No Daniel Alfredsson tonight

- November 23rd, 2013

DETROIT _ There will be no Daniel Alfredsson Saturday night against his former team.
Though the Senators former captain wanted to be in the lineup against Ottawa his injured groin isn’t strong enough to allow him to play, but he should be back in time to make his homecoming next Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre.
Alfredsson said he expects to return to the Wings lineup Wednesday.
“They want to make sure it doesn’t become (a long-term issue),” said Alfredsson Saturday. “I wasn’t kind of targeting today. I agreed to it. You’ve got to be smart.”
The Senators won’t make any changes.
Goaltender Robin Lehner will make the start. He has never had the chance to play at Joe Louis Arena.
“I’m always happy when I get to play a good team. As I said before we’re desperate and need some wins,” said Lehner. “It’s a good team. They work hard and they’re very skilled.
“It’s a great building. It’s one of these teams you want to play growing up and Detroit is one of these teams you want to beat.”
Craig Anderson said he didn’t have any confirmation but he expects to play Sunday vs. the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. Coach Paul MacLean said with back-to-backs that “alternating” the goalies was the best course of action.

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9 comments

  1. Highlander says:

    Spezza is rubbing off on the kids. Why should they play any harder than him. He is only interested in his self preservation and watching himself on the videotron. Now that he’s captain, McLean can’t even bench him. This is so exhausting…..

  2. Mike8888 says:

    A nice win by the Sen’s. I couldn’t believe the diving by Fransen and Datysuk though. It was sickening.

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    It baffle me how outragously ignorant many fans can be; Highlander is a shining example. He is not alone, many have jumped on Spezza since his arrival here in Ottawa. It is a damn shame he was drafted to play here for he would have been celebrated anywhere else.

    Since Martin suggested he wasn’t a man and did not belong, multitudes have followed his lead. I have never seen a guy who has averaged a point a game for over 600 games, so maligned.

    This year, he has 18 points in 21 games playing with with wingers like: Neal, Greening, Smith, Grant, Conacher, Michalek and Zibanisbad. In spite of the power outage, he is almost a point a game! He is the reason the team loses and he is he reason some of the young prospects don’t play hard. Go figure!

    Only in Ottawa do the media and fans jump on a star player. They never gave him any love no matter what he did. He never lead the league in give aways but he was hated for it (Karly doesn’t even try and he leads the league in Gva but that goes unmentioned). He was 4th in league scoring his last full year, led or was among the league leaders in many categories but many like High Longer never noticed. When Karly is on the ice with him, he looks to the Captain to give the puck to, in his words “as quickly and as often as I can”. He attributed his success the year he won the Norris in large part to Spezza!

    Should you glance around the league you will wont find the same hatred that goes in in Ottawa. Kesler in Vancouver has 17 points in 25 games and he is lauded for his play. Daniel Sedin is one of the leagues best and he has 21 pints in 25 games. Clarkson has 2 goals and is minus 3 in 13 games and the fans love him in Toronto. Giroux has 15 points and is minus 4 in 24 games in Philly and again, he is celebrated. Richards has 16 points in 23 games for the NYR yet he doesn’t have to endure the relentless bashing that Spezza is exposed to. Eric Stall has 14 points in 23 games and is minus 13 and his brother has 7 points in 23 games yet you don’t read/hear them being crucified.

    For those like High Longer, I would suggest they learn a bit about the game. I could have found far more expamples of how others are treated on their teams and in their cities but I think my point has been made.

    Spezza can’t right the ship playing with Michalek and Zibanisbad. He will not make Greening, who has yet to score this year, a goal scorer. He wont do the same for Grant, Neal, Michalek, Conacher and Zibanisbad who rarely touches the puck, can’t do anyting with it, wont even get in position to recieve a pass, wont forcheck and can’t make a play! Spezza can’t make Karly try, that’s for the DAC. He doesn’t decide whose between the pipes. He can’t make Condra and Grant better payers. He can’t get Cowen, Gruba and Wiercoch to move quicker. He doesn’t have a say in Philips on the PP, unable to recieve a pass! He can’t tell the coach to play Corvo more.

    And, he can’t make High Longer smrterer.

  4. Daniel Murphy says:

    Good win last night. Lehner vs Howard is a clear example of how good goaltending will always prevail. If I am a Detroit fan, I would be concerned. Except for Datsyuk, I am not overly impressed with their talent level. Their goaltending is average at best, Samuelson is an old man, Franzen seems to have deteriorated big time, Kronwall is nothing but a number 3 defenseman anywhere else etc… Alfie and Bertuzzi missing may have hurt the wings chances a bit, but if you are a team banking on two washed up oldtimers, then I think you have problems. Now, can we whip a soft Carolona team? By the way, I thought Turris played a good game.

