Senators News: January 29th

-Ottawa plays Washington (1-3-1) tonight; the Caps are lead by Mike Ribeiro (6 points) and backstopped by Michal Neuvirth (1-1-1 2.92 .889).

Jason Spezza will miss tonight’s game with an injury and Mika Zibanejad will be inserted into the lineup.  Kaspars Daugavins and Andre Benoit will sit while Peter Regin will center Silfverberg and Michalek.

Nichols goes through the logic of the Mika Zibanejad recall and the element that sticks out most to me is the Wayne Scanlan Tweet he includes:

F Mark Stone has broken finger and F Mike Hoffman broken collarbone. Stone needed to mend his sore ribs anyway. Time to heal.

Scott offers up the scoring chances in the Penguin game (14/14).

Jeremy Milks isn’t excited about the talented Swedish prospects in Ottawa’s pipeline because the team has enough elves; he’s more excited about Eric Gryba.  Er…what?  In fairness to Jeremy I’m not sure the two elements are necessarily related (elvish blueliners and talented Swedes), his point seems to be that physical depth players are more exciting than top line talent.  I guess to each their own?

-Binghamton has recalled Brad Peltz from Trenton; Peltz played one game for the Titans in which he was injured.

Rory Boylen‘s power rankings have Ottawa in 9th.

Tim Campbell explores re-alignment and points out that the situation is preventing the scheduling of the 2013-14 season, as Bill Daly said:

It’s a priority for the league to get something done in time for next year, and yes, its lack of resolution is holding up the scheduling process. It’s currently being worked on.

I don’t envision the problem to be a difficult one now that the CBA negotiations are over.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)