In a season where every point matters in the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators are going through a stretch of games against the top teams in the Northeast Division that will show how good this team really is. The Senators won the first two games of the stretch and will now rest up for a Thursday night showdown at the Boston Bruins. Boston is 11-2-2 on the year, while Ottawa is now 12-6-2. If Ottawa can get this win on the road in Boston on Thursday, they will have the inside track towards winning the division.
Ottawa has continued winning even after injuries to Craig Anderson and Erik Karlsson. Anderson should be back soon, which can only boost the team even more in net. Anderson’s replacement Ben Bishop has stepped up to the task with five straight victories, and that can only help as the team gets deeper into the season where they can rest Anderson and know they won’t miss a beat.
Bishop made 44 saves in Monday’s win over the Montreal Canadiens as Montreal peppered Bishop with shots and only managed a goal with four seconds to go in the second period. There is great potential with this Ottawa team, and with Bishop doing such a great job in relief of Anderson, who knows when the winning streak ends for the Senators. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Senators ended up winning their division and at least getting one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference before all is said and done.