Milk and Cigarettes

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Senators vs Buffalo

The mighty Ottawa Senators take on the Buffalo Sabres today in a 3:00 afternoon game (so the hated Leafs can get their precious Saturday night start time.) Newly acquired winger and tough guy Matt (the Kassassinator) Kassian gets a start on the 4th line with Jimmy O’Brien & Peter Regin. Both Regin & O’Brien are centers, so I dunno how that’s gonna work out. But Kassian averages about 5-6 minutes of playing time a night, so he’ll see sheltered minutes.

Regin’s been in the coach’s doghouse for the past couple games. Paul McLean said Regin’s been lacking, “competitiveness.” Regin’s had a bit of a hard run. Two shoulder surgeries have kept him out of the majority of the past two seasons – plus earlier this season he was out 5-6 games with a chest injury. I wouldn’t go so far to say Regin is injury prone – but I definitely think he’s playing a lot more tentatively, since he’s undoubtedly worried about injuries. Too bad – because he’s got the scoring touch, and we could use that.

Buffalo currently sits in 14th place in the East with 23 pts and a record of 10-14-3. Conversely, Ottawa lies 5th in the east with 32 points and a record of 13-8-6. It’s almost fair to say that today’s game is a must-win – I mean, we took Boston & Montreal to a shootout in the past two games, and each of those teams is at the top of the Eastern standings, pointwise. If we can’t beat a Buffalo team that had to fire it’s head coach midway through the 48 game season and is currently in the cellar, then it’s a bad omen. However, as long as the team doesn’t take this game as a “gimme” or look to far ahead, they’ll pull out the win today.

However, Buffalo has all-star goalie Ryan Miller – who is always capable of stealing a game. Naturally, the Sens will have to get pucks towards the net, get lots of traffic in front, go hard to the net and look for some greasy goals and loose rebounds. Ben Bishop gets the start in net for Ottawa, with Anderson still nursing an ankle injury and not expected back any time soon. (I bet Lehner gets the start tomorrow. He’s been phenomenal in the past couple games – despite eventually losing in back to back shootouts.)

Go Sens Go!!!

 

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March 16, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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