alfie, Fisher and Michalek was pretty solid last night, look for them to continue to play together. In goal, Brian Elliott gets the start, begrudgingly, at least to me. He was awful on those first two goals last night, but then had a solid 3rd to get us the win. Brian Elliott is who we thought he was, which is Brian Elliott. He is frustrating to watch, and any shot could go in at any time, but he does have the ability to play well at times too. Let's hope he brings his A game tonight.

Prediction: The Sens play their best game of the season last night, and could have won 5 or 6-0, if it wasn't for Ryan Miller and Elliott letting in some softies, which in short means they dominanted the game. The team finally looks to be back on track somewhat, and if playing Montreal on HNIC doesn't motivate you, I don't know what will. I look for another strong effort tonight and another W. The Sens play another good game and win 5-3. I'm now 4-3 this season with one exact score predicted.

Thoughts?

Friday, October 22, 2010

1000

He becomes the 75th player in NHL history to hit 1000 career points. Of course, he did it in style, scoring a hat trick. I even called the way he would hit 1000 with 5 minutes of game time left. Simply put, he is the franchise and a legend.

Congratulations to Alfie on the major accomplishment and for coming up huge when we needed the W. You can always count on the captain.

Thoughts?

Friday, October 22, 2010

PGW: Sens Get First Road Of The Season x Alfie Wins The Night

So there we go, the sky is not falling, at least not for one night anyways. The Sens needed a win tonight and they got it, after a much better effort, though the score doesn't indicate how dominant the Sens were most of the game. Almost the whole team played hard tonight, especially impressive after Jason Spezza was a late scratch and did not suit up.

The night of course belonged to Alfie, who scored a hat trick and scored his 1000th career point, making him the 75th played in the NHL history to do so. It seems fitting that it happened against Buffalo didn't it? What a legend.

Other thoughts from the game:
  • Ruutu got a dive for being drilled from behind. What a joke.
  • Lee played less than 2 minutes at forward tonight, ouch.
  • Kovalev had his best game of the season so far.
  • Elliott was awful on the 2 goals, but had a solid 3rd period.
  • Karlsson continues to struggle.
  • Winchester was drilled by Kaleta, who else.
  • The powerplay looked a lot better tonight.

Obviously the big news tonight is Alfie and his 1000th point and righfully so. The team as a whole played so much better tonight. If we can win tomorrow against Montreal, we'd be right back into the thick of things. Enjoy the win tonight, back to work tomorrow. Everyone have a drink for Alfie tonight.

With a hat trick and his 1000th point, Daniel Alfredsson Wins The Night.

Thoughts?

Friday, October 22, 2010

GDP #7: Sens @ Buffalo

While only 6 games into the season, it may be a little early to call game #7 a must win, but that's exactly what it is. We are already in dead last place and can't afford to fall to 0-4 in our division tonight. It might seem like a cliche, but cliches are cliches for a reason, and I see us needing to sweep the weekend games if we want to get back into the thick of things. If we lose is our season over? No of course not, but you can't allow yourself to get farther and farther behind, or you'll never catch up. It seems fitting that our rivals the Sabres are our opponent while we try and get things back on track doesn't it?

Brian Elliott will get the start for the Sens tonight, as he has a really good record against Buffalo throughout his career. I would imagine that Ryan Miller would get the start for the Sabres, though it hasn't been announced yet. If not, former Sen Patrick Lalime will be in between the pipes.

The Sens lines will look like this tonight:
  • Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
  • Regin-Fisher-Foligno
  • Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
  • Shannon-Winchester-Kovalev

The defensive pairing will look a little different with Hale in the lineup and will be:

  • Phillips-Gonchar
  • Campoli-Carkner
  • Hale-Karlsson

For the Sabres it will be:

  • Vanek-Roy-Stafford
  • Hecht-Connolly-McCormick
  • Ennis-Niedermayer-Grier
  • Gerbe-Gaustad-Kaleta

The defensive pairings will be:

  • Leopold-Myers
  • Sekera-Rivet
  • Butler-Montador

Prediction: This is a tough one. If we're being honest, both teams are struggling and need a win badly, and anytime these 2 teams play, it's always fireworks that can be hard to predict. The Senators usually own the Sabres, but Buffalo ruined our home opener by beating us. The Sabres are also without Jason Pomminville with a concussion, so that helps. So what team shows up tonight? I have faith the Sens will bring their A-ish game tonight and win a close one 3-2. My record so far is 3-3 this year with zero exact scores predicted correctly.

Thoughts?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

If You Don't Know, Now Ya Know

Earlier today, I sent a shoutout to my boy Jeremy Roenick, congratulating him on his induction tonight to the US Hockey Hall Of Fame. I went on about how awesome JR was, and how what a good guy he was. Well right on cue, JR saw my tweet and my post congratulating him and thanked me and retweeted of course.

That's the kind of guy he is, always awesome to the fans. Congratulations again Jeremy, couldn't happen to a nicer person. See it just takes a minute of your time to make a difference in someone's life. That's why I will always be a fan of his. Pay it forward this weekend if you can.

Thoughts?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Big Day For J.R.

For anyone that regularly reads this site, this will come as no surprise, but today is a very big day for my all time favorite hockey player Jeremy Roenick. Yes I have numerous times gushed about my man crush for JR and how absolutely kind he is to his fans, so it's my pleasure to give back.

Later today in Buffalo, Jeremy will be inducted into the US Hockey Hall Of Fame, which is a big deal and a tremendous honor. It will be his first HOF but not his last, as he will surely be in the HHOF in Toronto in a few years. When that happens, you can bet I will be there in person to watch my favorite player ever enter the hall.

Jeremy is more than just an awesome player however, he is of course a character. In a sport full of boring, robotic answers, JR was always entertaining and wears his heart on his sleeve. He always stood out, never fit in and was always amazing to me every time I met him.

