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Spezza and the Sens

Postby Pitts on Sun May 19, 2013 9:48 am

Not sure if this was discussed, but as we all know, Spezza will play today.

That, to me, is a sign of desperation on Ottawa's part. To put a player in who just came off major back surgery, has been out for months, and only had a week of practice contact, tells me that Ottawa feels they do not have an answer for the Pens. If Ottawa was confident enough in their team, they would leave him in the press box. I think Spezza is risking a lot jumping into playoff hockey.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby DocEmrick on Sun May 19, 2013 9:53 am

I agree, but wasn't really surprised by this. If this series is 1-1, he's probably still on the mend.

I still think Ottawa will steal a game here in the next 2, but overall the Pens seem to have found their rhythm after a shaky 1st series. Didn't like the 4-3 win, but that's what happens when your prized goaltender collapses and you're forced to play your backup.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby littlemoonboot on Sun May 19, 2013 10:05 am

Coach MacLean's postgame said it all. He said a few things but it was a short presser and he looked a bit shell shocked and without actual answers aside from just needing to play better.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby The Snapshot on Sun May 19, 2013 10:08 am

Spezza is a high-wire act. He will generate opportunities at both ends of the ice. He is like Malkin when Geno is playing badly only that is his typical game. He gives up the puck in critical situations and the Pens stand to get some odd man transition opportunities from him.

He is a turnover machine when he is healthy. I can only guess what 4 months of inactivity will do to him.

I think the Sens better hope he makes a difference today, because anything he has will be as a result of adrenaline. Next game and the rest of this series will be difficult for him as he tries to jump right in to round 2 of the playoffs.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby malkinshair on Sun May 19, 2013 10:25 am

The Snapshot wrote:Spezza is a high-wire act. He will generate opportunities at both ends of the ice. He is like Malkin when Geno is playing badly only that is his typical game. He gives up the puck in critical situations and the Pens stand to get some odd man transition opportunities from him.

He is a turnover machine when he is healthy. I can only guess what 4 months of inactivity will do to him.

I think the Sens better hope he makes a difference today, because anything he has will be as a result of adrenaline. Next game and the rest of this series will be difficult for him as he tries to jump right in to round 2 of the playoffs.


Yep, I expect him to actually make a difference in this game, as he'll be playing on pure adrenaline in front of an insane Canadian crowd. He'll make their PP instantly more dangerous, and his creativity will cause some problems. It also helps MacLean set his lines more effectively and, because they're at home, help manage who he's out there against. Having said all of that, Br :shock: ks probably already has him lined up for a big hit.

I expect the whole Senators team to play inspired tonight. Can't wait to see the opening that they have planned to fire up the troops...

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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Sarcastic on Sun May 19, 2013 10:28 am

It doesn't matter. They could add two of him and we would still be better. No disrespect to Spezza, but we're just too deep.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby relantel on Sun May 19, 2013 10:31 am

ha, I expected a parody of Benny and the Jets on the thread title. Paging *** or DrBoni
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Fire0nice228 on Sun May 19, 2013 10:35 am

The biggest impact hill have will be an emotional boost to the team and to the crowd. He may play decent the first few games back but he'll wear down just like Sid did last year. Pens up 2-0 on a Senators team with a hobbled Karllson and a 4 months worth of rust Spezza.. They should have no problems. I believe we split the games in Ottawa.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Shakes on Sun May 19, 2013 10:36 am

Spezza or no Spezza, the Sens suddenly have a goalie problem. Before the series, all we heard was that the Sens wouldn't let in soft goals like the Isles. It's funny how even the best goalies look shaky with Crosby and Malkin rushing at them with options.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby FreeCandy44 on Sun May 19, 2013 10:52 am

Im not so much worried about Spezza as I am the goalie. Ottawa was a calmer team with there back up in. Now doesn't that sound familiar?
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby saints11 on Sun May 19, 2013 10:52 am

Spezza never really hurt us when he was healthy. If the Pens drop a game in Ottawa, if will be because they make mistakes and give one away.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby pens#1 on Sun May 19, 2013 10:57 am

FreeCandy44 wrote:Im not so much worried about Spezza as I am the goalie. Ottawa was a calmer team with there back up in. Now doesn't that sound familiar?


