Trial by fire for Sens Turris

Matt Shumsky January 31, 2013 4
The Globe and Mail

Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris is going to have to take control of the proverbial  S.S. Sens ship with number 19 out of commission.
General Manager Bryan Murray announced on Thursday, January 31 that Spezza will undergo back surgery to repair a herniated disc.
While Murray didn’t give a specific time frame, he hoped Spezza would be available for a potential playoff drive.
That’s the thing, can the Sens remain in contention  by the time Spezza comes back in lets say two months?
Say what you want about Sepzza and his giveaways, the man is an elite centre and coach Paul Maclean had him playing on the penalty kill aswell.
6’3 right handed centremen with his skill-set don’t grow on trees and Spezza consistently puts up numbers each year.
He’s the eastern conference’s version of Joe Thornton- by the way, I picked him and Marleau in my pool this year.
Spezza was off to a nice start  with five points in just as many games this year and has 621 points in 611 games for his career.
While everyone from Murray to Maclean are droppping the old cliches of ‘It will have to be offense by committee’ and we’re going to have to play a’ team game’-without question,  the brunt of the load will have to be carried by 23-year-old second line centre Kyle Turris.
He’s off to a good start with a stat line of 7 games played, four goals, three assists  good for 7 points  and a point a game pace.
If he plays the whole season he’ll wind up with 48 points on 27 goals.
But now he’s going to go up against the opponents top pairing rearguards and shutdown forwards.
For him to keep up the pace, he’ll have to conitnue to click with Alfredsson and Karlsson on the powerplay.
He already has a goal  and an assist with the extra man this year.
If he can keep racking up the points while drawing additional attendtion from the opposition, the Sens will have a good chance of staying afloat as number 19 recovers.
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Random Thoughts:
While Anderson is a proven number one goaltender, there’s no way he can continue this crazy level of play.
He leads the league in goals against average-0.99 , save percent with .967 and wins with five.