Saturday, December 20, 2008
It didn't work. Juggling the lines, keeping them that way, playing the guys with a relatively equitable distribution of ice time, playing Alex Auld, reintroducing Anton Volchenkov, benching Jason Spezza, whatever. Nothing.
Earlier in the year, we could at least say we'd solved our defence problems, even if we weren't scoring. Right now, neither are going right. Nine goals against in two games, two goals for. Ottawa went 0-fer again on the powerplay, and New Jersey was 3-for-4 (even if the Sens did score an SHG; good on Jarkko Ruutu for scoring a short-handed goal, off a nice pass from Chris Kelly).
Let's forget about this game. Bring on the Dallas Stars, maybe while they're in town Bryan Murray can lay the groundwork for a deal once the roster freeze is... thawed?