Senators News: February 6th

-Here are my thoughts on last night’s game and here are Paul MacLean‘s:

I thought Peter Regin was very good tonight, Stephane Da Costa played very well for us. (Erik) Karlsson, I thought, was outstanding in the game. Mark Borowiecki had his best game to this point. Patrick Wiercioch was fine. Andre Benoit was fine. The team, as a group, really showed a good work ethic and we stuck to the structure of our team. We did a better job of getting the puck to the net and getting some opportunities and playing not as tentative offensively. We’ve got to find the right guys to put on the ice after we score a goal. The experiment is not working with what we’re doing. The shifts right after goals, for and against, are always real important and the last two (games), we get the lead and then within 20 or 30 seconds, they’ve got the game tied up, so we’ve got to do a much better job of being focussed at those times in the games. Those are big shifts that we can maintain momentum or give momentum back.

It’s interesting who MacLean singled out beyond the obvious (Karlsson and Regin): young players for the most part (Da Costa and Borowiecki barely played in last night’s game).  MacLean has a strong tendency to stroke his young players in the media (much like Luke Richardson does in Binghamton), which is all to the good.  Speaking of Regin, he had this to say:

Of course, it has been awhile. I had high expectations for myself coming into this season. It has been a long time and maybe the timing has been a little off and it took a more time than I was hoping or expecting.

Scott had the scoring chances 14-10 for Ottawa.

-Binghamton plays Adirondack (18-22-3) tonight; the Phantoms are lead by Danny Syvret (22 points) and backstopped by Scott Munroe (9-11-0 2.65 .913).

-Elmira plays Reading (31-11-5) tonight; Reading is lead by Yannick Tifu (43 points) and backstopped by Philipp Grubauer (19-5-1 2.30 .912).

Stu Hackel takes a look at the early surprises this season; there’s nothing Ottawa-related here, but it’s worth checking out.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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