Senators News: October 25th

-Ottawa’s lines as per The Ottawa Sun:
Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Milan Michalek
Nick Foligno-Mika Zibanejad-Kaspars Daugavins
Erik Condra-Zack Smith-Chris Neil
Jesse Winchester-Zenon Konopka-Stephane Da Costa*
Erik Karlsson-Filip Kuba
David Rundblad-Chris Phillips
Sergei Gonchar-Jared Cowen
*The Ottawa Citizen has Da Costa at center, which makes more sense

-As was reported yesterday afternoon, Daniel Alfredsson will miss tonight’s game with a maintenance day for his hip

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan writes about the injury (link), but includes comments about the team as well.  Jason Spezza mentions what I think has been the key to the Sens limited success, “We’ve had a lot of guys going to the net, and sticking around the net this year. Maybe more than ever. (Chris Neil) has been there, (Colin) Greening’s been there, Nicky Foligno’s been there, Milan (Michalek) has scored a lot of goals from there … there seems to be probably the best net presence we’ve had, and that helps the skilled guys from the outside a little bit. It’s been something I think that’s added a lot to our offence.

-Brennan also writes that the team should keep Mika Zibanejad (link).  There’s nothing new in the article, but Brennan has decided that Zibanejad is a lot like Tyler Seguin.

-The Brennan train continues with an article about Kaspars Daugavins (link), who talks about why he came back to North America: “Obviously, my hometown team [Dinamo Riga] (has) wanted me back for the last four years. But I still feel I can crack the NHL somehow, and I’m going to keep battling until I make it. If I see I have no chance to play here, maybe I’ll go back home. But it’s not going to happen soon.”

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Wayne Scanlan writes about the non-issue of Paul MacLean being too nice (link).  I’ve never heard the criticism and it makes me wonder if Scanlan just wanted to work in as many references to MacLean’s moustache as possible.

-Rob Brodie writes about Jason Spezza for the Sens website (link).  There’s nothing new, but it’s worth noting that Spezza‘s production hasn’t dipped this season despite worries by analysts.

-TSN, THN, and ESPN’s power rankings are out (link and link and link), with Ottawa 28th, 29th, and 27th.  Scott Cullen (TSN) rightly points out that goaltending has been a major issue for the Sens.

-Joy Lindsay tweets Binghamton’s lines at practice (link): Cowick-Locke-Petersson, Hoffman-O’Brien-Parrish, Filatov-Cannone-Grant, Dziurzynski-Hamilton-Lessard/Downing.

-And finally, for those who never saw it (or want to relieve it), here’s Kaspars Daugavins after the Binghamton Senators won the Eastern final: link.

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