-Ottawa lost 2-1 to the Islanders in a shootout yesterday, with Robin Lehner making 33 saves in the loss and Mika Zibanejad and Patrick Wiercioch (scoring late to tie it) providing the offence. Here’s the boxscore. It was a rough night for Eric Gryba (poor decisions on both goals) and the Sens third line; Alfredsson‘s struggles also continued. Up until the Grabner goal I thought the fourth line was Ottawa’s best; Colin Greening had the most and best scoring chances for Ottawa, but could not put the puck in the net. One thing the Sens did manage (unlike in Philadelphia) was their temper, as they got riled up after a clean Matt Martin hit, but didn’t take any silly penalties going after him (much to Jeremy Milks chagrin). Ryan‘s game summary is pretty accurate, although I thought both Sergei Gonchar and the Sens powerplay were solid. Scott has the scoring chances 14/16.
–Harry Zolnierczyk was suspended for four games after his hit on Mike Lundin. It’s more than I expected, but won’t change Zolnierczyk‘s game, nor is it a “message” to other players who play the same way.
–Mark Parisi has a remarkably generous ups and downs for the week that was for everyone other than Jakob Silfverberg. I think he could have slapped a number of negatives in and I’m not sure poor Silfverberg deserves to suffer for the atrocious play of his linemates.
-Binghamton also lost in a shootout yesterday, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Toronto Marlies. Nathan Lawson made 28 saves in the loss while Dustin Gazley scored the only goal for the B-Sens (also the only goal for Binghamton in the shootout). Here’s the boxscore.
-Here is 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) 64-18-41-59 (1st)
Matt Puempel (OHL Kitchener) 46-29-9-38 (3rd)
Stefan Noesen (OHL Plymouth) 46-23-21-44 (t-6th)
Jordan Fransoo (WHL Victoria) 59-6-13-19 (3rd)
Jakub Culek (QMJHL Cape Breton) 9-4-3-7 (10th) (injured)
Jarrod Maidens (OHL Owen Sound) (injured)
Chris Driedger (WHL Calgary) 30-14-4 2.47 .913
Francois Brassard (QMJHL Quebec) 27-18-4 2.83 .907
Mikael Wikstrand (Mora) 45-11-14-25 (1st) WJC 6-0-4-4 (1st)
Nikita Filatov (Salavat) 47-10-11-21 (6th)
Ryan Dzingel (Ohio) – 36-14-19-33 (2nd)
Max McCormick (Ohio) – 36-12-15-27 (3rd)
Jeff Costello (Notre Dame) – 28-9-17-26 (3rd)
Bryce Aneloski (Nebraska-Omaha) – 33-5-15-20 (2nd)
Michael Sdao (Princeton) – 29-8-7-15 (1st)
Tim Boyle (Union) – 15-0-2-2 (t-7th)
Robbie Baillargeon (Indiana/Omaha) – 51-17-21-38 (1st)
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)