Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson did his best to try and calm the waters surrounding his team on Wednesday, but he acknowledged that the players have to pick up the pace.

"It's easy to get caught up in everything and sometimes, especially after a long year, you kind of forget all the basics," Alfredsson said of his team, which has lost two straight games and won only one of its past five. "But we've done a lot of good things to get where we are and we've put ourselves in a great position. Now it's just full gas from here on in and don't leave anything behind, because this is the best time of year."

Even though Alfredsson wants to look ahead at Friday's game against the Montreal Canadiens, Senators fans have become a tad nervous with what's behind them. There is growing concern that the team is losing hold on one of the eight playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.