-There’s speculation that Alfredsson could be moved up to the first line for tonight’s game; Paul MacLean has generally resisted putting the big three together this season to keep his lines offensively balanced, so it will be interesting to see if that change occurs and what effect it has. Don Brennan is beating the drum for Matt Carkner to play, but that’s nothing new. If Carkner could skate he’d be a more appealing option.
-The local media has been whining about how terrible Ottawa was in the opener (you can find serious coverage with Michael Grange at Sportsnet or in the US media), which is absurd and John Tortorella clearly agrees, “All I know is that we’re going to have to be better.”
-Sens prospect Mark Stone Tweets that he is on his way to Ottawa.
-Binghamton defeated Wilkes-Barre 3-1 last night, with Robin Lehner making 26-saves and Mike Hoffman, Pat Cannone, and David Dziurzynski scoring the goals (both Cannone and Dziurzynski had two-point nights). Mike Bartlett was injured in the game and Ben Blood was given a match penalty for a hit to the head, so neither will play in Binghamton’s final game. Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.
–Joy also reports that the Sens have re-signed their affiliation agreement with Binghamton (it’s a 3-year deal).
-Elmira defeated Florida 3-1 in the first game of their playoff series. Brian Stewart made 45-saves for the win, while Corey Cowick, Josh Godfrey, and Bobby Raymond were held off the score sheet.
-Here’s my profile of Sens prospect Fredrik Claesson.
-I watched the most the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia game last night (as should you all), in which the Penguins folded as the game progressed and Fleury could not make a save when Pittsburgh really needed it. If the Flyers win the series it’s going to upset the applecart of many Stanley Cup predictions. For my part I didn’t think the Flyers were healthy enough to beat Pittsburgh and while the series winner is still up in the air, I have to credit Philadelphia for having better depth than I’d imagined.
This article is written by Peter Levi, be sure to follow @eyeonthesens