The Sens 7-3 win over Columbus was a lot closer than the score suggests. I echo Trevor Shackles sentiments about the lamentable Jared Cowen-Mark Borowiecki pairing, which continues to be awful. At this point you have to question Cameron’s ability to assess his players–lending some credence to Nichols concern that Cameron’s enlightened player usage last season was simply fortuitous circumstances. As a side note, the bad Karma from signing Mark Fraser had its ripples in the game as Clarke MacArthur was out of the lineup after an innocuous fall to the ice.
There’s not much to say about the Sens lifeless 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh (Callum Fraser reminds us that the dreaded pairing is still awful–Trevor providing the numbers for both). The players who have performed well thus far this season continue to do so, and those that haven’t still aren’t. It was nice to see Shane Prince dressed, but other than brief moments when he wasn’t buried on the fourth line he wasn’t that visible. Incidentally, Nichols recaps the team’s first three games and a lot of what he says involves line and lineup changes (all the ones you’d expect).
Matt O’Connor was returned to Binghamton now that Andrew Hammond is healthy, resulting in Scott Greenham being sent to Evansville (expect both to start tonight for their respective teams). Tony Androckitis offers a preview of the North Division, but it’s largely just a list of the prospects who will play.
Roster changes continue as the team released Branden Komm, Donnie Harris, and Stephen Pierog (only the former is surprising). The IceMen claimed P. J. Fenton off waivers from Fort Wayne (30-year old spent the last two season in tier-2 Germany), but he’s not signed so may never play; they also traded for goaltender Keegan Asmundson (from Orlando; he’s a rookie NCAA grad out of Canisius); and acquired the ECHL rights to Samuel Noreau (a failing Rangers prospect). The final roster posted by the team will likely continue to change, but it’s how the team will open (12 forwards, including one on IR, 9 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders).
Pension Plan Puppets gave a lukewarm review of Rob Vollman‘s latest Hockey Abstract volume. According to PPP if you are already firmly into analytics there’s nothing new, but it’s newbie friendly.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)
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