Home sweet home

- January 16th, 2014

The Senators return to the Canadian Tire Centre Thursday night and a date with the Montreal Canadiens awaits.
The race for the playoffs has heated up. There is a lot of racetrack left but also a lot of contenders. The difficult for all the teams involved is the three-point games that end in OT or a shootout.
The Rangers play the Wings Thursday night. Who do the Senators want to win? It probably doesn’t matter, they just don’t want a three-point game.
We’re going to be watching the standings a lot here in the next couple of months.
The Senators are going to trend up. They are going to trend down.
Let’s see where they are at the Olympic break on Feb. 8.
Then we’ll have a good idea where they may end up.
Until then, it’s going to be a rollercoaster ride.
Milan Michalek needs to start scoring more in the run to the playoffs

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11 comments

  1. ChokerHater says:

    Habs win tonight?

  2. Bruce Garrioch says:

    I don’t think so. I’m guessing shootout. Senators have a good history vs. the Habs.

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    The game will be interesting and too close to make a call. The Habs are competitors but they don’t score a lot of goals so they have to play more defensively. They have too many small players but hey are balzy. As small as they are, they did outhit the Sens last game by 10 hits.

    I do not understand why Tinordi isn’t playing for them. The humungus Dougie is awful. It hurts to watch him skate and he is too slow to cover speedy wingers. He can block shots and that is all. He is minus 10 (a useless stat, I know). Tinordi a large young man with infinitely more speed would bring far more to the party than Doug!

    Ottawa has one line that does most of the scoring (I love to watch them); they need to perform if the Sens are going to win because beyond them the team doesn’t score a lot nor do they defend!

    I don’t think the heavy weights will even dress (a good thing from my perspective) so it will be Ottawa’s offence against Montreal’s defence (and of course, Price).

    The matchups is an interesting piece in the paper every game day but it would be made far more interesting with a post mortem. How did the matchups play out????

    I do get a kick out of all the chatter about the synergy between Spezza and Stone…what synergy? Mark has 1g and 1a in 5 games and this is synergy. As a unit, there weren’t a lot of opportunities created by Stone and Greening and neither could take advantage of great scoring opportunities! It all makes for good copy, but it not quite accurate. Synergy/chemistry is something we all say with Turris and Mac (and Ryan); it was magic.

    You have to wonder why the Habs would sign Briere for 2 years. They didn’t need another old, fallen star who is tiny.

    As I suggested, this has the makings of a fun game to watch:

    - Bobby is due to come out of his scoring slump (he hasn’t had a lot of chances and that is worrisome).
    - Suckubban is due to come out of his min-slump.
    - Neil is returning and he can stir the pot (he and Prust will exchange pleasantries no doubt).
    - Price and Andy (or Robin) will have sharp…Price more so!
    - The Sens defencemen will have to defend against the fierce and relentless forchecking by the Habs

    It may come down to who will take the most penalties and/or who can best take advantage with the man advantage.

    It should be a lot of fun!

  4. Bobby Goodman says:

    It’s just wrong the Sens didn’t skate off with 2 points last night. They dominated the Habs for 2 of the 3 periods. The 3rd period was pretty well a push (either the Sens took their foot of the pedal or the Habs found their legs…perhaps a little of both).

    Karly got a goal on a sweet pass from Rocco. Again he was the 4th forward by the crease. He was a forward the entire game, leaving defence to someone else. He got a easy goal and two tail end assists. On Turris’ goal, I’m not sure why he was credited with a helper when Turris carried the puck into Montreal’s zone, passed it to Mac who pass it back to him and he scored. Yes, most celebrate how very talented he is offensively but I would suggest he plays an easy game neglecting…no…ignoring is defencive responsibilities altogether in an almost defiant manner! yes he got 3 points but he was on the ice for 3 of Montreal’s 5 goals and directly responsible for 2 of them! Sound familiar at all.

    Karly was absolutely static on the Habs first goal…he didn’t really care. As Ferraro ponted out, he stood and watched. How many times are we going to see him caught up the ice (4th forward) and then try to get back. On the game winning goal he coughed up the puck for Subban who scored. He was terrible in his own end all night long. He actually looked disinterested (probably because he was). It doesn’t matter though, he now leads all D in scoring (because he isn’t a defenceman). Karly is the 4th forward every game and all the time. Can you win with a guy like that on your team?

