The Ottawa Senators have finally found some rhythm, and are on a three-game winning streak. They’ve also managed to take at least a point from each of their past five games, helping them rebound from a 4-6-2 start to the 2013-14 season. While goaltender Robin Lehner has been great in net while Craig Anderson has been out, the offensive hot streak of center Kyle Turris is also a major reason for the Senators’ recent good fortunes.
On Saturday, Turris had a goal and an assist to help Ottawa get past the Florida Panthers by a 3-2 score. Now on a seven-game point streak, Turris has scored four goals and added 14 assists this season. After being one of the bright spots for the Senators last season, he continues to show improvement and has benefitted from playing on the second line with new additions Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan. The Senators now rank seventh in the league in goals per game, and the hot starts of Turris, Ryan and Jason Spezza are the main reason for that. Defenseman Erik Karlsson has also provided a huge boost on the offensive end of things, while playing an average of 25 minutes per game.
Turris is now in his third season with the Senators, and his 18 points through 17 games have him well on pace to beat his career-high mark of 29 (set in 2010-11 and matched last season). Despite their rough start, the Senators have used their winning streak to move back into contention int he Atlantic Division, while the Panthers have lost eight consecutive games and appear to be on track for another season near the bottom of the standings.