Senators News: December 31st

-Two changes to Ottawa’s lineup against Buffalo tonight: Matt Carkner subs in for Brian Lee and Craig Anderson gets the start.

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about Daniel Alfredsson‘s 400th career goal (link), with the captain saying, “It’s a milestone but for me — it just adds to everything else.  Right now, it’s something that’s in my mind, but, at the same time, it’s going to be something I look back on 10 or 15 years from now and say, ‘That’s a pretty good accomplishment.’ Right now, I try not to think about it. I know I don’t have a lot of years left so I just try to enjoy every moment. When you play long enough, numbers are going to add up one way or another. I’ve been fortunate to be on a lot of good teams.” And “That’s something I’ve worked on the most: My goal-scoring ability since I’ve come over here. I always consider myself still a passer first. My shot is one of the things I’ve improved dramatically from when I came into the league.  It feels really good knowing you’re a threat when you get the puck and be able to put it in. I still try to figure out how I can score more goals in practice. I try to figure out ways I can be more effective. That’s why I enjoy it. Trying to keep with the new styles, the young guys and the goalies, you’ve got to adjust to change.

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan’s potpourri article includes a bemusing quote (link) from Zenon Konopka who thinks Craig Anderson is getting too much criticism, “You’ve got to remember we’re a young team, we have young people on the back end and the front end.  When you’re a young team, odd-man rushes and breakaways happen. If Andy is on a veteran team, he might be up for the Vezina Trophy.”  The problem with Konopka‘s sentiments is that Anderson was in front of an equally young team in Colorado and put up great numbers, so the criticisms are valid.

-Joy Lindsay’s post-game report is up, including the news that Mark Parrish suffered a shoulder injury in last night’s game (she speculates that Max Gratchev may dress in his place).  Kurt Kleinendorst said about the game, “I really liked our first period. I did. Even though we were down by a goal, I thought we played really well. We just made two mistakes, and they both ended up in the net. And then we lost our mojo a little bit in the second period. It was just lifeless. The guys just weren’t winning any battles. The effort was lacking. And then in the third, maybe they woke us up. Maybe they woke us up. I give the guys a lot of credit because they battled hard. It was a big win for us.”

-I watched the US team lost 5-2 to the Czech Republic at the WJC.  Just like in the game against Finland they had no response to adversity and received sketchy goaltending (I never bought into the hype around Jack Campbell).  I’m not sure how good the game will be between Canada and the US, but for I hope it’s more competitive than the last three.