Zbynek Michalek's 4, Milan Michalek's 3
After losing the first two games to San Jose and Los Angeles on their western road trip, I was all set to predict an Ottawa win against Anaheim and then a loss against to Phoenix to close out the swing. And why? Well, until yesterday I was working under the assumption that the Senators would have finished their western road trip in Phoenix because travel-wise, it made sense. Well, apparently I was wrong and now have to rethink things because after tonight's game in Phoenix, Ottawa will travel back to the state of California to take on the Ducks. Even though Jonathan Cheechoo has shown a pulse, I can't overlook the fact that the travel should compound Ottawa's recent poor defensive coverage and goaltending. Honestly, the only thing that benefits the Senators is the fact that Milan Michalek is squaring off against his brother and has a shown a tendency to elevate his game when motivated. ~ Ottawa Citizen Prediction Panel
While there was a lot of concern that tonight's game wouldn't be televised, the Senators organization has sent out an email to fans who have subscribed to their Sens Insider products. Anyways, here are the finer details of the email:
The Phoenix Coyotes’ home game on Saturday, Dec. 5 against the Ottawa Senators will now be available to subscribers of NHL Center Ice and NHL.com’s GameCenter Live. Center Ice and GameCenter Live will air Jobing.com Arena’s in-house video feed along with the audio from the Coyotes’ radio broadcast.
You must be a subscriber to one of these services to view the game. If you’re not a subscriber, head to a friend’s house, family member or check with any Local Heroes or a nearby pub that would have NHL Centre Ice. Go Sens Go!
Neil Still Out Another Two Weeks But...
...If you're wondering about some of tonight's lineup decisions, Allen Panzeri of the Citizen is reporting that Brian Elliott will get the start tonight while Alexandre Picard is doubtful. Due to Picard's shoulder injury, expect Chris Campoli to re-enter the lineup and assume Picard's position alongside Matt Carkner. For the first time since being called up, it looks as though Ryan Keller may be the odd man out. Even though Keller's averaging close to six minutes of ice time per game, he simply has to be better.
SBP's Parking Lot Isn't As Bad As It Used To Be
According to an article by Ken Warren in yesterday's Citizen, Senators President Cyril Leeder held an informal media session and spoke about how improved the parking lot situation is at SBP this season. Leeder attributed several factors for this improvement.
The completion of the 417 expansion to Eagleson Road has created more lanes on the highway, resulting in a smaller "bottleneck" of traffic following games.
There are more traffic police officers working the roads outside Scotiabank Place, allowing for a better distribution of cars leaving parking lots. The bus parking dropoff and pickup locations have been moved to increase traffic flow and the club has added an additional exit at Lot 9, one of the largest lots outside the arena.
Interestingly, there was never any mention of Ottawa's average attendance being down 1,000 fans from this point last year.
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