Ottawa 1, Carolina 2

I was at tonight’s game and as expected it was a letdown with the Sens having secured their playoff spot.  The game was slow and dull, despite a rambunctious crowd.  It wasn’t a stellar night for the officials (Greg Kimmerly and Chris Rooney), but the Sens suffered more from a no-goal call under video review (continuing the trend of rulings against them this season) and sloppy play throughout the game.  Here’s the box score.  I don’t have my period-by-period breakdown, but there frankly weren’t many meaningful plays in the game.  The biggest moments not mentioned above were Chris Neil‘s breakaway (stopped by Ward) and Erik Karlsson saving a goal when Anderson fanned on the puck while out of his net.

A look at the goals:
1. Carolina, Sutter
Begun by a Condra turnover, Sutter’s harmless shot simply goes through Anderson
2. Carolina, Ruutu (pp)
Deflected the puck in off Kuba
3. Spezza (Greening, Alfredsson)
Great play in front of the net by Greening to get Spezza an empty net to shoot in

Top-performers:
Chris Neil – scored a goal (called back) and tried to add energy to the game

Players Who Struggled:
Craig Anderson – let in a bad goal and nearly surrendered another (Karlsson bailed him out)

Senators News: April 3rd

Bryan Murray talked about the Sens being in the playoffs, “I think anything can happen. I think we can play with anybody. I’m not going to say that we want to start (the playoffs) tomorrow. But I think we can play with most teams. Craig Anderson in goal gives us a chance every night, and when you have that to start with, it gives a lot of confidence to the group. To be fair to the people, many of them, they didn’t know our group as well as we think we knew them. (The experts) looked at (Chris) Phillips, (Filip) Kuba, (Sergei) Gonchar, (Daniel Alfredsson) and even (Jason Spezza) to a degree and felt that they weren’t able to rebound to the level that they did (this year). The other thing people didn’t respect is that we had a group in the minors that won a championship. When you win … they grew a great deal in that two-month period. They weren’t the big scorers, but they came in and gave us role definition. They allowed us to play hard every night. I don’t know whether it was a rebuild or what it was, but we kept our core guys. It’s a great achievement for our group and important for our fan base. I believe things will only get better as we go forward.”

Murray was on The Team 1200 and said he hopes Mika Zibanejad will play in Binghamton’s final two games after Djurgarden’s season is over on Friday.  He said it was very unlikely that Zibanejad would play for Ottawa in the playoffs.

The Hockey News and TSN‘s power rankings are out with Ottawa 11th and 10th (“the most surprising success story for an NHL team this season“).

Nichols has an interesting statistical breakdown of Erik Karlsson compared to the other Norris trophy candidates (he also compares him to the other Sens blueliners).  I think it’s unlikely Karlsson will win the trophy irrespective of his relative merits, but the numbers are worth checking out.

Joy Lindsay Tweets Binghamton’s lines at practice: Schneider-Cannone-Grant, Hoffman-Da Costa-Downing, Dziurzynski-Hamilton-Petersson (Lessard), Puempel-Bartlett-Cowick; Borowiecki-Schira, Henningson-Conboy, Wiercioch-Gryba.

-Here’s my profile of Sens prospect Brad Peltz.

Ken Campbell writes about how mis-management has hurt Canadian franchises (true), but makes the mistake of downplaying the value of the Canadian dollar in the ability of Canadian franchises competing (he brings up Winnipeg without making the connection that they wouldn’t have a franchise without the higher dollar).

-Prospect updates for those still playing (their position in team scoring is noted in brackets, defence compared to defence):
CHL
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 6-7-7-14 (1st) (Plymouth defeated Guelph 4-2)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 6-4-3-7 (t-1st) (67′s defeated Belleville 4-2)
Mark Stone
(RW, Brandon, WHL) 5-2-3-5 (2nd) (Brandon defeated Calgary 4-1)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 4-2-2-4 (t-5th) (Rimouski defeated Val-D’Or 4-0)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 5-2-2-4 (t-5th) (Spokane defeated Vancouver 4-2)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) 4-0-4-4 (t-6th) (Chicoutimi defeated Acadia-Bathurst 4-2)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Victoria, WHL) 4-0-2-2 (t-1st) (Victoria was eliminated by Kamloops 0-4)
SEL
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 10-7-5-12 (1st) (Brynas lead Farjestad 3-1)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 8-3-2-5 (3rd) (Djurgarden is 2-2-4 in relegation with two games left to play)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 8-1-1-2 (3rd) (Djurgarden is 2-2-4 in relegation with two games left to play)
Allsvenskan
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 6-2-0-2 (10th) (Boras is 5-2-1 in relegation with two games left to play)

Prospect Profile: Brad Peltz

Brad Peltz (LW, 6’1, DOB 1989, 7-190/09)
2007-08 USHS Avon 27-12-19-31 12pim (ppg 1.14) 5th pts
2008-09 USHS Avon DNP (illness)
2009-10 EJHL Boston 45-19-15-34 28pim (ppg 0.75) 5th
2010-11 NCAA Yale DNP
2011-12 NCAA Yale 9-1-0-1 Even 2pim (ppg 0.11) 20th

An off-the-wall pick (here’s a Sens TV interview right after he was drafted), Peltz dressed for games for the first time this season after being an extra player his entire freshman year.  A sniper, Peltz is a long term project expected to finish his collegiate career before turning pro (one presumes he’ll play more next season).  The only scouting report I can find on him is from Pierre Dorion who said, “hard-working player with good sense … Didn’t play this year [2008-09] because of an infection. We were thinking about taking him last year … Going to Yale for four years. Will become a good college player and from there, we hope he can help us down the road.”  Here’s a clip of him playing at last summer’s development camp (he nearly gets into a scrap with Shane Prince beginning at 3:09).