    Zzzzzz let little Conacher do all the forchecking…again. He was in usual self, arriving late and parking himself well on the outside. Not once was he the first on the puck in their end.

    The Sens have one outstanding line and the team needs them because goals don’t come easy when they are on the bench. Spezza plays with Greening and Stone with whom he now has “chemistry”. Greening can neither take or give a pass and we all know he can’t score. After 48 games this year, he has 4 goals and 6a for 10 points and is minus 6. Yet, he graces Spezza’s wing on the left side. Stone, has scored 24 goals in 73 AHL games and after 6 games this year, he has 1g and 1a. So that is what Spezza has to work with. To make matters worse, Stone isn’t the fastest skater which makes 2/3s of that line relatively slow (and that is not a good thing). Perhaps I have a different interpretation of what chemistry really means. Stone had many chances but couldn’t deliver the mail. I don’t expect Greening to score. How many opportunities did they make for Spezza? Is it possible that perhaps maybe they belong with the Shooter, Zzzzzz? Is Stone an NHLer…really? Is this the best available from the Farm? Spin it all you want but there is no chemistry. Mac and Turris have chemistry.

    The NYR are here on Saturday, I wonder who will be between the pipes? I expect Lehner but the DAC is full of surprises.

  5. PaV says:

    That was some game. Entertaining and from my perspective a crappy endings. Anderson did not look all that good. Price on the other hand was stellar until he let in those 2 goals (to tie it up and give the SENS a go ahead).

  6. OD99 says:

    I could hear Bobby’s cheer of joy when PK scored all the way on the QC side last night. How ecstatic he must have been to have his second favourite player score after being invisible all night (outside of playing bad D and his antics trying to get a delay of game call early in the 1st period).

    I can only imagine how proud he was at the end when PK made a fool of himself by dancing around like he had won some personal award (he doens’t get that excited for team victories, only when the spotlight is on him) and then proceeded to grab his jersey and preen around like some kid in junior hockey. I would bet even some of his teammates told him he looked like a goof after that.

    Only Bobby is stubborn and blind enough to suggest that Karlsson was the reason for the loss last night but then again according to our resident blowhard Karlsson hasn’t done anything good his entire career and it wouldn’t be a typical blowhard day if he didn’t come on here and make childish remarks about Karlsson and Zibanejad. Maybe it is a bit of OCD actually? Washes his hand 25 times then comes on here and types out a few nonsensical ramblings about two players he hates and he can begin his day?

    Anyway, that sweet feed by Spezza was actually set-up by Karlsson’s patience as he was the one who made the nice cross ice pass to Spezza which gave him all the time in the world…then it was Karlsson jumping up to create the lane and the scoring opportunity. It is really amazing how the blowhard can try to criticize Karlsson on that play but not shocking. I would even bet it was a set play off the face-off so they were just doing what they were coached to do.

    His facts are wrong again too and his comprehension of the game in question. First he says Karlsson got two “tail end assists” when in fact Karlsson shot the puck at MacArthurs stick for the tip-in on the first goal and then he questions how Karlsson got an assist on the Turris goal (he hates him so much he can’t remember how assists are given out in the NHL because he doesn’t want him to succeed).

    The old stand-by of karlsson doesn’t care on the first goal is laughable yet again and fails to mention how it was Spezza taking the poor shot that got blocked and how Spezza didn’t fight to get the puck and instead had it easily taken away by Moen that really set up the shortie for the Habs. Blind as always.

    Karlsson gave the puck away on the OT winner? The Habs had control of the puck and Karlsson went hard after it, stealing it from Pleks before it got bobbled and happened to be open for PK to grab…maybe the two Senators in front of the net could have taken it or blocked the shot? As it was he got lucky that he fanned on his first attempt and the second just trickled through Anderson.

    All in all the Habs were lucky to get away with a point let alone two last night and anyone who watched that game would say so.

    It is no coincidence that Spezza looks better now that Stone is on his wing.

  7. Bobby Goodman says:

    No Dave, I wasn’t ecstatic but neither was I surprised; Karly is never any good in his own end (something you and the other members of the BLS celebrate). If Subban was awful defencively, how did he end up plus 1 Dave? As for his antics, it was merely another example of his emotion; he cares about winning and losing while Karly does not. You will see PK Subban very upset with a loss and by the same token, he is excited about a win. Spezza, one of many players who are my favourite(s) was inteligent and mature to offer he didn’t care about Suckubban’s celebration (afterall, the Blind Lemmings all joined together to boo him everytime he touched the puck, almost as much as they you/booed Spezza).

