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Alrighty, compadre's, I've done the Leafs, Habs, Sabres and Bruins up to this point and now I'm going to the last team in the Northeast Division... The Ottawa freaking Senators. A team who I despise and loathe for several reasons, which includes Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil and Ray Emery ( not to mention Dominik Hasek played for them in 05-06) but let's get one thing clear... I have tremendous amount of respect for them and what they did last season in the playoffs. Wes Mantooth explains it best in the legendary movie ''Anchorman'' : ''From deep down in my stomach, with every inch of me, I pure, straight hate you. But goddammit, do I respect you!''.

The Senators have done little this off-season. They've lost a good defenseman in Tom Preissing, who's departure I believe will be felt... but not majorly. They've also traded Peter Schaefer for Shean Donovan. Another notable departure is Mike Comrie, who joined the madhouse of Wang otherwise known as the Isles. And if you really care, Oleg Saprykin also left the team. The sens enter the year with lots of playoff experience under their belt and some higher expectations. I think it is safe to say they can officialy rid themselves of the ''chokers'' label... although us Leafs fan hate to admit it. Actually, pass that label over in T.O., we've been a specialist at that for the past two seasons. Enough of this Sens blabber though, on with the predictions, amigo's!

NOTE: I'm assuming all players play 82 games, obviously it will not happen. It's a PPG thing.

Daniel Alfredsson: 27 G 85 PTS

Jason Spezza: 42 G 94 PTS

Dany Heatley: 53 G 109 PTS

Mike Fisher: 28 G 62 PTS

Chris Neil: 13 G 31 PTS

Patrick Eaves: 26 G 48 PTS

Antoine Vermette: 21 G 41 PTS

Chris Kelly: 13 G 39 PTS

Shean Donovan: 6 G 15 PTS

Dean McAmmond: 13 G 38 PTS

Josh Hennessy: 11 G 27 PTS

Christoph Schubert: 10 G 29 PTS

Wade Redden: 11 G 51 PTS

Andrej Meszaros: 6 G 33 PTS

Chris Phillips: 10 G 31 PTS

Anton Volchenkov: 2 G 16 PTS

Joe Corvo: 12 G 43 PTS

Lawrence Nycholat: 7 G 27 PTS

Ray Emery: 2.60 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Martin Gerber: 2.85 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO

All in all I see the Sens either winning the division or being a close second ( I still have high expectations for the Sabres) but rest assured they will be a force this season and I think they'll make it far in the playoffs. Stanley Cup Champions? That's another story but who knows, right?

That's all, folks and I look forward to your comments.

