Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Alfredsson always loses when he bets against Canada

For the second year in a row, Daniel Alfredsson will attend an Ottawa Senators practice wearing Team Canada colours. Alfie made a bet with Sens owner (and World Junior mastermind) Eugene Melnyk regarding who would win the Canada/Sweden world junior hockey game. Being the loyal person that he is, Alfredsson picked his motherland of Sweden to win. Of course, he was wrong, and will sport team Canada colours at the next Ottawa Senators practice.

Also, big kudos to Melnyk for being ambitious enough to spearhead bringing the World Juniors to Ottawa. Everything went smoothly, and I expect this event, coupled with a successful draft last year, should be enough to land Ottawa the NHL All-Star game in the next couple years (though probably not a MLS franchise, sorry Eug).

Anyone who's been putting off watching the Sens should probably tune in to tonight's game against the Sabres on sportsnet...

In the words of the Buffalo News:
Ottawa has owned Buffalo for the past four years. Since 2005-06, the Senators boast a 16-5-4 advantage in the regular season. That includes a 5-2 victory in the only meeting this year, back in October when the Senators were reeling and the Sabres, though road weary, were rolling.
There are reasons for the folks heading downtown to be apprehensive. First, the Senators still have Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. In a combined 132 career games against the Sabres, they have accumulated 149 points. They struck for seven in October’s blowout.
So... is it too optimistic to say the Sens should win this one?
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