Senators News: December 26th

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch ostensibly writes about Paul MacLean (link), but Bryan Murray says something about the team that I regard as one of the major keys to its success thus far, “A number of our younger players have stepped up and shown they can play in the NHL. The people that were judging early on probably didn’t know a number of our players. The experience they gained in the playoffs in Binghamton last year certainly helped them develop into guys that know how to win.”  Murray also adds a little fuel to the trade-speculation fire, “If there’s another young, competitive guy that can help us at the trade deadline, I’m sure we’ll do that.”

The Ottawa Citizen’s Allen Panzeri poses five questions going into the rest of the season (link): 1. Can they be better on defence, 2. Can Craig Anderson handle the workload, 3. Will Peter Regin play again this year, 4. Can the team stay healthy, 5. Can their special teams improve.  I think questions 1 and 2 are interrelated in a more general question: can their goaltending be better?  I see that as the primary reason they have allowed so many goals this year.  I doubt Regin will play again (3); the team will suffer at least one more major injury (4); the PK part of (5) is related to questions 1 and 2, and I don’t think their PP can improve enough to effect game results.

-Joy Lindsay Tweets Binghamton’s lines ahead of tonight’s game (link): Klinkhammer-Locke-Parrish, Dziurzynski-Cannone-Bartlett, Hoffman-Da Costa-Cowick, Svendsen-Hamilton-Lessard; Borowiecki-Gryba, Raymond-Conboy, Ratchuk-Schira.  Mike McKenna will start.

-For those who want to keep tabs on Sens prospects at the WJC there’s Mark Stone on Team Canada, Jakub Culek on the Czech team, and Mika Zibanejad and Fredrik Claesson on Team Sweden (for clarity’s sake Group A is Russia, Sweden, Slovakia, Switzerland and Lativa, while Group B is Canada, USA, Finland Czech Republic, and Denmark):
Monday
Canada vs Finland 3:30 (TSN)
Sweden vs Latvia 5:30 (TSN2)
Tuesday
Czech Republic vs Denmark 8:00 (TSN)
Wednesday
Switzerland vs Sweden 5:30 (TSN2)
Canada vs Czech Republic 8:00 (TSN)
Thursday
Canada vs Denmark 8:00 (TSN)
Friday
Czech Republic vs USA 3:30 (TSN)
Sweden vs Slovakia 5:30 (TSN2)
Saturday
Czech Republic vs Finland 4:00 (TSN2)
Canada vs USA  8:00 (TSN)
Sweden vs Russia 10:00 (TSN2)

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