Nobody stands in the way when next-stall neighbours Erik Karlsson and Chris Phillips get together in the Senators dressing room for what's become their pre-game ritual.

The way the team is going, nobody better.

Karlsson refuses to cough up when asked about the details of the routine.

"Top secret," he says.

He also points out the obvious.

"It's been working pretty good."

That it has.

Since slamming the brakes on a seven-game losing streak by winning 5-of-6 and snaring a point in the other, Ottawa has been supplied excellent goaltending by Craig Anderson.