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Paul MacLean Has The Senators In The Playoff Race

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

If mid-season awards were handed out, MacLean would be a shoo-in for Coach of the Half Year.

The Senators started 2011-12 as an inexperienced team full of holes and question marks. They were the favourite of many to win the Nail Yakupov Sweepstakes for the first pick overall in June’s draft.

But under MacLean’s guidance, they find themselves in the thick of a playoff race. Surprise, surprise.

The Senators’ win over Tampa Thursday was their 21st. Last season, it took them until Feb. 26 to record that many.

MacLean doesn’t just deserve some of the credit, he warrants most of it.

more on the Senators….

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It’s nice to see an ex-Wings asst coach doing this in the EAST. Suck it McLellan.

Posted by LGRWeh on 01/06/12 at 03:24 PM ET

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The Sens have been a lot of fun to watch this year, and a lot of the credit is going to MacLean.

The team has a very tough schedule this month, though, including road games against top teams in the east and the always tough western road swing. It’s good that they’ve positioned themselves well by getting 8 points in the last 4, because staying .500 in the month of January will be tough sledding.

Good to see Brennan taking a break from his normally incomprehensible blathering to string a few coherent sentences together in favour of the coach.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 01/06/12 at 03:53 PM ET

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