Senators News: May 1st

Travis Yost takes a look at the stats for the Sens and Habs in April and concludes both teams are in good shape heading into their series.

Adnan expands on my look at Ottawa and Montreal’s games in the regular season.  Adnan concludes that, like most NHL coaches, Paul MacLean is more concerned with matching defence pairings against lines rather than forward groups.  He finds that Michel Therien doesn’t focus as much on the match-ups.  He suggests:

Based on games from earlier in the season, I would guess that MacLean will try to get Marc Methot and Erik Karlsson to shadow the Tomas Plekanec line and Sergei Gonchar/Jared Cowen against the Alex Galchenyuk line. Chris Phillips along with either Patrick Wiercioch or Eric Gryba will likely play against David Deshernais.

Nichols breaks down Bryan Murray’s interview on The Team.

Chris Lund addresses five burning questions about the Sens.

Larry Brooks makes the bold prediction that the Sens will go all the way to the Cup final, with these thoughts on the Habs series:

Ottawa not only owns the skill and speed to match up with Montreal’s brigade, but has the toughness as evidenced in last year’s knock-down, drag-out, seven-game first round loss to the Rangers. Brandon Prust vs. Chris Neil; when first and how often? Carey Price has nothing on Craig Anderson. Should be a terrific series.

Stan Fischler thinks the Sens will walk over Montreal:

I see the #Senators crushing #Montreal in a possible sweep

Jared Crozier offers eleven thoughts on the Sens-Habs series because offering twelve would just be silly.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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