After 15 games in the shortened 48-game season for the Senators, the good news is they’ve been one of the top defensive teams in the NHL. More importantly, they’re sitting in a playoff position. Unfortunately with good news, bad news usually follows. Unless you’ve been under a rock the last few weeks, you’ll know that the Senators seem to be leading the NHL in the bad-news department. With Jason Spezza the going down long term with back surgery, making the playoffs seemed like a stretch. But like any good team, the Senators battled and found ways to win a few games. Then, the worst news came Wednesday night when Erik Karlsson went down for the season with a torn Achilles. Every team begins the season with the goal of making the playoffs. Teams must continue to believe and work towards that goal because once you’re in, anything can happen. Just ask last season’s No. 8 seed in the West, the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles kings. Injuries are a part of the game, teams have to find a way to win when they’re dealing with them, even if they are as bad as the two to Karlsson and Spezza.
Ottawa Senators certainly face an uphill battle to make the playoffs
Ottawa Sun | Feb 17