Ottawa Senators Evolving into an Elite Team

February 12th, 2010 by David Law Leave a reply »

With 13 wins in their last 14 contests, the Ottawa Senators have rapidly developed into an elite team who others will want to avoid at playoff time.

A month ago the Senators looked to be one of about eight teams fighting for one of the final two playoff spots. Now the Senators are the NHL’s hottest team and sit atop the Northeast Division.

Those 13 wins have not been the result of a weak schedule; 11 of Ottawa’s last 14 games have come against teams that currently sit in playoff positions. Included in that span are Ottawa victories over Chicago, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Vancouver, and now Washington. 

The Senators have proven that they can win regardless of their opponent’s style of play. The latest proof of that was Thursday’s freewheeling 6-5 victory over the high-flying Capitals. Ottawa proved that throughout their lineup they have players who can skate and can score. 

Since coming back from injury, center Jason Spezza has been scoring at a goal-a-game clip. Enigmatic Alexei Kovalev has ...

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