On his last trip to Ottawa in February of 2009 as a member of San Jose, I met up with him again and he signed my custom made NHL 94 Jeremy Roenick t-shirt. As a thank you, I made one for him as well and he loved it. He said you have no idea how many people come up and tell me about me in NHL 94. For anyone who played that game, you know he killed it for real. If it was anyone else, I might have thought they were simply humoring me, but with JR you know he meant it. That's just the kind of guy he is and he has a fan for life in me.

Congratulations on the accomplishment Jeremy and much success in the future.

Thoughts on JR's big day entering the US HoF?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Alexei Kovalev: The World's Most Frustrating Man

We all have known the struggles of Alexei Kovalev, easily one of the most frustrating players of all time. This little parody is awesome and pokes fun of him from the popular Dos Equis ad's about him being the most interesting man in the world. I'm sure by now you've seen them. To enlarge the picture just click on it. Thanks to Derick G for sending this in.

Thoughts on the spoof and on Kovalev's performance in general this season so far? Feel free to add any other spoofs or your own line in the comment section.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Smith Down, Hale Up

So healthy scratch Zack Smith was sent to Binghamton today, and David Hale was re-called to the big club. Wow, what a big move, we should be a dominant team now, after adding the NHL vet who couldn't crack our awful defensive lineup from camp. I just don't see this doing much for us at all.

I'm not sure why Zack was on such a short leash either, which now means Winchester and Shannon are here to stay for the considerable future, which I'm not in favor of.

Bryan Murray also said he is ready to deal at a media scrum and is apparently talking to Minnesota about a possible trade, amongst others.

What do you think about the promotion/demotion made today? Who would you like to see moved and for what? And please try and be realistic, we don't need any Lee for Crosby proposals.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What To Do, What To Do?

With the Sens in dead last place in the NHL, and with no game until Friday night in Buffalo, there will be a lot of time to discuss what has lead to our shortcomings so far. Is it goaltending? Coaching? Offense? Defense? Special teams? Lack of discipline? Lack of Chemistry? The answer is yes, the reality it is all of those things. We haven't been good in any aspect really.

So the question is what should we do to rectify things before they get out of hand? Here are some possible solutions/things to try, and why not, what we're doing right now isn't working, so what do we have to lose right?

Here are some ideas to right the ship so to speak:
  • Give Lehner a start. So far he's perfect, and while goaltending hasn't been the major problem, it hasn't been our strongest spot either.
  • Put Zack Smith back in. I'm a fan of him and he will always at least play hard and does have the tools to be a solid player.
  • Sit someone meaningful, not Brian Lee like he did last night. Kovalev has 2 points and is a -18 in his last 20 games. I think that deserves a spot on the bench for a few days doesn't it?
  • Move Gonchar back to the right side where he belongs. You don't bring in a future HoFer who excels at something and then make him do something else, it just doesn't make sense.
  • Be more disciplined, we're beating ourselves. Be more strict about stupid penalties. If you take one, pay the consequences of your actions.
  • I'm tired of Fisher never recieving any criticism. He makes 4.2 million, so earn it blue eyes. He is not above some conflict from our fan base and I'm tired of everyone giving him a complete pass.
  • Let whoever is playing well play. The Ruutu-Kelly-Neil line has been our best this year, so screw it, give them more ice time until the others prove they deserve more. Playing people based on reputation leads you to the basement, where we are now.
  • If this horrible play continues, how long does it go on before someone pays the price, like Clouston or Murray with their job?
  • Perhaps call someone up from Bingo who is hungry and will play hard and with desire, who actually is excited to be in the NHL.

These are just a few ideas off the top off my head to shake things up. What do you guys think should be done to try and get us back on track? Let's hear em.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Caption This 2

The other day I asked you to have some fun and caption a photo of Pascal Leclaire being injured yet again. Well with last night's loss, we are now the officially in LAST place in the NHL. Yay us!

I've got the flu it seems, it's an off day, so I'm gonna take it easy, so I figured why not have you guys do my work for me right? So time for your comments again. Time for capiton this part 2. You know the drill, leave your funny remarks in the comments section, last time was well done.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Night Masacre

If you didn't catch this game consider yourself lucky, as it was a disaster from start to finish. We fell behind early after TWO stupid penalties and never got back in the game, falling 5-2 to the Pens. This brings the Sens record to a 1-4-1 record through 6 games, not good.

Other thoughts from the game:
  • Alfie scored his 1st of the year, only 3 points away from 1000
  • Elliott didn't play awful, but he didn't play well. In other words he played like Elliott
  • We played a bit better in the 3rd
  • Clouston benched Lee for a large period of the game. Wow way to bench a key contributing player
  • Gonchar's return to Pittsburgh was less than stellar
  • Karlsson continues to look lost
  • We took ANOTHER too many men penalty. That's THREE in 6 games, and that's after like 20 last year. This is unacceptable and someone needs to be held accountable for it.
  • Lehner didn't let any in, therefore maintining his top spot on the NHL leader board I mentioned a few posts ago.

Honestly, the whole team looked lost. I can't even really blame any one player, as the entire squad played with no heart or urgency. I can only imagine how mad triple C must be. This is a poor, poor start to the year and I don't have much positive to say at the moment. I will leave the comments to you guys.

Though no one really deserved it, with his one goal and 997th career point, Daniel Alfredsson wins the night.

Thoughts on the game tonight and the start to the season?

Monday, October 18, 2010

GDP #6: Sens @ Pens

The Sens are back at it tonight, as they make their first appearance at the new Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, hoping to put an ugly start to the season behind them and get back on track against Crosby, Malkin and company. This should be a good game, and offers the Sens a chance to get some minor revenge for last years playoff loss to the Pens. This will also mark Sergei Gonchar's first game back to the team he called home for numerous years, hopefully the Pens fans do him right and give him a nice ovation, which I'm sure they will.

