Senators News: March 24th

Ben Bishop will start tonight against Pittsburgh, which makes sense as I don’t think Paul MacLean wants to throw Craig Anderson to the wolves.

-Sens fans are starting to panic now that Ottawa has only won one of their last six.  I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax.  Whether the Sens make the playoffs or not doesn’t detract from how much better they’ve been this year given the expectations.  It’s worth keeping in mind that if they do make the playoffs they aren’t going to get past the first round, so how valuable is that experience really going to be for the roster?  That being said, it’s worth looking at the primary problem for the team: a lack of secondary scoring.  A number of players who are expected to produce are in the midst of deep funks:
Daniel Alfredsson (3 points in his last 12 games)
Kyle Turris (3 point s in his last 11 games)
Nick Foligno (3 points in his last 11 games)
Matt Gilroy (1 point in his 11 games as a Senator)
Sergei Gonchar (1 point in his last 13 games)
Bobby Butler (0 points in his last 10 games played)

Paul MacLean talked about last night’s loss, “Glad we don’t have to play them again. They certainly bring the worst out in us. We weren’t as prepared to play the game, play with enough discipline … It falls on the coaching staff to make sure the players are prepared to play.”

Kurt Kleinendorst talked about last night’s win, “We didn’t give up. I really like the way we’re playing. I told the guys that. It’s really fun for me to stand behind the bench and watch them play because we’ve worked awfully hard and haven’t had great results up to this point, but we’re working hard now and we are getting good results. I’m happy for our guys because individually you’re starting to see their growth and development.

-Sens prospect Chris Wideman‘s NCAA career is over (Miami lost 4-3 in OT) so he may be on his way to Binghamton sooner than later

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