Callum Fraser details Ottawa’s 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay and puts the blame firmly on Dave Cameron’s shoulders based on the decision to play Mark Borowiecki at forward and scratch Shane Prince. I think we’ve hit the point where Cameron has jumped the shark in the blogosphere, although the withering criticism has no impact on Murray’s decisions.
Speaking of Murray, he’s admitted the organisation is thinking about sending Curtis Lazar down to Binghamton to get his offensive game in order. Should it take 90+ NHL games to figure this out? No, but I do think sending him down is a good decision if it happens.
Travis Yost writes a great piece about the NHL’s inability to correctly assess defensemen. He points out that, by and large, teams do a good job assessing forwards because they produce stats everyone understands (goals and assists). Defensemen aren’t like that, and using advanced stats it’s easy to see how poorly some teams distribute their ice time–this speaks to both a lack of proper assessment and an inability to utilize the information now available.
BSens roster updates: Tobias Lindberg is still injured and likely won’t play this week, but Eric O’Dell, Mark Fraser, Michael Sdao, and Guillaume Lepine are all healthy and able to return to the lineup. Andrew Hammond has been assigned to the BSens and, presuming he’s healthy enough, should play.
With Hammond in Binghamton Scott Greenham has been sent down to Evansville (which probably means Matt Zenzola will go back to the SPHL).
Evansville beat Toledo 3-2 on Wednesday night, with the newly recalled Zenzola picking up the win. The only lineup change saw Vincent Dunn scratched in favour of Sebastian Strandberg. The goals:
1. Anthoine took a lazy highsticking call in the offensive zone and on the ensuing PP faceoff Trebish loses track of his position leaving the Toledo player untouched as he bangs in the puck
2. Rumble takes a dumb slashing penalty in the offensive zone and on the PP Leveille is lazy collapsing back to the goal, leaving the Toledo player untouched for a goal identical to the first
3. MacDonald is credited as the Toledo defenseman sweeps the puck off his stick only to score five-hole on his own goaltender
4. MacDonald bangs in a rebound
5. With Evansville on the PP Toledo gives the puck away at the blueline and Leveille bangs in a rebound
Notes: this is the fewest goals allowed by the IceMen since their 4-2 win over Alaska (6 games ago); it’s also the first game since that win where the goaltender didn’t surrender a bad goal. This was the team’s third consecutive game with a positive shot differential (a first for the season).
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)