Not since Antoine Vermette left have we seen such bare-chested imagery on the BoO. So definitely we need to push that beefcake down the page.
"Go Sens Go!" she says.
Leclaire is pulled after the 1st for flu-like symptoms. The panic that set through Sens Army about his ankle is unwarranted. Phew. I suppose we can assume other Sens will fall victim to the flu in the next couple of days. Hey.... I'd rather see the team suffer the flu to start the season than suffer 7 big losses and the hugest-win-in-the-history-of-the-NHL against a West Coast team of tomato cans.
This article by Mike Zeisberger has some gems that are sure to wet the pants of any level headed sports fan.
On Monster Jo's 1st win:
"it might be difficult for coach Ron Wilson to put anyone else in net for the next few days, weeks, even years, without creating a revolt within Leafs Nation."
On what is known to future generations as "THE Save":
"His miraculous lunging stop off the Ducks' Eric Christensen early in the first period"
(I may change his name to Jesus Jo' Monster after that one)
And representing Leaf Nation, commenter number 2: StuGatzFromMississauga @ 10:17 a.m.
"All I ever wanted was a goalie who can make a save to keep the team in every game. It looks like the monster will be that guy."
After one win against a West Coast bottom feeder StuGatz? Really Stu?
Blame the media
Blame the players
Protect the goalie
Throw goalie under bus
Play tennis to hone hockey skills
Cross fingers & wait for Phil Kessel sans Savard
Set up MMA challenge ladder in practice
When to face reality
When selecting the editor, I would be most appreciative if you avoided Damien Cox or Steve Simmons.
As we Sens fans all know, and former Sens players wearing #15 don't, ice time is a good indicator of the skill and commitment of the members of a team. While thugs and one dimensional players serve less than 10 minutes a game, consistency and effort is rewarded.
Senators coach Cory Clouston has done a good job of spreading the workload around this season. Kuba (who’s played only one game), Phillips and Volchenkov are the only players averaging more than 20 minutes of ice-time a game with Phillips at 21:01 and Volchenkov and Kuba at 20:56. Nine other players have averaged between 17 and 20 minutes a game. Seven others are between 10 and 14 minutes.
First up: Leafs v. Rangers
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Pretty simple here on this one. It's top & bottom. We've all known Leafs to be the bottom over the years, except when considering their fans who take it from their team year after year. The surprisingly first place Rangers (is Redden being benched?) take on the lowly bottom dwellers of Toronto at home.
Will Ol' MacDonald become the latest team savior? Could this be the first win of the year for the blues? Or will it be different goalies, same result?
Today's lineup here. Reimer in net in the 3rd.
Second match: Sens @ Habs.
Kovi goes home. It's sure to be an emotional night for AK27, but will it be a dismal affair for the 10th placed Sens with "lazy Alex" or will les Habs fans get look back at the jaw popping performance of "l'artiste" taking it to their 2-4-0 team. Sens fans are, obviously, hoping for the latter as this is a 4 point game in the North East.
Today's lineup here.
Don called it.
"This is a game I'm watching for the Sens to come out strong."
Let's break down the perfection:
Michalek with a hattie, 2 shorthanded, 1 PPG. Assists from Alfie, Spezza, Ruutu, & Volchenkov.
Kovalev with his second. Assists from Alfie (twice) and Spezza.
Foligno. Assists from Phillips & A-Train
Picard. Assists from Ruutu & Kelly.
Ruutu. Assists from Kelly & Karlsson.
At least one each of EV, SH, PP goals.
Truculence & Beligerence
Chris Neil: 5 for fighting (Konopka), 2+2+2 min for roughing, 10 for misconduct.
Matt Carkner: 5 for fighting (Downie),
Anton Volchenkov: 2 for roughting.
Pizza? Fuck yeah.
Heatley? Fuck you.
"Oh," Leaf fans will say, "it was only Tampa!"
