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01-17-2012, 02:31 AM
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Remember when Ottawa got off to that horrendous start, where Craig Anderson was hemorraging goals and there were trade rumous surrounding some of their big names?

Since they started out with 6 games without a regulation win and looked leaky at times, they've gotten hot at times and went from worst team in East to the potentially dangerous 5 seed ala last year's Lightning.

Any idea as to how Ottawa went from 'They're the favorites for the Yakupov lottery' to 'They're a tough out and no longer an automatic W' like it seemed they'd be.

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Beautiful aliteration

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How much is related to the fact they acquired Turris? Not saying it's because of him, im seriously asking.

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Ever since you guys got bombarded by Philly early in the season, you have really turned it around.....probably the pleasant surprise of the season.....I don't know if you will keep doing as well but you have been looking really good....

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You could say they are... Raging back?

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Remember when Ottawa got off to that horrendous start, where Craig Anderson was hemorraging goals and there were trade rumous surrounding some of their big names?

Since they started out with 6 games without a regulation win and looked leaky at times, they've gotten hot at times and went from worst team in East to the potentially dangerous 5 seed ala last year's Lightning.

Any idea as to how Ottawa went from 'They're the favorites for the Yakupov lottery' to 'They're a tough out and no longer an automatic W' like it seemed they'd be.
- Coaching. Clouston's system was an embarrasment last year and it didn't work, not only did it not work but he had no idea how to communicate with players and adapt to what the other team was doing, whereas, this season seems like the complete opposite. Paul Maclean is a good coach.
- Erik Karlsson. Almost at PPG pace and he's only 21 , makes things so much easier for the forwards and his defensive partner.
- Good mix of vets and rookies playing well and chemistry among every line except the 4th line, 4th line is kind of a work in progress although we do have winchester and Regin hurt
-Vets all having bounce back seasons -->> Alfie , Spezza, Kuba, Gonchar, Phillips total turn around from last year for the most part

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01-17-2012, 03:30 AM
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Sens stop seriously sucking since spezza starts scoring screaming slappers.

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01-17-2012, 03:51 AM
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You could say they are... Raging back?
Roaring. It's roaring.

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I never thought they would be in the top5 pic range.

Never thought they would be this good.
However; the 9-1-2 pace, may not continue.

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01-17-2012, 07:45 AM
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I am personally of the belief that good dressing room = good on ice performance and I truly believe that's what we're seeing from the Senators.

Other than Butler, who for some reason I seem to have an irrational dislike of, and to a lesser extent Phillips, every one of our players is playing at least as good as they should be expected to play and in most cases, are exceeding that limit.

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Beautiful aliteration
First thing I thought of as well.

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How much is related to the fact they acquired Turris? Not saying it's because of him, im seriously asking.
He's been great

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01-17-2012, 08:02 AM
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What did you guys expect from that start.

A bunch of new players trying to find chemistry
A bunch of rookies in their 1st year as NHLers
A whole new coaching staff trying instill their system
A bunch of vets trying to recover from injuries.

Plus it didn't help that the season started on a 5 game road trip.

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01-17-2012, 08:06 AM
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Proof that coaching makes a huge difference. Bad timing for the thread though, right after they got shutout

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Unsustainable overachieving. Essentially every player is currently exceeding expectations.

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Definately playing above their heads. Really reminiscent of TB last year. Carried by some crazy offense, and amazing goaltending to overshadow their suspect defense.

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How much is related to the fact they acquired Turris? Not saying it's because of him, im seriously asking.
10-2-3 since trading for Turris' turrific turret.

Seriously though, it probably provided a little spark in the room. In the short-term we knew it made us better but I don't think we knew how much. We subtracted a guy we needed to send to the AHL for a competent 2nd line center. It's shocking how much more creative he's getting than he was in Phoenix...I imagine Tippett wouldn't have any of it from Turris in Phoenix.

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Definately playing above their heads. Really reminiscent of TB last year. Carried by some crazy offense, and amazing goaltending to overshadow their suspect defense.
Anderson's only started playing much better.

