-The Sens opened their season with a win last night in a game filled with chances (a combined 81 shots, establishing a new benchmark for shots (39) in the first without a goal) but only one goal, as Erik Karlsson scored late in the third to give the team and Craig Anderson the win over Ryan Miller. The game was sloppy and back and forth–Ottawa dominated the first period and latter half of the third (Travis Yost points out the Sens won the game’s Corsi battle). Amelia L provides a blow-by-blow account of the game for those who missed it.
-Ottawa faces Toronto tonight with two changes: Joe Corvo replaces Eric Gryba and Stephane Da Costa sits for Matt Kassian. The Leafs are 2-0 to start the season and James Reimer is expected to start.
-Michael Farber looks at the NHL’s efforts to improve goal scoring (with the long delayed reduction of goalie equipment being the centerpiece, although Brian Hayward says there’s lot’s left to shrink). The league realises that goals are what bring in casual fans–they don’t care about good defensive hockey–but other than the brief period of obstruction calling in 05-06 has been inept in making that happen.
-Clarke MacArthur is not a fan of Randy Carlyle:
He runs the show there, and everyone knows that, and that’s the way it is. It’s worked for him in the past, he’s got a Cup from that, but at the same time there’s other ways to do things, too. Some guys are good with it. Some guys are good with the criticism, but they don’t want to hear it every single shift they come off the ice. You’re old enough to know ‘I made a mistake,’ you don’t need to hear it every five seconds. He [Grabovski] said it all right there. He certainly didn’t have a tight lip about it. That was something to see. He was frustrated. He was a guy who had 30 goals and two years of 55 or whatever points (58 and 51) and Randy came in, it just didn’t work out, he turned him into a checker. Look at him now, four points in his first game, three goals. Who was right there? I know who’s right.
I thought I’d mentioned Grabovski‘s comments back in July (you can see them in the link), but apparently was too caught up in Daniel Alfredsson‘s departure to get to it.
-Here is Binghamton’s lineup against Syracuse: Matt Puempel-Mika Zibanejad-Mark Stone, Shane Prince-Jim O’Brien-Andre Petersson, Mike Hoffman-Derek Grant-David Dziurzynski, Corey Cowick-Wacey Hamilton-Cole Schneider; Mark Borowiecki-Cody Ceci, Michael Sdao-Chris Wideman, Fredrik Claesson-Troy Rutkowski. Lawson will get the start. Scratches: Buddy Robinson, Darren Kramer, Jakub Culek, Tyler Eckford, and Ben Blood. I find Robinson‘s exclusion the most surprising, but everything else seems par for the course (the mystery of Hamilton continues). I haven’t seen the full lineup posted for the Crunch, but the top line will be Namestnikov-Connolly-Kucherov and one of Desjardins/Helenius will start.
-Elmira signed center Philip-Michael Davos, who spent all last season playing for Syracuse. Along with the signing the Jackals announced their training camp roster (those in italics are on tryouts, with their league of origin in square brackets; those sent by Binghamton are in green):
Goaltenders (3): Scott Greenham, Nick Niedert [ECHL-FHL-CHL-SPHL], Mike McDonald [NCAA]
Defensemen (13): Danny New, Patch Alber, Dylan Quaile, Kyle Bushee, Jordon Southorn, Pat O’Keefe, Mathieu Gagnon, Zach McCullough, Mike Monfredo, Scott Morongell [NCAA], Vincent Richer, Matt Caranci [FHL]
Forwards (21): Ludwig Karlsson, Danny Hobbs, Philip-Michael Davos, Corey Bellamy, Matt Carter, Dan Barczuk, Olivier Croteau, Artem Demkov, Rob Bellamy, Michael Beaudry, Brandon Blandina, Jordan Pietrus, Justin Gvora, Alexandre Carrier, Dane Walters, Jean Bourbeau, Cody Dion [Finland tier-3], Tyler Noseworthy [ECHL-FHL-SPHL], Locke Jillson [CHL], Edgar Rybakov [MHL tier-2], Brett Leonard [FHL]
Niedert tried out for the Jackals last season as well (he played for eight different teams last year through four leagues), but I suspect neither he nor McDonald will wind up sharing duties with Greenham. Most (if not all) the tryout players will be replaced by those sent down from the AHL.
This article is written by Peter Levi
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