A must win

- March 15th, 2014

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The Senators didn’t even play this afternoon and moved further out of the playoff picture.
That’s how tough this task will be.
The Philadelphia Flyers scored a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday afternoon and Columbus is six points ahead of Ottawa for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a look at what the standings look like going into Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. A victory the Senators now must get to have a chance.

Columbus 74
Detroit 73
Washington 72
New Jersey 71
Ottawa 69

The first hurdle for the Senators is to win this game in Montreal. Then they must come home to beat the Colorado Avalanche, who will be sitting here waiting for them and well rested.
My pals at sportsclubstats.com say the club has a 11.1% chance of making the post-season. If the Senators 10-5-1 then the chances are 54.5%. The odds are stacked against them. The task is tough, really difficult.
The Senators feel they need to peel off six or seven victories in a row to get going here. Two points is paramount against the Habs. Start there then worry about the Avs.
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3 comments

  1. Bobby Goodman says:

    You have to wonder why the DAC would have Zzz on the ice in OT; wasn’t this game the most important of the season? Did Zzzz win a single battle the entire game? It really makes no sense what so ever. Again the shooter didn’t have a single shot on net, he didn’t earn an assist nor did he score a goal (4g in 38 games now). He ended the night minus 1 and was 27% in the face off circle. The DAC also had him on for over a minute of PP duty…WTF? Someone, anyone please tell what there is to like about his game and why the DAC has him dressed for a game let alone “in the middle”! Poor Hoffman was stuck with him; he really is a shooter, skater….and I would say, far better “in the middle”.

    With Spezza’s goal and assist he now has 55 points in 61 games; he also reduced his plus/minus by one. He was the Sens best in the dots at 47% where the small, scared. slow, talentless and unworthy Habs dominated the Sens.

    Karlsson had 2 assists, one was on a riccochet that landed on Spezza stick and the other a pass from inside his own blueline. Other than that, as predicted, he was invisible. He posted 3 shots from 55 feet out, didn’t have a hit, didn’t have a Tka, and he didn’t lead a rush. Suckubban, the guy whose stock is falling, had 3 assits, 7 shots on goal, 4 hits and dazzled with end to end rushes (its a good thing the Sens have Philips for 2 years, he will need it to find his jock strap! He also showed off his amazing hands.

    Greening is now -15 and I don’t get it, he can really skate and he is strong like bull (Android) and he is extremley smart.

    The Sens again, took a lot of dumb penaties. They never even showed up in the first period and again, you got to wonder why. 48 shots….were deliverd Lehner’s way.

    Didn’t Douglas Murray look good….NOT! The Sens should have dumped the puck in his corner and Bouillion corner evertime the were on the ice…they didn’t. Why Tinordi was relegated makes little sens to me.

    The Sens are loosing…they simply aren’t very good, is that too negative? They will play Colorado tomorrow and that team can realy skate, score, hit and fight if necessary! They also have fantastic goaltending and a very good coach. The Sens shouldn’t win the game tomorrow but they should show up…well at least 2 should show up. Will they, absolutely not and the sad thing is, it is totally acceptable.

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav must be in car 54……everyone is asking “where are you”???

  3. PaV says:

    Bobby – traditionally I do not get on the blog during the weekend – that time is spent with my lovely wife :) – but I did post up above.

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