Senators News: February 4th

-As reported by SensProspects yesterday Stephane Da Costa has been recalled by the Senators.  The lines at practice are: Zibanejad-Turris-Alfredsson, Michalek-Smith-Silfverberg, Greening-Regin-Neil, O’Brien-Da Costa-Condra.  I like Regin with physical players–maybe he’ll find his confidence there.  I don’t like Smith playing in the top six.  I wish Paul MacLean would give up putting Chris Neil, Zack Smith, and Colin Greening on the powerplay–they don’t produce enough, can’t distribute the puck, and Neil has taken penalties several times already.

-Here are my thoughts on Ottawa’s 2-1 loss to Montreal, including links to Greg Kimmerly’s wonderful history with the Sens.  Scott has the scoring chances 16-18, which seems about right.  The Raaymaker talks about the blown call (Allan Muir also makes note of it) and I agree with his summation:

in the end, Ottawa lost the game, and the waved-off goal wasn’t the only reason for that.

Can’t say I agree with his Michalek comments (echoed by Mark Parisi below) nor that Carey Price is a Sens killer–Ottawa just didn’t put enough pressure on Price, so credit the defense not the goaltending.

Mark Parisi offers his ups and downs for the Sens week that was.  I largely agree with Mark, although not about his downward trend for Michalek (who has always been a streaky scorer) or Latendresse (who is sick).  Mark apparently agrees with Adnan that Silfverberg was previously “invisible”, a standard which apparently can’t be defined but must remain in the eye of the beholder.

Scott Burnside offers up his power rankings and has Ottawa 10th.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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