On the heels of an impressive weekend where they registered wins over the Buffalo Sabres and the Winnipeg Jets, the Ottawa Senators look to continue their strong play when visit the Islanders tonight in Long Island.
The Sens come into the game holding down the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference which has them 7 points clear of the New York Islanders, who currently find themselves in 9th place and on the playoff bubble in the East. Needless to say but another huge two points on the line tonight.
Not exactly Ottawa Senators news but considering some of the discussion around here lately, this is news worth passing along.
According to Kevin Weekes and the NHL Network, the Anaheim Ducks are close to finalizing an agreement with UFA to be Corey Perry. The deal will see Perry earn the same as team captain, Ryan Getzlaf who signed his 8 year/$66 million dollar deal ten days ago.
With the Eastern Conference standings as tight as they are, a four point weekend is exactly what the Ottawa Senators needed.
Robin Lehner stopped 25 of 26 shots, Daniel Alfredsson had two assists, Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and the Senators finally played a game that wasn't decided by a single goal as they cruised to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
After a big win in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon the Sens return home for a St Patty's Day date with the Winnipeg Jets.
Coming into Sunday, the Sens are just two points clear of the Jets but because Winnipeg leads their division, they hold third place in the Eastern Conference. Two huge points on the line at SBP.
When stars in Spezza, Karlsson, Anderson, and Michalek went down to injury, and with Cowen already on the shelf, experts across the National Hockey League were quick to write off the Ottawa Senators.
Without their top centre, top defenceman, leading goal scorer and starting goalie, how could the Senators possibly stay competitive in the lockout shortened season? While it would be easy to point to the outstanding goaltending (obviously a huge part), you can’t overlook the job this team’s leadership group has done under incredible adversity.
The Ottawa Senators announced another signing this morning, inking Princeton defenceman Michael Sdao to an entry level contract.
Drafted in the 7th round back in 2009 by the Senators, Sdao just wrapped up his final season at Princeton, picking up 15 points in 31 games. The big, physical defenceman, who's not afraid to drop the gloves, will join the Binghamton Senators on an amateur tryout agreement.
Mentioned it was likely in last night’s post game wrap up but with the addition of Matt Kassian earlier this week, the Sens have returned Mark Stone to Binghamton.
Stone wasn’t playing a whole lot here in Ottawa and at this stage in his career, would certainly benefit from increased minutes down in Binghamton. Stone is a guy labeled as a scorer so six minutes a night on the fourth line obviously isn’t the ideal situation for him right now.
Let's face facts: The shootout is not going away.
The NHL believes that fans want a "winner" and didn't like ties. You can debate if they were right about that or not, but what's done is done. There is no way they'll eat crow and get rid of it now. That would be like admitting they were wrong and we all know the NHL's record in that area (ahem, Phoenix, ahem).
For the tenth straight outing, the Ottawa Senators played in a game that was decided by a single goal.
Daniel Alfredsson and Patrick Wiercioch scored to help the Senators overcome a 3-1 deficit and pick up another important point in the ridiculously tight Eastern Conference. Unfortunately for the second straight game, the Sens failed to capitalize in the shootout, falling by a 4-3 final at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
After a brief pit stop at Scotiabank Place, the Ottawa Senators are back out on the road for a couple games, beginning with a stop in Montreal tonight.
The Habs continue to surprise as teams hit the half way mark of this shortened season. Michel Terrien’s group has posted an impressive 6-1-3 record in their past ten games and find themselves perched atop the NHL’s Eastern Conference, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 38 points. Another tough test for those Pesky Sens.