The Ottawa Senators: Staying Optimistic

Hello everyone! So in the last couple of weeks, our Ottawa Senators have had a rough go at it. In late January it was announced that our star centre Jason Spezza would be out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his spine. In a recent interview (Click the link to check it out: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/jason-spezza-hopes-season-isnt-over/article8404132/ ), he said he has hopes of returning before the season is over. With that being said though, back injuries are nothing to play with, and the chances of him coming back this season are definitely slim.

 

After losing Spezza, we started losing games as the Senators struggled to generate offense. They only seemed to finally be recovering offensively with the win against Buffalo this past Tuesday. The next day would not be so kind to the Senators. This past Wednesday we lost another one of our offensive weapons, Milan Michalek, who suffered a lower body injury during warm-ups and missed the game that night against Pittsburgh. No news has been released on when we can expect him back.

 

Speaking of the game on Wednesday night, that is when the Senators suffered the biggest blow to our line up. While up against the boards with Matt Cooke from Pittsburgh, our Norris trophy winning defenseman, Erik Karlsson, suffered a 70 percent laceration to his Achilles’ tendon that has effectively ended his season. He went in for surgery just yesterday morning.

 

Now all this news is definitely depressing for Sens fans, but in my opinion not all hope is lost. We still have a great goalie with Craig Anderson, and a lot of young blood on the team like Zack Smith, Jakob Silfverberg, and Kyle Turris that have room to grow this season. We also still have some of seasoned veterans like Chris Neil, Sergei Gonchar, and of course our Captain Alfie to support the team.

 

I noticed a lot of comments on Facebook last night saying the Senators season is over. It surely won’t be easy, but I would never count out the Senators, who were picked last year to be last in our division but made the play-off’s.  The Senators will need their fans now more than ever to get through this hard time. What do you think?

Do you think the Senators are still a contender in the Eastern conference, or do you think our season is done? Let us know and comment below. I personally think (and hope) that the Senators still have some fight in them, but only time will tell. Until next time!

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