Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sens clinch playoff spot by beating expansion brethren

Apres une longue journee de ski, c'etait super de voir les Senateurs gagner une partie. Tout le monde qui skiait a passe la fin de semaine a recuperer devant les parties de hockey...

Senators 7 - 2 Lightning

On Saturday the sens showed why some teams are starting to fear a playoff date with Ottawa. We've got a bona fide scorer in Dany Heatley, a goaltender that's scary-good when hot and secondary scoring on offense and defense to round it out. Joe Corvo picked up a couple points and showed how effective he can be as an offensive defenseman.

I'm starting to feel good about our chances in the playoffs - but I don't believe anyone in Ottawa has the same 'we're so damn talented' attitude, as was the case last year. I'm even starting to think that we have a chance of catching Buffalo - we're 5 points behind then with 6 games remaining... or am I just being overly-optimistic now?

In the Drive for Five-ty Heatley picked up two goals and now has 45 goals with 6 games to play. It looks like he's heating up(no pun intended) for the rest of the regular season. Right now, I would bet on it.

The sens' 6 remaining regular season games are against:

NY Islanders
New Jersey

Much will be made of the late-season game against the Penguins, but I consciously choose to make nothing of that game because we never know whether the Senators in the playoffs will match the sens of the regular season.
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