The Ottawa Senators look like a definite contender in the NHL‘s Eastern Conference in 2013. Although Ottawa has not seen a divisional winner since 2005-06 this team has what it takes to beat teams both at home and on the road.
The rubber will meet the road when the 3-0 team travels to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday Night but, I think the Senators accept the road challenge and come out victorious. This win would make the Senators victors in two straight road wins as they derailed the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Staying in the orange-state the Senators will show the entire NHL just how scary they are on the road.
After Friday Night the team will travel home and play three straight home games–the home ice should help out an Ottawa team that has traveled a lot early on.
In my mind, Kyle Turris has been a huge factor for the Senators in 2013 as he has scored three goals, one of which was of the game-wining variety. Turris only found the net 12 times last season and hasn’t yet lived up to the expectations he garnered as the third overall draft pick in 2007, but that could easily change in 2013.
The second-line center has done a great job in limited time and can expect to be on the ice plenty as the benches will be cleared in this lockout-shortened season.
With Turris leading the offensive surge the play between the goal posts from Craig Anderson has led to a 3-0 record and Anderson leading the league amongst goalies with three wins–look for Anderson to improve to 4-0 on Friday night.