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Sens at Devils, April 7

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.04.07 at 00:36
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Last regular season game! Time really did fly by in what turned out to be an incredible 20th anniversary season for the Sens. The boys finish off the 2011-2012 season with a visit to the New Jersey Devils.

I've lost track of the various playoff scenarios but I believe there's still a chance we could end up in 8th with the perfect storm of wins and losses today. For now, we sit in 7th and are looking towards a 1st round matchup with the Bruins.

Here's what you need to know:

* Craig Anderson starts vs. Martin Brodeur
* Chris Neil suffered an injury at practice on Friday and did not travel with the team.
* Daugavins will re-enter the lineup to replace Neil and joining him will be Matt Gilroy. Carkner will be the scratch.

Puck drop is at 3:00 pm on CBC and Team1200 radio.


Sens vs. Bruins, April 5

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.04.05 at 10:04
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The Sens wiil play their last home game of the regular season tonight against the team they'll be facing in the first round of the playoffs, the Boston Bruins. We won't call this a preview of the upcoming series since a number of Bruins regulars didn't make the trip to Ottawa but it'll still be a good test for the Sens who will be icing their playoff ready lineup tonight.

So who's in and who's out? Ben Bishop will make his return from injury tonight and get the start. Anderson will back up. Gilroy, Konopka, Daugavins, and Butler will all sit out tonight. Marty Turco will be in net for Boston.

Puck drop is at 7:30 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Hurricanes, April 3

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.04.03 at 05:50
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Playoff bound and it feels amazing! Ottawa clinched its playoff spot on Sunday afternoon with a 5-1 win over the Islanders. All that's left now is to jockey for position and see how things shake out. In all likelihood the Sens will remain in 7th and face the Bruins in the first round but they still have a chance to catch New Jersey for 6th with the right combination of wins and Devils losses.

For tonight's game against Carolina, only one lineup change to report: Sergei Gonchar will sit out to rest an upper body injury which means Matt Carkner will drop back in. Craig Anderson will start against Cam Ward.

Puck drop is at 7:30 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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Sens at Islanders, April 1

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.04.01 at 09:51
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After yesterday's nailbiting 4-3 win over the Flyers, the Sens will need to pull off another one as they hop over to Long Island to face the New York Islanders. The formula is simple now: win and you're in. The Leafs did the Sens a major favour last night and beat the Sabres in regulation so it's up to Ottawa now. A win today will clinch the Sens a playoff spot for the first time since 2010.

Craig Anderson will start again this afternoon. There are some mildly bizarre rumors that John Grahame will be in net for the Isles but nothing has been confirmed.

Jesse Winchester will finally return to the lineup after missing more than three months with a concussion. Rob Klinkhammer will sit to make room. Also having a seat will be Matt Carkner as Matt Gilrot drops back in.

Puck drop is at 3:00 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio

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Sens at Flyers, March 30

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.31 at 00:45
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Well, it's that time of year where practically every single game being played in the conference means something. Some teams are jockeying for position and some teams are just trying to hang on. The Sens fall into the latter category, spending much of their four day break anxiously scoreboard watching as the teams nipping at their heels inched ever closer. Ottawa remains 7th in the East with 88 points, only two up on Washington and Buffalo. Basically, the Sens have the outcome of this situation mostly in their own hands. The mission is simple: win. Two Sens wins and a regulation loss by the Sabres will clinch the boys a playoff spot. Ottawa will certainly be looking for the first of those two wins this afternoon against Philly.

Craig Anderson starts today presumably against Sergei Bobrovsky but it hasn't been confirmes. No other lineup changes are expected. Jesse Winchester did travel with the team to Philly but will not play.

Puck drop is at 1:00 pm on CBC and Team1200 radio.

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Sens at Jets, March 26

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.26 at 16:41
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Sorry I'm late! Things have been crazy over the past few days but in any event, here we go.

So, the Sens are still 7th in the East but their cushion is getting pretty thin, with Buffalo and Washington sitting a mere two points back and Winnipeg pressing as well. Goes without saying, this is another huge game.

