Thursday, September 28, 2006

Even in the pre-season...

It's still VERY sweet to beat the Maple Leafs at the ACC.

There were a couple of good things to take out of last night's W:
1) Mike Fisher did not look a bit out of place on the second line alongside Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Schaefer, furthering confusing the situation with Alexei Kaigorodov. Previously, I stated I would prefer Fisher on the third line, but he sure looked like a second-line center on this night. Combined, the trio racked up seven points and were, far and away, the best line the Sens rolled in the Hog.
2) Ray Emery was terrific and is making life very difficult for Bryan Murray (and in turn, John Muckler). While he hasn't downright sucked, Martin Gerber has yet to assert himself as the bonafided number one goalie. To say he's been ordinary would be an understatement. Meanwhile, Emery has shined more often than not and if the job truly wasn't Gerber's regardless, as Muckler said back in July when he signed the Swiss 'tender, then I would think Emery has to be considered for the starting job. Economics (as in the fact Gerber makes $3.7 mil per season) might play a factor, but if it's all about who's playing better, there can be no disputing that Emery is the frontrunner on that criteria alone. In the third period, he was sensational.
3) In addition to scoring another goal, Dean McAmmond had a strong outing. Having another speedster in the line-up can never hurt.

On the flipside, it was another piss poor performance from the Russian that was supposed to save us. Murray gave Kaigorodov every chance to succeed even though he took him off the Alfredsson line. He was lined up with red hot Denis Hamel and Patrick Eaves, who has an uncanny ability to find the net, and yet he still didn't generate much in the way of offensive chances.

We'll see how things go tonight when Montreal comes town.

6 Comments:

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Ross said...

After a meeting in Toronto I was able to score Gold level seats for $20 (half way through 1st period). A couple notes from the game:

1 - This was my first chance to see Kaigorodov play live. He is as bad (I mean "not ready") as everyone has been saying. Not to bash but several times he skated in circles trying to follow the play and his shot while all alone in front of the net (the puck deflected right to him) had nothing on it. No way this guy makes the team.

2 - Gill got a raw deal. The penalty for interferrance in front of the net was a phantom call and the tripping call in the 3rd was brutal (he played all puck). It's too bad for the guy but if the refs are going to call penalties like that on him then he'll hurt the leafs more than help (whether that's his fault or not).

3 - Spezza's dazzling stickhandling was worth the $20 all on it's own... but the "I want to tear my eyes out" brutal back passes are back this season again :-(

4 - Emery looked strong, Fisher even stronger.

5 - Preissing was impressive aspecially considering the money we pay for him.

6 - Sugalov (however you spell it) had a very strong game. He's not listed on the website roster but if the rest of his pre-season was like last night then he should definatly make the team.

7 - Leafs suck! ;-)

 
At 3:05 PM, Blogger Ross said...

After a meeting in Toronto I was able to score Gold level seats for $20 (half way through 1st period). A couple notes from the game:

1 - This was my first chance to see Kaigorodov play live. He is as bad (I mean "not ready") as everyone has been saying. Not to bash but several times he skated in circles trying to follow the play and his shot while all alone in front of the net (the puck deflected right to him) had nothing on it. No way this guy makes the team.

2 - Gill got a raw deal. The penalty for interferrance in front of the net was a phantom call and the tripping call in the 3rd was brutal (he played all puck). It's too bad for the guy but if the refs are going to call penalties like that on him then he'll hurt the leafs more than help (whether that's his fault or not).

3 - Spezza's dazzling stickhandling was worth the $20 all on it's own... but the "I want to tear my eyes out" brutal back passes are back this season again :-(

4 - Emery looked strong, Fisher even stronger.

5 - Preissing was impressive aspecially considering the money we pay for him.

6 - Sugalov (however you spell it) had a very strong game. He's not listed on the website roster but if the rest of his pre-season was like last night then he should definatly make the team.

7 - Leafs suck! ;-)

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Rob Wiebe said...

Hamel's got to be loving Kaigorodov. There's no doubt the Russian has to go to the farm to get toughened up a bit. Hamel stays, Kaigorodov goes.

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Right now, that's certainly how it looks Rob.

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Donald said...

The sens could run a drill where everybody checks Kaigorodov in the boards for an hour. That should smack the north american game into him. Or, they could send him to the B-Sens.

Also is Hamel lock for the final sport now? What about Payer?

 
At 8:34 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

The problem with Mike Fisher as the #2 center is that he hasn't been the most durable guy in his career. Where are the Senators going to be at center when Fisher is injured? I guess Vermette will shift to center but is that ideal? Not getting a true second line center could come back to haunt Muckler.

 

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