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Now what for the Senators?

- November 2nd, 2013

Fifty-seven shots Friday.

Fifty-six shots in Anaheim.

Fifty shots against San Jose.

Something stinks. Yup, it’s the Senators defensive play.

They are horrid in their own end. The Dallas Stars arrive Sunday and the Senators don’t have a lot of time to clean up their act. Something has to give. Something has to change.

Coach Paul MacLean is pushing buttons. Is he pushing the right ones?

Fair to say this is the biggest test of his short coaching career. He has players struggling and has to help them out of their doldrums.

This can’t continue if the Senators are going to be a playoff team. The club has lost four straight and, more importantly, they’ve lost four straight at home. I still think they are better than this.

Jared Cowen is struggling.

Patrick Wiercioch is struggling.

Captain Jason Spezza is inconsistent.

Milan Michalek has to be better.

You can’t give up 50 shots every night.

The crowds are already falling. Thousands of empty seats against the Islanders. Don’t use the location of the rink as an excuse.

That’s just b.s. Nobody complained when they played in front of full houses. The schedule is terrible with only three Saturday night home games.

The Senators have to find a way out of their malaise.
MacLean has to push the right buttons.

He changed all the lines and defensive pairings. You could argue it didn’t change a thing. The losses can’t continue. If those goes on any longer then changes will made. They will have to be.

GM Bryan Murray isn’t afraid to make changes like some GM’s,
Time is ticking away. A month of the season is in the books.

The Senators can’t let it slip away. They are in danger of that happening at the moment.

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1 comment

  1. JBM | November 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    The Penguins are doing a lot better defensively this season since hiring a new assistant coach to help with defense; his last name is Martin, if I’m not mistaken. Maybe the Sens ought to inquire about his availability? (Just kidding, here. But I agree with Bruce about Bryan Murray not being afraid to make changes, especially now that the season is about 1/6th over. As competitive as the league is for the final playoff spot, a team can’t afford to be in a deep hole at the beginning of the season.)

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