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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.04.2013 / 2:40 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



In the immortal words of Bob Cole, "EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING!"

Not only have we seen Erik Karlsson activate a Twitter account and return from an Achilles injury, the team could potentially clinch playoff spot tonight and we still have the home finale to look forward to this Saturday night, but we could still hit the motherload of Ottawa internet phenomena yet.

Daniel Alfredsson will be joining Twitter. You may now remove your jaw from the ground.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.04.2013 / 1:17 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



The Ottawa Senators will have a chance to clinch tonight and they'll take the task on using a lineup they haven't been able to put together all season long thanks to the returns of Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen.

There will only be one change from Monday's game against the Penguins as Patrick Wiercioch checks out and Karlsson takes his place. The reserves, outside of that one switch, remain the same from last game.

The Sens have undergone some massive line shuffling by the looks of things however, as they try to spark some offence from a lineup that has two goals total in its last two games.

Here's how the Sens will look to start.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.04.2013 / 11:35 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It's official.

Erik Karlsson will make his return to the lineup tonight when the Sens take on the Washington Capitals, just 10 weeks after he had his Achilles severed in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He'll take back his usual spot on the Sens' top D pairing with Marc Methot and should quarterback the power play alongside Sergei Gonchar.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.04.2013 / 11:16 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With a playoff berth on the line tonight it's no surprise that the Sens will be turning to Craig Anderson to help seal the deal tonight in Washington.

More below the jump.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 25.04.2013 / 10:08 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 Wednesday, 24.04.2013 / 4:25 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With fate in the hands of the Senators and an absolute "win and you're in" situation in front of them, captain Daniel Alfredsson made it clear that the Sens don't just want to squeak into the playoffs — they want to enter full steam ahead.

The Sens can clinch a playoff berth with two points from their final three games, but the team doesn't want to stop there. They're looking to win all three.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 24.04.2013 / 3:16 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



They sure know how to keep things interesting, don't they?

No less than three times this season have the Sens been written off as dead in the water. Jason Spezza goes down? Can't score, they're done. Erik Karlsson gets hurt? Now it's definitely over. Craig Anderson is out? Print the lottery balls.

Yet, here we are with three games to play and the Sens are among those in the running for the final two playoff spots, and in the driver's seat to get one of those spots no less.

The Sens could clinch a playoff spot on Thursday night with a win as 54 points would ensure Winnipeg couldn't catch them in the Eastern Conference. After that it would be a matter of where they travel to for round one.

Marc Methot has only had the chance to play postseason hockey once in his seven year NHL career, but the significance of the timing isn't lost on him or his teammates. Win and you're in.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 24.04.2013 / 9:58 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 Tuesday, 23.04.2013 / 4:38 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Merry Christmas, Sens fans!

Ok, perhaps that's a tad dramatic, but those of you who enjoy following along with the Sens during the wild ride that is an NHL season now have a new player to follow along with. You may have heard of him...

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 23.04.2013 / 1:04 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It has been a familiar scene for Sens opposition all season long. Final buzzer goes, words to the press and a quick scan of the stat sheet to find the old 0-fer in the "POWER PLAYS" column.

As many of you certainly know by this point, the Senators are owners of the best penalty kill in hockey. With a kill rate of 88.3 per cent, they edge out the Boston Bruins — a team much more widely celebrated for their defensive play — for the special teams honour.

Now, with the Bruins it's easy to simply point at players like Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron or Tuukka Rask as the reasons behind their success. With the Sens, it's not so simple. The 2013 season as brought with it a revolving door of cast members, at every position on the ice. Yet, with that revolving door has come consistency while shorthanded regardless of who is in goal, on the blueline or taking the draw.

The question at this point simply becomes: "How?"

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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