In the Fourth Game of Christmas Tim Peel gave to me,
Four first period PIMs,
Another three for Karlsson
Two Hoffman goals
And a loss to that team from Philly.
Almost immediately after "missing" a trip on Karlsson that had the Sens bench going Tim Peel handed out an interference penalty to Mika Zibanejad, and the Rangers had a 1-0 lead. Then, after another "missed" call -- this one had Methot checked from behind head-first into the boards -- resulted in a few "C'mon ref!" comments, Peel added insult to near-injury by handing the Sens a bench minor for "abusive language" toward, of all things, the Rangers resident goon. 2-0 Rangers and that was pretty much all she wrote, as the Blueshirts rode Lundqvist to a 4-1, empty net-augmented victory. Would have been nice to get at least a single point, but it was not to be. Move on. Tonight (tomorrow at the time of writing) is another night.
The Sens ride into Florida barely clinging to that third spot, as Boston, while still 2 points back, now has 2 games in hand. On the other hand, they are just one point back of Detroit and, let's face it, I like our chances against the Panthers better than the Red Wings' against the Caps.
Once you get past Luongo, Florida really doesn't have much going for them. Jaromir "Don't Vote for me, I Need Rest" Jagr is the team leader in goals, assists and points, and his 8+12=20 would place him 6th on the Sens. On the other hand, it's easy to see that the Sens are sorely lacking depth, as once you get past the top five forwards and Karlsson, everyone else on the Sens roster is in single digits (by comparison, these same Panthers have 10 players with 10 or more points). Apart from a solid #3/4 defenseman, the Sens' next most pressing need is to find some bottom six players who can put up a goal once in a while. Prince, Lazar, Chiasson, Neil, Puempel and the rest of the defense have fewer goals than Wideman!
The Sens have cap space and they have a need. Will Melnyk open up the purse strings to bring in some help, either on the blue line or to add a scoring threat in the bottom six? No, Alfie, don't answer that.
GO SENS GO!!!
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