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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 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44