Late on this but the following is a transcript of Bryan Murray's press conference to update the media on Erik Karlsson's status. Credit should be given to Murray for staying composed and keeping it together. He's essentially the antithesis of Eugene Melnyk.
As always, my thoughts in bold.no comments
Well, folks. There it is. Karlsson is out for the season after lacerating his left Achilles. So the question now is; just how well will the Sens do without the reigning Norris trophy winner?
The loss of Karlsson will hurt the Sens the most at even-strength. It’s one thing to eat up a lot of ES minutes (1st in ES TOI in the league), but to dominate is another. With Karlsson on the ice this season, the Senators had 59.6% of the scoring chances, meaning their opponents took just 40.4%. In other words, when Karlsson is on the ice, the Sens play like a team worthy of the Stanley Cup.
But everything changes once he’s off the ice.no comments
The Colorado Avalanche are like the modern day pre-cap era Boston Bruins. Their penny-pinching ways have already cost them Craig Anderson and it seems like their young and already very effective two-way center is next out the door.
With speculation intensifying and reports indicating that O’Reilly could be dealt to an Eastern Conference team, during the first intermission last night, the TSN Panel weighed in on where O’Reilly could land.
With less than 30 seconds remaining in the second period, Erik Karlsson took a Matt Cooke's skate blade (inadvertant or deliberate depending on your mileage) to the back of his left leg. To this point, there's no update on his status and on the Interwebs, it's all speculation as to the severity of his injury. For what it's worth, he was helped off the ice and assisted back to the Senators' dressing room.
It's not the first time that Karlsson has been targetted by Cooke in that same location on the ice.
Update: 9:30 pm
Update on Karlsson: Erik suffered a laceration to his left achilles, which will require surgery to repair. He will be out indefinitely.— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) February 14, 2013
And the word from the good doctor:
Well there you go. Achilles lac requiring surgery. Karlsson likely done for the season. Sorry, Ottawa.— Jo Innes (@JoNana) February 14, 2013
This is big-time rehab. Range of motion, flexibility. Three months in a cast boot. Full activity in four (if you’re a regular person).— Jo Innes (@JoNana) February 14, 2013
Achilles injuries do come in varying degrees. Partial tear, complete tear. But surgery is surgery, and recovery will be a while.— Jo Innes (@JoNana) February 14, 2013
Most people do well w early treatment & good rehab. He could definitely be 100%. In six months or a year. :(— Jo Innes (@JoNana) February 14, 2013
Here's Darren Dreger making an excellent point that is sure to bring a tear to many Sens fans:
As angry as the Sens might be with Cooke, a missed call on the puck hitting mesh out of play 12 seconds before Karlsson injury can't happen.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 14, 2013
And GM Bryan Murray's take:
Murray: "It's Matt Cooke. What else should I say? Watch the replay."— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) February 14, 2013
AP photographer Gene J. Puskar's haunting photo of the incident:
Think things are tense for Sens fans? The scene in Pittsburgh post-game:
Don't laugh about something 50 feet from Sens locker room (unrelated to game, by the way). Bryan Murray will tell you off. I just found out.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) February 14, 2013
Sounds like Josh just got Jim Fox'd.no comments
Two Anaheim Ducks scouts are in attendance tonight watching tonight’s Buffalo versus Ottawa tilt. Conversely, Ottawa has scouts in attendance for tonight’s Blackhawks versus Ducks game.
Like the double-rainbow guy, I can only ask myself, “What does it mean!?!?”
Is it some sign that the Sens are aiming big and taking aim at one of Anaheim’s big name tickets like a Corey Perry, a Ryan Getzlaf or a Bobby Ryan? Or perhaps it’s indicative of Bryan Murray revisiting a player like Andrew Cogliano – someone who was involved in a reported trade package with Edmonton that Dany Heatley infamously vetoed.
Ah well, it’s all fodder for discussion. Have at it in the comment thread.no comments
If you're a regular reader of the site you probably will have noticed chance tables posted after every game...well they've now been totalled for your enjoyment! Somehow twelve games means a quarter of the schedule is done, and while twelve games isn't an ideal sample, I thought it'd still be interesting to take stock of Ottawa's season thus far.
For those unfamiliar, this is the scoring chance definition I adhere to when I'm tracking games:
"A scoring chance is defined as a clear play directed toward the opposing net from a dangerous scoring area - loosely defined as the top of the circle in and inside the faceoff dots (nicknamed the Home Plate), though sometimes slightly more generous than that depending on the amount of immediately-preceding puck movement or screens in front of the net. Blocked shots are generally not included but missed shots are. A player is awarded a scoring chance anytime he is on the ice and someone from either team has a chance to score. He is awarded a "chance for" if someone on his team has a chance to score and a "chance against" if the opposing team has a chance to score."
The "home plate" scoring chance area can be seen below.
If you have any questions, or need clarification on anything just stop by in the comments. But without further ado, here's the season to date, along with a few notes.no comments