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Okay, Ottawa Senators fans. Captain Daniel Alfredsson is putting the pressure on you. Alfredsson likens the current edition of the Senators to the unlikely 1997 squad which qualified for the post-season – the first playoff appearance in the modern history of the franchise. “Nobody expected us to do much, but we worked really hard to get [...]

When it comes to the value of experience in the NHL playoffs, one image springs immediately to mind. It was a picture splashed across the front of the Citizen sports section on April 20, 2007: Pittsburgh Penguins stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, all wearing faraway stares in the Penguins’ dressing room following their first-round defeat to the more-experienced Senators.

The Ottawa Senators would like to think they have a chance to upset the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers,
and there are many who think they can. Despite their final position in the standings, the teams are close in many areas,
which should make this one of the more compelling first-round matchups.