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Senators facing historic collapse

Mar 17, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

You would think that the Ottawa Senators would at least try to
break out of the slump they currently find themselves in. At this
point, you could almost classify this ‘slump’ as a full blown collapse.
The Senators have won just one game since the Olympic break, and most
likely would be winless if they had faced anyone but Edmonton. Last
night, they had a chance to get back to their winning ways with a home
game against the Toronto Maple Leafs who have played better of late but
are far from a tough opponent at this point of the season.

Here’s
what’s interesting: the only good thing to take away from last night’s
4-1 loss to Toronto has to do with two players who have been out for
months. Says PeterR from Silver Seven:

Oh, look, the
two guys who’ve just returned from injury; apparently they
haven’t been affected by the losing their teammates have allowed to get
them down. Campoli might have been the Senators best defenceman
tonight, with a shot on net and a couple of hits. What he did more
effectively than any of his teammates was contain the young, quick, and
energetic Leafs players by forcing them to the outside and limiting
their ability to get to the middle of the ice. His fellow defencemen
would have benefited from following his lead (and I’m not sure I’ve ever
said that about Campoli before).

Here’s the reality.
The Senators had an improbable and magical winning streak that has
masked their true mediocrity. The fact that Ottawa plays in the woeful
Eastern Conference has also hidden just how big of an impostor the
Senators truly are. If they do somehow manage to continue to fall down
the standings and actually miss the playoffs, it will be near-historic
but not exactly surprising. This is a team that has major scoring issues
and is woefully thin on defense, and  is trying to get by with Brian
Elliot in goal.

No offense to Elliot.

  1. Alex Laney - Mar 17, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    While you have to admit the team is not as good as its win streak, it’s not as bad as this stretch. I think that Murray may have tampered too much with the team in getting Matt Cullen and Andy Sutton, although those players have played well. Clouston now has the job of integrating those guys when he has the least time to do it. That’s the biggest problem right now. Clouston’s been tinkering trying to get the lines right and they have not clicked. Building play chemistry takes some time. From watching the past few games, you get the feeling that they are close, but just off enough that they make a loss out of a close game. I’ve seen some good efforts.
    Even in the loss last night, they made enough chances to win the game, then blew them with the wrong decision, like passing when they should have shot, etc.

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