|SCU Season 2 - Episode 9: Everything Looks Great Until You Get Kicked in the Pills -- SensUnderground Blog : Nov-14-13 9:05 AM|
The first two games in the past week were great, but then all happiness gets torn away:
Habs 1 @ Sens 4
Panthers 2 @ Sens 3
Flyers 5 @ Sens 0
Lots of goalie talk, more line up stuff and discussion on attendance. We’re joined by Jade Fair from the Ottawa Senators to talk about the Sens Student Union deals. You can follow them on twitter at @SensUnion or on their site at:
Kardinal and Pan argue (again) about free a...(more)
|Senators Could Use A Little Shakeup At The Quarter Pole -- Black Aces : Nov-13-13 11:02 AM|
I like to think that Black Aces is occasionally a calm oasis amongst the raging inferno of opinion out there on the Ottawa Senators. A place where Jason Spezza can put his feet up and not get hit in the head from flying beer cans. A place of sober second thought, like the Senate on Parliament Hill, without Mike Duffy throwing those very beer cans (most of them already empty).That?s not the case today. Today is a day where I think it might be fun to see a little hell break loose around this te...(more)
|Lehnsanity Breaks Loose, But Anderson Still The Rock Of This Senators Team.. And Other Notes -- Black Aces : Nov-8-13 10:56 AM|
Robin Lehner played a hell of a game last night against the Montreal Canadiens, and in the process has seemingly converted the entire city of Ottawa into believers. He?s getting closer and closer to being ready as a guy who can be a number-one goalie in this league, and his legions of fans on Twitter have already proclaimed him to be so after a couple of wins.Just don?t forget, Sens fans, that you?re lucky enough to have an established, in-his-prime elite goaltender in Craig Anderson. Rememb...(more)
|SCU Season 2 - Episode 8: Shawn McKenzie Calls Up! -- SensUnderground Blog : Nov-7-13 9:12 AM|
This week was better in results for the Sens:
Islanders 5 @ Sens 4 (SO)
Stars 4 @ Sens 3 (SO)
Sens 4 @ BJs 1
Kardinal and Pan disagree as always and rehash Alfie (again), look at lines and lots of talk on Chris Neil. We also get into it so much that we call upon an expert, Shawn McKenzie from SportsNet to talk about recent Sens news.
Lots of talk from around the league and looking ahead, we also have the pleasure of speaking with Paige Lewis of Panther Parkway - you can follow he...(more)
|Cowen Just Needs Time And Patience... Wiercioch More Of An Unknown -- Black Aces : Nov-5-13 11:09 AM|
Jared Cowen is feeling the heat in this early, miserable, god forsaken Senators season that?s spanned a month but feels like two thanks to a marathon exhibition schedule and crowded training camp that may or may not have contributed to a sloppy disorganized start when the real games began.In Cowen?s case, it?s starting to look like he hurt himself by missing most of camp sitting in Saskatchewan waiting for his agent to make a deal with GM Bryan Murray on a new contract, and that?s on top of m...(more)
|Chris Neil A Pariah on Twitter, Loved In The Stands -- Black Aces : Nov-1-13 10:41 AM|
I can?t seem to understand it. During a Senators game I?ll occasionally scroll down my Twitter feed to see what everyone is saying, maybe catch a few good one-liners from Bonk?s Mullet or the handful of other people worth following. The majority is just Sens fans reacting to whatever play just happened, like an Erik Karlsson rush or a Joe Corvo ?uh oh? moment. There?s fans throwing in the towel after one goal and fans pleading for the team to trade the last player who touched the puck. You kn...(more)
|Vintage Black Aces: Pierre McGuire Gets Canned In Hartford -- Black Aces : Nov-1-13 8:58 AM|
This is a pretty wild read on Pierre McGuire (tweeted by Gare Joyce today), from all the way back in 1994 when he was fired as head coach of the Hartford Whalers. I remember some of the drama that was going on at the time but forgot how heated it really was. If you think McGuire is an intense, polarizing character now, read the article. ?When the hallway curtain opened after a loss in Boston, McGuire was found by the media wildly smashing sticks against the wall. When the door opened after a ...(more)
|SCU Season 2 - Episode 7: Grady Whittenberg Calls Up -- SensUnderground Blog : Oct-31-13 8:09 AM|
This has been an abysmal week on the ice with very poor efforts. The lack of effort flows through our game recaps.
