Graeme Nichols has been writing about hockey since 2008 and has worked as a statistician for Sportsnet and CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. In addition to his Gameday Previews for SenatorsExtra.com, his work can also be viewed at The 6th Sens under the Bloguin banner.
Fresh off one of their most impressive wins of the seasons last night — a 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals — the Senators had to fly back to Ottawa for tonight’s matchup versus a rested Vancouver Canucks squad.
Fresh off their disappointing loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon, the Senators will look to bounce back against the Washington Capitals, a team that they have had some recent success against.
Riding a three game losing streak in which they’ve allowed four goals in each of their losses, the Ottawa Senators arrive in the Motor City. It was here where the Senators enjoyed their best 60 minute effort this season – a 6-1 victory on Oct. 23.
Whenever the Minnesota Wild come back to Ottawa things always seem to get heated. Just ask their equipment guys who had to once deal with their team’s van catching fire on the trek from practice at the Kanata Rec Centre to what was then Scotiabank Place.
Despite the unabashed optimism that should come from beating the division rival Boston Bruins – an organization that the Senators have historically had trouble against – this afternoon’s game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets lacks a certain amount of buzz.