I’m not going to comment on the officiating last night because of course it was atrocious and it seems too boring to just rant and rant on it. However, 4 players got hurt last night, and even though 3 will play tonight, Chris Neil will be out for 2 weeks with an semi-body injury. Peter Regin got a puck to the face, Alexandre Picard was cross-checked by Andrew Peters (yet no penalty) and Matt Carkner blocked a furious shot from Andy Greene. This is alarming as we have to make sure no more injuries persist. We already have a bunch of them and there’s no way we would last with more.
Now that Neil joins Pascal Leclaire, Mike Fisher, Shean Donovan, and Anton Volchenkov on the IR, Ryan Keller will need to step up tonight. Alex Kovalev is back after missing 3 games due to personal reasons. The Sens were 2-1 without him. It’s likely he will play with Jason Spezza amd Daniel Alfredsson on the first line tonight, with Milan Michalek playing with Jesse Winchester and Ryan Shannon on the second line. Those 3 had some real chemistry last night and had Ottawa’s only goal.
I think we will tonight. A loss last night means some angry Sens who want to come back. I’m going to agree with Ian Mendes and say Jason Spezza will have his best game of the season tonight with 2 goals and 1 assist. 4-3 Sens. Shortened gameday tonight folks. Catch the game (and Pierre McGuire, if you can) on TSN at 7:30 PM ET.
GO SENS GO!