Ottawa Senators could learn a lesson from New Jersey Devils on how to get to Stanley Cup final

Ottawa Senators (left to right) Sergei Gonchar, Ben Bishop, Jared Cowen, and Kyle Turris defend...

Ottawa Senators (left to right) Sergei Gonchar, Ben Bishop, Jared Cowen, and Kyle Turris defend against New Jersey Devils Adam Henrique during second period NHL hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, March 20, 2012. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Senators need to take a good, hard look at their opponents Monday.

In the New Jersey Devils, they should see an intriguing opportunity. They should be reminded they actually have a chance themselves to do something special this season.

Why not?

Since their last visit to Scotiabank Place on March 20, 2012, the Devils have been to the Stanley Cup final - as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Senators are currently in fifth, with 17 games to play, and showing no signs of caving to the unbelievable number of injuries. There's no pressing need for GM Bryan Murray to make a trade before the deadline -- his club should be adding Craig Anderson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek before the playoffs.

And while it might not be a consideration right now, there has to at least be the possibility one of, or both, Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen could join the post-season tournament in progress, especially if Ottawa can win a couple of rounds.

What other team is going to bolster its lineup with three, four or five players of that calibre?


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