2015 Ottawa Senators Season Preview
The Ottawa Senators pulled off one of the best half seasons in NHL history last year, finishing the season 23-4-4 to reach the Eastern Conference playoffs. Goaltender Andrew Hammond emerged as an elite caliber netminder and coach Dave Cameron put his name on the short list of top up and coming coaches in the NHL. The tear through the 2nd half of last season has Ottawa Senators fans ready and hopeful that the team can carry that momentum into 2015. Senators captain Erik Karlsson returns in 2015, and will have to carry a much larger load this season with the departure of key forward Erik Condra. The biggest question mark surrounding the 2015 Ottawa Senators will be around Andrew Hammond. If Hammond can continue the same caliber of play as the 2nd half of last season, Ottawa has a legitimate shot at returning to the NHL playoffs in 2015.
2014 Ottawa Senators Season Preview
The 2013 Ottawa Senators took a step back from their 2012 trip to the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. The Senators finished the season 37-31 and 5 points out of the final playoff spot in the East. It was only the 3rd time since 1997 that Ottawa did not participate in the NHL playoffs. The biggest questions looming over the Senators heads in 2014 are on the defensive end. Last season Ottawa was one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL. The Senators will also have to deal with the loss of Captain Jason Spezza who was traded before the start of the season. But there are some reasons to be hopeful for Ottawa Senators fans. Erik Karlsson looks to have a career season in 2014 and will team up with forward Bobby Ryan to control the Senators scoring attack. Also look for talented, but young goaltender Robin Lehner to push for the Senators starting goaltender position. Overall the Ottawa Senators have the pieces in place to be a playoff team, whether they put it together or not is yet to be decided.
2013 Ottawa Senators Season Preview
The Senators are looking to bounce back from a second-round elimination at the end of a season that was plagued with injuries, and they’ll be doing it without Daniel Alfredsson. The captain packed up and moved to Detroit, but the Sens picked up 30-goal scorer Bobby Ryan to pick up the slack. They also brought back Jor Corvo to help on the blue line after Sergei Gonchar moved on to the Stars. The Senators kept the Leafs, Canadiens, Sabres and Bruins in their division after realignment, as well as adding the Lightning and Panthers. The Senators play 11 of 16 games at home in December, including a Dec. 1 match up against the Red Wings – where we’ll see what the Ottawa faithful have to say about Alfredsson for the first time. They’ll face the Penguins on Dec. 23 and the Bruins on Dec. 28 as well.
2012 Ottawa Senators 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.
2011 Ottawa Senators Season 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.
2010 Ottawa Senators Season 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.