Here's what you need to know:

* Craig Anderson will start against Ondrej Pavelec
* Andy will be backed up by Alex Auld after it was announced that Ben Bishop will be out for at least two weeks with a lower body injury (groin).
* No other lineup changes are expected so Butler and Konopka will sit again.

Puck drop is at 8:30 on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio

It's going to be a busy weekend for me and the Sens. Ottawa is facing back to back must win games if they want to solidify their playoff position. As for me, I'm heading down the 401, deep into enemy territory, hence the double post.

Quick notes for Friday's match against the Habs:

* Jason Spezza and Craig Anderson will both be back in the lineup tonight. Spezza missed Tuesday's game with illness while, as we all know, Anderson has been out for four weeks after the infamous chicken incident.
* Carkner and Daugavins will continue to sit and will be re-joined by Bobby Buter who filled in for Spezza on Tuesday.
* Expect Carey Price to be in net for Montreal

Sorry guys! Here's what's up for Saturday's game:

* Ben Bishop will be back in net, Brad Thiessen for the Pens
* Daugavins and Carkner will dress so Konopka and Gilroy will sit

Friday's game starts at 7:30. Broadcast is on Sportsnet, RDS, and Team1200 radio

Saturday's tilt is at 7:00 on CBC and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Devils, March 20

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.20 at 14:36
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Quick post today:

* Bishop vs Hedberg in net
* Konopka will be back in tonight; Bobby Butler will sit
* Craig Anderson continues to practice and is expected back some time this week

Puck drop is at 7:30 on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

Welp. I got into an accident this morning, hence the lateness of this post. Five points for everyone on tonight's game :)

Also, since tomorrow's my birthday and I do what I want, full points for that game too, plus whatever you earn for your prediction.

I'll fill in details for the Leafs game tomorrow.

Enjoy tonight's game! Wherever you're watching, cheer extra loud -- the division lead is on the line!

EDIT: Well, the division lead was indeed on the line and... WE GOT IT! Continuing their improbable season, the Sens currently sit 2nd in the East after their 2-1 +( win over Montreal last night, and may just be slugging it out with the Bruins for the Northeast lead as the teams head down the stretch. Who would have thought?

Anyway, tonight's opponents are, of course, those dastardly Leafs. While the Leafs are not doing their best work at the moment, the Sens can't be caught taking them lightly. With SBP sure to be invaded by Toronto fans, it would be nice to see our boys take the blue side of the crowd out of it early.

Ben Bishop and James Reimer are the starters. Konopka, Carkner, and Daugavins will sit out again.

Also of note, Erik Karlsson will be the subject of Inside Hockey tonight during CBC's pre-game, sometime between 6:30 and 7. In other news, Paul MacLean gave an update on Craig Anderson today, giving us the news that based on doctor's orders, the earliest we'll see Anderson play is next Friday's game against the Habs.

Puck drop is at 7:00 pm on CBC and Team1200 radio.


Sens vs Habs, March 14

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.14 at 15:11
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The Sens Army is invading Montreal tonight as Ottawa prepares to face the Habs for the second last time this season. This is a pretty cool roadie for the team, who hopped on the rails yesterday along with a whole contingent of fans who are participating in the Heritage Train trip. As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, the team kicked it old school, donning fedoras and vintage inspired suits for the train ride to Montreal. They will also wear their heritage jerseys in tonight's tilt.

Anyway, on to business. This, of course, is a crucial game for Ottawa who are still sitting in 7th with 81 points, just three up on 8th place Washington. The team has a great opportunity to tie Boston in points and position themselves for a shot at the Northeast crown (Boston would remain the division leader because of games in hand).

No lineup changes are expected so Ben Bishop is your starter and Konopka, Butler, and Carknet are scratched. Jesse Winchester is travelling with the team but will (obviously) not play. Carey Price will start for Montreal.

Puck drop is at 7:30 on TSN and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Sabres, March 10

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.10 at 11:59
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Well, they're all important at this time of the year but tonight's game against Buffalo has a little extra something to it. Besides being a division rival, the Sabres are on a hot streak and aiming to make some room for themselves in the Eastern conference playoff picture. They currently sit in 10th, with 70 points, ten points back of the 7th place Sens. Ottawa would certainly like to increase that distance and keep pace with the teams above them with a win tonight.

