Found October 29, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Senators are losing hockey games and the fan base is grumpy, bordering on apathetic. So, while coaching staff and management sort out the team’s shortcomings, our goal today is to find some perspective. How good or bad is this team and what, exactly, are reasonable expectations for them? Defenceman Erik Karlsson admitted on Monday that raised expectations for the team and for him personally are a burden. “You guys talked about me like I’m some (effing) god or something,” Karlsson said, bluntly. More from EK65 in a moment. How quickly do you judge Karlsson, or this entire team 11 games in, with a brutal early schedule and 4-5-2 record? Most of the pre-season expectations – that this would be a playoff team and an eastern contender – were based on last season’s performance, so let’s start there. Were the 2012-13 Senators really as formidable as they appear in most casual references to them? For the record, they finished 7th in the Eastern Conference with 56 points in 48 ga...

Erik Karlsson is tired of being talked about like he's some god

The Ottawa Senators came into the season with high expectations. The same can be said of defenseman Erik Karlsson. Some, such as yours truly, predicted the Sens to reach the Stanley Cup Final this season and for Karlsson to win another Norris Trophy (something I also picked). Through the first couple of weeks the Senators aren't living up to that hype with a 4-5-2 record. Karlsson...

Neil keeps a stiff upper lip about his battered face

Even by a tough guy’s standards, the face of Senators winger Chris Neil has had a hellish month. There was that errant puck that broke his nose and blackened his eye during a game in Los Angeles Oct. 9, then an elbow to the battered beak last week in Detroit. On Sunday at home against the San Jose Sharks, as Neil was driving to the net late in the game, the stick of Zack Smith...

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Putting yesterday afternoon’s loss to the Sharks aside, the Senators practiced this afternoon and unveiled some new line combinations that will be used tomorrow night in Chicago. First and foremost, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek Bobby will be reunited with the Bobby Ryan. This will mark the first time since Saturday, October 5th in which Ryan has played regular minutes at...

What’s Wrong With The Senators?

Damien Cox of The Spin with one of ten thoughts,,, The Sens have lost four out of five, but it's the way they're losing games that a bit shocking. They're the only team in the NHL that is giving up more shots per game than the Leafs. Last year, with injuries with to Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, they were the NHL's hardest working team, and among the most...

How Long is the Refractory Period of a Player's Only Meeting?

As we regroup from last night’s blown lead that resulted in another loss for the Senators and brace ourselves for the possibility that this team may not be as close we hope to turning around their season, knowing that the Senators have put the month of October behind them and are moving on to an easier stretch of games. For as painful as it has been to watch at times, the team’s...

Senators-Blackhawks Preview

The only thing the Ottawa Senators are doing consistently during their slump is spotting opponents early leads. Facing a Chicago Blackhawks team that has made a habit of getting on the scoreboard first may only add to those woes. Struggling Ottawa looks to avoid a fourth loss in five games when it visits Chicago on Tuesday night. The Senators (4-5-2) have allowed 16 first-period...
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