GDT: Germz and Googlebot watch the 2018-19 Season

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Post #51 by Ricard_Persson » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:25 pm

Anyone who was watching this team in the mid to late 90's has seen this before. Baby steps as a young team learns to complete.

First they need to learn to win in the regular season. Then they need a few years to learn to win in the playoffs (The playoffs took longer and was more painful to learn back then). It's a long road to building a contender from young core players. Right now these guys are loose enough and have high enough energy to hang in a lot of games (if they get great goaltending). But once the third comes around you can see the players tighten up. The opposing teams knows it, the Senators know it, the people watching at home know it, the guys calling the games know it. It's an amazing feature of sports. Mental toughness. It will take a few big wins for them to chip away at it. I thought the Tampa game was a little better, where they scored that big goal late. The entire sequence was high energy and emotional for the young players. The Duchene hit, the Stone hit and the goal, all within seconds. It was emotional for the young team. It's too bad they didn't hang on to knock off the Cup favorite.

Instead, we're back to the same. Gripping the sticks for the next third period lead hoping not to lose another one.

In the end, like it was in the mid 90's, it's worth it in the end. Watching a young team learn to win takes a lot of time and patience, but it will be worth it. This team will be fun to watch in four years.

Until then, go easy on them, and lower your expectations. Reading twitter is nearly unbearable with the sarcasm from some vulnerable Sens fans who use the negativity and sarcasm to cope themselves.
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Post #52 by mayoradamwest » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:31 pm

not blowing the zone repeatedly in the third might be an idea though...
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Post #53 by Ricard_Persson » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:30 pm

A three goal lead going into the third. What could possibly go wrong.

The devils look like the team caught in the Uber sting. Flat, flat, flat.
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Post #54 by Ricard_Persson » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:32 pm

The Devils look like the Senators did last year after they got back from Europe.

Pretty strong game from Ottawa apart from the first ten minutes. PK goes 100%, I’m sure someone will make a joke about that in the room, at least they should to keep things loose.

Chabot is so nice out there. When he has the puck you can feel the comfort level. Especially on the power play. He makes such great desicions.

Chris tierney and Dylan demelo have fit in really well. A good move bringing them in to patch holes as if they only got picks and prospects back in the Karlsson deal things would be a bit uglier when you look at that roster. Good age too, as they can be young veterans and fit into this lineup for multiple years. Tierney is quite smart. Demelo very steady and quiet back there.

I’m fine to see the end of Tom Pyatt’s career anytime in Ottawa.
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Post #55 by Germz » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:35 pm

Duchene, Stone, White really showed up today. But what a game from Chabot - the most dominant I've seen him yet. Almost like Karlsson never left.

It sure looked like the Uber embarrassment lit a fire under a bunch of guys. Maybe they can build some momentum from this. I'll never expect a pile of wins from this group, but if they play like that the games will at least be worth watching.
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Post #56 by shredz » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:13 pm

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Snes took it to the Devils at all times. Didn't let those goals bother them. A night of face saving in Ottawa.
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Post #57 by Germz » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:16 pm

Tough watching that third period against Vegas. To see them battle back from 3-0 and then come unraveled when Vegas played them physical. Sens responded with lots of heat but not much smarts. Like watching a team of Boros. Good learning experience, hopefully.
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Post #58 by Germz » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:21 pm

Big win tonight in Tampa. This was their best game of the season so far. Clobbering the struggling Devils is one thing, but beating the best in the East has got to lift spirits in the locker room. Wasn't Vasillevsky's best game or Tampa's, but they are an elite team and even on an off night they looked dangerous. The Senators stuck with them all night long and earned the win. Really satisfying night of hockey to watch.
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Post #59 by Germz » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:43 pm

Side note, but Jason York's colour commentary is just awful. Nothing against the guy personally, but HNIC really can needs to do better.

Fun fact: Cody Ceci needs only 2 more games to pass Jason York for 20th all time for games played in a Senators jersey.
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Post #60 by Germz » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:46 pm

Final stray thought: Wideman played only 7:25 tonight. I didn't see him once in the 3rd.
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Post #61 by mayoradamwest » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:11 pm

this team is sorta at 500... that's something
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Post #62 by Ricard_Persson » Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:49 pm

I admit I changed the channel when they were down after two. Wouldn’t have taken 20-1 odds on them getting one point, let alone two. Very impressive and also impressive to be .500 this far in. The young team will get better each month which is always a better feeling than following an old team who you know is on the decline. We had these teams the last couple years in Ottawa. Nice to follow one that will get better each month for years now.

Bobby Ryan looks really good. Lighter and faster and he isn’t humped over on the back check, winded. He must have really worked out much better inge summer. Also has a kid now and that will change a person. Good for him as he’s had some tough years.

Colin White with an impressive 11 points on 17 skates. I will admit I was worried that he’d pan out as a Chris Kelly type player, but he’s shown some scoring touch and high end smarts. This is a big story going forward. They needed him to really pan out with some skill. He looks so much more comfortable out there and has slowed things down instead of quick panic plays. His D game will always be there but nice to see some offensive side. He’s only played 40 career games so eleven points this year is a nice jump.

They really miss Pageau this year. That was a tough blow. Nice to hear he’s starting skating again. He’s very versatile and much needed on a young thin team.

Nick Paul is in today. I think he deserves it as he’s played his best hockey in his last couple games. He looked energized and strong on the puck. His foot speed looks better as well. Probably another guy who had a good summer training. He should be in for Pyatt from here on out. Pyatt with no points and on,y 14 shots in 17 games. A staggering -10 for an apparent defensive specialist. It’s time for Pyatt to be the third regular to hit the waiver wire. I’m sure Dorion is moniting the situation closely as last year he got rid of Boucher’s favorites on purpose. Only Pyatt remained.
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Post #63 by Germz » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:11 am

Decisive win tonight. Carried the play all night and got the SO for Anderson. Rangers were utter shite in the 2nd and 3rd, the familiar look of a team struggling just to complete each pass. But it's a big boost for the boys from Kanata.

With two straight wins we're only 2 points out of playoff position (although with more GP). Time for an emotional win against Karlsson on Saturday afternoon to really ratchet things up.

Duchene is so skilled. He really is one of the most skilled forwards we've ever seen in a Sens jersey. I still don't love him on the team, but there's no denying how individually dominant he has been this month and that Dzingel and Batherson are benefiting. Dzingel playing with tons of confidence this year, to the point where we're not really missing Hoffman at all, even if he has been producing in Florida.
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Post #64 by Ricard_Persson » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:18 pm

I agree. I was surprised to see Duchene way up in scoring leaders. I knew he was scoring a few and in on a few goals but his numbers really crept up on me.

Good old career years from 2 of 3 UFA's. That never backfires.
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Post #65 by ColinM » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:49 pm

Nice win tonight. Although definitely had its own bit of luck getting a power play in overtime. Love the look on Eugene’s face when they won.
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Post #66 by Germz » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:36 pm

Yes, Pens really blew it on that change.

Once again, our veteran goaltender put us in a position to win.

Big boost for the guys to see they can win without Duchene driving the offense.

We really can't pay Stone enough money to stay in Ottawa long term.
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Post #67 by mayoradamwest » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:10 pm

Didn't see that coming
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Post #68 by mayoradamwest » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:15 pm

Craig Anderson is leading the league in starts, putting him in first among active goalies.

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