Ottawa 3, Toronto 5

The sixth game of the Senators exhibition season featured another loss to the Leafs.  The game featured a shoulder injury for Peter Regin along with the kind of team mistakes and turnovers that have been habitual during the pre-season.  As always, I won’t repost the box score (link), but I’ll take a look at the best and worst players for the Sens–keeping in mind that this is the exhibition season and, as such, doesn’t mean much.

Positive Performances
Mika Zibanejad – scored another amazing goal and continues making a strong case to stay with the team (something aided immeasurably if the Regin injury is serious)
Nikita Filatov – while he didn’t score he had and generated a lot of chances; he looked more comfortable playing with Spezza
Kaspars Daugavins – his best game of the exhibition season
Jared Cowen – he was strong along the blueline and continues his outstanding pre-season
Chris Neil – he’s been dynamite the last three exhibition games

Struggling
Mike Hoffman – after a strong performance against Winnipeg he was guilty of far too many turnovers and I doubt he’ll get another shot in the final exhibition game
Bobby Butler – continues to struggle throughout the pre-season
Erik Karlsson – far too many turnovers that lead to odd-man rushes

Other
Colin Greening – the effort is there, but he didn’t accomplish much and shows none of the chemistry he had with Spezza last year
David Rundblad – is still confused about his defensive coverage, but the effort was there
Nick Foligno – finally scored a goal, but was guilty of overhandling the puck
Robin Lehner – he didn’t have a lot of help, but an extra save here or there might have changed the game

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2 Comments

  1. actually at this point i don’t think we can say the game doesn’t mean much. game 1 to 5 of the pre-season sure, but these guys have had enough time to get to know each other now and are obviously trying 100%, so i don’t see how much would change between now and game 1 of the reg. season.
    Thursday is it. They better look ready.

    • It’s not that it doesn’t matter, but even now we aren’t seeing complete lineups nor are two points on the line–you know? Good or bad performances are going to have much more weight in October.


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