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Sens 'surprise' with resiliency

Wednesday, 13.03.2013 / 12:07 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Sens \'surprise\' with resiliency



The Sens have been getting some NHL.com love lately and that continued today as the team was listed as one of their 24 first half surprises.

Here's what the site had to say:

20. Senators staying the course

Potentially season-ending injuries to star center Jason Spezza and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson probably should have derailed the Ottawa Senators' quest for a playoff berth. Those debilitating injuries still may kill Ottawa's season, but at least for now the Senators remain very much alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race despite not having their two best players.

What Ottawa is lacking in offense it has made up for in a League-best defense -- and this is despite the fact that Craig Anderson hasn't played since Feb. 21 because of an ankle injury. Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop have been terrific in goal and the Senators' penalty kill is among the best in the NHL.

While this story line has been highlighted, re-highlighted, bolded, italicised and underlined over the course of the season, it hasn't become any less extraordinary, especially when you do a quick pan across the league.

Consider Monday's shootout loss against Boston, who are a heavy Stanley Cup favourite. The Sens have lost 118 man games to injury. The Bruins have lost seven. The Sens have taken two of four points against the Bruins and sit six points back in the East, though the Bruins have played two fewer games. Not many teams hold up against an opponent that strong in a game or in the bigger picture under similar circumstances.

With players slowly trickling back from injury and encouraging signs like Guillaume Latendresse's beautiful goal against Boston on Monday, you never know what may happen from here on out.


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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