The Ottawa Senators pounded their way to the second round of the NHL Playoffs and will begin their next series on Tuesday night against the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. There is a lot to like about this Ottawa team, and it could involve them giving Pittsburgh all that they can handle in this round of play. There is also the chance that the Senators get Jason Spezza back.
There have been reports that Spezza is close to returning and practiced for the first time since his surgery this past weekend. He would give the Senators a definite boost and may be able to add some more offense. I know that the Senators scored six goals in two games during their first-round smack down of the Montreal Canadiens, and they could do it again here with a weak goaltender situation concerning the Penguins. I think that while those numbers are solid, a return by Spezza could add even more.
I know that I wouldn’t want to be the team who has to play the Senators right now. The offense is clicking, and when you can throw a goalie like Craig Anderson in net, goals will be tough to come by for the opposition. I’m not sure that the Senators can pull the upset in this series, but I know that it won’t be over quickly. It’s likely going to go at least six games, and it may come down to a deciding seventh game. The key is whether or not Anderson continues being the shutdown goalie he has been all season long. If that happens, an upset is very possible.