Pssst, the Leafs fans are really jealous.

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01-17-2012, 09:10 AM
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How much is related to the fact they acquired Turris? Not saying it's because of him, im seriously asking.
Centre depth means a lot for any team. Adding Turris has definitely helped elevate the play of our team as a whole.

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Definately playing above their heads. Really reminiscent of TB last year. Carried by some crazy offense, and amazing goaltending to overshadow their suspect defense.
Sounds a lot like hating. Ottawa has put in the work and effort, and which players are overachieving exactly? I'd love to know.

We've had different contributors every night. We've got scoring from every line, some nights our defence is great, some nights our offence is great and some nights our goaltending is great. However we've almost never had a night where all three are clicking. We haven't been carried by any one thing at all this season (especially LOL at the 'amazing goaltending.')

But again, these are comments from Leaf fans who haven't been watching Ottawa play.

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01-17-2012, 09:13 AM
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How much is related to the fact they acquired Turris? Not saying it's because of him, im seriously asking.
Not saying Rundblad is an AHL DMan or that Turris is a high end top 6C, but the Sens gave up a guy who was playing like and AHL DMan and got a guy who is playing like a high end top 6 C. He hasn't been the only reason for our boom, but you could easily make the case that without him we wouldnt have ended up winning 3-5 of our games. 2 GWA's, 1 GWG, scored a goal in a 3-2 SO win... He's generally scoring big points and he's shown flashes of really good play. I think once he fills out he is going to be a very dangerous player for us. He has shocked me with his skill and his chippiness, but he is also clearly lacking strength and it shows when teams are zeroed in on him- he can overpower players when they're not expecting it, both offensively and defensively, but when he is the focal point he has much more of an issue making the easy plays.

What its looking like, at worst we have the best 2nd line C we've pretty much ever had. Now thats not to say he might slip mightily, because he totally could be playing over his head, but for now he looks like we added our 4th or 5th best fwd. So yeah, he's been huge for us.

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01-17-2012, 09:23 AM
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Not saying Rundblad is an AHL DMan or that Turris is a high end top 6C, but the Sens gave up a guy who was playing like and AHL DMan and got a guy who is playing like a high end top 6 C. He hasn't been the only reason for our boom, but you could easily make the case that without him we wouldnt have ended up winning 3-5 of our games. 2 GWA's, 1 GWG, scored a goal in a 3-2 SO win... He's generally scoring big points and he's shown flashes of really good play. I think once he fills out he is going to be a very dangerous player for us. He has shocked me with his skill and his chippiness, but he is also clearly lacking strength and it shows when teams are zeroed in on him- he can overpower players when they're not expecting it, both offensively and defensively, but when he is the focal point he has much more of an issue making the easy plays.

What its looking like, at worst we have the best 2nd line C we've pretty much ever had. Now thats not to say he might slip mightily, because he totally could be playing over his head, but for now he looks like we added our 4th or 5th best fwd. So yeah, he's been huge for us.
Bold gets 11/10 from me: you nailed it.

I still have a ton of faith in Rundblad and I'm still not sold on Turris being a #2 C (though the last 4 games or so he's really made me wish I could shut my mouth a little more often ) but one thing is for sure is that Rundblad was simply not an NHL-caliber defenseman during his time in Ottawa.

I'm fairly sure he'll get there (and beyond) but he was pretty horrifying for us, and Turris has been very strong for us and, to this point, has undoubtedly played at the level of a #2C.

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Definately playing above their heads. Really reminiscent of TB last year. Carried by some crazy offense, and amazing goaltending to overshadow their suspect defense.
They remind you of a team that made it to within one game of the Stanley Cup finals last year? Sounds pretty good to me. You killed your own argument with that comparison.

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Sublimely said, Somer.

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Sens Sizzling Since Slow Start
Sens since shutout.

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Let's not forget that they've also played more games than most teams. 5 more than Boston for example.

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