Vacation’s Over, It’s Time To Get It Going.
Yeah, a 5 game losing streak is bad, no need to mix words here. But it isn’t the end of the world.
I was able to catch the final 2 periods of the Dallas game, and honestly, I thought the Sens were going to win that game, but they didn’t, again. They didn’t play poorly, but once again it appeared Dallas was playing to win, while Ottawa was playing to hopefully win. In the end Ottawa didn’t get the goaltending, but this isn’t to say they lost due to goaltending. They lost because of brutal defensive lapses, but, unlike with Dallas, Ottawa didn’t keep the puck out after poor plays.
Will Elliott be the answer? Sure, why not. To be honest, I’m very dismayed by the recent coaching decisions by Clouston. In fact, I’m hanging this losing streak as much on him as anybody on the ice. I believe Clouston has failed to recognize the fact Elliott is not a number one, and has instead ignored Pascal in favour of Elliott, even though both are struggling. I simply do not get it, and I believe Clouston has to be held to account for his poor handling of Ottawa’s goaltending of late, especially if it costs us the post season.
It would certainly appear home ice advantage has been foregone, and, if things don’t turn around, maybe even the post season. That being said, if, at the beginning of the season, I were to say Ottawa would be in a 3 team saw off for 5th in the east, with 10 games remaining, we’d all be happy.
Now is the time for this team to begin playing post season hockey, stop worrying about winning or losing, or worse, staying healthy for the post season. Now is the time to play hard, block shots, and round into form, because if this “cruise control” mentality remains, making the post season is all but irrelevant.