While many have their focus on the game tonight between one storied franchise with a good chance of repeating as Cup champion and another with a good chance of extending its franchise record non-playoff streak, my focus is already on another game. Saturday night, after what is (almost) certain to be a glorious victory under their newest banner, the Detroit Red Wings will be the first guest of the season at Scotiabank Place.
The last time the Red Wings faced the Senators, they were the steady powerhouse, while Ottawa was easing into their downward spiral that would mar their early season dominance. That game held many special moments, both ones in which to bask, and others to be wary of.
This morning’s Ottawa Senators stories:
- More votes of confidence for Gerber.
- Melnyk makes sure Sundin knows the door’s open.
- Fisher continues to work for his return.
- Ottawa’s defensive play sparks Kelly.
- Ruutu’s reviews on the rise.
- Vermette striving to push his limits.
- Donovan happy to play and increase his role.
- Gerber tabbed early as Ottawa’s starter against Detroit.
- Bass and Elliot returned to Binghamton.
- Sens start preparations for Saturday.
- More season previews for the Senators.
Despite all the chatter to the contrary, there is no uncertainty over roles in the Ottawa crease:
“It’s not a controversy, really,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “We brought Alex in here to be a real good goaltender and in that game he was. He’s here to support and be that guy behind Martin and he’ll give us quality games.”
And who will be in goal against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday?
“Gerber’s starting,” Hartsburg said with a slight smile. “Our plan to start in Sweden was that both were going to play and obviously Alex played well. Unfortunately for Gerbs, he had a tough night but he’s going to rebound for us. Martin will bounce back He’s a veteran guy and we’ve just got to move forward.”
more from TSN
Had Gerber let in four goals while at the wrong side of the net, this might have been another story. The reality remains that he looked sharp on his saves, and the unfortunate goals he did let in require only minor adjustments — close the arm-to-chest gap just a little more — and it’s far more likely that Saturday’s game was a fluke, and that we might see the Gerber who was 4th in Sv% among all playoff goaltenders — despite the 40 shots he faced each night playing behind a then-crumbling team — as the season gets going.
- Heatley quickly earning praise to go with his ‘A’.
- The Premiere Series shows Sens as a different team.
- Fisher eager to get back in the game, Emery a little farther behind.
- Sens dominate Pens in 3-1 win.
- European adventure a hit with players and fans alike.
So how’s that for a weekend of hockey? Not a bad way to put an end to all this summertime withdrawal. Not only was it sweet to watch both games (even if the one ended on a sour note), it gives you a lot to think about in anticipation of Saturday’s home opener against Detroit. I’ll have to imagine that I’ll be joining many fans in feasting on Wings that night.
- Sens lose to Pens in opener, but put up more than a little fight.
- Spezza accepts criticism over his game costing giveaway.
- Auld to start tonight’s game.
- Fisher won’t play today, as questions about increased pressure mount.
- Contract talks begin for Alfredsson.
- Time ticks down to the start of today’s game against the Pens in Stockholm.
- Fisher will not play in either Swedish game due to a groin injury.
- Heatley ready to step up all facets of his game as he replaces Redden as an alternate captain.
- Ruutu looking forward to pesting up his old team, and other Sens notes.
From the Ottawa Citizen,
Dany Heatley has talked a lot about doing more for the Ottawa Senators than just score goals.
He’s about to get that chance.
In a surprise decision, given the number of veteran players there are on the team, coach Craig Hartsburg has picked Heatley to be one of his assistant captains.
Chris Phillips, who wore an A last year, will wear it again this year, while Daniel Alfredsson, of course, remains the captain.
- Ottawa beats Frolunda 4-1 in their final excitement-filled pre-season game.
- Fisher is injured in win, uncertain of his status for Saturday’s regular season opener.
- Alfredsson contract talks set to begin with an initial offer on Saturday from J.P. Barry.
- Sens lose depth as Isbister and Nikulin make plans of their own.
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