Ottawa 0, Winnipeg 2

Tonight’s coma-inducing game was one of Ottawa’s worst (the only excitement was the retribution Chris Neil got against Evander Kane after a questionable hit on Erik Karlsson).  In fairness, the Sens poor play over the last few games simply caught up to them.  Other than a brief flurry at the end they were unable to generate any offense.  Oddly enough, if Craig Anderson hadn’t let in two soft goals they might have stolen a point.  Click here for the box score.  A look at the goals:
1. Winnipeg, Slater
Spezza turns it over and Anderson lets a soft tip from Slater go between the wickets
2. Winnipeg, Enstrom
Spezza gets confused in coverage leaving Enstrom wide open; he fires a shot that somehow goes through Anderson

Top-performers: None.  No one excelled tonight.

Players Who Struggled:
Craig Anderson – he was great after it was 2-0, but two soft goals is too many
Jason Spezza – the goat on both goals
Chris Phillips – too many mental errors leading to turnovers (he was tied with the team lead)

The entire team was bad–unable to generate any offence until the final minutes and sloppy in their own zone.  It will be interesting to see who sits for Andre Petersson (who was just called up from Binghamton).


Senators News: January 16th; Binghamton 2, Bridgeport 3

-No changes are expected to the Sens roster tonight

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch is beating the drum for Paul MacLean to get Jack Adams consideration.  MacLean talked about his goals, “Our goal is to build a foundation here. Right now, we still have a long, long way to go. We just want to be consistent on a nightly basis.  I still think we have a long way to go. We’re happy with where we are and we’re pleased that our fans are happy with the way the team is playing, but we understand that there are a lot of games left to play and an awful lot can still happen.  We’re trying to make sure we keep the finger on the pulse of our team and what we need to do get better, but by no means are we anywhere close to where we feel we need to be.”  I admire MacLean’s restraint, although how the Sens have played the last couple of games would give anyone pause.

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Allen Panzeri reminds us that the Sens have played more games than any other team they are competing against, making their position in the standings a bit tenuous.

ESPN‘s power rankings are out with Ottawa 8th

-Binghamton lost 3-2 yesterday, their fourth loss in a row.  Mike McKenna took the loss while Da Costa and Klinkhammer scored the goals.  Eric Gryba was -3 on the night.  Click here for the box score and Joy Lindsay’s game summary.

-Elmira won last night, with Jack Downing scoring twice and Louie Caporusso picked up an assist.  Maxime Gratchev went pointless and Brian Stewart served as the backup.