Sens woe for three

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:13 PM ET


 SEASON SERIES:

 The Leafs dominated with a 4-1-1 record.

 LAST PLAYOFF MEETING:

 Two seasons ago, the Maple Leafs won the Eastern Conference semifinal in seven games.

 THE SKINNY:

 The Senators have yet to beat the Maple Leafs in three previous playoff series, including was a four-game first-round sweep in 2001 and a six-game first-round loss in 2000. All totalled, the Senators have won just five of the 17 playoff games with the Maple Leafs ... Nobody has scored more goals (262) than the Senators this season and the Leafs weighed in with a fourth-best total (242). The Sens have three 30-goal scorers led by RW Marian Hossa (36), who finished fifth in the league in points (82). The Leafs were led by Mat Sundin's 75 points and 31 goals ... Only the Tampa Bay Lightning, the regular-season champs of the Eastern Conference, enjoyed more wins (46) than the Leafs (45) on the season. The Leafs also tied the Boston Bruins atop the league for most wins on the road (23) ... With G Patrick Lalime hampered by a knee injury, the Sens may be forced to turn to G Martin Prusek, who has zero playoff experience and has been pulled in two of his last three starts.

 HURTING:

 The Senators are definitely hurting with the status of LW Peter Bondra (lower body), C Jason Spezza (upper body) D Todd Simpson (shoulder) and G Patrick Lalime (knee) all uncertain for the start of the series. Definitely out is RW Chris Kelly (knee) and LW Vaclav Varada (knee) -- the latter done for the season. The Leafs have been hit hard, as well, with RW Owen Nolan (knee) unlikely to return at all, D Wade Belak ineligible to return from a suspension until Game 3 and D Ken Klee (shoulder) and RW Darcy Tucker (lower stomach) uncertain of their status for the start of the series. Also for the Leafs, C Clarke Wilm (groin) is listed day-to-day.

 POSSIBLE PLAYOFF HERO:

 Leafs G Ed Belfour is always capable of stealing a series. Also look to a pair of Senators wanting to redeem themselves from last spring's underachieving: C Daniel Alfredsson and D Zdeno Chara.


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