    Karlsson has done great things in his career Davey-boy; he posts points! I love that part of his game and I have said it often. But, what I don’t like is his “defiant disregard for defence”, the shameless way he concedes the corners (even against munchkins like Ennis) and his disappearance against tough teams. If he had 1/4 of Gallagher’s heart and courage, imagine what he could do!!!!

    As I noted Dave, Karly was on the ice for 3 more goals versus the Habs. He leads the team in that category. He also leads the team in give aways (he leads the league). With his minus 11, there are 260 (or there abouts) defencemen in the league with better plus/minus! Other defencemen have caught and passed him in goals but he does lead the league in points! What could other defencemen do if all they focussed on was joining the forwards (being a forward actually), padding their offensive stats and leaving Defence to others? I watched a bit of Chicago play the other day and Keith was hit hard going into his corner first to get the puck, Karly simply offers it up for free.

    When Karly jumps up to creat a lane, you must mean for the opposition and a clear path to the Sens goalie. It happens multiple times every game!

    I don’t hate anyone Dave, but I do hate the way some play the game. Why wouldn’t I want Karly to succeed. Perhaps it has something to do with the definition. I want the TEAM TO SUCCEED but don’t want individuals to rack up points if the Teams success is compromised! You and your kind really don’t care! For you to suggest Spezza was the reason for the first goal becaue a shot was block is really very silly (Karly does it many times every game and he is the last one back!!!!). Even if it was Spezza’s fault, why did Karly stand still and watch? Was this another case of him being “unaware”?

    So I hate Karly? No, not really Dave but I do care about the Hockey Club. Karly can be on the ice for most goals scored against, lead in Gva, \concede the corners, not make an effort on plays, not show up for games, be 3rd on the team with – 11 and all that is good because he has lot of points?

    The Sens have scored 138 goals (2nd in Conference) but allowed 151 (2nd worst in Conference). Perhaps some attention to D is necessary?

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    I should add that Stone (who joins all the many others who have failed that you liked because you are told to) has played 10 games in the NHL and has but a single goal (yet he is celebrated – like Pageau was – and as Don says “belongs”). This year in 6 games, Stone has a single goal and an assist and is on pace for 7 goals in 40 games. I must hate him too because I am not a big fan of him on Spezza’s line (or on the team). Don suggests the Price made a great glove save, he didn’t. Price didn’t have to move his glove (it only moved after it was caught).

    For you to suggest Spezza is playing better because Stone is on his line is yet another example of your proud membership in the Blind Lemming Society. Hey, if it sustains you, great! When I comment on a player Dave, it is nothing personal (I assume their all great people and I have nothing against any of them and I don’t care what they wear, what the tweet who they dating etc……I care about the Team winning). I am sure Stone is a great kid but he is slow and will not be a long term player on this club or in the NHL! Spezza would have had 4-5 more points if Stone and the Android could score. Spezza would be leading the team in scoring if he didn’t have Grant, Smith, Neil, Greening, Condra, Zibanisbad, Stone and others playing with him. In spite of that, he still managed to get 32 points.

    As for another kid you endorse, like the many others who were less than good, Zibanisbad again last game was….bad. Perhaps “The Shooter’s” no goals, no assists, 2 shots and 3 hits (all three following someone into the corner and two of them against tinies like Galagher and Gionta) impressed you. How many times did Zzzzz be the first one on the puck on the opposition end? How many times did he get rocked to make a play (Conacher for the Sens and Gionta, Desharnais and Galagher did it often!!!!!!!!!!). Perhaps you like the way he plays, floating about high in the slot waiting for little Conacher to fight for the puck in the corners and feed him. I don’t I hate the way he plays too Dave-boy so by your logic, I must hate him as well.

    I don’t like the way the Team is Coached either. I truly believe the team should be able to play a game that might prevent a few more goals from being scored, but the Coach can’t or won’t. I’m wasn’t as excited as you were about Paddock, Hartsburg and most certanly Clouston; I must have hated and wanted them to fail as well.