For the Sens the lineup will remain the same, which is somewhat puzzling to me. Why does Ryan Shannon or Jesse Winchester remain in constantly over Zack Smith, who once again will be a healthy scratch. If we have a chance to turn things around, we will need much better efforts from guys who have started the season underachieving, like Kovalev, Karlsson and Phillips. Brian Elliott starts in net. Puck drop is 7pm.

Prediction: It's hard to predict which Senators team will show up so far this early season, the one that gets worked by the Leafs, the one that looks great against Carolina, or the one that seems disinterested for most of the other games. I see the Sens dropping another one tonight, losing 5-2. My record so far this year is 2-3 with 0 correct scores predicted.

Thoughts?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sometimes Numbers DO Lie

Everyone loves to point to statistics to help prove who's the best in the NHL, but sometimes the numbers don't say it all. If you happen to have glanced at NHL.com stats leaders, you'd see a weird name at the top.

Yes that is Sens rookie goaltender Robin Lehner at the top of the list for both save percentage and goals against average. As you can see, he is perfect in both categories, which is funny because of course, has only played a total of 4 minutes in relief of Brian Elliott last night, as he had a problem with his skate after the intermission. Even funnier is Lehner let in SEVEN goals in his pro debut in the AHL the night before, yet statistically, is the league's best goalie at the moment.

It's pretty funny if you ask me. All I can say is enjoy it kid, might not ever happen again.

Thoughts?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Check The Weather

You might want to go to the weather network, because apparently hell will be freezing over soon. Your eyes do not deceive you, yes that is the Toronto Maple Leafs in first place overall in the NHL. Now let's keep in mind this is only 4 games in, which leaves them 78 games still to blow it, but it just doesn't look right does it? Especially when you look all the way near the end and see the Sens in 27th place in the league, though we're really tied for LAST OVERALL but ahead of Buffalo and Jersey because we've played one less game so far

So what's wrong with the Sens? Can the Leafs keep it up?


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Saturday, October 16, 2010

GDP #5: Sens @ MTL

The Sens are in la belle province tonight, as they take on the Habs in Montreal on hockey night in Canada at 7pm. This isn't a must win by any means, but we've already lost both divisional games this year, so getting on the board in that way would be nice.

For the Habs, Carey Price will get the start again, and seems to have calmed down a bit and steadied his play. For the Sens, Brian Elliott takes over for the injured Pascal Leclaire, with super prospect Robin Lehner being called up from Bingo to back him up, fresh off letting in SEVEN last night in the AHL.

The lines for tonight are:
  • Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
  • Shannon-Regin-Kovalev
  • Foligno-Fisher-Neil
  • Ruutu-Kelly-Winchester

That of course means that Zack Smith will be a healthy scratch yet again for some reason. The D pairings remain the same as last game.

Prediction: The Sens and Habs always play spirited games and look for Kovalev to have a big game tonight in his return to the Bell Centre. If we play the way we have for the last 2 games, we should get the W. At this point it depends what team decides to show up. I'm going for the latter, Sens win 3-1.

Thoughts?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Caption This

Pascal Leclaire unbelievably was hurt in yet another freaky bizarro accident last night, so time to have a little fun with this photo I took of him being injured. The game is simple, caption this photo. Make it funny annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd go.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

PGW: 1st Win Of The Year

The Sens dominated early, scored midway, choked for 5 minutes and then held on to get their first win of the year, 3-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was a much better effort for the team overall, though if you can believe it, less than 5 minutes into the game, Pascal Leclaire was injured in yet another bizarre way and was forced to leave the game. I know what you're thinking, I am thinking it too.

Thoughts from the game:
  • Karlsson continues to struggle and was boo'd by the fans tonight at SBP, ouch!
  • Gonchar still has shown the ability that amde him a star, but it's still early, I'm not worried.
  • Elliott played pretty well in relief of Leclaire, but was out of position on their 1st goal.
  • Eric Staal is REALLY good.
  • So is Cam Ward, who made numerous big saves. Without him it could have been 5 or 6.
  • Nick Foligno made a questionable head shot type of hit. There wasn't a peanlty on the play but he may get a call from Colin Campbell.
  • Nice to see such a pretty tic tac toe goal from the first line finally.
  • Kovalev played quite a bit better tonight, at least effort wise, so did Regin.

So the first felt pretty good, though we barely won. But in the end, all that matters is the 2 points, not how ya got em. We have shown signs of strong play without many of our star players performing yet, which is a good sign. On to la bell province on Saturday.

With 2 goals, Mike Fisher wins the night.

Thoughts?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

GDP #4: Sens V Carolina

The Sens return home to SBP tonight, for their 2nd home game of the young season, looking for their first win against the 2-0 Carolina Hurricanes, puck drop is 7pm on TSN.

The Sens struggled through their first 2 games, but showed a lot more effort and skill in the OT lost to the Caps on Monday, here's hoping we can build on that. We're taking on Carolina, who will be tired from playing their first 2 games in Finland, both wins against Minnesota. Cam Ward is expected to start in net for the Canes.

The lines for tonight will be the same as Monday:
  • Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
  • Foligno-Fisher-Winchester
  • Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
  • Kovalev-Regin-Shannon

With that lineup, there isn't really a 4th line, but a bnunch of 2nd lines that can hopefully wear down their opponent. On defence, it remains the same, though struggling soph Erik Karlsson is on the bottom pairing with Brian Lee tonight. Pascal Leclaire is expect to start for the Sens.

