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The Sens are already making changes, as GM Bryan Murray stepped down after the season. New GM Pierre Dorion already let go coach Dave Cameron and the coaching staff. So that next hire is a big one with the foundation the team has in place.
The good news is that Erik Karlsson is on the verge of his first 80-point season. He leads all defensemen and is fourth overall in the league. The bad news is that the Senators only have 81 points in the standings.
The Sens, Canada's last remaining hope to not get shut out of the playoffs, just shut down defenseman Dion Phaneuf for the season. It was a long, long, long shot anyway. But it's back to the drawing board in Ottawa.
Owner Eugene Melnyk indicated recently that there will be some big changes to the club coming next season. He even said that no one would be safe from possible alterations to the roster and perhaps he's also talking about the front office. This season hasn't been terribly fun.
The Sens have lost five of their last seven and it doesn't look like they have a miracle run in them this year like they did last. Erik Karlsson remains a top-five scorer in the league with 70 points in 70 games.
The Sens' playoff hopes have seesawed a bit the last few weeks, but they were also in a soft spot in their schedule. Their three most recent losses were against playoff teams, while they picked up wins against bottom feeders.
Things are looking up for the Oilers, suddenly. They've won five of their last six. New addition Dion Phaneuf has six points in nine games, while Erik Karlsson continues to mystify the league with 67 points in 63 games. They're not dead yet.
Three straight wins may give the Sens some belief, but trying to make up six points in the Eastern playoff race is going to be mighty difficult. Bryan Murray may have another move up his sleeve to give it a go, though.
The Senators made the big splash to land Dion Phaneuf and have lost all three games since his arrival. Now eight points back in the playoff race, they may need another late-season dream run like last year to turn this thing around.
When this team gets rolling offensively, they really get rolling. They've scored 11 goals over their last two wins, both against divisional opponents, but they remain too leaky themselves. Only Columbus has allowed as many goals this year (170). They need new acquisition Dion Phaneuf to stop the bleeding.
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A 2-1-0 start sure isn't a bad way to come back from a surprise season. There are some warts on this Sens team (defensive depth is a notable one), but Kyle Turris and Mark Stone are each off to great starts to the season with four points apiece.
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