OTTAWA - Left on the Senators’ table is 46 points. They figure they need about 31 of them to make the playoffs.
If they lose seven of their final 23 in regulation time, they’re in trouble.
They know this, even if they don’t want to dwell on it.
“We’ve touched on it briefly,” captain Jason Spezza said after Monday’s practice. “Usually, 93 or 94 points is what’s needed. There’s no secret that’s kind of been the number that’s got you into the playoffs, securely, is 94 points. But it’s a long way from now.
“If you lose two in a row you don’t want to panic and start thinking about only being able to lose six games, or whatever it is. There’s going to be teams around you, too. It depends on what happens. This might be a year that’s different, where it takes less or it takes more. The good thing is we play a lot of head to head matchups, with a lot of teams we’re going to be battling.