Coming off a six game win streak, the Ottawa Senators have now dropped three straight and will be looking to bounce back with a daunting stretch of games on the horizon.
First up is the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. There was plenty of hype surrounding this one as it was the first meeting between the two teams since Alfredsson was on the receiving end of a controversial hit from Wojtek Wolski. Of course the drama has subsided a little bit as Wolski is on the IR and will not play.
With that said, it’s still an important game for the Sens as they look to bank a couple points before setting out on their longest road trip to date.
After Wednesday night’s tilt at SBP, Ottawa will hit the road for six straight, including stops in Buffalo, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. It has been an up and down start for the Senators but this next stretch of road games should give the club a pretty good idea how they stack up.
Heading into this week, the Sens currently sit 9th in the Eastern Conference, tied with the Florida Panthers although Ottawa has played two more games.
The Sens practice this morning at 11:00 AM. Should have some news and notes from that practice, including updates on some of the Senators walking wounded.
- With Brian Lee drawing into the last couple of games, there has been a little bit of buzz that the club may be showcasing the young defenceman. Not sure that is the case. Lee had a strong camp and had a tough time getting back into the line up with the team playing so well. MacLean has been clear about wanting to manage Rundblad’s minutes so it was important to give the young Swede a different perspective for a couple games.
- Some cold water has been thrown on all the Kyle Turris talk that surfaced last week. Phoenix GM Don Maloney has been quite clear that he has no plans to trade the disgruntled forward. As I mentioned last week, Ottawa is interested but at this point, the Coyotes have no intention of trading him.