Sadly, I don't have time to write too much today so I am just going to preview the week. The Senators host the Winnipeg Jets tonight before starting a six game road trip in Toronto tomorrow. Ottawa will then head to California with a game in San Jose on Thursday and a Saturday afternoon game in Anaheim. The trip will continue into next week as well.
Opponent wise, it is certainly an easier schedule from last week. But going on the west coast is always a difficult adjustment. The Senators should be favoured to win at home tonight, but the Leafs are very strong at home and the Sharks are always a difficult test. Even the Ducks have gone on a 5-0-1 run.
What are your thoughts on this week?
- Craig Anderson will make his ninth straight start and Brian Lee is a healthy scratch again. (Ian Mendes)
- The lines stay the same. 1) Greening-Spezza-Michaleck, 2) Condra-Turris-Alfie, 3) Neil-Smith-Foligno, 4) Daugavins-Konopka-Butler. (Nicolas St-Pierre)
- Zenon Konopka's sister, Cynthia, will sing the national anthem tonight. (Ian Mendes)
- Paul MacLean's comments in audio format about tonight's game. (Ottawa Senators)
General Sens News
- Craig Anderson was named the NHL's first star of the week. (Steve Lloyd)
- Paul MacLean would have Bruce Garrioch, Nick Foligno's and my vote for the Jack Adams Trophy. (Ottawa Sun)
- I don't know if I agree that Ottawa's win streak hasn't helped them make a significant jump in the standings. Sure they have played more games, but they've gone from being 1-2 points ahead with more games played to 7-8 points ahead and several teams behind them. The Sens now even have a six point gap on holding down the 6th seed. (Ottawa Citizen)
- The Senators recent run is getting national media attention. (Globe and Mail)
- Tomorrow's game against Toronto will be a meaningful game this late in the season between the two clubs for the first time in a while. (Toronto Sun)
- Whatever Erik Karlsson's alleged defensive deficiencies, how can he be only the 7th ranked defenceman in fantasy hockey? Granted, they don't consider past performance, just the expected future performance, but Brian Campbell is second and Karlsson is seventh? (ESPN)
How many points will Ottawa pick up in the four games this week?