Ducks 2 @ Sens 1
Sharks 5 @ Sens 2
Sens 5 @ Blackhawks 6
After trying to find some answers on the team and roster, we speak with Grady Whittenberg, the voice of the Binghampton Senators. We have lots of rants this week and talk about Pan’s best friend right now - Chris Neil
Another quick spin around the league as we stop at Buffalo to point and laugh. We read a...(more)
|Senators Playing Small In A Big League -- Black Aces : Oct-28-13 10:53 AM|
?What?s our identity??When your head coach says that in public, maybe it?s time to start worrying. Just a little.Those were Senators coach Paul MacLean?s words after Sunday?s loss to arguably the league?s best team, the San Jose Sharks. It?s been a hellish October schedule for Ottawa but that can?t account for everything that?s going wrong. Where?s the intensity from Erik Karlsson? He played one of his strongest games of the season against San Jose but there were still times where he looked t...(more)
|Spezza Steps Over Alfredsson In Biggest Test Of His Captaincy So Far -- Black Aces : Oct-24-13 10:09 AM|
Watching last night?s game in Detroit, you got the feeling Jason Spezza was a little sick of talking about Daniel Alfredsson. After two goals and one much needed trouncing of a division rival, we?re now talking about the new captain, not the departed one.From the day he was given the captain?s ?C?, Spezza probably hasn?t gone 48 hours without answering a question about Alfredsson and how he plans to fill those shoes. Then there was the Olympic summer camp snub, which would have been painful f...(more)
|SCU Season 2 - Episode 6: Mika is Freed! -- SensUnderground Blog : Oct-24-13 8:41 AM|
The big news of the week is seeing a familiar face on the ice. That’s right, Mika Zibanejad has been called up to rejoin the Sens! We get a couple of games at home this week of which some was bad, and some was good.
Devils 2 @ Sens 5
Oilers 3 @ Sens 1
Sens 6 @ Red Wings 1
Oh - and we play against Alfie for the first time.
After the road trip, we discuss some different in game experience at Canadian Tire Center from the games that we’ve been to up to now.
Around the L...(more)
|Timing Is Right For Zibanejad Re-call -- Black Aces : Oct-22-13 11:10 AM|
Pretty good timing by Bryan Murray.With all the attention on Ottawa?s upcoming game in Detroit against ex-captain Daniel Alfredsson, Murray felt the time was right to bring Mika Zibanejad back to the NHL today. Makes sense on a couple of fronts. First, the Senators can use his size and skill to try and energize a team that didn?t look overly inspired against Edmonton on Saturday. No matter how you look at it, Zibanejad is an upgrade on J.G. Pageau and Derek Grant. Hell, he?s an upgrade on mos...(more)
|The Backhander: Notes From A Long Night At The Rink -- Black Aces : Oct-18-13 10:33 AM|
It?s late, I?m groggy and there?s popcorn in my hair. But here?s a few notes from the Senators home opener against the New Jersey Devils which I viewed from the nosebleeds in lonely Section 306.***... There were only four people in our row way at the top. Looking around the rink five minutes before the opening ceremony, it looked like there would be swaths of empty seats, especially in the lower bowl. Those seats filled up quickly once everything got underway but it seemed like each upper cor...(more)
|SCU Season 2 - Episode 5: Ready for More? -- SensUnderground Blog : Oct-17-13 7:51 AM|
The Call Ups return from the #SCUPacific trip and appeared to have a better time than the Sens. We recap the games while also talking about our experience at the different arenas.
