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Blackhawks and Senators battle it out in Ottawa tonight

Last year, the Ottawa Senators were one of the worst teams in the league, and with very few changes made to the team or staff over the summer, not much better was expected of them this year.

It just goes to show how quirky hockey can be and how you can never predict how seasons will go. This year, the Senators have remained solidly in playoff position for most if not all of the season.

Being in different conferences mean these two teams only see each other once a year on average; they last faced off on January 7, 2011, in Chicago; the Blackhawks won that one, 3-2.

The similarities between the Senators and the Blackhawks right now are many: both sit at 6th ...

Isles Head to Ottawa to Face Surprising Sens

Ah, the Ottawa Senators. Islanders fans would like to forget this past Monday's game against them. You remember...the matinee? Yeah, I want to forget, too.

The Ottawa Senators are probably one of the most underrated teams in the NHL right now. A team in which everyone thought could be one of the worst teams in the history of the NHL before the season started. But look at them now; They are in seventh place in the East and I'm convinced that they will make a huge playoff run.

Canadiens Snap Losing Streak in Ottawa

A short break over Christmas seems to be just what the Montreal Canadiens needed, as they bounced back in a big way with a 6-2 win over the eighth place Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. After a five game losing streak the Habs finally won a game, giving interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth his first victory as the man in charge behind the Canadiens bench.

 

The first period began with the Senators controlling the game for the most part. Just two minutes in they jumped out to an early lead with a goal from Zach Smith. The lead didn't last for long thoug...

Senators Spoil Jets Return Home

Evander Kane had his 7th 2-goal game of his career, scoring the duece just 1:17 apart in the 3rd period, but it was not enough as the Jets fell to the Senators 6-4 in the Capital of Manitoba on Tuesday night.

The MTS Centre was at capacity again and fans were treated to some great defensive play at both ends of the ice. Ondrej Pavelec was tested early as the Senators put on the pressure for an opening goal. Jason Spezza had a great opportunity in the slot, only to shoot wide of the Winnipeg net.

Throughout the 1st period, Winnipeg had trouble getting through a neutral zone that was being clogged up by Ottawa. It wasn't until the line of W...

Senators inconsistent, but learning

At this point in the season I figured I would still be talking about the concept of the Ottawa Senators and the fan idea of "Fail for Nail."

For those who are not in the know, there was a grassroots campaign among Senators fan that the Sens should just spend the season giving their young prospects time to develop and not worry about the score-line, and just looking forward to a high draft pick.

While the attitude has not vanished entirely among the fan base, and I include myself in that, it is seeming less and less likely as the season wears on.

The Sens are not top of the table, with a 10-9-1 record, but they are certainly holding their own. Their record is cu...

Gameday: Habs Look to Keep Rolling in Ottawa

 

Hi. Nice to you see you again. It's been a while, hasn't it? 

Only a month into the 2011-12, it seems like we've had to go through yet another off-season, with six days off between the Canadiens' last couple of games (a sweep of a home-and-home series against the struggling Boston Bruins) and tonight's match-up against the red hot (wut) Ottawa Senators. Even the weather cooperated here in Montreal, with a few nice days throughout the week, despite the fact that it's November.

Yup, it definitely felt like we just had another mini off-season, and quite frankly, it couldn't have come at a worst time...