Prediction: Sens need a win badly and have shown a much better effort lately, but Carolina historically always gives us trouble. They've travelled a lot of miles and must be jet lagged to some extent, which makes them a nice opponent tonight. Sens win 4-2 fo rthe first W of the season. Don't forget to boo Joe Corvo all night either Sens fans.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alfie WILL Play

Many of you had emailed me asking why Alfie did not play a shift in OT on Monday. Well the answer was he left the game because of an injury. But being the amazingly quick healer that he is, he won't be missing any time and will play tomorrow against Carolina thank god. I imagine if we were 3-0 and not 0-3 he might be sitting out. Let's hope he doesn't injure himself anymore than he already is.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ridin' Dirty

Last Thursday, Jarkko Ruutu rode the zamboni down elgin to mark the start of the season. By now, we all wish the season hadn't started yet, but nevertheless, it was cool to see it ride down the Sens mile. I didn't have time to post it last week but I thought it was cool and a few people had asked me for it, plus it's an off day. To see more pics from the cruise click here

Thoughts?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Doppelganger: Foligno Edition

It's been awhile since I've done one of these, but I happened to come across this one and I couldn't resist. I saw an ad for the TV show Degrassi and the kid on the right was on the screen. I thought to myself, man he looks familiar but I couldn't place him until a few weeks later. He looks like Sen Nick Foligno.

On the right is Degrassi actor Landon Liboiron and the left is Nick Foligno. I think they're pretty similar looking, what say you?

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Loss With A Capital L

Unfortunately, I did not get to see this game, as I was busy with Ms Mayor and her family eating Thanksgiving dinner. From what I've been told, we looked much better tonight, which is good news, even in the loss. I also heard Leclaire played well again, but was definitely at fault for the OT winner by Ovechkin. At least we got our first point of the season.

Anyone who saw the game wanna fill me in? Comments on the game?

Monday, October 11, 2010

GDP #3: Battle Of The Capital Cities

The Sens are back at it today on Thanksgiving, hoping to get their season back on track and fast. After 2 very subpar performances, there is plenty of criticism to go around, with everyone but Leclaire being on the recieving end of it. Here's a thought, how many of you thought if we were 0-2 to start, that it would be everyone's fault BUT our goaltending? Ya me either. It hasn't looked pretty so far this year, and with facing the league's best offense tonight, it could get ugly. Most of the people who have mailed me are just hoping we don't let it 10 tonight. Ah overreaction at it's finest, yet with the real possibility of it happening if we don't sharpen up our game and fast.

No word on who will get the start as of yet, but I can't see Lecalire not starting after his play through 2. I say let him play ubntil he proves he shouldn't be, we need him to get in a groove and get some confidence back.

The lines for tonight as per Allan Panzeri will be:
  • Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
  • Smith-Fisher-Foligno
  • Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
  • Shannon-Regin-Kovalev

There has also been rumors floating around about some defensive pairings being siwtched, but no confirmation as of yet. Interesting to see Kovalev will begin on the 4th line tonight, after literally being invisible through 2 games. Zack Smith will take his place on the 2nd line, while Regin also really continues to struggle and will stay put on the 4th as well.

As always when playing the Caps, you can't hope to stop them, but simply contain them. With firepower from guys like Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, Green and many others, the Caps can score with the best of them and in a hurry.

Prediction: A 0-3 start would be semi disasterous and would leave us in a small hole to begin the season already, but I have little evidence to suggest we will turn it around against one of the league's best teams in Washington. Honestly, I'm not even hoping for the 2 points, but just a better effort,w hich is sad for a pro hockey team, but this si where we're at right now. Sens dopn't give us anything to be thankful for tonight and lose 7-3.

Thoughts?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I know the Sens haven't played well the first 2 games, but we still have things to be thankful for. Remember things could always be worse, you could be a Leafs or Habs fan, or you could be living in Winnipeg, always having NHL hockey dangled in front of you with no real shot at ur becoming a reality.

All in all, we have it pretty good don't we? So sit back, relax and stuff your face with turkey and stuffing, and get ready to watch the Sens take on the Capitals.

Everyone has something to be thankful, so take a minute and find something that you're fortunate to have. All the best to all of my readers and their families. Happy thanksgiving everyone.

Thoughts?
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fisher Gets Endorsement Deal With UA

Mike Fisher is doing quite well for himself lately, especially now, as he has signed with athletic apparel maker Under Armour, to endorse their products on a 4 year deal, as per Uptown Hockey, who represents him. That's pretty impressive for a guy from a small market team, though I'm sure a lot of it has to do with his increased visibility due to his very high profile wife. That explains why he was wearing a UA hat when he was with her, the perfect time to get the most eyeballs on the company when you're photographed.

This deal comes on the heels of Ol blue eyes getting his own McFarlane figure as well. It sure is nice being Mr Underwood isn't it? There sure is a lot more attention and opportunity coming his way because of the realtionship. I don't mind all the extra stuff, as long he brings it on the ice.

Congrats on the deal Mike.

Thoughts?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dead Man Walking

Seemingly out of nowhere, the Senators long time doctor, Dr Chow, made a surprise visit to the Sens season opener against the Sabres on Friday. This came as quite a shock, as no news had been made public that he was even out of the hospital at the time. The crowd did the right thing and the sell out audience gave him a standing ovation. This was quite remarkable of course, because at the time, his injuries were very severe and it was thought he wasn't likely to make it.

Congratulations on the speedy recovery so far. Best of luck in the future Doc.

Thoughts?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Murder On Ice

Game? What game? As far as I'm concerned tonight did not happen. I'm serious.

What a pathetic display of, well everything. Did we even show up tonight or did we send out AHL team to Toronto? Through 2 games things are not looking remotely good. Two games and two no shows. It's one thing to lose, but it's another thing to not compete.

As far as that 5th goal is concerned, how they can count it is beyond me. Not one replay even showed the puck, let alone the puck in the net. I dare anyone to find me an angle that shows CONCLUSIVELY the puck in the net? It can't be done.

