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Ottawa Senators

Venue: Canadian Tire Centre | Coach: Paul MacLean
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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.
GM Bryan Murray is expected to step down from his role at the end of the year and will name his successor. Whoever that may be has a big job ahead, but there's still a solid base of players to start with led by Erik Karlsson. There could be several Sens on the outs soon, though.
The Sens are 10 points out of the last wild card spot and will more likely be a team that plays spoiler more than competing for the postseason. They have points in six of their last 10 games though.
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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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