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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 11:35 AM ET
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, 04.25.2013 / 11:16 AM ET
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, 04.25.2013 / 10:08 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 Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 4:25 PM ET
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, 04.24.2013 / 3:16 PM ET
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, 04.24.2013 / 9:58 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 Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 4:38 PM ET
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, 04.23.2013 / 1:04 PM ET
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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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 10:20 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, 04.22.2013 / 11:24 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It was a disappointing result on Monday for a game that arrived with so much anticipation as the Sens ultimately came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision against the Penguins.

The Penguins forced the issue with a strong forecheck and good puck movement against the Sens and, after scoring first, put Ottawa back on their heels. The Sens had trouble playing at their top speed for most of the game and couldn't generate many quality scoring chances. They looked to have some life after Patrick Wiercioch scored his fifth goal of the season, but they ultimately couldn't do enough to beat Tomas Vokoun.

Now the Sens get ready to head to Washington in what is as do-or-die a game as it gets. The Sens will need to hope the Caps do them a favour tomorrow with a win over the Jets and beat Washington on Thursday to lighten their burden this weekend.

Here's what Coach MacLean had to say after the game...

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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