In the Fifth Game of Christmas my True Sens gave to me,
FIVE POWER PLAAAAAYS! (and they scored twice)
Four first period PIMs,
Another three for Karlsson
Two Hoffman goals
And a loss to that team from Philly.
The top line wasn't clicking, Hoffman wasn't getting loose, the team was down a goal, so Cameron juggled the lines, putting Hoffman on the third line with Pageau and Chiasson in the third period. Away from the Panthers' top checkers Hoffman quickly found a shooting lane and slapped home the winner. Twitter exploded because he didn't so much as smile after the goal, and because Cameron used a bottom-pairing defenseman to replace the team's leading goal scorer over the last two seasons on that top line. Let's not forget that the Sens are the league's worst defensive team (34 shots on goal per game) and Borowiecki plays on the bottom pairing on this league-worst defense. Pageau then added his league-leading 4th short-handed goal into an empty net and the Sens left Sunrise with 2 points and another ROW under their belt. Meanwhile Luongo had some obscure 7th all time in games played thing to drown his sorrows. That's just sad.
After the game Cameron reminded the haters that this job will be available, again, at some point in time, and they should just go ahead and apply.
With this win the Sens briefly enjoyed some time in 2nd, until Detroit's loser point pushed them back into third (tied on points but 2 ROWs shy). Last night's loss by the Habs means the Sens are 6 back of first with a game in hand. There's still time.
The Lightning come into this game struggling. They currently sit 11th in the Conference, 6 points back of a wildcard spot with 3 teams ahead of them. On the other hand they are 6 points back of the Sens for 3rd in the Atlantic and, as I said earlier, there's still time. Ondrej Palat, who has missed the last 12 games with an ankle injury could return tonight, reuniting the "Triplet" line. Condra, of course, is still out.
Anderson is expected to start his 13th straight. He's 7-3-2 with a .926 SV% over the last 12 starts. I believe his longest string of starts was 18 in a row.
GO SENS GO!!!