Oh yea, and just as a complete random sidenote I'd like to report that Avenged Sevenfold has released their first single from their new album so if there's any A7X fans out there go check it out, it's called ''Critical Acclaim'', simply amazing! Whoever has never heard of them, check it out also, they are breathtakingly good!
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August 20, 2007 4:55 AM ET | Delete
Nice job RG.I think Speeza will crack that 100 point barrier though. I assume Heatley will have a huge year as he is entering his contract year. Also it wouldn't surprise me if some of the Sen's younger guys step it up and score a few more points than you suggested. I like both Kelly and Vermette and if they had huge seasons I would not be surprised. One thing that I am concerned with is Emery's Save %. You have both he and Miller at the same figure and lets be honest here Emery's rebound control is not the greatest and I just dont think he will match Miller's stats. Especially after signing a new deal and not to mention that Buffalo will play a more defensive game this season. I hope your right on Buffalo taking the division, although it will be extremely difficult to achieve!
August 20, 2007 7:31 AM ET | Delete
Well done! I would probably expect less goals and more assists for Spezza, and I'm hoping that Vermette will find himself producing more this year with the opportunities he'll be afforded.
August 20, 2007 9:53 AM ET | Delete
Max, I really think Emey is going to step it up to the next level, the playoff experience is going to help in the confidence departement and Ottawa has a strong defense. Even if Buffalo plays a more defensive game their defense is pretty average defensivly, if we look at Miller's stats it's apparent he gives his team a chance to win every night and steals many games. Rest assured Miller > Emery ..... nice comment Max, thanks :D
August 20, 2007 10:48 AM ET | Delete
Not to mention, that Emery played almost all of last year with a bum wrist, which was operated on this summer. A healthy Emery will no doubt better his season from last year. He is a battler to the end, and always looking to improve. Nice, thorough synopsis.
August 20, 2007 11:37 AM ET | Delete
Good Job Ron... Though I think you're giving Donovan a bit more credit than he's due... I say 14 pts!
August 20, 2007 12:26 PM ET | Delete
no way Heatley stacks up that many points
August 20, 2007 12:50 PM ET | Delete
A7X KICKS ASS! lol, good blog once again Ron.
August 20, 2007 3:19 PM ET | Delete
ill put the ridiculous "madhouse of wang" comment on the backburner right now being that im an islander fan. .......I think Spezza will crack 100 pts too and i love the Senators. From Spezza to Heatley, Fisher, Volchenkov, i love this team. My ? is although he wasnt put into a huge role on the team what did Sens fans think of Comrie?
August 20, 2007 3:31 PM ET | Delete
Comrie was awesome! He slowed down towards the end but he was one of my favorites since he got to Ottawa.
August 20, 2007 3:42 PM ET | Delete
I was just joking about the Isles dynasty lol :D. Thanks for the comments all
August 20, 2007 3:50 PM ET | Delete
I would agree with most things Ron, just maybe Spezza's totals are a little low if he plays all 82 games - as is Alfie's.Plus, Emery's numbers will go DOWN now that he's had the wrist-surgery - not up.PS. Isles fan. Comrie's fun. You'll like him a lot.
August 20, 2007 4:07 PM ET | Delete
Another solid blog Ron. I'm going to guess that Redden breaks the sixty point mark this year. I think he will be anxious to show everyone how wrong they are for ragging on him.
August 20, 2007 5:17 PM ET | Delete
Not sure about Emery's numbers. He had a better sv% than Miller last year and I wouldn't be completely shocked if it happened again, although I would be a bit surprised. I don't however think his g.a.a. will be that bad considering how the team plays in front of him. Comrie played with a lot of heart which was great to see but was never given a particularly big role. I don't think that the loss of any of their players is particularly significant. Vermette should be able to produce more than Schaefer in the same role considering his talent level is higher and his attitude seems a lot better. Donovan will play the role Saprykin would have so no real loss there. Preissing.... He was a good defenceman all year, quite steady. He played with Corvo and made up for Corvo's shortcomings. The thing to remember though is that Corvo picked it up considerably near the end of the year and Preissing ended up seeing more and more of the bench as time went on. Schubert should be playing D (if the reports are to be believed) not big on his mental game (i.e. dumb penalties) but considering he will be considerably more physical and is still young, there shouldn't be any major losses on the back end. Reddens should have a better year (how can he not?) Same with Mezaros (again, awful last year, can't get any worse can he?) The biggest q for them of course is still Emery. How he reacts now that he has a new contract, as well as the effect of not working much over the Summer are major questions. As well, Aflie played so well down the stretch (according to him) precisely because he got hurt and was allowed to rest for a while. If he plays on the top line, yeah he cracks 100 points but the second lines points will go down as well. I also don't even think Nycholat will crack the lineup. His lack of size is a major issue when Murray has the stated goal of getting bigger. And Ron... I was gonna comment, did you really have to ask ? :)
August 20, 2007 5:26 PM ET | Delete
Nice coment, mob! lmao I just learned alot from the Sens. Thank you, sir.
August 20, 2007 5:54 PM ET | Delete
"no way Heatley stacks up that many points"Why not? He's had a 103 point season and a 105 point season, now he's a year older, is it really that hard to imagine? I'm not saying it will happen, I say it can happen. Ron: I dunno about Nycholat. He's kinda an unproven commodity and I suspect he'll spend most of his time in Bingo. As someone once said (Mob?) he's basically Preissing light, and Murray's trying to go for that tougher, meaner roster. Like a couple other sens fans, I think you're selling Spezza and Vermette a bit short point wise (if they play 82 games), although I think the goal total for Spezza might even be a bit high, and I think if Alfie plays 82 games he'll be in the mid-90's (he had 103 in 77 games a couple seasons ago). I think the Hennessy and Phillips point totals might be bit high, and I think Hennessy will probably be in Bingo for a good chunk of the year (speaking of which, the B-Sens are gonna be pretty good - Hamel, Donati, Mapletoft, Elliott, Lee, Hennessy, Zubov, Foligno etc.). Finally, I think Emery's GAA might be lower than what you have it at, especially since the Sens have fantastic overall team defence, but his save percentage might be lower because of his wrist surgery.All in all, great stuff, and I hope you modify it when the Sens sign Foppa :).
August 20, 2007 7:03 PM ET | Delete
Yeah, that was me. By chance, did you catch the video of one of the B-Sens new signings? He was in 2 mma fights. 1 lasted 19 seconds, the other 21. (He won both.)
August 21, 2007 3:01 AM ET | Delete
Good job there! You truly know your enemy!
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