Senators News: September 29

Today’s Sen news:

-Still awaiting the final linup for tonight, but here’s the list of forward lines this morning (link), Craig Anderson playing the full game, and confirmation of those who are not making the trip (link): Robin Lehner, Erik Karlsson, Patrick Wiercioch, Kaspars Daugavins, and Mike Hoffman.
Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Nikita Filatov
Milan Michalek-Mika Zibanejad-Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno-Zack Smith-Bobby Butler
Erik Condra-Zenon Konopka-Chris Neil
Mike Hoffman-Stephane Da Costa-Kaspars Daugavins

-After the splite squad speculation of roster cuts yesterday, the official release has come out (link): Tim Conboy, Eric Gryba, Craig Schira, Josh Godfrey, Bobby Raymond, Jack Downing, Max Gratchev, Louie Caporusso, Pat Cannone, Corey Cowick, David Dziurzynski, Derek Grant, Wacey Hamilton, Darren KramerFrancis Lessard, Corey Locke, Jim O’Brien, Mark Parrish, Andre Petersson, and Brian Stewart.

The Team 1200 reports that Peter Regin‘s injury is not serious and he’s expected to be ready to play when the regular season starts.

-James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk takes a look at the Senators in light of their schedule (link, based on the work of Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck, link).  Ottawa travels the sixth lowest miles in the NHL this year, but O’Brien’s conclusion is not favourable, “Sure, the Senators get a few nice homestands to work with, but two early (and brutal) road runs could place them a bit too firmly in the Northeast Division’s cellar. Naturally, if Ottawa can scrap their way through those formidable away streaks, they might have a chance to do a little damage. Overall, it seems like their schedule isn’t doing them many favors, although a light amount of travel could be a godsend for aging captain Daniel Alfredsson. Then again, if the plan is to continue rebuilding, a bad beginning could help justify another fire sale (and maybe a run toward probable 2012 top pick Nail Yakupov).

David Rundblad writes that he enjoyed both his last two pre-season games (link) and enjoyed playing on the top powerplay unit against Winnipeg.  Amusingly, he wonders if the rumours about how cold Ottawa is are false.

-Garit Reid of The Lucktown Sentinel writes about Binghamton player Bobby Raymond (link). Raymond talked about being in camp, “I’m obviously really happy to be part of the Senators camp and to have gotten the invitation. It has put the pressure on myself to get into shape fast and to be able to keep up with the tempo of the practices. The people that pushed to get me invited here were people that saw me in Binghamton and from what they saw there, they felt like I deserved a chance to be here. The fact that I was called up to Binghamton earlier in the year is a big factor in me being at the Sens camp now. Every day there is an hour practice with an hour scrimmage or two separate hour practices. There is a lot of strengthening as well. Sergei Gonchar is definitely one of the most well know defenceman on the team that I’ve been out on the ice a lot with. On the powerplay line with Gonchar makes things a lot easier. The biggest thing at this level is patience. Things obviously happen very quickly at this level and it’s simply about knowing when to be patient and when not to be. Probably the biggest thing from watching the veteran players is to see that they mess up every once in a while because it lets me know that even the top players are human. Being to an NHL camp is something that a couple of years ago I really didn’t see in my future. For last year to go as well as it did, and for things to happen this quickly, has been amazing and I need to make sure my improvement this year is as rapid as last year.

-Over the last few weeks various publications have posted their fantasy point projections for the Senators, so here are the collective ranges proposed (these are drawn from ESPN, TSN (Scott Cullen), THN, McKeen’s, and The Fantasy Hockey Scouts):
Jason Spezza 70 (McK) – 62 (TSN); the average is 67
Daniel Alfredsson 63 (ESNP) – 33 (TSN); the average is 51
Erik Karlsson 51 (THN)-43 (TSN); the average is 47
Bobby Butler 58 (ESPN)-32 (TSN); the average is 44
Milan Michalek 51 (McK)-37 (ESPN/TSN); the average is 41
Nikita Filatov 58 (ESPN)-31 (McK); the average is 40
Sergei Gonchar 46 (ESPN)-32 (FHS); the average is 39 (not included by TSN)
Peter Regin 45 (ESPN)-20 (THN); the average is 32
Nick Foligno 35 (McK)-29 (THN); the average is 32 (not included by ESPN)
Stephane Da Costa 41 (FHS)-15 (McK); average of 29 (not included by TSN or ESPN)
Colin Greening 39 (FHS)-22 (McK); average of 28 (not included by TSN or ESPN)
Erik Condra 33 (FHS)-19 (THN); average of 27 (not included by TSN or ESPN)
Mika Zibanejad 31 (ESPN)-22 (McK); average of 26 (no other source included him)
David Rundblad 34 (FHS-16 (McK); average of 25 (not included by TSN or ESPN)
Filip Kuba 26 (ESPN/FHS)-15 (McK); average of 21 (not included by TSN)
Jared Cowen 22 (ESPN)-20 (McK); average of 21 (no other source included him)
Chris Neil 19 (THN)-15 (McK); average of 17 (not included by TSN or ESPN)
Chris Phillips 18 (McK)-15 (THN); average of 16 (no other source included him)
Brian Lee 13 (only listed by McK)
Jesse Winchester 13 (only listed by McK)
Zack Smith 15 (THN)-10 (McK); average of 12 (no other source included him)
Matt Carkner 11 (only listed by ESPN)
Zenon Konopka 7 (only listed by ESPN)

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