Everyone played horribly, EVERYONE, except Leclaire. No offense, no urgency and no heart. Two games is just a sample size of the season, but as it stands right now, we're a pathetic bunch. I would not want to hear what Clouston says to the team. Whatever it is they deserved it.

Thoughts?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

GDP #2: Battle Of Ontario 1

You know it's hockey season officially, when the Battle of Ontario happens. Tonight, the Sens are in Toronto, hoping for a much better performance than last night's season opener against Buffalo, a 2-1 loss.

As a whole, the Sens played terribly last night, taking too many penalties, not skating hard enough, and hardly generating any chances. Having said that, at leats they only lost 2-1. The positive is that Leclaire had a pretty solid game, stopping 34 of 36, earning him the start again tonight at the ACC. No word on if Spezza will be playing yet or not, but I'd say he sits out if I were a betting man, you know, if gambling was legal.

So assuming Spezza is out tonight, the lineup will the same as yesterday, which didn't do us too well, though tonight is a new night. Perhaps it was just opening night jitters, ya I'm gonna go with that.

For Toronto, JS Giguere will get the call again in net, after a really nice opening night performance against the Habs on Thursday. Other key guys to watch out for are Kessel, Versteeg and Grabovski. Though the Leafs don't pack much scoring punch, but they do have a decent defence and always will play hard, hence their many garbage jam in goals. Another key is to stay out of the penalty box tonight, as the Leafs score many of their goals with the man advantage.

Prediction: The Sens are the better team, but all bets are off when the Battle of Ontario takes place. The Leafs will play hard at home, and the Sens will be tired after playing last night, but I can't see the Sens playing the way they did last night again. Sens get back on track and win 4-2.

Game time is 7pm on HNIC and available in HD.

Thoughts?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Spank Toronto, Win Cash, It's Win Win

There's been a movement lately, a group of people who dislike Toronto, and more importantly their "hockey team". It's been a growing problem of arrogance and self entitlement for no apparent reason, until now. Someone has decided to step in and do something about it. It first came to my attention from Sens Town buddy and 88.5 Live personality Jen Traplin. The rest is history. Here's what Spank Toronto is, and why you need to join like yesterday. We welcome 88.5 Live's Katfish Morgan to tell us about it and some of his favorite hockey moments too.

Sens Town: Welcome Katfish, so tell everyone what exactly Spank Toronto is?

Katfish: Spank Toronto is our way continuing this great rivalry. The SENS have always disliked the LEAFS and visa versa – since the SENS came to Ontario…not only the second time – maybe the first time, too…it goes back that far. It makes things wayyy more entertaining to watch.The fact that there are old die-hard LEAF fans here makes things interesting, too. Those fans come from a time when there was no SENS to cheer for. But we’re in OTTAWA and we have our own team now…those old LEAFS hangers suck…just like the LEAFS! LOL

Sens Town: What brought on the idea?

Katfish: We were talking hockey in the lunchroom and someone mused that we should give away a million bucks if the LEAFS won the cup. We all laughed and laughed and stopped. 5 minutes later we were planning it. It’s a great idea to get our team and our town motivated. We are Ottawa…we love Ottawa and our team is the SENS…I’m ready to back it up! Luckily I have the stations deep pockets – just in case – but I’m positive it’s not going to be needed.

Sens Town: So give us the prize breakdowns and how it works exactly?

Katfish: The LEAFS won’t win. The SENS will win – every time!…if by some fluke that doesn’t happen:We’ll give out $1,000 iffffff the SENS go down in the regular season against the LEAFS.We’ll give $10,000 to a Spank Toronto registrant if the LEAFS make the play-offs – they WON’T!And, when giant cracks start to form down York Street in front of PUB 101, and fireballs are falling from the sky and the LEAFS win the cup…(?)WE’LL AWARD ONE MILLION DOLLARS!…but you have to register at www.spanktoronto.com and SPANK that LEAF fan!!

Sens Town: Why should people want to sign up?

Katfish: See above…and because you are from OTTAWA!!! We are OTTAWA’s alternative rock……not TORONTO’s…!!! Do you live in OTTAWA…? Yeah. I thought so!

Sens Town: How did the name come about?

Katfish: We were looking for something fun to do on the website to pass the time away in Ottawa’s cool high tech community and in our cubicals in the not-so-exciting-at-times…

Sens Town: Your favorite moments from the Battle of Ontario over the years?

Katfish: Mine has to be Chara tossing around McCabe like a rag doll…and the SENS…from OTTAWA!!! winning the first NHL shoot-out in history…AGAINST THE LEAFS!!! Weeeee!

Sens Town: Who do you think will do better this year, Sens or Leafs? and why?

Katfish: SENS will crush the LEAFS…and the SENS will make it into the play-offs…I don’t like the LEAFS chances…again…like always.

You can register of course at spanktoronto.com and catch Katfish on Live 88.5 fm every weekday morning from 5:30am-9am. There's a 5:30am now? What the hell, that's crazy. Get behind this and show your support to an Ottawa station doing something funny for the Battle of Ontario. Your first opportunity to win is tonight, as the Sens take on the Leafs at the ACC at 7pm.

Thoughts?

Friday, October 08, 2010

GDP #1: Opening Night

The day is finally here. After a long offseason, the regular season is finally here, as we take on long time rival, and divisional foe, in the Buffalo Sabres. I'm just happy to have real hockey back, with players I recognize and actual points on the line. It's nice to be able to write an actual game day preview again.

