Ottawa Senators Season Preview History
First Rd 2011-12 Playoff Preview:
#1 New York Rangers vs. #8 Ottawa Senators
Finishing with 51 wins and the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers thought they’d get a favorable matchup in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They did not.
New York will play host to the Senators, a squad that took three of four games against them in the regular season and boasts some of the best young players in the NHL. Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek combined for almost 100 goals this season and will keep Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on his toes throughout the series.
Both teams sputtered to the finish line, with the Rangers losing the last two games of the season to miss out on the President’s Cup and the Senators losing the last three of the campaign. The Senators hope to be the fourth team in NHL history to knock off a #1 seed in the first round.
Ottawa Senators 2011-2012 Season Preview:
The Northeast Division of the National Hockey League is arguably one of the toughest. The 2010-11 Stanley Cup Championship winners, the Boston Bruins, are expected to fight hard to defend their title this year. However, one team that is beginning to make headlines as a true competitor is the Ottawa Senators.
This Canadian team, which has been in the league since 1992, has been a dominant franchise in past years. The Senators have won their division four times since entering the NHL and secured an Eastern Conference championship victory. Although the team has yet to win a Stanley Cup, they may be able to make a run for it in the 2011-12 regular season.
Although Ottawa missed the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, finishing in 13th place in the East, they hope to better themselves this season. The Senators will be bringing several notable veterans back to the ice this year, including Daniel Alfredsson, Sergei Gonchar and Jason Spezza.
The Sens will open the regular season on October 7 against the Detroit Red Wings, which is expected to be an intense match against a number of veteran players.
Ottawa Senators 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
The Ottawa Senators have been one of the steadiest teams over the past several years - after missing out on the postseason two years ago, they returned in 2009 but were ousted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. Fans of the Sens can expect much of the same this year, as Ottawa is poised to make their way into the postseason once again.
The offense will be centered around right wing Daniel Alfredsson, who is returning from offseason surgery. Alfredsson lead the team last year with 51 assists and will be flanked by center Mike Fisher, who netted 25 goals last season. Joining Alfredsson and Fisher will be Milan Michalek and Alexei Kovalev, both of whom will provide the team with an offensive boost as they return from knee injuries.
Defensively, the Senators made some acquisitions in the offseason that should leave them improved. Ottawa lured former Penguin Sergei Gonchar from Pittsburgh, and he should bolster their lineup as he is one of the most durable players in the league. The goaltending job will likely be split between Brian Elliott and Pascal Leclaire, who shared time last season.
Ottawa Senators 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
The Ottawa Senators should make a run at a playoff spot during the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Senators will be led by Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. If those two can get Ottawa to play up to their potential as a team, then watch out for the Senators this year. Ottawa could be a dark horse favorite in the 2010 NHL playoffs.