Previewing the East: Ottawa
Without Alfredsson, Spezza, Senators' offense will be an effort by committee
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The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the Ottawa Senators:
Coach: Paul MacLean
Last Year: 37-31-14, 88 points (11th in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Senators: 2-2-0
5-on-5 Goals: 162 (second in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency: 50-for-271, 184 percent (ninth in Eastern Conference)
|2013-14 Stats||Vs. Red Wings|
|IN THE CREASE|
|vs. Red Wings|
Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Nov. 4 (at OTT); Nov. 24 (at DET); Dec. 27 (at OTT); Mar. 31 (at DET).
ARRIVALS: Forwards Alex Chiasson, David Legwand and Carter Camper; and defenseman Aaron Johnson.
DEPARTURES: Forwards Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian.
SEASON SCOPE: In 13 months, the Senators lost the two highest scoring players in franchise history with the departure of Daniel Alfredsson and Spezza. Since they didn’t make that much of a wave in free agency – aside from the signing of Detroit area native David Legwand – the Sens will need to take more a scoring by committee approach to the upcoming season.
Four Sens – goalie Craig Anderson, defenseman Marc Methot, and forwards MacArthur and Ryan – are entering the final season of their contracts. Legwand and Alex Chiasson, who was part of the trade that sent Spezza to Dallas, need to have rebound seasons. Legwand had just four goals in 21 games for the Red Wings after the trade deadline. Meanwhile, Chiasson had a tremendous start to his first NHL season, scoring five goals in his first five games. He finished eighth on the Stars with 13 goals in 79 games.
|2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS|
|Atlantic Division||Metropolitan Division|
|Buffalo (July 24)||Carolina (Aug. 7)|
|Boston (sep. 11)||Columbus (Aug. 21)|
|Florida (July 29)||New Jersey (Aug. 14)|
|Montreal (Sep. 2)||NY Islanders (July 31)|
|Ottawa (Aug. 12)||NY Rangers (Aug. 28)|
|Tampa Bay (Sep. 4)||Philadelphia (Aug. 26)|
|Toronto (Aug. 5)||Pittsburgh (sep. 9)|
|Washington (Aug. 19)|