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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 4:33 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It's the most wonderful time of the year around these parts. Playoff time! The sun is out and shining, the birds are getting ready to sing and the hockey we all sit and twiddle our thumbs in anticipation of is about to get underway.

More below the jump.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 9:34 AM ET
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 Monday, 04.29.2013 / 4:34 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With the advent of any playoff scenario means there is plenty of opportunity for punditry and predictive wizardry.

The sleeper pick is a classic of any prediction. The team you think could go on a run but won't take any flak for if they don't. That beloved little engine that could, which should be warranting more attention but perhaps drew an unfavourable matchup and are now being written off.

Well, your Senators are getting a little sleeper love.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.29.2013 / 2:41 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It has been 86 years since the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens played one another in a playoff series.

In 1927 they played one another in an NHL semifinal game for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. The format they played at the time is much more analogous to what you'll see in soccer's Champions League head-to-head matchups. Two games, team with the most goals on the aggregate takes the series.

More below the jump.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.29.2013 / 1:09 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Going forward he’ll be known as the guy who clinched Ottawa’s seven spot in a 4-2 win over Boston, but those who have been paying attention know full well that Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been a shot of adrenaline to this Senators’ lineup since his recall on April 10.

Despite being on the smaller side of the scale, Pageau has asserted himself instantly as a player capable of hanging with opposing top lines. Case in point: his first two games brought heavy minutes against Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux and New Jersey’s Adam Henrique, two elite Eastern Conference centres. Welcome to the NHL, rook.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.29.2013 / 12:01 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Earlier this season, former Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden hit 1,000 career games played as a member of the St. Louis Blues. On Trade Deadline day he was sent to Boston where he now plays alongside former Sens teammates Chris Kelly and Zdeno Chara.

After last night's game, former teammates of Redden who are still in Ottawa (Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips and Chris Neil) surprised him with a painting to commemorate the 1,000 game milestone. Of those games he has played in the NHL, 838 of them came as a member of the Sens.

Take a look...

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.29.2013 / 10:36 AM ET
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, 04.27.2013 / 10:13 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With a playoff spot in the bag, the Ottawa Senators went out on Saturday night with the intention of climbing the Eastern Conference standings for the best seed possible. However, another performance that included drastically outshooting the opponent wasn't enough as they came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision.

More below the jump.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 4:26 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It's Fan Appreciation Day at Scotiabank Place as the Sens close out their home regular season schedule ahead of a trip to Boston on Sunday. This game will have an impact on the standings so, while the Sens have clinched their playoff spot, a win tonight would be big.

Let's begin.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 2:26 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With a game remaining on the schedule after tonight, this will likely be the last time the Sens' full compliment of regulars take the ice together until game one of the Eastern Conference playoffs next week.

Paul MacLean is expected to sit a handful of his players tomorrow when the Sens take on the Bruins, but tonight will see the same lineup as Thursday's win over Washington with one alteration: Matt Kassian checks in for Guillaume Latendresse.

When asked if the switch was because "It's Philly and they're a more physical team," MacLean replied, "Yes. And yes."

Here's how the Sens will line up to start...

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02