The Ottawa Senators are sitting in great position for the playoffs in a month and it was expected that they would get Jason Spezza back soon. Reports now sound like Spezza won’t return until the playoffs as his recovery from back surgery has taken longer than expected. Spezza is a vital piece to the puzzle for the Senators if they have any hopes to advancing deep into the playoffs this spring.
Spezza hasn’t played since Jan. 27 and has played in just five games this season. Spezza had five points in those five games though and while Ottawa has fared well without him, it would be great to get him back. It’s even possible that Spezza doesn’t return this season at all, which would be a huge blow to this Ottawa team that is 19-9-6 on the season going into Saturday’s play. The thing that separates Spezza from any other player that Ottawa has on their roster is how consistent he has been throughout his career.
Spezza has scored at least 57 points in each of the last seven seasons and is averaging over a point a game for his career. Ottawa needs their big center back before the regular season ends so he can shake off the rest before the playoffs begin. That doesn’t seem very likely anymore as everything points towards the playoffs at best. The Senators are sitting in fifth place at this point in the Eastern Conference and I’m sure they would love to move up from that position so they have home-ice advantage for the first round. It would help if Spezza can find his way back on the ice.