Game Day Thread — Senators Vs Hurricanes

Matt Cullen’s New Team (36-24-4) Vs Alexandre Picard’s New Team (25-30-7) @ RBC Center, 7pm ET; Television: RDS, Rogers Sportsnet

Due to last night’s events, I wasn’t able to make a prediction for James Gordon’s prediction panel. To read what others in the Ottawa blogosphere had to say, click here.

Here are the lines for tonight’s game: Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson; Regin-Fisher-Kovalev; Shannon-Cullen-Neil; Ruutu-Kelly-Donovan. Jesse Winchester is a healthy scratch for tonight’s game and Pascal Leclaire will be making his first start since suffering an injury when Mike Fisher rang a shot off of his head in practice. It’s also important to note that Erik Karlsson will be paired with Andy Sutton tonight.

Stay Classy Ottawa

Ryan Callahan was looking at the American flag, not at the scoreboard video screen, during the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” before last night’s game.

Which is why the Team USA and Rangers winger had no idea that an individual in the Senators’ game night operations decided to show video of every Canadian gold-medal winner, plus Sidney Crosby’s golden goal against the Americans, as the U.S. national anthem was played.

The Canadian national anthem that followed was not accompanied by images from the Vancouver Games.

“I didn’t have any idea,” said Callahan, who scored twice in the Blueshirts’ 4-1 victory over the Senators, including one off a brilliant dash down the left side at 0:22 of the second . “I don’t look at the scoreboard during the anthem. I look at the flag.” ~ Larry Brooks, NY Post

Wow. What a lead in non-story for a post game Rangers article. It’s much ado about nothing. Here’s to hanging the Canadian flag upside down at the 1992 World Series in Atlanta, or having a recorded Canadian anthem at the MLB All-Star Game. To quote John Tortorella, fuck off Larry. It’s not like the Senators organization ran a video featuring Spartacat, the Montreal Canadiens logo and a ship sinking one week after Bob Gainey’s daughter drowned at sea. Oh….

Kudos to Cowen

On the 25th anniversary of the Spokane Chiefs, I’d like to congratulate Jared Cowen on being named to the team’s Top 25 Players in 25 Years (1985-2010) list. Jared joins an illustrious list of elite company like Brandin Cote, Valeri Bure and The Trevor Kidd.

Deadline Winners

According to the Vancouver Sun’s Jim Matheson, the Ottawa Senators were deadline winners…

Before the Olympic break, they got centre Matt Cullen, who won a Cup in Carolina. He’s strong on faceoffs and has some offensive pop, and they needed help on the back-end and got six-foot-six Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders. Sutton plays a Hal Gilltype of game, but is tougher.

Trade Deadline Podcast

Last night’s recorded podcast will be available for download following the game. Come back and check it out then.