Ottawa Senators playoff hopes dwindling

Ottawa Senators' Erik Condra (22) falls onto Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltender James Reimer (34)...

Ottawa Senators' Erik Condra (22) falls onto Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltender James Reimer (34) during third period NHL Hockey at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (MATTHEW USHERWOOD/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:04 PM ET

It’s too early for golf jokes but quickly getting late for playoff hopes.

The Senators will play Game 31 of the season Monday against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Canadian Tire Centre and a look at the NHL standings reveals a harsh reality.

Coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs Saturday, the Senators trailed Toronto by eight points going into Sunday’s visit by the Bruins to the Air Canada Cente. Yes, there’s 50 games left, but the winning must start now.


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