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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Froggy on Sun May 19, 2013 11:06 am

Down 2-0 to the top team in the conference seems like a pretty good time for desperation.

Why not play him as long as he is not going to make his back worse?
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby farnham16 on Sun May 19, 2013 12:03 pm

The biggest impact he'll have today is on their PP. I don't expect him to play all that much today. I mean, how can he? Probably around 13 to 14 mins.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby DontToewsMeBro on Sun May 19, 2013 12:05 pm

Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby no name on Sun May 19, 2013 12:06 pm

Its hard to keep any player off the ice during the playoffs. All thoes guys want to be in there esp. a superstar who knows his roll on the team is to score. He wants to be in there as much as the coach wants him there. Also knowing a loss tonight almost guarantee they are out of the series. Well its a no brainer.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Sarcastic on Sun May 19, 2013 12:07 pm

DontToewsMeBro wrote:Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi.


^ times 6 million
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby farnham16 on Sun May 19, 2013 12:09 pm

DontToewsMeBro wrote:Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi.


Sorry man. I feel your pain. But you know Bylsma is putting in his boy Tanner Glass.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Lt. Dish on Sun May 19, 2013 12:11 pm

relantel wrote:ha, I expected a parody of Benny and the Jets on the thread title. Paging *** or DrBoni


Honest confession: I did, too.

:cry:

Pens need to go against their norm of giving opponents life and take this game from the Sens' greedy little hands.

OTT is going to be jacked that Spezza is back, plus he tends to have great games when returning. Kindly, legally, and cleanly "escort" him back to the press box.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Ad@m on Sun May 19, 2013 12:11 pm

malkinshair wrote:
I expect the whole Senators team to play inspired tonight. Can't wait to see the opening that they have planned to fire up the troops...


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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Henry Hank on Sun May 19, 2013 12:16 pm

I think there's logic to playing Glass for Vitale. Pens need to replace some grit, they don't need more scoring. They're already scoring four goals a game.

If Neal, Kunitz, Iginla, etc go down then you go to Jokinen or Bennett. If Adams or Vitale or Cooke go down, you bring in Glass.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Lt. Dish on Sun May 19, 2013 12:18 pm

farnham16 wrote:
DontToewsMeBro wrote:Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi. Please tell me that Glass is not playing ahead of Jussi.


Sorry man. I feel your pain. But you know Bylsma is putting in his boy Tanner Glass.


I 100% expected Jussi to be in today for faceoffs (puck possession) and a different look. No question in my mind. I see Henry Hank's point, though.

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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby farnham16 on Sun May 19, 2013 12:19 pm

Henry Hank wrote:I think there's logic to playing Glass for Vitale. Pens need to replace some grit, they don't need more scoring. They're already scoring four goals a game.

If Neal, Kunitz, Iginla, etc go down then you go to Jokinen or Bennett. If Adams or Vitale or Cooke go down, you bring in Glass.


I can buy that. But I like putting in the better player regardless. And Jokinen is a much better player than Glass.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby Beveridge on Sun May 19, 2013 12:31 pm

If Vitale plays it's a moot point anyhow. Adams and Letang both missed morning skate of game 2 and played.

Wonder what happened to Joe to be ruled out already? Sick? Don't recall him being hurt in game 2?

I'm ok with Glass although I'd rather see Jussi because defensive draws in road games are HUGE.
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Re: Spezza and the Sens

Postby RxBandit66 on Sun May 19, 2013 12:59 pm

I'm sure it will give Ottawa an emotional lift, but in reality he's probably not ready and rushing him back might end up hurting both Spezza and the team.

THe Senators have to do something, though, because if they lose tonight it's lights out.
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