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Sens have lost their identity, says GM Murray

Nov 19, 2013, 12:15 PM EST

Bryan Murray AP

The Ottawa Senators of last season had no shortage of reasons to give up and try again in 2013-14.

The Sens, you’ll recall, were absolutely devastated by injuries to key players, including Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, Milan Michalek, and Craig Anderson. But they didn’t give up; in fact, they thrived, finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 25-17-6 record.

Flash forward to the present and the Sens are relatively healthy. What they’re not, however, is a winning hockey team, with a record of 8-8-4 after 20 games. On Sunday, they lost, 4-1, at home to Columbus.

So, what gives?

“We can’t start games, to begin with,” Senators GM Bryan Murray told ESPN.com Monday. “We don’t move the puck nearly as well as I thought we did last year. We’re not playing with the same energy. We played hard every night last year. We’ve kind of lost that identity right now.”

Defensively is where the Sens have had their biggest issues. Their goals-against average sits at 2.95, 23rd overall. Last season, it was 2.08, second overall. A combination of too many shots allowed and spotty goaltending from starter Craig Anderson helps explain the difference this season.

The Sens are in Philadelphia to play the Flyers tonight. They host Minnesota tomorrow.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    hey, I wonder if it has to do anything with…… don’t even have to say it.

  2. polegojim - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Which sadly, is what Alfie felt last season… and knew was coming this season.

    The Sens never really lived up to expectations… but now are living down them them.

    Tough to see.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Might have to call in CSI: Ottawa to help find there identity

    • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      or CSI: Detroit.

  4. hooockey - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Strangely enough, the Red Wings are on a 7 game losing streak right now. Maybe Alfie should have signed with Boston, or a Swedish team if he wants to win.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      he was Ottowa’s captain, not Detroit’s. where THEIR heart is is a whole different story.

  5. kingcobraman - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    peaks and valleys every team goes threw them during the year… the key is to work hard ,make adjustments and climb out of the valley…

  6. 6sensational65 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Once Lehner gets the W tonight, the Sens need to stick with him for a while. He’s been on a whole different level than Anderson this year.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Once Mason gets the W tonight, the Flyers need to stick with him for a while. He’s been on a whole different level than Emery this year.

      copy cat trash talk.

  7. csilojohnson - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Thats what happens when the teams identity moves to Detroit.

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