GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

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    GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by wprager on Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:25 am

    GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016



    (The return of the Rat)



    At the half way point the Sens find themselves in a better place than last year.  Although the recent rash of injuries (on top of the existing long-term injuries to MacArthur and Michalek) have dropped Ottawa out of a playoff spot, they remain just a single point back of the New Jersey Devils, who hold the second wild card spot.  Additionally the Sens have a game in hand.  Of course other teams are also in the hunt, such as last year's Division leading Lightning (tied with the Sens, ahead on ROWs), Penguins (1 point back of the Sens but with a game in hand).  Other teams aren't that far behind, either, like the Flyers, 3 points back of the Sens but with 2 games in hand.  The only two teams truly out of it are the Sabres and Blue Jackets, as even the Leafs, with their recent improved play, are just 5 points back with 2 games in hand.

    Looking at the schedule, the Sens have 21 of their remaining 41 games against teams below them in the standings.  They have that same number of home games, so the schedule looks pretty balanced between the first and second halves.  If the Sens can stay healthier in the second half they should be able to gain some consistency which would allow them to have a better second half than first.  A playoff spot is certainly within their reach, especially now that the team is finally getting healthy, again.  Milan Michalek returned after missing 15 games and scored a goal; MacArthur skated for the first time in forever but this was just a light skate with no equipment.  There is still no schedule for his return, but at least there is finally some tangible progress being made.  Ceci was also back in the lineup as Cowen remained in the pressbox.  I wonder, though, if will stay up there after Claesson's less-than-stellar game.  My ideal back-end would be Karlsson-Wiercioch, Ceci-Methot, Claesson/Boro-Wideman but, of course, that's not going to happen.

    Once again, tonight the Sens face a team that played (and traveled) the night before, as the Bruins came to Ottawa after a regulation win over the Devils.  The Sens and Bruins split their first two games of the season in a home-and-home series after the Christmas break.  The Bruins' win was a more convincing 7-3, thanks to 4 power play goals (Bruins went 4 for 7) and a hat trick by Jimmy Hayes (the last goal coming in the last second of the game).  Despite the lopsided score, the game really could have swung either way.  The first Bruins goal came on a very lucky bounce on a nothing shoot-in and 4 of their goals came on the powerplay. Five-on-five the teams were even at 3s, including the flukey bounce goal.  And then there is the non-call on Marchand's submarine hit that should have been at least a minor and likely more (who knows if another PP would have helped, though, as the Sens were 0 for 4).

    If the Sens win, they'll take over the last wildcard spot, but it may not last for long, as Tampa is playing in Vancouver in the late game (Lightning are tied with the Sens in points but are ahead on ROWs).  

    GO SENS GO!!!


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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by tim1_2 on Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:29 am

    Cowen, Chiasson, and Wideman to be scratched, so I guess the lines will be the same as last game which makes sense.
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by wprager on Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:43 am

    tim1_2 wrote:Cowen, Chiasson, and Wideman to be scratched, so I guess the lines will be the same as last game which makes sense.

    So we still have Boro on his wrong side on PK unit 1. Last time that resulted in 4 PP goals for the Bruins. Mind you, he was paired up with Cowen back then, I think.

    Wonder if we'll see Marchand get what's coming to him.


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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by PTFlea on Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:46 am

    Cowen and chiasson scratched is majestic. It's about time. And second game in a row too!
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by tim1_2 on Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:48 am

    Cameron said there will be no retaliation against Marchand. The game is too important to take a dumb penalty. That said, if it gets out of hand one way or another, I hope someone decapitates him.

    Oh, and I wouldn't be totally surprised to just see him and BoroCop fight.
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by Hoags on Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:27 pm



    Brad Marchand
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:32 pm

    SpezDispensed wrote:Cowen and chiasson scratched is majestic.  It's about time.  And second game in a row too!


    As I already stated both of those guys have likely played their last game for Ottawa. No surprise here.
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:01 pm

    Hoags wrote:

    Brad Marchand


    Those Black Friday shoppers I tell ya.
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by PTFlea on Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:02 pm

    Hoags wrote:

    Brad Marchand

    Bahaha. What is that creature?
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by PTFlea on Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:03 pm

    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    SpezDispensed wrote:Cowen and chiasson scratched is majestic.  It's about time.  And second game in a row too!


    As I already stated both of those guys have likely played their last game for Ottawa. No surprise here.

    What in the world would we get back for these two pieces or Dung?
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:04 pm

    SpezDispensed wrote:
    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    SpezDispensed wrote:Cowen and chiasson scratched is majestic.  It's about time.  And second game in a row too!


    As I already stated both of those guys have likely played their last game for Ottawa. No surprise here.

    What in the world would we get back for these two pieces or Dung?


    Probably a veteran RW is my guess.

    stay tuned
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by PTFlea on Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:20 pm

    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    SpezDispensed wrote:
    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    SpezDispensed wrote:Cowen and chiasson scratched is majestic.  It's about time.  And second game in a row too!


    As I already stated both of those guys have likely played their last game for Ottawa. No surprise here.

    What in the world would we get back for these two pieces or Dung?


    Probably a veteran RW is my guess.

    stay tuned

    Will he suck like a vacuum or be serviceable in your tarot cards?
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:28 pm

    SpezDispensed wrote:
    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    SpezDispensed wrote:
    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    SpezDispensed wrote:Cowen and chiasson scratched is majestic.  It's about time.  And second game in a row too!


    As I already stated both of those guys have likely played their last game for Ottawa. No surprise here.

    What in the world would we get back for these two pieces or Dung?


    Probably a veteran RW is my guess.

    stay tuned

    Will he suck like a vacuum or be serviceable in your tarot cards?

    Better than Chiasson.
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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by wprager on Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:46 pm

    tim1_2 wrote:Cameron said there will be no retaliation against Marchand. The game is too important to take a dumb penalty. That said, if it gets out of hand one way or another, I hope someone decapitates him.

    Oh, and I wouldn't be totally surprised to just see him and BoroCop fight.

    Who says you have to take a penalty? Marchand didn't take one.


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    Re: GAME DAY #42: Bruins @ Senators - 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 9 2016

    Post by wprager on Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:48 pm

    SpezDispensed wrote:
    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    SpezDispensed wrote:Cowen and chiasson scratched is majestic.  It's about time.  And second game in a row too!


    As I already stated both of those guys have likely played their last game for Ottawa. No surprise here.

    What in the world would we get back for these two pieces or Dung?

    Right now I'd settle for Brandon Prust and $5,000.


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