Welcome to game 3 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, with the Sens down two games to none, this is a must win for Ottawa. It's hard to imagine that was only 4 short years ago, especially when you see the state of our team in the present. Either way, the Sens and Ducks will forever be linked by Ottawa fans, and we will forever argue that if there wasn't such a huge delay in starting the SCF, that we clearly would have be the champs. You can't convince me otherwise.
Now on to tonight's game. The Ducks are without Getzlaf, one of my favorite players in the NHL, but they are still a formidable team. Jonas Hiller has become a top flight goalie and has the best goalie mask in the league by far. He starts tonight. Interesting fact courtesy of Ian Mendes, the Sens have lost 4 in a row at SBP. They have not lost 5 in a row since 1997. I think we may have a new streak on our hands.
For the Sens, same old same old, as the player carousel continues. Bobby Butler has been called up to fill Corey Locke's spot on the Bingo player who will not have an impact on the game position. Also, Peter Regin will be a healthy scratch tonight, which isn't surprising given his well documented struggles this season, including my piece from last week. The rumor going around is that a defenceman will be playing a forward spot on the 4th line tonight because of the Regin scratch. I've heard it will be Matt Carkner.
Brian Elliott gets the start in net, going for his NINTH straight loss. I can definitely see why he keeps getting the nod.
Local Flavor: Tonight marks the return of "The Expert" in Andy Sutton. You will recall he only played less than half a season with the Sens, but made a significant impact with his vicious hits and his legendary quote. Also, Nick Foligno's dad Mike, is an Asst Coach for the Ducks.
Prediction: The Sens are in tough tonight and given the way they've been playing, my main goal is to not be embarassed in most games these days. The Sens have trouble scoring and are facing a good netminder, which isn't good. Look for Corey Perry amd Bobby Ryan to have a big games for Anaheim tonight. The Sens lose in an ugly affair 4-1. Just remember that draft pick come June.