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POSTED ON Monday, 22.04.2013 / 3:56 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



In the NHL, shooting percentages can fluctuate massively. Players will a conversion rate anywhere from the low single digits to the low 20s attached to their names, and at times there's no real explanation, you simply have to wait to see if things will stabilize.

In the case of the Sens, it may not come as a shock to many that the team is a below league average squad when it comes to shooting the puck. During this 2013 season, the Sens have scored at a 6.7 per cent success rate, roughly 2.5 percent below what the NHL average has been league-wide.

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POSTED ON Monday, 22.04.2013 / 2:31 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



The Senators, with a little help, could clinch a playoff berth tonight as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins while the Winnipeg Jets are in Buffalo to take on the Sabres. A Sens win coupled with a Jets regulation loss means Ottawa clinches a postseason spot.

The Sens say that they'll be going with the same lineup that put 50 shots on goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Paul MacLean said that a similar performance on Monday would get a better result than it did Saturday. There is a touch of confusion over who will occupy the third line wing spot between Matt Kassian and Guillaume Latendresse however. As things stand Kassian is in, but every indication after this morning's skate suggested it would be 73 instead. We will see what is ultimately decided after warmups.

Here's how the Sens will look to start...

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POSTED ON Monday, 22.04.2013 / 1:48 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With Coach MacLean announcing no lineup changes from Saturday's game for Monday night, we can safely state that Craig Anderson will be the starting goaltender with the Pittsburgh Penguins in town.

More below the jump.

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POSTED ON Monday, 22.04.2013 / 9:32 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Your daily roundup of what the internet has to say about Ottawa Senators hockey.

Bringing you the best of Sens media, blogs and interactive content to get your day going right...

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.04.2013 / 10:38 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



A hot goalie can make all the difference and that's how it played out on Saturday night as James Reimer carried the Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

All told the Sens had 90 attempts on goal (50 shots, 27 blocked shots, 13 missed shots) but Reimer and their defensive corps held up, limiting the Sens to just a single goal. The Sens dominated the possession but ultimately couldn't convert the necessary number of times to come away with a victory.

Sens Head Coach Paul MacLean echoed that sentiment during his post-game media availability, crediting the play of James Reimer and stressing the need for the team to get more bodies to the net in an effort to force second and third chances. He did acknowledge that similar efforts will produce wins more often than not, but with only four games left this season there are only so many chances to get those efforts out there. The race to the finish is very much underway.

Here's a rundown of Coach MacLean's thoughts...

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.04.2013 / 4:35 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



We're two hours away from the biggest game of the year for the Sens and you're no doubt itching to get going too. With that, let's get you caught up to speed and prep you for the Battle of Ontario (5th edition).

Follow along.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.04.2013 / 1:47 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It'll be a big game tonight when the Sens and Leafs square off for the fifth and final time this season. Toronto has take three of the four games this year, so the Sens will be particularly amped to bring one back in what is sure to be a buzzing atmosphere.

The Sens will keep the bulk of their lineup from their previous four games in tact with one change. Matt Kassian will draw back into the squad with Guillaume Latendresse checking out. The Sens would clearly like some more grit in there given the way Toronto has played their opponents this season.

No Erik Karlsson for those of you who were shaking in your chairs waiting to find out if maybe, just maybe, this miracle recovery could go that much further.

Here's how the lineup will look to start...

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.04.2013 / 12:09 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With the fifth edition of the Battle of Ontario going tonight and crucial playoff positioning on the line, the Sens will turn to Craig Anderson in goal when the puck drops against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

More below the jump.

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POSTED ON Friday, 19.04.2013 / 2:41 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



If you had lingered around the ice at Scotiabank Place on Friday after the Sens left the ice, you would have seen the 20 or so NHLers replaced on the ice with a much larger, noisier contingent of individuals as the ninth annual Eugene Melnyk Skate for Kids got underway.

The yearly event, which brings youth in from across the Ottawa region, allows the Sens owner to donate skates and helmets to many local children who wouldn't have the opportunity to obtain them otherwise. It is an afternoon of fun for many deserving kids.

After a series of "Go Sens Go!" chants throughout the practice session, the kids were ready to hit the ice, just like their hockey heroes.

From the official release...

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POSTED ON Friday, 19.04.2013 / 1:32 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It wasn't very long ago that we saw footage of Erik Karlsson skating solo at the Bell Sensplex, and now there is even more reason for Sens fans to feel optimistic. The reigning Norris Trophy winner took in a full practice with the Sens today and appears to be recovering very well.

When Karlsson had a 70 percent sever of his Achilles tendon back in February, it was assumed that he would be done for the year. Now, it looks as though there is a chance Karlsson may, in fact, play in the relatively near future provided he feels comfortable.

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
SENS ARMY FAN POLL