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Senators having another surprising season

 

The Ottawa Senators have managed to surprise fans and critics for a third-straight season.

 

The 2009-2010 season surprised everyone when the Sens blew up their roster to rebuild and finished in thirteenth-place. Ottawa was expected to finish around the same in 2010-2011, but they managed to squeeze into the playoffs. This season, they have started their season with three consecutive wins.

 

It's early in the young season, but the Sens remain the only undefeated Eastern Conference team with three or ...

Senators will likely draft D

 

It is always difficult to predict which skater a team will draft.

The Ottawa Senators draft in the 15th spot, which is a fairly strong draft pick.

Consider the Senators drafted Erik Karlsson, this year's Norris Trophy winner, with the 15th overall pick in 2008.

The draft looks to be strong on defensemen, which works out well for the Senators.

Ottawa is thin on defensive prospects – who are not already playing in the NHL (hello Jare...

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

 

( 1 ) NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ( 8 ) OTTAWA SENATORS

Not a lot of people expected the Ottawa Senators to be one of only two Canadian teams that managed to make the playoffs this season. In fact, in the "normal" NHL universe, the Canadiens and Sens would probably be in each others positions. The Sens started the season with people assuming they were at the beginning of a rebuild, with GM Bryan Murray half-blowing things up the prior off-season. But then something happened. The Sens top players started playing like... well... top players. Alfredsson was on his game as rumors of retirement grew bigger and bigger. Jason Spezza became a dominant center once again. And the...

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.

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...