The Ottawa Senators lost 3-2 to their division rivals tonight in Toronto and more importantly might have lost center Jason Spezza for an indefinite amount of time to a right ankle injury.
Spezza left the game in the third period and hobbled off the ice on his left ankle without putting any pressure on his right foot. Lets hope the injury isn't as serious as first thought.
The Senators on this night just couldn't finish their opportunities while the Leafs took advantage of the Sens mistakes.
Ottawa's third line saw very little icetime as Regin, Shannon and Winchester saw in the 6-7 minute range of playing time. They were brutal in all aspects of the game and Clouston let it be known by benching this unit.
The line of Kelly, Ruutu and Cheechoo each were a minus two but at least the effort was there from this combination.
Chris Campoli was a healthy scratch for the 2nd straight game and third time in less than two weeks. That trade Sens GM Bryan Murray made last year at the trade deadline looks pretty bad on him at this point. With Mike Comrie not re-signing in Ottawa and Dean McAmmond not being retained by the NY Islanders in the off-season, this trade ends up being a first round pick for Campoli. At the time when this trade was completed I was not a proponent of it and it's backfiring badly on Murray. Something has to be done to shore up the Sens defense. Outside of the top two on defense in Phillips and Volchenkov, the Sens defense is a very inconsistent bunch.
Ottawa has division rival Buffalo in town on Wednesday night and need this game badly with a road game in New Jersey looming on Friday night. At some point, Mike Brodeur will need to see some action in goal as Brian Elliott looks to be tiring at this point after his 13th consecutive start in goal. Look for Brodeur to start at home on Saturday night against Western Conference bottom feeder Minnesota in town.
I have talked to a few sources in the Binghamton organization and by all accounts the wrong goaltender got called up. Andy Chiodo has been very good for the Baby Sens while Brodeur has had some terrible games in the AHL. Even ECHL Elmira call-up Chris Holt has been impressive in his time with Bingo after ringing off two consecutive shutouts with Chiodo following Holt's great play up with a shutout of his own. Not bad, three straight shutouts. Chido and Holt both have NHL game experience under their belt while Brodeur has never saw any NHL action. Go figure Sens management on this one.
Back Thursday with an interesting blog on Brian Lee and what has taken place since his demotion to Bingo a few weeks ago. I will tell you more of the inside story as to what is going on and what Sens management don't want you to know!
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