So for the Sens, there's good and bad, mostly bad. Our star centre Jason Spezza, who looked in fine form in the fake season, tweaked his back and will not play tonight. He sounds like he might miss a few more as well, which is never good, especially on a guy with back injury problems in his past. The "good news" is that Cory Clouston has finally made a decision on who's #1 in net, at least for now. Pascal Leclaire will get the call for opening night. Let's hope he has a Penguins playoffs game 5 type game tonight, or it could be a long night. Also, future HOFer and all star Sergein Gonchar will make his regular season debut for the Sens.

The bad news, all world goalie Ryan Miller starts in net for the Sabres, which is never good, even if we do own the Sabres to a ridiculous degree for some reason. Also have to watch out for Vanek, who single handedly ruined Alfie's 1000th game last year with a 4 goal performance, he's one of the NHL's best goal scorers. They also have super sophmore Tyler Myers and Tim Connolly, who when healthy and not being Schaefered, it is scoring threat as well. Other tahn that, it's Buffalo, I think we're all pretty familiar with their team and how they play. Time to get it on.

Lines for tonight will be a bit different with Spezza out. They will be this to start the game:

  • Foligno-Fisher-Alfredsson
  • Michalek-Regin-Kovalev
  • Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
  • Winchester-Smith-Shannon

and the defensive pairings will be:

  • Phillips-Karlsson
  • Gonchar-Campoli
  • Carkner-Lee

Prediction: Sens are missing their top centre, and arguably their best player, which is never good. We all know that Alfie will bring it every night, but Spezza usually makes the difference in our team. When he's playing well, we play well. The Sabres are a good team and have a better goalie, but we continue to own them for some unexplained reason. It should be a tough game, as it always is when these two teams meet up. In the end, it's opening night and I can't pick against the Sens. Ottawa wins 5-3.

Thoughts?

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Custom Fitted @ Norml

With the season opener tomorrow, the guys at Norml clothing have come up with a custom New Era fitted to celebrate the new season. It is limited to 36 hats and goes on sale tomorrow at the store on 184 Rideau. I have to say it's pretty sharp looking, and if you want to stand out and still rep the Sens, here is the perfect chance. I highly recommend scoopin' one up tomorrow, but remember to be quick, these won't last long.

Get it and rock it to the home opener tomorrow night against the Sabres. To find out more about their store hit up here. I personally buy a lot of my kicks and other stuff there, so I co-sign them.

Thoughts on the lid?

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Lesser Of Two Evils

The 2010-11 opening night is less than 48 hours away and we have no idea who will be our starting goaltender ahhhhh!!!!

Now this could be a good thing, you could have 2 amazing netminders to choose from, and are just trying to pick who's more awesome. In Ottawa, we do not have that problem. What we do have however, is the same problem we've had in pretty much every single one of our soon to be 18 seasons. That problem is well known and has yet to be solved still.

We thought we had a solution in 05-06, when we had signed future HOFer Dominik Hasek after pushing Patrick Lalime out of town. To be fair, Hasek was 28-10 with 5 shutouts, a 2.09 GAA and .925 save % before he was hurt at the Olympics. It was the only real time I've ever felt what it's like to have an elite goalie, to not have to worry about a weak untimely goal killing us. This was a glorious feeling. It made me envious of teams that have had a rock for years in net. They have no clue how lucky they are, I bet they take them for granted in places like New Jersey, Vancouver or even Calgary.

So now there is a decision to be made by Friday night and unfortunately for Cory Clouston, either goalie chosen will be because someone has to play, not because either really deserve to or have earned it.

The 2 choices of course, are Brian Elliott and Pascal Leclaire. Neither of them are stellar. The Senators had hoped one of them would have stepped up during pre-season and taken the job so there was no doubt as to who was #1. That of course was a fail in every concievable way possible. Elliott's numbers in the exhibition season were 3 games played, with a 1-1-1 record, a 3.24 GAA and a pathetic .882 save % against inferior competition. Not to be outdone, Pascal Leclaire was worse. Also in 3 games, he was 1-2, with a 4.43 GAA, with a .856 save %, with his lone win coming in game in which he let in all 5 completely stoppable goals in an 8-5 victory against the Rangers last Saturday.

It was so bad that I was starting to envy the Habs fans with the Carey Price situation. No seriously I was.

So who do we go with? The only saving grace is that both of them are playing for a new contract this season, if not their careers. Pascal Leclaire is in the last year of a 3 year deal that paid him 3.8 million per season. If he wants a new deal anywhere near that, he will have to turn into an elite goalie this year and be very consistent. Otherwise, he will have to settle for a backup job next season, or perhaps even an invite to camp on a tryout basis. He doesn't have a good enough proven track record to demand that kind of money on his past play. If he doesn't kill it this year, kiss the millions goodbye. Brian Elliott is an RFA after this season, and needs to prove he can be an NHL goalie or the Sens may let him walk in the offseason.

One thing is for sure, only one or perhaps neither will be back next season, with blue chip 19 year old prospect Robin Lehner breathing down both of their necks. If we're talking full disclosure, Lehner was by far the best goalie through camp and the pre-season, and is only in Binghamton because of his age and lack of experience, not because of his play on the ice.

I do not envy Clouston's decision at all, kind of a damned if you do and damned if you do type scenario unfolding for him. So who is the lesser of the goalies?

In my opinion, both are very prone to soft, deflating goals that can kill your momentum. Elliott is very streaky and can put together weeks of solid play, as we witnessed last year with the 11 game win streak for example, but for whatever reason, seems to shrink in more important games, and just doesn't seem to have the pedigree to be a true #1 in the NHL. Leclaire on the other hand is clearly unlucky, frequently out of position, also prone to a softy or two, but does seem to have the ability to steal a game when it really counts, like last years playoffs. He also does have the pedigree of being a very high draft pick and being a star junior player, unlike Elliott who was picked dead last in the draft, not that it really matters in the scheme of things present day.

