I don’t think that I am alone in thinking the Ottawa Senators wouldn’t walk away from the BB&T with both points in regulation. Tonight, they look to do it all again.
Back-to-backs are always tough for teams, especially against divisional rivals.
Tampa aren’t quite out of the playoff race and they are definitely not a team to overlook. Stanley Cup finalists just two years ago, a team stacked with talent. They just haven’t got going this season, losing Steven Stamkos has been crippling but they have done it before without him.
With a vast amount of contracts up this season, Yzerman will once again need to weave his magic.
In somewhat patchy form, 5-3-2 which can essentially sum up their season. A win for them tonight would catapult them back into contention, whereas as loss would certainly begin to draw the curtain on their season.
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The system seemingly back up and running will need to be back to its best to stifle Tampa’s offensive talent. Jonathan Drouin is an exceptional player on his day, and can terrorise any team.
With Stone and Hoffman gracing the Sens lineup, they can approach the game with confidence, those two make a crucial difference to the team, both on the ice and in the locker room.
The main man for Ottawa? Craig Anderson, who else? His .974 save percentage from last night was unbelievable. Actually, it was very much believable, it wasn’t the first or last time that Anderson will bail this team out of sticky situations.
All the eyes in the NHL have been glued to their phones in anticipation of trades. It’s important to remained focused on the task ahead. Whether or not the Sens make a big move before the deadline, they need to win games and cement their position in the playoffs.