  5. ChokerHater says:

    Good win my foot
    They were missing Alfie, you could see it in their play.
    They beat a lower tier team and now everyone thinks they are a powerhouse.
    Spezza looks like he is lost, he’s not a leader, and he looks like he is missing his leader.
    Goaltending is shaky at best, very fragile
    That’s the big difference this year over last.
    Terrible goaltending most nights and no leader

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey, I was sickened as well by the shameless feigning injury act by both Fanzen and Datsyuk. I wasn’t surprised by Franzen, he is a Swede, but was shocked with Datsyuk.

    Spezza misses his leader? You have got to be kidding Choke. Did Annika ever come to Spezza’s defence? I’ll answer that for you, he never did. He had nothing to offer when te media complained. He did have anything to sy when the DA fans booed him. And, he bit his tongue (while he kissed corporae butt) when Murray was telling lies inventing stories and airing out issues in a very public manner! Spezza got another point last night and now has 18 points in 21 games, playing primarily with players who have no offense. How many goals do you think Stamkos, Perry, Kessel would score with Spezza feeding them? By the same token, how well would Turris do playing with Neal, Greening, Michalek, Conacher, Smith and Zibanisbad? not very good I would say!

    As Spezza says, he is 30 now and his skin has gotten tougher, it had to!

  7. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    I’ll say one thing. You definitely watch Zibby very closely. Lehner sure looked confident in nets. I agree with you about MacArthur. The Leafs should have kept Gris and let Carlyle go . The guy does nothing but work hard. I wonder when when the Leafs are going to buy out Clarkson? Maybe next season, just to save face.

  8. FKevin says:

    The Sens will likely come to the same conclusion that Buffalo, Atlanta and the Leafs did, Gris as us close friends of his call him, although capable of some stretches of good hockey also disappears for equally long stretches. He seems to be a nice guy and I wish him well. As I said when he signed I don’t believe he’s a top 6 winger on a championship contender, he is thriving with the increased ice time and responsibility. I’d say Carlyle has done just fine and most Leaf fans would surely prefer having him around rather than “Gris” as us insiders always call him.
    I doubt that Clarkson will be bough out he is now playing exactly as expected when he took less money to come home. Those of us who don’t rely totally on stats can see the value in players outside of #s. we can also see the weaknesses of those who compile impressive stats and are horrible in other areas of the game. I think you were just being a troll by saying that.

  9. Bobby Goodman says:

    Kevin, I never go on numbers alone. Grabo always impressed my with his work ethic, he just never quits and for a small guy, he pursues the puck anywhere and will get pasted for his efforts. he wants the puck and can be very nifty.

    For those who think there isnt a conspiracy, all you have to do is watch the game tonight, listen to the commentary and witness the bias. Karly was named 3rd Star. He was minus 1, gave the puck away often but only creditted with 3 and he had a single shot on net. He watched as Ruutu scored. He never led a rush and although he logged 31 minutes he was ineffective. He can do no wrong.

    Cowen watched as Lindholm came out of the corner and scored! He had an awful game…again.

    Zibanisbad, when he wasn’t on his rear end, was skating around petending he wanted the puck but he really didn’t. Why do I say that, because he never held on to it for more than 3 seconds. He never won a single one on one battle and never went into a corner first the entire game. Perhaps the team would have scored another goal had he stayed on his feet when Macarthur was tryng to find the handle when Spezza moved the puck to the net. Zzz was on his ass twice the one play. He says he is a shooter….really? Spezza has put the puck on his stick several times and could do nothing with it. But he gets a lot of PP time…he will be successful whether he is successfu or not! Again, because of Karlsson, everyone on the ice wore a minus number, once, when he wouldn’t make an effort to stop Ruuto on his goal and again when he tried to jam a pass at the end that allowed Staal to score, Perhaps, the DAC can tell him to exit his end with some speed!!!

    Everyone got giddy with the win in Detroit, but the Wings have been losing (9 out of the last 10 I think). They escaped with a win primarily because Lehner was outstanding. Tonight, they lost to the ‘Canes who have now leaped leaped past them in te standings. I guess I must be a Troll for identifying some facts.

    When will some from Bingo get an opportunity; I know for a fact they can’t do worse than Greening. And am sure they would find 3 down there who would actually want the puck and do something with it!!! Murray says he believes he has the horses to be a playoff team…is that now the bench mark? I don’t think he truly believes it but he is a phenominal salesman, he has most here believing. I wonder what the team has to do for fans to demand more? We saw Zibanisbad who can’t skate and is a pretender, Cowen the 3m dollar man that can’t be traded, Greeing the Android who also has a no trade and can’t get a goal and they are part of the “rebuild’ to allow the Sens to “compete with the best”?

    It is a shame what has happened to this organization…is really is.

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