New York Islanders (16-18-7) Vs Ottawa Senators (20-16-4) @ 7pm ET, Scotiabank Place; Television: Rogers Sportsnet
I am a little bit pressed for time so today's thread is going to have to be relatively short. Here's my prediction that ran as part of James Gordon's prediction panel for the Ottawa Citizen,
Senators 4, Islanders 3
The last time John Tavares was in Ottawa around World Junior time, Eugene Melnyk was giving out hugs faster than he could give out interviews for Toronto's Fan 590 radio station. It's funny how time flies because since winning junior gold, Tavares has the Isles team flirting with playoff relevancy. Because of their dependency of the Isles on their young offensive talent, it's expected that the team will be a bit inconsistent. John Tavares (1 Goal in last 10 games), Matt Moulson (1 goal in last 13 games), Kyle Okposo (1 goal in last 21 games) and Josh Bailey (1 goal in last 15) have to produce more if the Isles are to have a chance.
In retrospect, I wish had written in the caveat if Carkner and Picard play that poorly again, Ottawa's screwed. As a pairing, they combined for a -5 rating in last night's 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.While I doubt that either is made a healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Isles, it will be interesting to see if Erik Karlsson gets an opportunity to redeem himself after some recent lacklustre play.
During the weekly digital faceoff that runs in the Ottawa Sun, Bruce revealed this in some banter with editor, Tim Baines...
BAINES: Did The Ghost say hi to you first? Also realize, Bruce, that you're probably on some players' Top 10 lists, too. And not always in a complimentary kind of way.
GARRIOCH: Gee, you think. I'm sure one of those players will be in town this weekend.
So which team is coming to town this weekend? The Philadelphia Flyers and Ray Emery of course.
An Islander Fan's Take of the Senators Alternate Uniform
I watched the last half of the Senators' 4-3 home loss to Colorado last night, and the first thing I noticed was that I was watching two of the most horrific hockey uniforms the NHL and its unholy partner R(ee)B(o)K have foisted upon us in the R(EE)B(O)K. EDGE. SYSTEM. era. I'll save the Avs' horrific unipron soiling of their once-pleasing mountain jersey for another day. But that SNES third jersey is an insult to the senses that literally makes me not want to watch a game involving that ... system.
This is coming from someone who has accepted every rip the Isles mid-90s Fisherman jersey ever received. Hell, at least the Fisherman had a theme to it -- one that made local sense, even if it disregarded storied franchise history. But the SNES disgrace combines the awful "none more blacker" trend with the ill-conceived tendency to force a nickname on a crest, and adds to it pointless ascending italics and completely random sleeve lines that end abruptly as if the artist suddenly realized what he'd done and swallowed the pill his teacher gave him long ago in the event he sold his soul to a sports apparel company. God, it's so horrible. Why, RBK, why? Why do you do this to us? ~ Lighthouse Hockey
Team Canada Roster
So here's the final roster for the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team:
Patrice Bergeron; Sidney Crosby; Ryan Getzlaf; Dany Heatley; Jarome Iginla; Patrick Marleau; Brenden Morrow; Rick Nash; Corey Perry; Mike Richards; Eric Staal; Joe Thornton; Jonathan Toews.
Dan Boyle; Drew Doughty; Duncan Keith; Scott Niedermayer; Chris Pronger; Brent Seabrook; Shea Weber
Martin Brodeur; Marc-Andre Fleury; Roberto Luongo
Some may complain about a perceived Western Conference bias to the Yzerman selected team, but with the inclusion of Patrice Bergeron...I don't know what to think. Bergeron? Really? I guess it's a good story though. He's come a long way from being that guy who was one headshot away from eating out of a straw. It's not surprising that Brenden Morrow is the token Gretzky'esque pick that's typically reserved for a player like Ryan Smyth or Shane Doan. I guess the most critical commentary can be reserved for the decision to include two young defencemen in Drew Doughty and Brent Seabrook. Barring an injury, wouldn't it have been a little bit wiser to shuffle in an experienced workhorse like Jay Bouwmeester as the extra defenceman?