Is it time to trade Alfredsson?

I know in the past I have put out the idea that the Senators should consider trading Alfredsson. My argument prior to the 2005-06 season was that the team changed the coach, gave super-talanted Spezza the #1 center role, swapped star wingers (Hossa for Heatley) and acquired a star goalie (Hasek) and that if this team still can’t win in the playoffs that they should consider a major leadership change…

November 13, 2006

The Number 4 – A story of Ottawa's demise

The number 4 seems to be a big number for the Ottawa Senators these days. -It was 4 minutes in penalties to #4 Chris Phillips that allowed Carolina to steal the win on Saturday -It was another penalty to #4 Phillips that gave the Capitals the chance to send the game into overtime tonight. -It was the Capitals 4th goal of the game and Chris Clark’s 4th goal of the…

November 6, 2006

Stat comparison of the day

10: The number of goals Martin Havlat(7) + Bryan Smolinski(3) have scored so far this season 9: The number of goals the Ottawa Senators have scored so far this season Think the Sens could use Havlat or Smolinski right now?

October 18, 2006

Ottawa Senators Off Season preview

As we head into the off season and the very important free agent signing period it is time we take a look at how some teams are positioned in terms of salary commitments and fee cap space and what they might do in the off season. Today I’ll look at the Ottawa Senators and tomorrow I’ll take a look at the Toronto Maple Leafs. To the best of my knowledge…

June 21, 2006

Thoughts on the Ottawa Senators

Ok, I am back from vacation and a lot has happened over the last 10 or so days that I was away. Since I was in Florida where hockey news is sparse and hockey coverage on TV was non-existant I was dependent on the internet to keep up to date on what was happening. Let me say that I am not surprised that Buffalo defeated the Senators. In fact, I…

May 15, 2006

Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions

Here are my eastern conference predictions. I really hate taking all the favourites but aside from an outside chance of Montreal upsetting Carolina I just can’t see any of the other underdogs winning barring unexpected key injuries. Just a note: The predictions are my predictions, not my algorithms. I am retiring the algorithm for the season as I don’t think it makes sense to use in the playoffs. I also…

April 20, 2006

Will the Real Senators please Stand Up

I have watched a fair number of Ottawa Senators games this year and I have to say that this is one of the hardest teams to figure out. They started the year out dominating everyone winning most of their games. But since early December they have been much closer to average than dominating. The image below show the number of points Ottawa (blue) has gained in running 10 game segments…

January 20, 2006

Ruined game…

Which of these numbers stands out from the rest? 17 13 6 6 9 12 9 9 13 11 7 22 I even made it easy for you. I put it last. Yes, the number 22 is substantially higher than any of the other numbers listed above. Those numbers above are the total number of power plays in games played on Thursday and Friday and the 22 represents the number…

December 10, 2005

Carolina-Ottawa game comments

So I went to the Carolina-Ottawa game last night. I could give you a complete redux of the game but Chris McMurtry has done a great job of that over at Hockey Country. I’ll just add a few additional comments. In general, Ottawa didn’t have the same scoring touch as they have in most other games this year. Although they had some good scoring chances they just couldn’t finish it…

November 16, 2005

Leafs-Senators and other Hockey Notes

I watched all of the Leafs-Sens game last night as well as some portions of several other games. Here are my random thoughts from what I saw. Leafs Overall they looked very good and only some weak defensive play resulting in Alfredsson’s second goal put a damper on an otherwise good night. If they can play like that every game they will have a very good season. They looked big,…

October 6, 2005