In the past, the Ottawa Senators haven’t had their fair share of injuries. In face, sicne the lockout they’ve had the least injuries in the league. But karma may be coming back to bite Cory Clouston in the ass, and it’s biting him hard. After losing the heart and soul of the team (Chris Neil and Shean Donovan) for some time, you’re No.1 goalies (Pascal Leclaire), and two top six forwards in Nick Folgino and Jason Spezza, you’re screwed.
The lineup looks drastically different tonight when the Sens host the Sabres. Jesse Winchester will get first line minutes for the first time in his young career, centering Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson. Peter Regin bumps up to the second line on the left wing with Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson. The third line, the only line to stay the same, will see Chris Kelly centering Jarkko Ruutu and Jonathan Cheechoo. Call-up Josh Hennessey centres the fourth line with Chris Campoli and Ryan Shannon. Now people will scoff at Campoli’s mvoe to forward, but I think it may work. Campoli’s a guy who gets to the puck, but rarely wins the battle. If he plays forward which means he’ll be going up more often, he’ll pot those goals in like Irish leprechauns.
I expect one guy to REALLY step up in the absence of these guys. Hes a forward and plays on the third line. Yes, its Jonathan Cheechoo. Its time for CC to give him more time and to let him play his game. Its a prediction, and I hope it actually comes true.
Im not watching the game tonight, but I hope the Sens win tonight for the fans. For the fans guys, for the fans.