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Sens are Eastern Conference sleepers?

Monday, 29.04.2013 / 4:34 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Sens are Eastern Conference sleepers?



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.

As part of their array of coverage ahead of this year's playoffs, the Senators were picked by Dan Rosen of NHL.com as his official Eastern Conference sleeper. The returns of Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen, Milan Michalek and Craig Anderson have certainly made this a more formidable team in terms of flat-out talent, and considering how battle tested they've become over the course of these four months, you have to wonder if anything could catch them off guard.

This is a squad that took last year's Rangers team to seven games, is composed of players who have won a championship together in the AHL, have veteran leadership that have played for the Stanley Cup and has a top notch coaching staff. The sum of these parts is a team most opponents should want to avoid.

As far as sleeper picks go, you could do much, much worse.

Have a look at what NHL.com put together...


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48