Senators News: October 21st

Peter Regin hurt his surgically repaired shoulder last night, but there’s no word on how long he’ll be out for

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan’s “Cheapseats” article (link) wonders if Daniel Alfredsson‘s play is in decline.  I think it’s a rhetorical question–he is, but he’s still an effective player.  I think he runs into trouble when he tries to do too much, but for the most part he’s been very good this season.

-Pierre McGuire (on The Team 1200) doesn’t like Craig Anderson‘s public comments throwing his team under the bus (which I referenced yesterday), link (October 20th): “A little red flag for me goes up when Craig Anderson ’cause he says ‘hey, it can’t be us we need some help from the guys’.  I read that in the paper.  I don’t like seeing that.  And I don’t think his players like seeing that either.  If I’m Paul MacLean [whistles] in the office please we need to have a little chat.”

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Allen Panzeri talks about Mika Zibanejad‘s approaching deadline (link), writing “Zibanejad said he’s trying not to think about the nine-game deadline, but admits  it’s a difficult thing to do. He’s also under a little extra pressure this week  with his parents, Mehrdad and Ritva, in Ottawa along with some other relatives.”  Panzeri quotes MacLean who adds, “I think he’s an NHL player.  Now, we’re going to make a decision  based on what’s best for Mika, but I think he has played fine.”

-Joy Lindsay writes ahead of Binghamton’s game tonight against Norfolk (link), with Kurt Kleinendorst saying “I want to get better every weekend, and I think so far, we’ve done that. It’s not about winning, and it’s not about getting all tied up in losing. It’s all about the process. It’s about playing the game the right way. And you’re going to lose games, even when you play the game the right way, but you’re going to win the majority of them. That’s what I’m trying to get across to the guys. This is a process thing. Let’s not focus on wins and losses. Let’s focus on how to play.”

-The Elmira Jackals played the Florida Everblades tonight, featuring Louie CaporussoMax Gratchev and Bobby Raymond.

Ottawa 4, Winnipeg 1

The Jets were just what the doctor ordered.  Despite losing Peter Regin early in the first period and falling behind 1-0, Ottawa rallied and won their second game of the season.  For the box score go here link.  There was a lot to like about the Senators game tonight, although there’s still plenty of room for growth and improvement.  For those who didn’t see Sportsnet‘s coverage, I was bemused to see no discussion of the game at all during the second intermission.

Here’s a quick look at the goals:
1. Winnipeg, Byfuglien
Colin Greening does not go out to cover the point and Zack Smith doesn’t rotate over in confusion
2. Michalek (Greening, Spezza)
The puck goes to the net and Greening does all the work to get the goal
3. Spezza (Greening, Michalek)
Great steal by Michalek and a fantastic pass by Greening
4. Alfredsson (unassisted)
Intercepts a Oduya aerial pass and beats Pavelec
5. Michalek (Smith, Spezza)
Empty netter comes from Spezza forechecking

In terms of individual performances, on the positive side:
Colin Greening – played a strong game along the boards and in front of the net
Milan Michalek – cashed in on his chances
Jason Spezza – it’s hard to argue with a three-point game, but he lead the team in turnovers (again)
Filip Kuba – might have been his best game since 2009-10; nothing flashy, just a safe, simple game

On the negative side:
Stephane Da Costa – the injury to Regin did not help his ice time at all nor did he deserve more than he got

I think winning this game was vital for the Sens after holding a team meeting and all the extra work on their system.  It will be interesting to see if they can carry the momentum into Saturday’s game.