Alrighty, compadre's, I've done the Leafs, Habs, Sabres and Bruins up to this point and now I'm going to the last team in the Northeast Division... The Ottawa freaking Senators. A team who I despise and loathe for several reasons, which includes Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil and Ray Emery ( not to mention Dominik Hasek played for them in 05-06) but let's get one thing clear... I have tremendous amount of respect for them and what they did last season in the playoffs. Wes Mantooth explains it best in the legendary movie ''Anchorman'' : ''From deep down in my stomach, with every inch of me, I pure, straight hate you. But goddammit, do I respect you!''.
The Senators have done little this off-season. They've lost a good defenseman in Tom Preissing, who's departure I believe will be felt... but not majorly. They've also traded Peter Schaefer for Shean Donovan. Another notable departure is Mike Comrie, who joined the madhouse of Wang otherwise known as the Isles. And if you really care, Oleg Saprykin also left the team. The sens enter the year with lots of playoff experience under their belt and some higher expectations. I think it is safe to say they can officialy rid themselves of the ''chokers'' label... although us Leafs fan hate to admit it. Actually, pass that label over in T.O., we've been a specialist at that for the past two seasons. Enough of this Sens blabber though, on with the predictions, amigo's!
NOTE: I'm assuming all players play 82 games, obviously it will not happen. It's a PPG thing.
Daniel Alfredsson: 27 G 85 PTS
Jason Spezza: 42 G 94 PTS
Dany Heatley: 53 G 109 PTS
Mike Fisher: 28 G 62 PTS
Chris Neil: 13 G 31 PTS
Patrick Eaves: 26 G 48 PTS
Antoine Vermette: 21 G 41 PTS
Chris Kelly: 13 G 39 PTS
Shean Donovan: 6 G 15 PTS
Dean McAmmond: 13 G 38 PTS
Josh Hennessy: 11 G 27 PTS
Christoph Schubert: 10 G 29 PTS
Wade Redden: 11 G 51 PTS
Andrej Meszaros: 6 G 33 PTS
Chris Phillips: 10 G 31 PTS
Anton Volchenkov: 2 G 16 PTS
Joe Corvo: 12 G 43 PTS
Lawrence Nycholat: 7 G 27 PTS
Ray Emery: 2.60 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO
Martin Gerber: 2.85 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO
All in all I see the Sens either winning the division or being a close second ( I still have high expectations for the Sabres) but rest assured they will be a force this season and I think they'll make it far in the playoffs. Stanley Cup Champions? That's another story but who knows, right?
That's all, folks and I look forward to your comments.
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