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With a huge game against Pittsburgh Tuesday, one of the most fun stories of the season can still continue into the postseason. The Sens have a tough schedule to close out the year, but if they get some help along the way, they just might make it.
Has the clock struck midnight on this Cinderella story? Not quite yet, but it's probably 11:55 after three consecutive losses. Their schedule over their last seven games has some real tough matchups in there, too.
Is there a better story in the NHL now? Ottawa is 17-2-2 in its past 21 games. The Hamburglar is 14-0-1. They're in playoff position entering play Tuesday and look nearly unstoppable. How is this happening?
The Sens are still in the race, fighting for their postseason lives with everything they've got. The fact that they're being led there by previously unheralded AHL goaltender Andrew Hammond is just nuts. He's 10-0-1 through 11 starts with a .955 save percentage.
The hottest team in the NHL lately has been the Ottawa Senators and who could possibly have seen that coming? With eight wins in their last nine games, the Sens improved to 19-12-6 under Dave Cameron. They have an uphill battle to the playoffs, but this rally has been fun.
The Senators essentially sat out the deadline, which is fine. They're not in a position to be buyers and didn't have a lot of value to sell for a fair return. This is another club that's best served tweaking in the offseason.
All season I think I've been wondering what exactly the Senators are and I'm not sure I'll have an answer. The most important question, however, is what will they become going forward? There's much work to be done.
By re-signing Marc Methot, the Sens have a pretty well established core. It's not an overwhelming group, but there's something to build around. With five losses in their last seven games, trying to get picks or prospects near the deadline could help.
The Sens are tumbling once again this season. They've lost three straight and six of their last eight games. They have some trade pieces, but not the kind that are going to bring back an overwhelming return.
With GM Bryan Murray set to retire after the season, it will be interesting to see what kind of moves the Senators make. They have some good core pieces, but if they can sell off some veterans to bring in more draft picks or prospects, they'll be better off in the long-term.
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The Senators have been calling themselves "pesky" for the past few years and that's an apt description for their two wins in three games.
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