Registration for Ottawa Senators training camp: September 30
If ever there was a game where the adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all” would apply, last night’s pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was it. A 4-0 beating might even underestimate the Senators’ poor performance. If you want bloody details, here’s a recap of how things turned out:
- One of the big storylines ahead of last night’s game was the first glimpse of the outfit of the alleged second couple Nikita Zaitsev and Michael Del Zotto. With the caveat that this was only one game, there weren’t too many positives to be learned from the performance. The pair struggled to get the puck out at 5v5 and crossed sharply at fourth base when they were shorthanded. Is it early? Yes. Have many of our fears come true? Yes too. If DJ Smith wants the Thomas Chabot – Artem Zub couple to hold on, he desperately needs this second couple to function. A lot of time, but there is also a lot to work on.
- We also got our first glimpse of Chris Tierney as a second-row center between Connor Brown and Tim Stützle. I regret to say that it didn’t go very well either, even though Stützle had some of the team’s only real chances in 5v5. Still, if the battle for the second-row center is real, you need to give Shane Pinto a big advantage after the first two preseason games.
- There were a ton of penalties in this one, with the teams combining for twelve power play chances: seven for the Leafs, five for the Senators. Unfortunately, neither Ottawa‘s power play nor their penalty kill looked particularly sharp. Power-play struggles were somewhat predictable with virtually all of the first unit missing, but the shorthand’s inability to stop the Leafs’ puck movement was a bit more bewildering considering most of the players who should play a role key were present and counted. for. Remember: this is only the second game of the preseason.
- Perhaps the only real bright spot of the night was Filip Gustavsson who made 22 saves on 25 shots in the first two periods and without whom this scoreline could have been really nasty.
- DJ Smith also praised Parker Kelly, who was really energetic, but if your fourth-line grinder is the one receiving the applause, well, it probably wasn’t your night. Here is the video of the coach’s availability:
- Before the game, the Senators and Leafs came together in a small ceremony ahead of tomorrow’s inaugural National Truth and Reconciliation Day.