Senators News: February 1st

-Ottawa faces Carolina (2-3-0) tonight; the Canes are lead by Eric Staal (6 points) and backstopped by Cam Ward (1-3-0 4.50 .861).  Sergei Gonchar is back, so Mark Borowiecki sits; Guillaume Latendresse is out with the flu (presumably Kaspars Daugavins will be inserted).

Scott provides the scoring chances in the Montreal game (13-15).

Varada and James debate whether Craig Anderson is the best goaltender Ottawa has ever had.  Varada says:

Andy might be playing behind one of the weakest Senators teams of the last several years, and he’s outright stealing games.

Are they one of the weakest Sens teams?  I think that’s debatable (the first Sens team to make the playoffs was pretty awful).  It’s fun to speculate, but as James points out the sample size it just too small at this point.

-Binghamton faces St. John’s (19-22-3) tonight; the IceCaps are lead by Jason Jaffrey (23 points) and backstopped by Eddie Pasquale (12-15-2 2.58 .916).

-Elmira plays Toledo (24-17-4) tonight; the Walleye’s are lead by Willie Coetzee and Andrej Nestrasil (37 points) and backstopped by Mark Guggenberger (16-6-3 2.36 .909).

-The Jackals traded Matt Campanale to Las Vegas in return for forward Matt Carter (29-2-3-5) and blueliner Cameron Cooper (13-0-1-1).

-I’ve got to think fighting fans are thrilled that Shawn Thornton was concussed by John Scott last night.  Getting punched in the face is an important part of the game, especially when the puncher can’t actually play hockey.  Scott had this to say:

You never want to hurt somebody.

Really?  You punch people in the face, but you don’t want to hurt anyone?  Maybe Scott has a concussion too….

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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