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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.

Weekly Sens Predictions | Nov. 19-24

NOVEMBER 17: Nick Foligno #71 and Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on November 17, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sens 3 Flyers 2 (7-10-2) | Nov. 19

Sens 1 Wild 3 (12-4-4) | Nov. 20

Sens 3 Red Wings 2 (9-5-7) | Nov. 23

Sens 1 Hurricanes 2 (8-8-4) | Nov. 24


Sens 3 Flyers 1 (7-10-2) – (Nov. 12) | Result: Sens 0 Flyers 5

Sens 2 Bruins 4 (12-6-1) (Nov. 15) | Result: Sens 4 Bruins 2

Sens 4 Blue Jackets 2 (7-10-3) (Nov. 17) | Result: Sens 1 Blue Jackets 4

Prediction record: 10-9 (Week: 0-3)

News: The Ottawa Senators continue to struggle with consistency after dropping two games against sub-.500 teams. Had they won against the Flyers and Blue Jackets and everything else remained the same at week’s end, they would’ve been a point behind Boston, Toronto and Detroit who are all tied for second in the Atlantic division with 25 points each. Trade rumours are surfacing as an Edmonton scout was in Ottawa observing the team this past week. The Senators are apparently in search of a top 6 forward to play alongside Jason Spezza, as per Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie.


Ottawa (8-8-4) – 6th in Atlantic (8 points behind division leading Lightning)  – Tied for 3rd in East wild card race with the Hurricanes

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