The Sens are a team that went to the Stanley Cup final two years ago before suffering a disappointing season in 2007-08.
They have a new coach and now no more Ray Emery.
Can the Senators turn it around and make a fresh start next season? Have your say in our forum.
the one thing is look apparent is that none of the eastern teams seems to stand a chance against any of the top wester ones.
Peter, 2008-04-01 14:12:24
The Habs - although they'll likely beat the Sens tonight - are a bit thin on D - especially with Komisarek out - and with that inexperience in goal will find the going tough. If they can get Boston in Round 1 they'll make it to the next series. But after that I can't see them. I know about Vachon and Dryden - rookie goalies who shone in the playoffs - but those were vastly different and stronger teams in front of them.
One team everyone seems to be overlooking is Carolina. They suffered the post-Cup blues last year, but seem to have turned it around this season, and are playing solid hockey despite a rash of injuries. Be interesting to see what happens tonight in Washington, a game that could go a long way towards ensuring that Ottawa squeaks in.
George O'Leary, 2008-04-01 11:46:07
It looks like a changing of the guard in the Eastern Conference.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-04-01 09:41:59
Actually, I'd rather see Ovechkin and the Caps make it. At least that will make for some exciting hockey to watch. The Sens are in full retreat mode now.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-31 08:15:12
In previous years, they've torn up the regular season and gone bust in the playoffs. Maybe this year will be the reverse (after the first 20 games of the season)?
I expect Montreal and Pittsburgh to fight it out in the East though.
Perhaps Montreal has been ordained by the NHL to continue their streak of winning at least once every decade - this year or next.
gordholio, 2008-03-31 02:00:55
The Senators should thank their lucky stars that they started the season 16 and 4. Otherwise, they would be joining the Leafs on the golf course at season's end. A 4-0 loss to Boston this afternoon tells me they're going to have a tough time this post-season.
Roland, 2008-03-29 16:05:42