In the end, both will leave me with mulitple heart attacks this season, and will never give me the feeling of security that Hasek did for that one magical half season 5 years ago, which now seems like a century ago. How it it even possible that in 18 years, we've never had a decent goalie? We should have had one on sheer luck alone by now.

If I had to pick, I'd relunctantly go with Leclaire. We already know what Elliott is, a very good backup with the potential to be a #1 for short periods of time. Leclaire has the possibility in theory to be a bonafide #1 in the NHL, but if he can he actually produce that remains a massive question mark that looms over our season like Bruce Garrioch looms over a buffet.

We will all know the decision Clouston has made very soon. Either way he goes, there will be people questioning him, and maybe Murray will take some heat for not improving our situation as well. If we're lucky, we might even get a taste of Lehner before the season is over, but for now, we must deal with what we have, two guys who are playing for their livelyhood, which is never a bad thing.

Thoughts? Who do you think should be our #1 come opening night and why?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

My New Jersey x What We Learned Today

A few weeks ago, I asked you readers to help me make a decision on what player to get on the back of my new jersey. The winner was Erik Karlsson with 26% of the vote. So after weighing the pros and cons of an EK jersey, I made the decision and pulled the trigger on it. I just got it back a few days ago, so here it is pictured abover. Thanks for everyone's help, I appreciate it.

And here's what we learned today:
  • In a remarkable move, former Sen Peter Schaefer has apparently made the final roster to the Vancover Canucks, signing a one year, 2 way 600k deal. Wow!
  • In other former Senator news, Jonathan Cheechoo has signed a player try out contract with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. Yep, he can't even get an AHL spot without trying out. Maybe time to hang it up Cheech.
  • Robin Lehner continues to work out in Ottawa, despite being sent down to Bingo because of Visa problems. Sounds like the visa office is full of Sens fans who don't want out best goalie gone just yet.
  • And even more former Senator news, despite his 2 goal performace against us last Saturday, Todd White was waived by the Rangers.
  • There had been a stupid rumor floating around about a possible Souray for Kuba swap, but Souray was just sent to Hershey of the AHL. He got off lucky, I'd way rather be there then Edmonton in January.
  • And Sens prospect Jared Cowen will still be wearing the C after being sent down earlier this week.

Thoughts on the new jersey and the happenings of today?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

And The Winner Is.........

The fake season is over and it's time to hand out the very prestigious Brandon Bonchenski Award for Pre-Season Excellence to this seasons winner, as is the tradition here in the Senators blogosphere. In the end, there were 3 excellent finalists. One of them was expected and two guys came out of nowhere. I took into consideration many things, such as expectations heading into camp, points, overall play and impact on the team. So without further adieu, the 2010-11 Bochenski Award winner is Nick Foligno.

All summer Nick said he was going to come in to camp in great shape and challenge for a top 6 spot, while many doubted his ability to do so, myself included. That didn't stop Foligno however, as he will now start the season in the top 6, taking Regin's spot.

In 6 fake games, Foligno had 4 goals and 2 helpers, good for 6 points, as well 17 penalty minutes that included a really nice fight, plus he shot 50% and was a +3. Now that is a very solid pre-season from a guy that I definitely didn't expect it from.

Honorable mention went out to Jason Spezza, who had 4 goals and 4 helpers in his 4 games, though he is our #1 centre and it was more expected, and more surprisingly Chris Campoli, who had 8 points and was a +6 this fake season. Things are looking very promising in Sens Town right now.

Congratulations goes out to Nick Foligno for winning the 2010-11 edition of the award.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Daugavins Shootout Goal Update

With his now infamous goal seemingly everywhere, local Binghamton station talked with Kaspars about how it went down. As one would expect with a local small town tv station, the production value is OUTSTANDING, especially how they make him re-create the famous move over and over and over and over and over again. Eat your heart out Rogers 22 and CJOH. You wish you had their budget.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

That Was Fast: Hale Waived

While it appeared that David Hale had made the final roster the other day, it isn't quite so, as he has been put on waivers. Now this story for the Ottawa Citizen seems hilarious. We will see soon if he is claimed by another team, or if he will remain Senator property down in Binghamton. The rationale behind the decision allegedly, is that Brian Lee will get the cahnce to start with the big team finally, and if Hale is to be taken off waivers, they'd rather it happen now so they can move forward, since he was very likely to be sent down once Kuba returned.

Thoughts on the move?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Take That Robbie Shremp

This has been making the rounds everywhere online the past 24 hours. It is a pre-season shootout goal by Binghamton Senator Kaspars Daugavins. It is quite the flashy, creative goal isn't it? You will remember Kaspars as a guy who got called up for a couple games last year, played in the Olympics for Latvia, and then was promptly one of the first guys cut from the 2010-11 training camp. Will his career blow up? Unlikely. But at least he now has an internet clip that will go down in infamy.

Thoughts on the impressive play?

Monday, October 04, 2010

Embarassment At SBP

I think everyone can agree that pre-season can be boring. They play too many games that don't mean enough, the players check out and the play can be downright sloppy at times, especially when you're forced to pay regular season prices most of the time. So some people look for other means of entertainment at a game, the Sens would call this entertainment value. You know, the ideal of even if the Sens don't win, you feel you got your money's worth because you felt entertained by other things. I am not one of those people. I go to watch the game period, not to see people dance or stupid giveaway contests etc.

Now this video was taken on Saturday, in an 8-5 Sens win against the New York Rangers. It is an alleged Sens fan (he actually works for the Sens and is pretending to be a regular fan) lip synching to Journey's "don't stop believin", which was a hit in the 80's and has seen a resurgence in popularity due to it being in the last scene of The Sopranos. Anyways, this was the 2nd time they showed him doing it and you know why? Because the crowd went CRAZY for him when he did it the first time.

