The Ottawa Senators are reeling after failing to collect a point in three consecutive contests. At 44 points, the Sens are fading from the Northeast Division race while sitting at sixth in the Eastern Conference.
“I personally believe that it’s even more important now to stay upbeat, stay confident in what we’re doing. I don’t think we’re that far off at all because it’s so close as it is in the League,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said, via the NHL.com. “We’re not the only team that’s gone through this and we’re not going to be the last one either. We’ll find a way to weather through this.”
However, it’s important to note that the Sens’ last two losses came against the defending champion Los Angeles Kings and NHL points leader Chicago Blackhawks, so this could be hardly characterized as a horrible free-fall. Rookie goaltender Robin Lehner managed 47 saves in one of those losses, so it’s also hard to pin it on the ankle injury that has nagged goaltender Craig Anderson, the league leader in goals against average and save percentage.
Anderson could return from a six-week hiatus against the Florida Panthers on Sunday. It remains to be seen whether Anderson will give this team an additional spark, given how well Paul MacLean‘s goaltender platoon has filled in. However, his experience should be crucial down the stretch. Anderson told the Ottawa Sun he’s ready to get back between the pipes: “If they need me to play, there really (are) no limitations right now for why I couldn’t.”