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Playoffs Begin For The Ottawa Senators

DECEMBER 10: Zemgus Girgensons #28 of the Buffalo Sabres scores a second period goal against Robin Lehner #40 of the Ottawa Senators as Joe Corvo #77 of Ottawa follows the play at First Niagara Center on December 10, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators’ playoff chances are in jeopardy — 31 games into the season. For those who respond saying ‘how is that possible? There’s 51 games still to be played’, things are very different this year.

Read more at Hooked on Hockey Magazine.

Sens Stunned In Philly – Again

Derek Grant #57 of the Ottawa Senators gets checked into the boards by Jay Rosehill #37 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

 

The Ottawa Senators allowed five goals to the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time in the past seven days Tuesday.

After their game at the Wells Fargo Centre, the team is now 4-4-1 against teams who are below .500., and 4-5-3 against teams above .500. This would suggest they are about average, and this is reflected in their overall record of 8-9-4. What’s interesting is the fact that some fans think the team is playing horrible hockey, yet, they have not lost by more than 3 goals to a team above .500. Their two worst losses of the season to above .500 teams were not by more than 3 goals, 4-1 to the Ducks, and 5-2 to the Sharks, respectively. In another 6 games against teams who have won more than 50 per cent of their games, the team has lost by only one goal.

In addition, they have beat  Boston, who currently leads the Atlantic, and Detroit, scoring a total of 10 goals and allowing only 3 in those two games.  The rest of the games have been solid wins, or straight up ugly for the Senators.

We’ve seen a team who can man-handle powerhouses, and a team that gets ripped apart by playoff longshots. So, which is it?

Read more at Hooked on Hockey Magazine.

Sens Predictions | Nov. 12-17

NOVEMBER 9: The Ottawa Senators react to Clarke MacArthur’s second period goal at Canadian Tire Centre on November 9, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/OSHC)

Sens 3 Flyers 1 (5-10-1) – (Nov. 12)

Sens 2 Bruins 4 (10-5-1) (Nov. 15)

Sens 4 Blue Jackets 2 (6-10-0) (Nov. 17)

LAST WEEK:

Sens 4 Blue Jackets 3 (6-10-0) – (Nov. 5) | Result: Sens 4 Blue Jackets 1

Sens 1 Canadiens 3 (8-8-1) (Nov. 7) | Result: Sens 4 Canadiens 1

Sens 4 Panthers 3 (3-10-4) (Nov. 9) | Result: Sens 3 Panthers 2

Prediction record: 10-6 (Week: 2-1)

News: Erik Karlsson leads all league defencemen with 18 points (6 G, 12 A). Bobby Ryan is tied for 9th in league scoring (9 G, 10 A) with 4 other players. He is tied for 12th in goals with 3 other players. Craig Anderson is expected to return Tuesday v.s. the Flyers.

IN THE STANDINGS:

Ottawa (7-6-4) – 5th in Atlantic (6 points behind division leading Lightning, 4 points behind the Maple Leafs)  – 2nd in East wild card race

Sens win 4-1 in First Rematch with Canadiens since Last Season’s Playoffs

NOVEMBER 7: Mark Borowiecki #74 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his first career NHL goal during the second period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on November 7, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators made some progress in the standings when they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Canadian Tire Centre Thursday.

“That’s essentially a four-point game,” Bobby Ryan said post-game. “It does close that gap and we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole here on home ice, so, to take care of our home ice [and] win two points, takes us steps closer to where we need to be.”

Read more at Hooked On Hockey Magazine.

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