Senators News: February 2nd; Binghamton 2, St. John’s 4

-Here are my thoughts on Ottawa’s 1-0 loss to Carolina last night.  There’s not much to say about Adnan‘s recap other than I disagree with him that Jakob Silfverberg was invisible.

-For those who missed it, Craig Anderson was named the NHL’s first star of the month.

-Binghamton lost 4-2 to St. John’s last night; Robin Lehner made 30 saves in the loss while Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Shane Prince provided the offense.  The B-Sens were shorthanded 9 times and everything I’ve read about the game said they played terribly.  Here’s the boxscore.  Binghamton faces St. John’s again this evening.

-Elmira lost 4-1 to Toledo last night, with Louie Caporusso picking up the Jackals only goal.

-The farcial Phoenix ownership situation continues as Greg Jamison missed his deadline on a sweetheart deal and now a hardline group of city councillors will make it impossible for he (or anyone else) to get the same.  It’s seemed inevitable from the beginning of the process that the Coyotes will move, but the question remains when and where.

-Here the latest prospect update (for players with more than 10 games played I’ve indicated where they are in scoring; for blueliners they are compared to other defensemen on the team):

Cody Ceci (OHL Ottawa/Owen Sound) 52-12-35-47 (1st)
Matt Puempel (OHL Kitchener) 34-23-8-31 (2nd)
Stefan Noesen (OHL Plymouth) 33-17-13-30 (7th)
Jordan Fransoo (WHL Victoria) 45-3-10-13 (3rd)
Jakub Culek (QMJHL Cape Breton) 9-4-3-7 (10th) (injured)
Jarrod Maidens (OHL Owen Sound) (injured)
Chris Driedger (WHL Calgary) 25-11-3 2.41 .916
Francois Brassard (QMJHL Quebec) 23-15-3 2.90 .903

Allsvenskan (Swe)
Mikael Wikstrand (Mora) 37-11-11-22 (1st) WJC 6-0-4-4 (1st)

Nikita Filatov (Salavat) 43-9-11-20 (4th)

Ryan Dzingel (Ohio) – 27-12-13-25 (1st)
Max McCormick (Ohio) – 27-8-8-16 (3rd)
Jeff Costello (Notre Dame) – 19-6-10-16 (6th)
Bryce Aneloski (Nebraska-Omaha) – 26-4-11-15 (2nd)
Michael Sdao (Princeton) – 20-6-6-12 (1st)
Tim Boyle (Union) – 14-0-2-2 (t-6th)

Robbie Baillargeon (Indiana/Omaha) – 40-14-16-30 (t-1st)

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


Ottawa 1 Carolina 0

In one of the least entertaining games of the season the Sens lost 1-0 to Carolina.  The game was filled with lacklustre play, mental errors, and without any energy whatsoever.  Here’s the boxscore.

Game Notes
-Ottawa started with a whimper, getting an early powerplay they did nothing with (a theme for their powerplay in general)
-Paul MacLean put the lines into the blender eventually, but the third line struggled defensively beforehand
-a rough night for Kaspars Daugavins who had trouble handling the puck; it was particularly rough when he lost control of the puck on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break in the first
-on the dumb penalty side of things both Marc Methot (2nd period) and Zack Smith (3rd period) were guilty
Methot, who didn’t have a great game, did save a goal in the third; not to be outdone, Alfredsson made a great play in the second that prevented Semin from going in alone on Anderson
-it has been a rough start to the season for Peter Regin (who apparently changed his stick this season), but he’s a lot better playing with top players

The Goal
1. Carolina, Staal
Makes a nice tip (Methot was slightly out of position and unable to tie up his stick)

I have no idea what to make of this game.  It wasn’t a lack of effort, but a lack of execution.  Dan Ellis (who got the win and the shutout) wasn’t particularly good, but the Sens just didn’t put enough pucks on net.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)