This is no time for panic. In the wake of the club's 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers Thursday and with their chances of getting back into the playoff picture sinking, the Senators put up a brave face when it was suggested now might be the time to push the panic button with mid-season just around the corner. The club has to clean up its act starting with Saturday's visit by the Phoenix Coyotes. These two teams both rank among the top scoring teams in the league but give up more goals than they score. Winger Bobby Ryan dismissed the notion it's time to sound the alarms. "That's a tough question," said Ryan. "I don't ever normally say it is (time to panic). I'm more solution-based than panic-mode. Not for me. I don't think it is." The Senators certainly do have to string some wins together if they have any on maintaining or closing the gap with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the last wildcard spot. Preparing to face his former team, centre Kyle Turris said the solutions have to come from within. "We have a good group. We do," insisted Turris. "It's been a tough stretch. We've been very inconsistent. We've been one good game, one bad game, a couple of bad games and everybody knows we haven't played our best hockey. "You look at it. I think going into (Thursday) we were (3) points out of the playoffs and we haven't play very well. That's not too bad. We're trying to fix everything that's going on with this team but there's a lot of season left. To be (five) points out, I wouldn't say panic.
Senators not ready to panic
Ottawa Sun | Dec 21