After a seemingly endless four day break, the Ottawa Senators finally return to action this afternoon when they visit Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers.
With just five games left in their regular season, the Sens need to find a way to pick up as many points as possible down the stretch including this weekend against the Flyers and Islanders. It all starts with an afternoon date in the city of Brotherly Love.
With no morning skate scheduled for tomorrow in Philadelphia, this morning’s Sens practice told us all we need to know about the line-up against the Flyers.
Based on the way the Senators skated today, it looks like Zenon Konopka, Bobby Butler and Matt Gilroy will be the healthy scratches when the Sens take on the Flyers in another humongous big game in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
After a tough practice yesterday afternoon, Sens head coach Paul MacLean opted to give his team another full day off.
With some big games coming up down the stretch, the Senators want to make sure they take full advantage of an opportunity to rest. Ottawa is back on the ice for practice tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM and will finally return to game action on Saturday afternoon in Philly.
Heading into last night’s match up between the Buffalo Sabres and the Washington Capitals, fans of the Ottawa Senators had one simple request- no three point game. That request was granted.
The red hot Sabres continued their recent surge up the Eastern Conference standings and grabbed the eighth spot with a convincing 5-1 win over the Capitals bumping Washington to ninth place in the process. All three teams have five games to play.
In a game that was labeled a must win for both hockey teams, Ottawa Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson delivered in a big way.
Alfie scored twice, including a momentum crushing game winner that effectively ended the season of the Winnipeg Jets. It was a game where the home side refused to quit but the Sens stuck with it and got huge performances from their best players.
After an impressive offensive display on Saturday night, the Ottawa Senators hit the road for three straight, beginning tonight at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
The Sens continue to cling to the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, just four points back of the New Jersey Devils. With a game between those two teams to close out the year, the Senators still have a chance at climbing the ladder in the East.
With the Sabres and Capitals breathing down their necks, the Ottawa Senators turned in their best performance in weeks, routing one of the best team's in the East to the tune of 8-4.
On a night where stars like Malkin and Crosby came to town, it was Sens Captain Daniel Alfredsson that stood out, racking up two goals and four points in a wildly entertaining game at Scotiabank Place.
With Friday night's results around the Eastern Conference, the heat has officially been turned up on the Ottawa Senators.
An absolutely disastrous start for Craig Anderson and the Sens led to four goals in the first ten minutes of the hockey game and put Ottawa in a hole they could not dig out of. The end result was a third straight loss for the Sens, this time to the tune of 5-1.
With the race for the final playoff spots heating up, the Ottawa Senators head to Montreal for a crucial game against the Canadiens.
It figures to a be a huge night with all the teams in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race are in action- the Sabres take on the Rangers, the Panthers play host to the Oilers and the eighth place Washington Capital host the tenth place Winnipeg Jets.
Don’t look now but suddenly the surging Buffalo Sabres sit just four points back of the Ottawa Senators in the tightening Eastern Conference standings.
A once comfortable Sens team now needs to start racking up points in a hurry if they are going to secure a playoff spot this spring. The Senators play a tough back to back this weekend- Friday they are in Montreal and Saturday they play host to the surging Pittsburgh Penguins.