Just speculation on what we may expect or not expect from the team down the stretch.Well hear we are at somewhat of a crossroads in the schedule and standings.Seems these 3 games coming up may or may not be our demise.We could by winning these next two out of 3 games poll vault up the standing into a tie with thrashers.Then again we may lose these 3 games to be outside loooking in on the top 8.Ottawa has put itself in a very unstable situation that the team has not been in before simply by not being able to adapt quick enough.Don't get me wrong Ottawa has a very talented team but there are major flaws in there game that are somewhat predictable .Sens seem to be able to shine in games that they have dictated the flow of the game and put intense forchecking pressure on other teams .But that team doesn't show up all the time. They look terrible when another team does it to them simply falling apart in ther own zone looking like a bush league team.Very inconsistent and fragile .This dump and chase game there playing is terrible ,other teams find it easy now to control this team simply by letting them shoot from the perimeter and bad angles all night long .the last game against against the leafs i yelled juring the game "your never gonna score from there you bunch of idiots " i apologize to team and wife for yelling and calling names .I don't so much blame the team as i blame the coach there's to much talent on this team to play this way.Sure your all gonna jump down my back saying ottawa has won so many games lately .Well i say to you simply watch when the games matter more and more and see what type of team shows up.I have great expectations for this team no doom and gloom .In all honesty i can't see this team being any better then a flashy regular season team .We are sitting on top of the fence right now what way do we fall .I wrote this little article to see what you think may happen in the next few days thats all .
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We have been playing some outstanding hockey since December, made a 12 point lead by the Habs disappear and are only getting better. We have shown an ability to come back in games when we are down and it will help in the playoffs. This team has took a while longer to get the chemistry going but we are good. As bad as the first two periods were against the Leafs we came out flying in the third and made a game of it. The Sens will finish 4th in the Conference and go on a good playoff run.
We have shown the work ethic to be more then a "flashy team".
Not only are the Leafs only 3 points behind,but right now they are out of the playoffs, so the Sens are only 3 points out of a non playoff spot. Montreal is 1 point ahead and Pittsburgh is tied with us with a game in hand, so they have taken over 5th spot.Right now those Penguins are really on the march!
It is going to be a dog fight,not only for position,but even to keep a playoff spot.
Those who are out of the race and not fighting for position are looking to be spoilers.
It will be an interesting run.
Yeah the parity in the standings in this conference is ridiculous; you'd have a hard time identifying any team that is totally out of the picture other than the Flyers.
Other than Philly, looking at the standings, I'd say Washington and Florida have a poor chance of making it (tho not impossible). Everyone else is in. That's 12 teams with a decent chance, fighting for 8 spots.
Do the players that makeup the New Jersey roster matter? Maybe the franchise is just good? Kind of like how the Senators franchise sucks at the playoffs?
Let's compare rosters:
Wade Redden - Brian Rafalski
Chris Phillips - Paul Martin
Anton Volchenkov - Colin White
Andrej Meszaros - Brad Lukowich
Tom Preissing - Johnny Oduya
Joe Corvo - David Hale
Christoph Schubert - Alex Brooks
On paper, we own NJ.
Patrik Elias - Daniel Alfredsson
Brian Gionta - Dany Heatley
Jamie Langenbrunner - Peter Schaefer
Sergei Brylin - Antoine Vermette
Jay Pandolfo - Patrick Eaves
Michael Rupp - Chris Neil
Cam Janssen - Dean McAmmond
I like our depth at the wing.
Scott Gomez - Jason Spezza
Zach Parise - Mike Comrie
John Madden - Mike Fisher
Travis Zajac - Chris Kelly
I'd say we're even at centre.
Martin Brodeur - Ray Emery
Obviously the Devils win here, but Brodeur's numbers aren't blowing Emery's out of the water.
2.59 - 3.32 (Ott)
2.28 - 2.70
0.31 - 0.62
17.7 - 17.5
84.6 - 84.4
NJ is up on us by 9 points. Taking the stats into account, it seems as though OTT is losing too many close games.
The difference between NJ and OTT must be something intangible like coaching or character.