Thursday, October 13, 2011

GDP #4: Debut Of Heritage Jersey V Nordiques

The Sens are back on the ice tonight after a thrilling 4-3 shootout win against the Wild on Tuesday in the home opener. Tonight's opponent is the Quebec Nordiques, I mean Colorado Avalanche, who we rarely play and even less at home. So it will be a nice chance to see some guys like Matt Duchene and one of my personal faves Erik Johnson live and in person.

The big news tonight is the debut of the heritage jerseys, which seems to be the most popular thing the Sens organization has ever done. I can't recall ever seeing such across the board praise for any other move, other than extending Alfie's contract perhaps. It will be our first chance to see what they look like while playing and on TV. I imagine they won't disappoint. In fact, I say they will be our regular uniform within 3 years. Book it!

Speaking of Alfie and the heritage jersey, here's what he had to say about it. I co-sign what he said big time but the jerseys are sharp either way.

Craig Anderson gets the nod for the 4th consecutive game tonight, this time facing his former club. A club where he was a MVP candidate and then struggled to play for in the span of 18 months, so much so that we were able to get him for Brian Elliott. Yep, that bad. Thought I have heard Anderson and management in Denver had issues, so it may have had more to do with that than his actual play.

There will also be some movement in the lineup tonight again, as Zenon Konopka and Erik Condra will watch from the press box Biz Nasty style, which means Bobby Butler and Brian lee enter the lineup. Paul MacLean has decided to go with 7 defenceman tonight to limit the ice time and improve our puck movement out of our end. I have to say I co sign that move a lot. We need to be fresh out there with our problems on the backend. With that said there is one line with just 2 forwards tonight and an extra d-man. Interesting to see Zibby on the first line. Perhaps a sign to  pick it up before the 9 games kick in?

Your forward lines are:
  • Greening-Spezza-Zibanejad
  • Michalek-Da Costa-Alfredsson
  • Folingo-Regin-Neil
  • Butler-Smith
and the defensive pairings are:
  • Cowen-Gonchar
  • Kuba-Karlsson
  • Rundblad-Phillips
  • Lee
Local Flavor: None tonight but you can watch a player that many Sens fans wanted to draft and who was a Sens fan growing up in Gabriel Landeskog. Ryan O'Byrne is also in the Avs lineup now, so ladies watch your purses.

Prediction: If you can believe it, the Avs finished worse than us last yearm, so they're hardly a contender and they played last night in Columbus, getting the W by the way if you're interested. In reality it's a matchup of rebuilding clubs with both fielding large yout movements, which can make the games very exciting and extremely unpredictable, which sums up our season to date. The Sens will have to keep an eye out for sniper Matt Duchene all night, but if they keep him in check, they should be able to win. Sens get the W and make it 2 in a row 4-2.

Record this season: 2-1 with zero exact scores predicted

TV: Sportsnet @ 7:30pm Radio: Team 1200

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Thoughts on tonights moves and matchup?

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