Senators News: December 28th

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about last night’s game (link) with Craig Anderson blaming luck for his abysmal performance, “I got some unlucky bounces. I thought we came out of the gate pretty good, took the lead and I didn’t have the luck of the Irish. A couple of pucks off the post, off a skate, their guy. It’s one of those nights where you need to make some better luck for yourself.”  Paul MacLean, who has been careful to not blame his goaltenders for losses, said “Everybody (could have played better). I can’t wait until Friday because I think our team usually responds. It’s a resilient team and I’m excited about Friday (when the Senators will play host to the Flames).”

Sports Illustrated‘s power rankings are out (link) with Ottawa 20th.

-Joy Lindsay has Binghamton’s lineup ahead of tonight’s game (link): Rob Klinkhammer-Corey Locke-Mark Parrish, Mike Hoffman-Stephane Da Costa-Corey Cowick, David Dziurzynski-Pat Cannone-Mike Bartlett, Brandon Svendsen-Wacey Hamilton-Francis Lessard; Mark Borowiecki-Eric Gryba, Bobby Raymond-Tim Conboy, Mike Ratchuk-Craig Schira.  Mike McKenna will get the start.  Derek Grant will replace one of the forwards above as he returns to the lineup.

-I watched the Czech Republic’s 7-0 drubbing of Denmark last night, where prospect Jakub Culek picked up 3 assists.  Other than a few big hits the game (the best was Dane Anders Thode on Tomas Hyka) wasn’t very exciting, something made much worse by the presence of Craig Button as the colour man–he’s lousy as an analyst and even worse in the broadcast booth.