Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators on March 1, 2011

The Ottawa Senators went on a bit of a winning streak prior to the trade deadline, but will their drive taper off as they begin playing out the string?

Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators on March 1, 2011
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)


THE STORY:
The Ottawa Senators went on a bit of a winning streak prior to the trade deadline, but will their drive taper off as they begin playing out the string? Not if Craig Anderson keeps up his otherworldly play. The rental netminder — who the Senators are considering making a permanent fixture in the capital — gives Ottawa a chance to win every night.

THE SUBPLOTS: It was a quiet deadline day Monday, with Chris Campoli the only Senator leaving town. That wasn’t entirely unexpected, given how much pre-deadline dealing the team did. While the remaining players know they aren’t going anywhere until at least the summer, they also know they’re auditioning for jobs next season. Who will shine and who will fade?

THE WILDCARD: Erik Condra. Bobby Butler may be the team’s great scoring hope, but Condra has arguably been the more impressive player. In addition to scoring twice in Saturday’s win against the Philadelphia Flyers, he played about three minutes of penalty kill time as well. Cory Clouston is showing plenty of trust in the 24-year-old winger from Michigan.

THE OPPONENT: The Bruins are coming off a successful western swing that saw them knock off one of the hottest teams in hockey (Calgary), the NHL-leading Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers. After picking up some important pieces leading up to the trade deadline, including puck-moving defenceman Tomas Kaberle, they appear primed for a Stanley Cup run. Next in their sights: The Tampa Bay Lightning, who hold the second seed by just two points.

THE QUOTE: “The year’s been the toughest year I’ve gone through in hockey. From coaching high school to junior to American league to here, it’s been the toughest year. It has been hard watching players that you thought were better than they are play the way they did some nights. So that has been hard. Trading away a couple of the players I’ve traded away has been very difficult. You get to like people in this business. You get to work with people. You get to know them very well and their families, and that’s very difficult.” — Senators general manager Bryan Murray recapping a disastrous season.

THE SICK BAY: Senators — G Pascal Leclaire (lower body, indefinite), RW Daniel Alfredsson (back, indefinite), C Jesse Winchester (knee, indefinite). D Sergei Gonchar (lower body, doubtful), W Peter Regin (shoulder, indefinite). RW Chris Neil (lower body, questionable), RW Chris Neil (lower body, probable), LW Milan Michalek (lower body, indefinite), C/W Peter Regin (shoulder, indefinite). Bruins — D Andrew Ference (lower body, questionable), C Marc Savard (concussion, indefinite).

THE PREDICTION: Well, the Senators surprised us all last week, didn’t they? Three wins in four games, including one over the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers, have made predicting these outcomes much, much more difficult. Still, it’s hard not to take the division leader against the division basement-dweller. So that’s what I’m going to do. Senators 1, Bruins 3. (See who the rest of our panel likes in this one).

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