An omission from Tuuka Rask's 'time on ice while short-handed' statistic is the inordinate amount of time that Ottawa maintained puck possession on a Boston delayed penalty in the second period.
Tim passed along a story to me this morning. During this delayed penalty against the Bruins, a mutual friend of ours was watching the Senators taking the play to the them for almost two minutes. At that point, he stopped to take a long look at the red wine that he was drinking and said, "Is this actually happening or is it the wine?"
As a reward for his performance in the rookie tournament, Shane Prince didn't receive much ice-time last night. He did however make a few nice passes during the aforementioned delayed penalty that led to a few quality scoring chances for the Senators. Although Prince, in all likelihood, is a few seasons away from being a productive NHL player, nothing seems to faze him. I'm already looking forward to watching him play in a few years.
"Mika Zibanejad spoke best with his overtime screamer, a rocket of a one-timer off a Brian Lee pass to beat the Boston Bruins with 1: 43 left in OT." ~ Wayne Scanlan, The Ottawa Citizen
"A Mika Zibanejad fluttering shot fooled the B’s goaltender for the game-winner, but it couldn’t wipe out all the good work leading up to it." ~ Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com Bruins Insider
Isn't it weird how two different people can watch the same game and drastically manipulate how the information is presented? (Note: You can judge the shot for yourself over in the videos at TSN.ca. PS - Scanlan's the one who's right.)
I recognize that it's only preseason play and the games aren't supposed to mean anything but Mika was the first Senators forward to score in over 123 minutes of pre-season play. Is it too early to wonder where the goals are supposed to come from this season?
Maybe not. According to the 2011-12 Hockey Prospectus Annual, their VUKOTA projections have the Senators finishing last in the NHL this season with 206 goals. Here are the rest of their projections:
- Goals Against: 234 (21st)
- GVT: -27 (28th)
- Points: 82 (28th)
Full marks need to be given to two significant cogs from last season's Calder Cup winning Binghamton Senators. Amongst the forwards, Kaspars Daugavin's 2:38 TOISH was only behind Erik Condra's 3:06 and he had the fourth highest total minutes. Maybe that's an indication that he's likely to be one of the first call-ups in the event of injury or Paul MacLean just really liked his shirt.
On defence, Borowiecki's TOISH of 3:10 trailed only Chris Phillips' 3:55. As easy as it is for some to make the argument that Borowiecki and Prince got to play in last night's game because they have local connections, unlike Prince it's obvious that the team relied heavily upon the Borocop.
Not since the days of Zdeno Chara has a Senators defenceman been discriminated against because of his height and size. Cue to the third period when Jared Cowen received a two-minute slashing penalty for having his stick broken in half by a Patrice Bergeron slash.
Yeah, just keep your head down Burke.
Can we finally put the Corey Locke could be a legitimate NHL center talk to bed now? Look at the mess he made of his stat line tonight. There's sweet stat all to look at. Hell, it features more zeroes than a Justin Verlander pitching line. His only redeeming contribution was the fact he was the only center to win more than 50-percent of his face-offs and he only took five of them.
This the second one of these recaps I have read and it really is a good feature. Thanks for doing it.
As for the projections you cited form the Hockey Prospectus, the goals against they project seem to be only 4 less than last year: how likely is that, with a better coach, more competition on the back end and a decent goalie? The goals for are 10 more than we had last year: again, how likely is it that we will stoop to that level again? If our back end doesn't suck, and goals don't go in against us in soul sucking waves from stupid spots on the ice and if our back end starts feeding a faster, healthier group of forwards who are playing a Paulrus system and not trying to figure out an enigmatic coach, how reasonable is it to expect we might produce a slightly higher goal total? A lot of projections from outsiders depend a whole lot on inertia. They don't seem to look at reasons why and changes made.
On the other hand, my glasses are rose coloured and obstructed by a sens logo stuck in the middle of them.
Thanks again for this feature
Like I said on Twitter, I love this, such a great feature. I agree, last night should have showed everybody that Corey Locke can't stick it at this level.
As for where will the goals come from? No Spezza in the line up yet, and no Alfie either. Those guys are huge offensive catalysts that should help those around them. Keep up the good work! (but no pressure or anything)
@8dayoung Thanks. Believe it or not, this is a time intensive feature. I think I sent my contributions in at around midnight last night. I think Graeme spent at least a few hours on it today too. Glad you enjoy it and we'll keep 'em coming. (Still can't believe that Mika goal wasn't on youtube instantly.)
@Tim6thSens I totally believe it, that's why I wanted to show my appreciation!