Yeah, and 7-1 is how you're supposed to play a team like Tampa.
In 07-08 Spezza went goaless in his 1st 7 games but he went on to record his best offensive season of his career. 34 goals and 92 pts
That doesn't always happen — guys like Chris Phillips and Patrik Stefan were first overall picks, so if you tank and that's the year you bottom out...
I kept it small so the eyes don't burn so much.
I'm actually feeling bad for the Leaf bloggers here. I mean, we have a well founded, renewed sense of optimism after a year and half of panic and uncertainty. But man, you guys are having it rough. Real, real bad. I mean real bad.
Ok, this is the only time I'm ever going to do something like this, but think of it as a hand up before kicking you in your pre-op groin.
If Obama gets the Peace Prize for what he's done, I get it next year for this.
It's only fitting that on Canadian Thanksgiving Day, the NHL is feeding the Ottawa Senators a bird. Ok, so it's not the traditional turkey, but Penguin must be considered a gourmet offering in these parts.
Last night's freeze warning from The Weather Network failed to materialize so the Penguins shouldn't get too comfortable.
Tonight will be the first significant test for the Ottawa Senators and their new found ability to actually beat the opposing team. I'm not expecting a total dominating victory or, let's be realistic, a win. It'll be nice, but as long as it's kept respectable and the Pens are made to really work to win, we'll be in a happy place at the end of it.
Leclaire will get the start and his value will be truly tested with Crosby-Malkin on the ice at the same time as Carkner-Campoli or Eriksson-Picard. Fortunately the Sens have last change tonight, but expect the ice time for these guys to be substantially lower than their 18:02 (Karlsson) and 17:51 (Carkner) ice time averages thus far.
This one is going to OT. 2-2. Crosby with the SO winner*
*I reserve this asterisk for future use in the thread.
In other news, someone that plays for San Jose scored a hat trick last night... Can anyone guess who?
And, one of NYI's players is challenging Byron Bitz for coolest name in the league... Matt Moulson. Solid. My all-time fav is Zarley Zalapski.
Gustavsson's goaltender-destroying injury to the join casts a shadow over the hope that was. Grim are the prospects for Toronto's goaltending situation.
We're all well aware of Toskala's unfulfilled 'potential' and, as Five-0 so kindly detailed with medically far-too-accurate images we hope to never see again, Gustavsson is looking to be as fragile as Pascal Leclaire has been the last few years (and, dear unicorn, let that be the end of it).
So what is Burke to do?
Well, Joey McDonald is recalled on Emergency Waivers which runs out after 30 days. Hopefully for Gustavsson, he heals quickly and permanently. But what if he doesn't? What if he 'heals' and reinjures? This is already looking like a wonky groin, a la Hasek. Do the Leafs hope and pray that Toskala turns it around?
McDonald isn't the answer, because he has to go back to the A and be recalled again with the possibility of being claimed. So if he isn't the answer, if Toskala plays as he has been, and if Gustavsson can't remain healthy, I ask again: what is Burke to do?
Your solution after the break:
Here's your best bet at the moment, Brian:
Burke may be forced to deal with the Islanders (I'm tampering! They're gonna take away my internets!). When DiPietro comes back from injuries, you can bank on him getting a lot of games to earn that crazy term contract. You're then left with one of Roloson or Biron. It's doubtful the Iles would part with Biron as he's a more than capable backup and could even start.
So is Roloson the answer? What goes in the other direction? NY loves those young guys right now. Is Burke willing to ditch some of the future for a decent goalie or will he start putting his scouts on the top 5 prospects for 10/11?
Bleak folks. October bleak.
A few of the high-lites from his first entry:
How often can we expect to see Kovalev pining for his old team in his personal blog?
"at least once or twice a month"
That is, unless he doesn't like it anymore.
The generally accepted captain-in-waiting, the guy with the most heart on the team now takes the place of the player without any heart (and a -3 after game one to boot).