Senators News: November 11th

-Ottawa hung on to defeat Florida 3-2 on Saturday (boxscore and Mark Parisi‘s summary) as Robin Lehner picked up another win (and was named the NHL’s #1 star of the week).  There’s a moderate amount of debate about goaltending because Craig Anderson will start in the Sens next game, but it’s a little silly–Anderson needs his reps and the staff needs to see where his game is at.

Travis Yost continues to talk trades, but doesn’t speculate on what that might consist of other than being meant to help the blueline.

-On the funny side of things, I apparently started a blog for October 24th and somehow missed finishing it–the corpse remains however and here it is: The Sens steamrolled the Red Wings 6-1 last night, shelling Jimmy HowardMika Zibanejad picked up an assist in his season debut and it will be interesting to see how Paul MacLean tweaks his lineup against Anaheim.  I think as long as Derek Grant continues to win faceoffs he’ll stick in the short-term.  Here’s the boxscore (there were no full summaries of the game, but Travis Yost offers some thoughts).  Mike Babcock said:

Their team came prepared to play and skated us into the ground. We didn’t play at all.

-Binghamton crushed Rochester 7-3 (boxscore and Jeff Ulmer‘s summary) in Nathan Lawson‘s and then they beat Hershey in a shootout 5-4 (boxscore and Jeff‘s summary) with Andrew Hammond racking up 41-saves for the victory.  The B-Sens are 9-4 on the season now and assuming the roster remains relatively intact (and healthy) looks in good shape for a playoff run at season’s end.  Stephane Da Costa was named the AHL player of the week (largely based on his performance against Rochester).

-Here’s the latest Sens prospect update, which doesn’t contain anything particularly weighty other than Chris Driedger‘s sub par numbers.

Aaron Gordon writes an excellent piece on how sports teams get tax payers to fund their buildings.  The key thing here is persuading public officials to spearhead the effort (public opinion, as Aaron points out, is irrelevant).  Public funding is, of course, a terrible idea for the public.

Eric Duhatschek wonders what the NHL will do about fighting:

Knowing the slow pace of change on this particular issue – and the fact that even if the league wants to move on it quickly, they will receive stiff resistance from the NHL players association, which has a lot of important voices defending fighting – makes you hold out little hope that much of any consequence will be resolved this time around.

Nothing new really, but he echoes my sentiment.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)