Big Ben Bishop

- February 23rd, 2013

So, it’ll be Big Ben Bishop vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at Scotiabank Place. No surprise really.
Those who thought it would be Robin Lehner were being naive.
Bishop deserves the chance. He has been here all year.
He played well Monday vs. New Jersey.
Didn’t love what he did against the Rangers Thursday but they won and he’s a big body which really helped in the shootout.
The Senators will have to get used to life without Craig Anderson.
He’s day-to-day. My guess he’s week-to-week.
Ankles are tough on a goalie.
Sprains can be worse than a break.
He has to be able to skate first.
When he can skate he will be close to a return.
I was surprised to see the Senators have allowed the second-most shots in the league behind the Buffalo Sabres.
That says a lot about the way Anderson has played.
Now it is Bishop’s turn.
Then it will be Lehner’s because the kid does deserve a shot.
The Battle of Ontario.
Always fun.
Enjoy folks.

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  1. OD99 says:

    Will be a very tough game tonight against the Leafs…it’s one thing to have wins against some teams that struggle to put the puck in the net but the Leafs have a few guys going this season that are scoring consistently so I think it will be hard to keep up with them.

    Need Bishop to step up and grab his chance to shine – he has been good all season but can he do it again knowing he needs to be the man for a week or two? Moreover can he sustain his play having to be the man but knowing Lehner is looking over his shoulder? Trying to find positives where I can so this is a chance for Bishop to up his profile and hopefully increase his trade value.

    Silf is looking a little more comfortable and starting to get more scoring chances from good spots. Hard to believe he leads the current roster with 50 shots on net and is still 13 shots behind Karlsson! That backhand against the Rangers was sick…perfectly framed and with a lot of zip behind it…Zibby buried the chance the last chance he had after a couple of good ones earlier too…I still like him better on the 4th line for now though.

    I really like Gryba’s game so far as well – he isn’t’ running around looking for the big hit but is playing physical and has a pretty nice first pass – certainly have no issue with him being on the top pairing. In fact outside of Lundin I have been impressed with the D in general. Wiercioch and Benoit have some stumbles of course but Wiercioch has been more physical than I expected and he clearly isn’t afraid to try and do something with the puck in the offensive zone.

    Smith needs to get it going again…he hasn’t been terrible and while I don’t think he has much of a touch around the net he deserves a bounce to get on the board…still need to see more from him.

    Bobby I know what you mean when you say Gonch is slow and soft but I have to tell you I think he has been playing tough for the last 10 games or more. He isn’t hitting people but he is taking a ton of big hits to make plays – he knows he is going to get smoked yet he stands in there and that is as tough as it gets.

    I don’t think there is any way that Cooke could have cut Karlsson on purpose but I don’t have any issue with Karlsson not getting back to him. Cooke has been a predator for his entire career and Karlsson owes him sweet FA – it isn’t up to Karlsson to get back to him and since we have no idea what Cooke wrote I don’t see how anyone can think Karlsson should have replied. Screw Cooke.

    I am interested to see how Latendresse will fit back in – we need another top 6 forward and I don’t think he was nearly as bad as some do – I think he needed time to get going and the injury came at a terrible time.

    Pav, totally agree on Alfie – he has reallly been going the last 4 or 5 games and I guess it took him a bit to get to game speed…I would be fine if he left for a chance to win but I respect he wants to do it here. There is something to be said for a legacy and his…

  2. OD99 says:

    …,legacy would be complete if he retired a life long Senator and the leader in every major category. I do believe he wants to be the first modern Senator to play here his whole career and I do think it speaks to his character and love for the organization and city.

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    Indeed this years Leafs are the team Lord Burke built! Again I danced around lke a fool with the win. The Leafs are a very different team this year when Orr isn’t in the lineup. Much like Ottawa is a very different team with kids 6-3 and 6-4 in the lineup (D2, Grant, Gyrba).

    Cyril Leader certainly must know that the very best way to silence 50% of the fans who come to cheer on the Leafs (or the Habs) is to deliver a beat down! Anything else would be silly bugger.

    I see the boring Habs beat up the dynamic and exciting Stanley Cup contenders, the mighty New York Rangers! They were shut out by the boring Habs! Their big stars were held pointless and sported the every ugly minus in the box score! Gaborik was benched for the 3rd period. Perhaps King Henrick (who in previous years was primarily responsible for any wins) should have simply kept his thoughts to himself. Him calling the Habs boring is like a pot calling a kettle black. The talent laden Blue Shirts led by their brilliant Coach (Yosemite Sam) have scored 41 goals this year, tied with Ottawa for the 4th least in the league). Now you tell me, isn’t that exciting?!

    They are currently sitting outside a playoff spot in 9th place and I do not see them getting any better. What a shame. Perhaps and I am going right out of left field with this, the height challenged, potty mouthed, fight off any criticism with nasty behaviour coach…should get axed. do ya think?

  4. OD99 says:

    Well in the, “we base our feelings one game at a time or less” blogosphere it looks like Greening, Condra and Zibby should all be celebrated today.