    You and your buddies are completely content with with the Team’s record since the ’07 Stanley Cup Finals. But I want more than failing to make the post season, squeazing in by the skin of ther teeth or doing the same in the second twice only to be rudely dismissed. I don’t like 4 coaches in 7 years, only one draft pick that is exciting, rebuild then rebuild the rebuild which will take now 5 and 6 years in the “3 year rebuild”. I must hate Murray too!

    No Dave, I don’t hate anyone, I just want a good team.

  9. OD99 says:

    No doubt you do hate Murray too Bobby.

    The biggest issue is you don’t understand pro sports at all and the nature of human beings. Combine that with your blind hatred before a junior player is even drafted and we get the sad display that we are all witness to each and every day.

    To you there is black (LOTS of black) and white and that is all. You believe you are right about all things and that anyone with another opinion is wrong. You will reply with something along the lines of how you aren’t always and right and joke how you are fooled often, etc…but your daily ramblings give you away for who you really are. You read something and comprehend what you want to believe or read – not what what was actually written.

    You can’t have debate because you feel anyone who disagrees with you is a fool or a lemming. You have no respect for anyone else.

    Talk about rose coloured glasses – you walk around like you are the only person in the world with a clue and you never have a good retort except to fall back on your old, tired and completely nonsensical ramblings about people not being smart enough or brave enough or whatever BS you are spewing on any particular day.

    Funny – there are SO many excuses for Spezza this year, aren’t there? Tell me, with his point how did Spezza end up a -1 while Karlsson with all of his faults was even?

    It is so stupid for you to think that every goal against is Karlsson’s fault but you pull it off – speaks volumes.

    Anyway, you just keep being disgusted by everything, that is what makes you happiest and that is all I want for you.

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    Why Dave, it is simply, Karly was inside the other teams blueline, hanging around in the crease waiting for a pass or rebound. He is the 4th forward but he doesn’t have to do the things most forwards have to, like go into the corners, battle for the puck and of course back check. He has the best of both worlds, he can line up on the back and not do anything that defencemen are supposed to do like going into the corners with Galagher/Ennis/Desharnais and the like or move forwards from in front of the net. Instead, his partner and forwards to all they while he stand on the outside and picks up scraps and when the coast is clear, he is off. Outstanding! He often joins the rush before the forwards do!!!!! He doesn’t give a GD about defence, as a result Dave, he accumulates points but far less than than the number of goals scored against when he is on the ice (this may be a little bit to complicated for a certifed member of the BLS).

    I have never suggested every goal against is Karly’s fault. This seems to be a pattern with you Dave, you resort to the absurd and stoop to lies (I thought you were better than that…I was wrong). What I have said is and write this down, Karly is on the ice for far more goals scored against than any of his other team mates. Now a BL like yourself will see no significance with that stat, just like you have no issues with 259 other Defencemen in the league with better plus/minus, just like you have no issue with Karly leading the entire league in give aways. But I do. Ther other game, Karly was fortunate to be on the ice for 3 goals scored and get two easy assists AND a gift by Spezza but….he was on the ice when 3 goals were scored against…Spezza was on for only one.

    Karly is now minus 12 and you are still giddy. I suspect you must not know what hate is. Am I a hater because I hate the way Billy-Bob Thornton acts? Am I a hater because I hate most of the movies Tarantino made? Am I a hater because I hate the way McGuinty managed this Province? You are so very silly.

    You are so silly, you stoop to posting Stone makes Spezza better. You are embarrassing yourself Dave. You love the way Zzzz plays, why? Actually, I know why, he like Daisey the Air Rifle, Rund’sbad, Butler, Da Costa, Silfverberg are members of the Sens Organization…and performance doesn’t even matter. You are excited about Stone’s play. You are giddy with the way Zzzz plays on the outside, fumbling the puck and falling down. This, as far as you are concerned, acceptable.

    I have played hockey with Billy Murray and he is a great guy. I have a brother who played Senior A hockey as wlth Brian and has nothing but great things to say about him. My daughter interned with the Sens Sales/Marketting department and she too has said the Bryan is a great guy….I believe them but like I don’t like some actors, writers, directors and politicians I can hate what they have done…get it. You don’t have the courage to speak up.

  11. OD99 says:

    Just like always – tell me what I think and why I think it…classic Bobby.

    You are right about stooping. Sadly you have me stooping to your level and it has happened far too many times.

    You keep believing you are right about everything and I will keep believing what I like too.

    Spezza is now -17 and someone else on the team is at fault for each and every one of those goals…I can see the light!!!!

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