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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



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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STANDINGS

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
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