Sens 3 @ LA 4 OT Loss
Sens 2 @ San Jose 3
Sens 1 @ Anaheim 4
Sens 4 @ Phoenix 3
We talk about what’s wrong with the team and minor adjustments to see how to use the roster and who should just "GET OFF MY TEAM!"
Lots of e-mails for talking points and look around the league.
|Still Lots To Be Optimistic About For Senators Fans -- Black Aces : Oct-15-13 10:15 AM|
I know it looks bad. 106 shots against in the last two games. Winless in 4. Goalies yanked. An early loss to the hated Leafs. And GM Bryan Murray has already fired a warning shot in the press that roster changes could be coming. Yet with one win tonight in Phoenix, the last game of this ugly Western road-swing, the Senators could head home 2-2-2, with the toughest trip behind them and a few easier games coming up on the schedule.Right away they face the Devils and Oilers to finish off the wee...(more)
|82 Game Schedule Better Suited For Bobby Ryan and Old-Man Bloggers -- Black Aces : Oct-10-13 2:23 PM|
I was ready for the game. Upstairs TV, laptop, pajama pants, clear head.The kid was tucked safely in bed, drooling. The wife was downstairs watching some kind of show I could never stand to sit through, our two cats nodding off beside her. It was a peaceful scene. Too peaceful.I passed out. 10 minutes before a 10:30 PM puck drop and I was a goner. Missed the entire West Coast Senators-Kings game. Didn?t even get a sniff at it. Missed Bobby Ryan?s first goal in an Ottawa uniform, missed seeing...(more)
|SCU Season 2 - Episode 4: Stuntman Stu and Ian Mendes Call Up! -- SensUnderground Blog : Oct-7-13 8:29 AM|
We have a couple of games in the books with Craig Anderson really competing for the Team USA job. After very quick game recaps (thanks again CBInc) we have chats with Stuntman Stu Schwartz, the Canadian Tire Centre Public Address Announcer, as well as Ian Mendes from the new TSN1200!
Sens 1 @ Sabres 0
Sens 4 @ Leafs 5 (SO)
A quick look at the league, more money talk (we promise we’re done on that for a long time) and various cap hits.
Canuck and Pan are looking forward to their tr...(more)
|Sens Blindside Zibanejad With Demotion - Theories Start Flying -- Black Aces : Sep-30-13 1:59 PM|
One day it will be an obscure footnote in the career of Mika Zibanejad, but today it seems like a strange turn of events in the early going for the Ottawa Senators, who shipped Zibanejad down to Binghamton, presumably because of his waiver ineligibility and the notion he was beat out for a roster spot by players like Stephane Da Costa and Jean-Gabriel Pageau.Meanwhile, rumours and insinuations are being thrown around that this was a budgetary move on orders from Eugene Melnyk, who commented p...(more)
|SCU Season 2 - Episode 3: Pre-Season Roundup -- SensUnderground Blog : Sep-30-13 9:32 AM|
The preseason is now over and the Sens wrap up in a disappointing fashion. Pan’s under the weather and it’s a late recording. We briefly take a look at who’s been in and out of the line up, who should be on the team and who’s definitely off. A quick look at notable player movement around the league rolls into the fold and we look at some twitter fun and read out some e-mails.
|Conacher Makes It Easy For Coach MacLean -- Black Aces : Sep-27-13 10:42 AM|
Okay, I was wrong about Cory Conacher. This guy isn?t going anywhere soon.I was convinced Mike Hoffman was destined to be on that second line going into the pre-season with all that speed and those flashes of NHL ability he showed last season before going on the shelf. Yet all he?s done this month is pretty much disappear and I?m not sure of the reason, whether it was not impressing early on in camp practices or not coming out of the gate strong in his first pre-season game on September ...(more)