Healthy, Productive Jason Spezza Leads Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza is fully healthy and has scored in each of his team’s first four games. Ottawa currently sits one point behind the Boston Bruins for the division lead in the Northeast Division in the Eastern Conference.

After battling through injuries from 2009-2011, Spezza was able to play in 80 games last season while amassing 84 points, averaging more than a point-per-game for the first time in his career since he did so for three consecutive seasons from 2005-2008.

The number two pick in the 2001 draft, the 29-year-old Spezza has been a key to the Senators success this season along with Kyle Turris and goaltender Craig Anderson. Provided he is able to remain healthy and avoid injuries through this condensed season, the Senators should be in the mix for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference when the playoffs roll around.

The reason why they look like a top-four team in the conference is a result of an offense that is averaging nearly four goals per game while only allowing two per game. Furthermore, the special teams have been superb. The Sens have the fourth best power-play attack and have killed 83.3% of their penalties to rank eighth in the league.

The Senators are one of the most balanced teams in the league right now and the health of Spezza and leadership he provides with Daniel Alfredsson will make the Senators a Stanley Cup contender.

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