No lineup changes are anticipated so Ben Bishop will be between the pipes again and Konopka, Butler, and Carkner will all be scratched. Expect Ryan Miller to get the start for Buffalo. EDIT: Karlsson is now looking like a game time decision. If he can't go, Carkner will be in.

From the sick bay, Jesse Winchester has been participating in full practice and says he feels the best that he has since suffering the concussion which has kept him out of the lineup for the past three months. Craig Anderson has been handling a stick regularly which is also great news. No timetable for a return on either of them.

Puck drop is at 7:00 pm on CBC and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Ranger, March 8

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.08 at 14:52
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Another quickie!

* It'll be Ben Bishop vs Martin Biron tonight.
* Jim O'Brien is back in after missing Tuesday's game with a UBI, Konopka is out. Despite suffering a broken nose during Tuesday's 7-3 victory over Tampa, Chris Phillips will play tonight.
* Noteworthy: Ian Mendes reports that Craig Anderson was on the ice this morning before Sens practice and was able to carry a full goal stick in his hand.

Puck drop is at 7:30 on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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Sens at Lightning, March 6

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.06 at 12:56
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Just a quickie today!

* Ben Bishop has been called up and is expected to start; Robin Lehner has been sent back to Bingo.
* The lineup shuffle continues: tonight, Daugavins and Smith are in, Konopka and Butler are out.
* Noteworthy: Craig Anderson was out for some drills at the end of practice with no stick in sight; Erik Karlsson was fined $2,500 for his slash on Florida's Sean Bergenheim on Sunday.
* Mathieu Garon will start for Tampa.

Puck drop is at 7:30 on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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Sens at Panthers, March 4

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.04 at 13:23
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The Sens are off to soak up a bit of sun as they pay a visit to the Florida Panthers tonight. This is another huge game for Ottawa with Florida being in such close proximity points wise. The Panthers are currently sitting 3rd in the East but with the revolving door that is the Southeast division lead, they could easily end up back in 8th. With the regular season winding down, Ottawa will need to keep pace in order to hold off the teams who will be pressing hard for a playoff berth. Currently the Sens are 7th in the East, still with 76 points after their 2-1 loss to Chicago on Friday night.

The big news of the day is that Rob Klinkhammer has been recalled from Bingo for tonight's game. Klinkhammer has 12 goals and 23 assists is 35 games with Binghamton this season. Zack Smith will be the odd man out tonight, joining Carkner and Daugavins in the press box.

Robin Lehner will be back in net tonight where he'll face Jose Theodore.

Puck drop is at 6:00 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Blackhawks, March 2

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.03.02 at 07:44
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The year of returning ex-Sens continues as Ray Emery and the Chicago Blackhawks pay a visit to SBP. The Sens are coming off of a big 1-0 win over Boston on Tuesday night and they'll be looking to continue their strong play tonight. Ottawa is currently sitting 6th in the East and they can inch within one point of the division lead with a win tonight. They can also leapfrog Philly and get into 5th if they pick up the two points.

No lineup changes so Robin Lehner will be between the pipes tonight. He'll (obviously) be facing Ray Emery. Craig Anderson spoke to the media this week and there is no timetable set for his return from hand surgery. Jesse Winchester is looking as close to a return as he has since suffering his concussion. He's been participating in practice and is feeling good by all accounts. No timetable for him either.

Puck drop is at 7:00 pm on TSN and Team1200 radio.

Happy Friday!

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Sens at Bruins, February 28

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.28 at 07:37
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Before we get into tonight’s festivities, let’s do a quick wrap up on the Sens trade deadline activities.  Staying true to his word, Bryan Murray was pretty quiet yesterday and in the days leading up to the deadline, however he did completed two moves.  The Sens have acquired 6’7 AHL all-star goaltender Ben Bishop from the St, Louis Blues on Sunday for second-round pick in the 2013 draft.

Yesterday, Murray sent defenceman Brian Lee to Tampa Bay in exchange for defenceman Matt Gilroy.  C’est tout!  Definitely a nice change of pace after last year’s tear down and good to see our GM sticking with the plan and not making any rash moves.

