Welcome to the perfect storm. You already knew that you were coming to Philadelphia to take on the NHL-leading Flyers. Meanwhile, you may have held out some sort of hope that we’d overlook you because of where you sit in the standings. Unfortunately for you, there are three things working against you:
- Chris Pronger is back! He missed 14 games, but we still managed to win 9 of them. Still, we’re obviously better with him than without him. Those of you who have just joined the Sens in the past three seasons can ask your captain about Prongs. Alfredsson was there when Pronger led the Ducks to a Stanley Cup victory over Ottawa mostly using intimidation. We weren’t lacking any physical play, but a little more never hurts. Pronger has a secret clause in his contract, written with invisible ink, regarding a required number of cross-checks that he must get away with during a season. After missing some games, he’s clearly behind his quota. My advice: don’t get near him, he’ll be hacking a lot more.
- Danny Briere is an All Star, formally. Everyone knew he was worthy. Everyone knew he’d been snubbed. Even he couldn’t cover the fact that he was upset after not getting picked. Now, Jarome Iginla will be skipping the game because of an ailing grandmother, opening up a spot. Thus, Danny B is getting the recognition he deserves. So why should Ottawa be scared of this, when Briere has already been playing on fire? Because every time something good happens, his play immediately relfects it. Think back over his career as a Flyer. When he was on the wing, he was invisible. We all said how overrated and overpaid he is. He moved to center, and began producing immediately. At the same time, he was going through a divorce. He’s talked about it several times, that having gone through that, and the burden of the situation weighed on him and affected his play. With that taken care of, he’s in a better place and is a more productive player. How his latest set-back is in the rearview mirror. Ottawa, be afraid.
- We don’t take games off! Ok, we shit the bed against Florida before the Christmas break. It does happen from time to time. But it’s rare. So don’t look forward to that. You don’t climb to the top of the ladder by only playing well against the best competition. No matter who the opponent, the Flyers come to play. We’ve also noticed that you’ve lost 9 of 10, and your confidence is shot. We’re not about to let you wake up.
I know you have a trip across the border tomorrow so you won’t be here long. Just, make yourself comfortable, because tonight will be a long night for you.
Screw you, I’m still mad about 2002 and the whole Cechmanek thing.
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