Thursday, March 07, 2013

Off Day Thoughts

The Senators had a rare off day today in NYC, where they practiced at the Chelsea Piers and try and recover their surely tired bodies. The team, like most teams in the NHL, have been playing at a torrid pace, then factor in travel and they have to be exhausted. They played well in the 3rd last night, but poor goals earlier in the game dug them a whole too deep to come out of, ultimately falling 5-4 to the Leafs.

The big news out of the game was of course the horrible knock out of the Sens David Dziurzynski. To say it was a scary moment would be an understatement and it reminds us that despite all the outrage lately over players having the option to wear a visor or not, the real safety issue in the NHl is fighting. No other league allows it and it may be time for it to be outlawed in hockey as well. Just an ugly scene at the ACC. No condition update on Dizzy other than the concussion that was announced yesterday. He obviously will not be playing tomorrow at The Garden.

Zack Smith Finally broke his horrific scoreless streak with a rebound goal last night. The kid sure knows timing. Had he not scored in the 3rd, he would have at best scored ONE YEAR to the date of his last goal. His last goal before last night came March 8th, 2012 which was ironically against the New York Rangers. The Sens of course play the Rangers tomorrow, March 8th, 2013. He missed it by 18:20. Hopefully he gets it back on track.

Speaking of now scoring, Kyle Turris is now at 20 games without a goal and that in itself is more than worrying, but the bigger problem may be his play in general. He's clearly lacking confidence out there at the moment and it's affected his entire game. He's getting pushed off the puck and many in Sens Army are calling for a seat in the pressbox for #7, at least for a game as a wake up call. I'm not there yet and with our lack of scoring, we need him but he needs to pick it up and fast.

If we want to talk scoring, Mark Stone, who has been a prolific scorer in Jr and the AHL, made his regular season debut last night. He did what you'd expect a guy playing in his first game in Toronto to do, which was look nervous. He had a few opportunities but failed to convert. One things for sure, he has a nice shot. We'll see how things go over the next few games but with limited scoring options, Stone is likely to continue to get chances at playing time for awhile.

And finally, with Anderson still being a week to 10 days away from suiting up at minimum and ben Bishop looking shaky as hell last night, rookie Robin Lehner will get the start at MSG tomorrow. I like RL playing in the spotlight. He's a big game goalie in my opinion. Also in goalie talk, if Bishop plays 2 more games this year, he will lose his potential UFA status this summer, which means the Sens will be able to hold on to him without too much hassle. Makes him a great candidate to be moved in the offseason and gives us one more asset going forward.

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