Ottawa Senators: Brian Murray Looking Forward to a Three-Way

October 7th, 2010 by Gerald Norton Leave a reply »
A three-way race that is, for first in the Northeast Division.

It seems clear, based upon the "Big Media" season previews, that nobody knows what to expect from the Sens.  Predictions have the Sens finishing anywhere from 12th to fifth in the Eastern Conference, with some considering the Sens playoff contenders and others as playoff pretenders.

Fair enough, I guess.  Going into last season, the general consensus had the Sens just missing the postseason only to, in reality, finish fifth in the EC.  But what concerned many of those pundits going into last season came to fruition.  Too many goals against due to questionable goaltending and a lack of PMDs. 

What surprised, however, was the depth in scoring.  It also didn't hurt that, overall, the East was weak, and the Sens earned points against those few strong teams that ran roughshod over everyone else.  Expecting 94 points to earn you fifth in the EC again this season is probably a bad plan.

So earning 94 points again may not cut it, but, apart from two players, this is the same roster that went into last season.  As the old ditty goes: "One of ...

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