by PuckStopsHere on 05/11/13 at 03:54 PM ET
The team with the worst regular season record that has qualified for the second round of the playoffs so far is the Ottawa Senators. They did so by defeating the Montreal Canadiens four games to one. While this result is not entirely a surprise, as the Sens finished seven points behind the Habs in an injury-filled season. With Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson back in the Sens line-up they are clearly a better team than they were through much of the regular season. There is another reason for the Sens improving over the course of this season that many have overlooked. They have a strong group of rookie forwards who are making a big impact with the team. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mika Zibanejad, Cory Conacher and Jakob Silfverberg all have three points or more in their five playoff games so far. Ottawa has developed new depth at forward during the course of this season and that is a strong reason they are better now than they were in the regular season. This clearly looks good for the future of the franchise.
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