-Work and other commitments have me way behind on various Sens matters, so let’s catch up as best we can.
-Travis Yost drills into player usage by the Sens thus far this season and while his conclusions are nothing we haven’t seen before I do think he’s onto something in terms of Erik Condra‘s struggles being tied to his linemates. Could it be that the celebrated Jean-Gabriel Pageau needs some time in the minors to sort himself out? How odd would that be for the community?
-Jared Crozier also has lineup questions when it comes to the Sens, but I have no idea why he thinks Matt Kassian “has his place”–what has he done in the games he’s played in to claim a place in the lineup?
-With Stephane Da Costa sent down to Binghamton Derek Grant was recalled, replacing Pageau in the lineup due to the latter’s struggles in the faceoff circle. The blogging community didn’t have much to say about Grant (although Chris compiled a couple of comments from last season), but for those who follow Binghamton his call-up isn’t a big surprise (PK and faceoff acumen along with a goal scoring touch). Mika Zibanejad remains in Binghamton, perhaps awaiting injury or a slump before Ottawa finally brings him back.
-Binghamton beat Syracuse 6-2, despite being out shot 42-20. Nathan Lawson picked up the win, Chris Wideman picked up three assists and Ben Blood (of all people) scored a goal. Here’s the boxscore and the highlights (I enjoy the broadcaster mistaking Wideman for Lebda).
-Binghamton rounded out their weekend with a 6-5 OT win, earning Andrew Hammond his first professional win (and Jakub Culek‘s first professional game). Here’s the boxscore (the B-Sens were 4-4 on the powerplay!) and Jeff Ulmer‘s recap.
-Elmira dropped their opener 3-2 and there were no points among the organisations signed players.
-Allan Muir looks at the debacle that is NHL discipline and points out the KHL has been more bold after Matt Murley was targeted.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)