I had heard something of a possible scenario where the Senators win all their remaining games, Montreal loses all theirs, and Buffalo goes 2-3-2 to join them in a three-way tie for 8th place that Ottawa would win, but I think we’re all done with impossible scenarios. What we do get, though, is a chance to see what does transpire in these remaining games, for there are plenty of interesting scenarios that can play out over the final stretch of games.
Since there are no playoffs on the line, I suppose we will need something else to take their place and keep things interesting. What could be more fitting during these trying times than jobs?
If you’re reading this, then you must have heard the news. Ottawa’s 11-year playoff appearance streak has officially come to an end at the hands of man’s greatest friend, mathematics. Ok, so Florida and Montreal played a role as well, but there no longer need be any questions about the issue.
There are six games left, but don’t be left in dismay; there’s still plenty left for you to ponder.
What exactly is going on? Ottawa’s Ruutu taking pot shots back at the Lightning after their 3-0 win Sunday is not much of a surprise, but some subtler jabs by Murray at the still freshly fired Hartsburg do come as a bigger surprise.
Should it really be a surprise, though, that the Senators are looking down the barrel of the nigh-inevitable mathematical elimination tonight, but still plan to push through all seven remaining games?
A quick little morning update: there may well be Senators playoff hockey in Ottawa.
Just not featuring the Ottawa Senators.
Confused? Well, it’s all good, maybe.
A game played on a razor’s edge, no scoring until the third, and it’s a 2-1 loss to the Canes.
A moment to pause, for brief reflection, and for Schubert to collect his thoughts, spilling out as they came after the younger Ruutu knocked them out of him.
More than a few days off now, and ponder the pitfalls and possibilities this team has undoubtedly done.
Not quite as hot as the Senators of late, Carolina is 8-1-2 in their last 11GP, and still very much a challenge for the Senators to face tonight, Joe Corvo always the Senators killer up the sleeve. It’s a five game road trip, and more than expectations and impossibility looming over their heads, it may well be the League’s third worst road record (12-18-4) that casts the biggest shadow of them all.
It’s been quite a ride through the past two seasons, the rise and fall of the Senators and the current stirring of the once disregarded beast.
No one really knows how any of it happened, or where the team will go from here, even as countless minds dwell on the matter. Still, it’s not often that teams in this position get to experience a dose of excitement this late in the season, and certainly rarely this futile.
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Now there’s something you don’t see every day.
Whether you look at streaks, Ottawa having won 5 straight, or recent records, Ottawa being 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, there is no denying reality.
The hottest team in the NHL is nowhere near the playoff picture. What tom-foolery is this, and how did this scrappy squad manage to top the Rangers last night?
I’ll admit that I’m not normally a weekend poster. The morning before a game with the Isles certainly doesn’t look to break that trend.
But then, a glimmer of some fire to put under the Senators’ bench, and I can’t resist. Impressive, Islanders; I didn’t think you had it in you.
From the start, you knew it was going to be a long, intense night. The amount of bleu, blanc, et rouge in the stands, coupled with the chants of “ole, ole ole ole..” not one minute into the game.
A 5-4 win is all you could ask for to silence the crowd, but the game had so much more going for it.
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