Now then, the Sens are off to Boston to face the Bruins once again.  This might be a bit of a sticky one after Saturday’s matchup where Kyle Turris laid a questionable hit on former Sens D-man Joe Corvo.  Corvo let his displeasure be known to the media and although he’s since retracted his fighting words I don’t think the Sens will be forgetting them anytime soon. 

Following their 5-2 win over the Islanders on Sunday, Ottawa will be looking to shorten the distance between themselves and Boston for the Northeast division lead.  The Sens can bring themselves within one point of the Bruins with a regulation win tonight.  There’s also some potential for the team to jump as high as 5th place depending on the outcomes of the other games tonight.  The Sens currently sit in 7th.

Coach Paul MacLean seems to be addressing the potential for Bruins shenanigans by reinserting Zenon Konopka into the lineup.  The newly acquired Matt Gilroy will also be in tonight.  Daugavins and Carkner will be the scratches and Robin Lehner will start.    Tim Thomas will likely be between the pipes for Boston.

Puck drop is at 7:00 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Islanders, Feb 26

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.26 at 11:07
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Ottawa will need to bounce back quickly from last night's 5-3 loss to Boston as they're right back in action this afternoon against the New York Islanders.

Two lineup changes -- Robin Lehner will start and Brian Lee will be back in, meaning Matt Carkner will sit.

Puck drop is at 5 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio

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Sens vs Bruins, February 25

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.25 at 12:27
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Every game is important when you hit this point of the season and you're still in the playoff hunt. The Sens are right in the tick of things, still sitting 7th in the East, and will welcome Boston to SBP tonight for another key matchup. With a win tonight the Sens can pull within one point of Boston for the division lead and have a chance to move up the standings depending on the outcomes of the Pittsburgh and Philly games. Ottawa is currently riding a four game winning streak, most recently defeating Washington 5-2 on Wednesday.

The biggest news this week has been the injury to goaltender Craig Anderson. Anderson cut his hand in an accident at home after Wednesday night's game and is out indefinitely. The Sens number one netminder had surgery to repair a severed tendon in his right pinky and although it was initially feared that he would be out for weeks, it's looking more like a 7-10 days sort of thing. Great news for the team who has relied heavily on Anderson this season.

With Andy out for the next few games, the other goalies in the Sens organization are going to have a chance to shine. Alex Auld will be expected to step up starting with tonight's game. Robin Lehner has been called up from Bingo and will serve as the backup. Tim Thomas is expected between the pipes for Boston. The only other lineup change will be Matt Carkner returning to the lineup; Brian Lee will sit in his place.

Puck drop is at 7:00 pm on CBC, RDS, and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Caps

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.22 at 08:01
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Ottawa is back at home and will put out the welcome mat for the Washington Capitals tonight. The Sens are 7th in the East with 70 points while the Caps are in 10th at 63 points. Kind of a huge game? Yeah, you could say that. Our boys are currently on a three game winning streak, most recently steamrolling the Islanders 6-0 on Monday. No need to stop such a fun party, right?

The Sens will be sticking with the winning formula tonight so Craig Anderson will start and Carkner and Knopka will sit again. Expect Tomas Vokoun to be between the pipes for Washington.

Puck drop is at 7:00 pm on TSN and Team1200 radio.

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Sens at Islanders, February 20

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.20 at 10:22
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In the spirit of Family Day and me being late as heck posting this, five points for everyone who has participated so far, plus whatever points you get from your prediction.

The Sens pay a visit to Long Island today to rumble with the Islanders. Ottawa has looked great over their past two games, winning both of their stops in the sunshine state, including Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Panthers. They'll be looking to keep up the strong play and pick up some critical points to build up their playoff cushion. The Sens sit 7th in the East with 68 points, three back of 6th place Pittsburgh and 4 up on the Leafs and Jets who are tied for 8th.

No lineup changes are expected for the Sens so Craig Anderson gets the start and Konopka and Carkner will continue to sit. Winchester is skating but still not ready to return from his concussion. Not entirely sure who's in net for the Isles but it looks like it will be Kevin Poulin.

Puck drop is at 1:00 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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