I kid you not, in a game that had 13 goals and 8 by the home town team, by far the loudest cheer was for this guy mouthing the words with cheesy actions to a song that is 30 years old. I only wish I was kidding. It may have been the least proud I've ever been of our fans. It was embarassing.

What is the appeal of it? Did it take some special talent to mouth lyrics and make cheesy gestures? I just don't get why it was remotely interesting, let alone worthy of the loudest cheers of the night.

Maybe next time you guys should save yourself a bunch of cash and just stay home and watch American Idol on Tv instead.

Thoughts?

Monday, October 04, 2010

Jackpot

Just when you wanted to sorta feel bad for a guy making more in one year than you ever will in your life, this happens. As per HNIC's Jeff Marek, as a result of being sent to the AHL, Wade Redden will not have to contribute 18% to the escrow account, which means he will bank an extra 1.17 million each season. Wow! I guess in some cases it does pay to be bad.

Thoughts?

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Sens Town Fantasy Hockey League

After the fun and success of the ongoing Sens Town fantasy football league, I figured why not have a hockey one too. It only makes sense right? If you're interested in joining you can do so by clicking here. The draft will be Wednesday night at 9pm. Hope to see a lot of you there, should be fun. Feel free to email me with any questions at senstown@gmail.com

Thoughts?

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Fake PGW #8: Crazy Eight's x Nick Foligno Scrap x The Team Is Set

What a weird game, one of the sloppiest one's I've seen in quite awhile, with the Sens winning a wild one 8-5, ending their fake season on a high note. It was a crazy back and forth game, with not one, but TWO unlikely Sens notching hat tricks, in Chris Kelly and Zack Smith.

For those of you who didn't get to see the game, you're lucky. Pascal Leclaire was AWFUL! And I do mean awful. Between him and Brian Elliott, they might be our downfall. Can't we ever have one decent goalie ever? It's just not fair. This could have been an 8-0 win. If we want to be real about it, Robin Lehner was our best goalie at camp bar none.

Other thoughts from the game:

  • Love Love Love Zack Smith and his game, and not because of his hatty tonight either. He will prove to be one of our most important players this season I think.
  • Sorry to see Alfie was a late scratch in favor of Winchester, who did end up scoring the game winner after all.
  • Awesome fight by Nick Foligno. The kid had a hell of a pre-season.
  • Peter Regin played a bit better tonight, but is nowhere near where he left off last season.
  • Campoli is lookin real good surprisingly.
  • Neil and Michalek both left the game early, let's hope it's nothing serious.
  • Shame on the SBP crowd for going nuts over a guy in the audience mouthing the words to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin". It was seriously the loudest cheer of the night in an 8 goal game. What is the matter with all of you? (video evidence coming tomorrow).

So the final squad is set. Jared Cowen was sent back to junior (the right call), David Hale made the team (also the right call), Bobby Butler, Patrick Wiercioch and Cody Bass were all sent to Bingo ( definitely the right call). The only questionable call was keeping Ryan Shannon in my opinion. I just don't see any spot for him whatsoever in our lineup. Also it appears Brian Lee will start the season as the 7th dman, thanks to his fresh 1 way deal no doubt.

With both guys having hat tricks tonight, Zack Smith and Chris Kelly win the night.

So there you have it, thought on the game and the final team?

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Fake GDP #8: Sens V NYR

The Sens are finally playing their final fake game tonight, as they close out their pre-season against the New York Rangers. They are conming off a 5-4 shootout loss last night, against the same New York Rangers. Tonight will be the last chance for a few hopefuls on each team to make an impression and show they deserve to be on the roster, which could mean a spirited affair at SBP ce soir.

For the Sens, we are basically fielding our regualr lineup, minus a few guys trying to make the team such as Hale and Shannon, who I think will be in Bingo in a day or two. No Cowen or Wiercioch tonight, which would lead me to believe neither will make the team. Pascal Leclaire will be starting tonight. Game time is 7pm and is on Rogers 22 apparently if you can't make the game in person.

The Sens forward will be:
  • Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
  • Foligno-Fisher-Kovalev
  • Ruutu-Kelly-Neil
  • Regin-Smith-Shannon

The defensive pairings will be:

  • Phillips-Karlsson
  • Gonchar-Campoli
  • Hale-Carkner

Interesting to see that Regin is now getting 4th line minutes after not building on his excellent finish last season. I will also look forward to a Big Rig/EK pairing, should be interesting to see how they play off one another. Hopefully we can somewhat get back into regular season form tonight.

The Rags have left most of their big guns in Manhattan, but former Sen Todd White will be in the lineup fighting for a job, and super soph Michael Del Zotto will also be dressing. Martin Biron starts in net and Lundqvist backs him up.

Thoughts on the game tonight?

Friday, October 01, 2010

Fake GDP #7: Sens @ MSG

The Sens are in the big apple tonight at the world's most famous arena, as we take on the New York Rangers in our 2nd last fake game this year. The game is at 7pm and it is available on centre ice, but if you want to watch it online, you can do so by clicking here at game time.

With only one week to the season opener, the lineup will be mostly regulars tonight, with a few guys still trying to crack the roster come opening night. Brian Elliott with start in net.

The forwards playing tonight will be:
  • Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson-Winchester-Butler-Regin
  • Keller-Shannon-Neil-Kelly-Foligno-Ruutu

The defence will be:

  • Cowen-Phillips-Lee
  • Campoli-Gonchar-Karlsson-Wiercioch

Thoughts on the matchup?

Friday, October 01, 2010

Melnyk Beats The Case

The Ontario Securities Commission tribubal ruled today that Sens owner Eugene Melnyk did NOT break the law while he was at the helm of Biovail. They did however scold him, saying that "his conduct was contrary to public interest", which basically means we think you're guilty but can't prove it.

Oh well, the big thing is he escaped all the major charges. Teflon Euge.

Thoughts?