The Ottawa Senators have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season in giving up goals with the second-best average per game. Ottawa continued its string on Thursday night, giving up just two goals to the Boston Bruins, but the Senators only scored once in losing a pivotal game between two of the top teams in the Northeast Division. Ottawa slipped into third place with the loss and that means falling out of being in a position to have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Ottawa is going to make the playoffs, I’m sure of that fact, but its lack of scoring on the season is very troubling. The team is still being led in goals by Erik Karlsson, who is out for the season and has been for a few weeks now. While the Senators will make the playoffs, they are likely going to be a team that gets knocked out early unless there is some more scoring punch invoked here before the end of the year.
Craig Anderson will be back in net soon to keep the goalie situation above average, but until players like Daniel Alfredsson and Kyle Turris start putting more pucks in the net, Ottawa is going to be hanging on by a thread in the Eastern Conference. I think Ottawa can make a nice run in the playoffs with more scoring because Anderson along with Ben Bishop, has been lights out all season long in net. This season will boil down to who steps up on offense in Ottawa.