    Bishop, while looking uncomfortable certainly blocked the puck well enough and it is so good to see that the game doesn’t really change when he is in net.

    Kessel looked like he was the only star on either team – noticeable each shift and just such an amazing skater…

    Benoit looked good again, really good in fact and I am very happy that Lundin got the flu! You never know when a small change like that could have altered the outcome.

    Turris needs to start putting some points on the board again…I like his overall game but he has to find ways to get to scoring areas too (like Silf) instead of just being a perimeter guy…if he can find some better consistency on the offensive side of things he is going to be a beast because he is great on the back-check and surprisingly good along the boards.

    Too bad that DaCosta got sent back but it sounds like it was a conditioning issue…I still believe he is very close to being an NHL player – he has the hands, the vision and his face-offs have gotten so much better…I really hope he puts some effort into getting bigger and stronger along with better cardio (if that is indeed the issue – hard to say why all of sudden he got hardly any ice time against the Rangers and then sent down).

    I wish I could have made that game yesterday…would have been just too sweet to watch the Leaf fans go home dejected after believing they were at least going to get a point after being out-played for most of the night. I do think the better team won last night and that is even with the Sens again having issues making the most basic passes…far too many times passed were behind guys or in their skates, or too far ahead, etc…

    4 in a row from the most surprising team in the NHL…hard to believe they can keep it up but I guess if they do it for much longer it isn’t luck and we have to give credit to the coaching and the players.

    Keep it up boys – hope to catch some game streaming while in NY this week!

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Dave, I suspect some base feelings on there here and now but mostly it is something the media do. Of course, they are simply responding the way the “organization” wants them to. I am sure les freres Murray breathed a sigh of relief when Zibby scored his 3rd goal. We have been sharing opinions for sometime now and I know you want to see consistency as do I. Although it is great to witness some have a good game (and I will celebrate it) lets see more of it.

    It is amusing to read that Richardson says he is not surprised by the success of the Sens (with Rocco and Karly out of the liineup). I believe everyone is surprised! But what was silly was his explanation saying Maclean pushes his players! If that is the case, why did it take Greening so long to put in an effort? What about Daugavins numbers? Turris hasn’t scored a goal in 14 games and he is not using his speed or his shot. It looks like he actually slows down when crossing the blueline where as last year he would race around the defence! Last year Butler played 60 games and delivered very little and I can go on. Richardson, like many good and great coaches usually benefit from outstanding goaltending! I will also attribute some of the success to the addition of 2 who are 6-3 and one 6-4 who will take no prisoners. I don’t know if they are bona fide NHLers but they will not take nights off! They have been pressed into service only because of injuries! Murray has been building teams for the SEL not the NHL!

    I think the Leafs are a very different team when Orr is out of the lineup. He ramps up the volume and targets anyone; when he punched Plekanek (and Bourque), it reminded me of Dave Shultz indiscriminately nailing anyone waring the wrong colours!

    I am not surprised Da Costa has been sent down Dave; I concede his talent but he is far too soft (like a few on this team) for the NHL.

    And Dave, what is the difference if God stays with the Sens or goes to Boston for a chance to win a Cup? Would it tarnish his reputation? Would you think less of him? Why is it important to say he was with one team his entire career? I have never understood why it’s even introduced; it means diddly to me! As I suggested earlier, I would have far more respect for him if he wanted to leave, help his team and havde an opportunity to play for the prize (and I would be disappointed if he wouldn’t).

  6. OD99 says:

    Bobby.

    I don’t think Alfie leaving would tarnish his reputation at all and I will support whatever he decides to do but I do think that it would be better if he stayed and played his entire career here in terms of the legacy it would leave behind.

    I do believe there is something to be said for both an organization and a player if they can stay with one team throughout their entire career – especially considering how long Alfie has played in Ottawa and how long he has been captain. Tradition needs to begin at some point and while I can even concede his adulation may have gone to the extreme (although he IS a great representative for us) having him as someone to reference as a person that only wore the red, black and gold is as good as it gets.

    I hope the Spezza stays his entire career as well…and Neil, Philips, Karlsson, etc…I can’t state my feelings exactly but I just think that having consistency with good role players reflects well on the city and team…I am probably out of touch as I know modern sports are so different but that is how I feel.

    Raymond is one case where things worked out well – although it still doesn’t look right to see him holding a Cup in an Avs uniform.

  7. OD99 says:

    The DaCosta is soft angle is one that I just don’t see. He hasn’t been good defensively and I don’t think his strength is where it needs to be but I see him throwing his body around and going to the front of the net, etc…if he was sent down because he was soft I would be very surprised.

    I still hope he gets it together enough that we can at least showcase him and get a mid pick or a warm body back…I have a feeling he would come back on another team and show what he can really do…not the extent of Demitra but I think DaCosta really has some skills.

    That said – let him go back to Bingo and earn his way up again…he doesn’t have much to work with down there (the Baby Sens are in big injury trouble too) – no free passes on this team!!

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