(The "I'm actually hanging the friggin' lights!" edition)
(I can't believe I have to re-type this all over again -- is there a way to prevent Firefox from *ever* interpreting a backspace as a BACK action???!)
So, as you should know, the Senators are running a "Twelve Games of Christmas" promo, since they will play 12 games in December before the Christmas break. With that in mind, I present to you the first stanza of The Twelve Games of Christmas (and if you expect me to do this 11 more times you are delusional, and very likely wrong):
In the First Game of (the Twelve Games of)Christmas my true Sens gave to me, a win o'er the Champs of Stanley.
It was not a perfect game by any means, and the Sens certainly did not play a full 60 minutes, but then this happened and the crowd (most of them) went home happy:
On the play, Karlsson wrestled the puck away from Keith, pushed it forward and then left Kane eating his dust. Hoffman did what Hoffman does. In many ways it was a replay of the dying seconds of regulation when Karlsson fed Hoffman, who rang one off the post with 0.2 seconds to go. Hoffman had quite the game as he also opened the scoring a minute and a half into the game, then added an assist. Karlsson finished with 3 assists, and Ryan chipped in a goal and two helpers to join the 3-point club.
Although Anderson is expected to start, Hammond is ready to come back and should be the backup. With two games in two nights, we will probably see the Hamburglar back between the pipes tomorrow at MSG. Up-front, Zibanejad took part in line rushes, but David Dziurzynski has been recalled from Bingo, so it may be a game time decision (or maybe someone else sits). Dizzy's one and only NHL goal came in a game against he Islanders -- maybe Cameron is playing a hunch.
The Islanders played Friday night, coming away with a 2-1 SO win against the Blues. They also won a 2-1 SO game against the Rangers on Wednesday night, so this is their third game in four nights, with both of the first two games going the extra distance. (How many times have the Sens now faced a tired opponent? Five or six by my count. Melnyk must have spent part of the "budget" on bribing the schedule maker.) Interestingly, the Islanders played the backup (Greiss) last night, so Halak (who beat the Sens in his 2 games last season) will start tonight.
Winnable game. Secondary scoring would be helpful as I don't think Hoffman can keep up this ridiculous shooting percentage (something like 35% over the last 6 games).
GO SENS GO!!!!