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Road Woes Slowing Ottawa Senators’ Playoff Push

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

At the midpoint arrives in the 2013 NHL season, a sense of fatigue may be setting in for some teams. That possibly could be the case for the Ottawa Senators, who have lost three straight games to fall to 12-7-4 on the season. Ottawa has lost all three games by one goal and while the team has picked up two points in the process with an overtime and a shootout loss, the trend of losing needs to stop.

The three straight losses have all come on the road after winning five straight games, including four in a row at home. It becomes fairly obvious then that this team has some work to do on the road if they want to be successful in the playoffs. There is nothing wrong with losing on the road as long as you aren’t losing every single game there. Ottawa needs to find a way to gain a win or two over this next stretch of games because five of their next seven are on the road and losing all of those games would put the Senators in a hole for a playoff berth this season with how competitive the Eastern Conference is.

The return of Craig Anderson will help and he should be back in the next week or two hopefully. That will be a boost to this team even though the backup goalies have done more than enough in Anderson’s absence. Ottawa is in sixth place right now and six points ahead of the ninth-place team so at least for now, the Senators are safely in the playoffs. The road losing, though, needs to be fixed because Ottawa isn’t going to be able to go anywhere if they’re losing all the time away from home.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.