Senators News: February 19th

-Ottawa faces the Islanders (6-8-1) tonight; Craig Anderson is expected to start while Jim O’Brien and Mike Lundin will sit (I agree wholeheartedly with the latter, although I don’t think O’Brien is the forward who warrants sitting) while Andre Benoit and Mika Zibanejad will play.

Scott had the scoring chances of the New Jersey game 11/15.  My thoughts on the game are here.

-Here’s Binghamton at the fifty game mark.

Bobby Kelly takes a look at various Sens prospects with a particular eye on Jakub Culek‘s odd year.  Funnily enough, given the state of affairs in Binghamton right now he would be a welcome addition…if he was healthy.

Jeremy Milks looks at the ins and outs of Ottawa trading for Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly.

Mark Sutcliffe takes a look at the loss of Erik Karlsson in terms of the Sens marketing.  It’s an interesting piece, although Sutcliffe doesn’t attempt to speculate what Karlsson‘s impact on ticket sales is.

Bruce Dowbiggin looks at how little advanced hockey statistics and analysis is used on network coverage and I can’t help but agree with him.  I think a lot of that has to do with the lack of sophistication of many TV analysts (particularly the former players who proliferate on Sporstnet) as well as a general conservatism from those who cover the game (I think specifically picking Don Cherry is a bit too narrow on Dowbiggin’s part).  The positive for stats lovers is that these are the kinds of things fans will grab hold of, so ultimately it’s only a matter of time.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)