Senators News: October 11th

Nikita Filatov talked about what he needs to work on (link), “I just need to get better in shooting the puck and creating plays. I have to do the stuff that I have to do. When I take shots, the puck hasn’t gotten through to the net. That’s a problem for me and a couple of times I’ve made turnovers. The good thing is I know my mistakes, I’m going to work on it and try to improve my game. Everybody is making mistakes. I know about them. I’m just going to try to figure out how not to do them anymore.”  He’s exactly right and that awareness should help him fix the problem.

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about the Sens tough practice on Monday (link), which includes at least two confirmed changes in the lineup: David Rundblad in for Brian Lee and Peter Regin will play putting Nikita Filatov out.

-Garrioch is still hot under the collar about Sergei Gonchar‘s play, specifically the Todd Bertuzzi goal in Detroit (link), but as Paul MacLean pointed out, “His partner (Jared Cowen) didn’t tell him he was changing. If you’re leaving the ice, you’re supposed to tell you’re partner that you’re changing, and Sergei didn’t know. The puck moved pretty quickly. I’m not sure what he was supposed to do. Could he have moved, could he have dove, could he have done something? Probably. But for the most part, I’ve got no issue with what happened. He didn’t have a chance.”  This is exactly what he said after the game on Friday, but it appears as though Garrioch (and others) don’t care about the explanation.  The Sens media really does love a whipping boy.

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Wayne Scanlan article includes a pertinent comment by Jason Spezza (link): “We’re so eager to work, to be a fast team, sometimes we turn the puck over, just  trying to be too quick.

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Allen Panzeri (link) includes comments by MacLean where he singled out his veteran defencemen, “We expect more of (Sergei Gonchar), Chris Phillips, and Filip Kuba. They’re three of our veteran defencemen and we need them to make sure they help  these young guys get through situations.

The Silver Seven‘s Peter Raaymakers (link) writes about the positives in the start of the Sens season: 1. They can score goals, 2. They have fixable shortcomings (turnovers and defensive coverage), 3. Rookies are scoring, 4. They have good goaltending.  You can argue with the last point, but Raaymakers means Anderson is a good goaltender despite the early results.

-For those who were shocked by the Craig Rivet Elmira signing, you can watch a video of Rivet talking about it here link.