Friday, January 07, 2011

GDP #41: Sens @ Chi Town

So here we are, halfway through the season at game 41, and things are a disaster. We've also had almost a week off, which isnt good when you just lost 5-1 at home to your pronvincial rival. Idle time leads to bad thoughts. The rumors have been going into overdrive all week, and yet here we are, and Clouston is still our coach and Murray is our GM.

So let's leave that on the outside looking in shall we, at least for tonight. I'm sure I can't be the only one sick of hearing about the possible changes. Let's play some actual hockey, instead of just speculating about it.

So who do the Sens draw tonight, in the midst of no one but Karlsson's job being safe? Of course it's the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and IN Chicago. You couldn't make this stuff up. The Hawks aren't nearly as good as last year, but they're still a tough team to beat at the Madhouse on Madison. Reme.mber, Chicago is on central time, so game time is 8:30pm eastern tonight

For the Sens, there's a few changes, as Matt Carkner will be a healthy scratch and Brian Lee re-enters the lineup. I have to say, I'd like to give Lee 20 games to see if he can be serviceable or not. I think he can be. Other changes have Jarkko Ruutu re-entering the lineup. With Leclaire not ready to start yet, Brian Elliott gets the call. If you can believe it, as of 5pm, Robin Lehner is on a plane to Chicago to backup Elliott tonight. I guess Leclaire isn't close to returning at all yet. The season keeps getting weirder and weirder doesn't it?

Here are the projected lines for tonight:
  • Michalek-Fisher-Alfredsson
  • Foligno-Regin-Kovalev
  • Smith-Kelly-Neil
  • Ruutu-Winchester-Shannon

and the defensive pairings will be:

  • Karlsson-Phillips
  • Campoli-Gonchar
  • Kuba-Lee

Prediction: The Sens are in tough tonight and the way we've been playing, who knows how ugly it might get. The Hawks have the league's best PP, so staying out of the box will be a key if we have any hope of getting points tonight. The way things went this week, I could see us playing really well or horribly, I don't see much in between. Sens don't get it together and fall 5-2.


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