In stretch run, Senators looking behind them as well as ahead

Daniel Alfredsson says he’ll start thinking about the team’s first-round playoff opponent around April 10. That should be around the time that the first round starts.

Daniel Alfredsson says he’ll start thinking about the team’s first-round playoff opponent around April 10. That should be around the time that the first round starts.

If the season ended on Saturday night, the Senators would be playing the Bruins in the first round, but Alfredsson knows there are still many scenarios to be played out, so he’s not wasting a lot of time on it.

“We all know the standings, we all know where we’d be if it ended today, but it’s still going to change so much,” he said Saturday morning.

“It’s not like, ‘OK, let’s finish this and this and then we’ll play these guys.’ I don’t think it’s going to work out that way.

“We’re just going to try to win as many games as we can, try to go into the playoffs on a good note, focus on what we can control.

“The first-round match is going to be tough no matter who you play.”

While the Senators have their eyes on the teams in front of them, in particular the sixth-place New Jersey Devils, they can’t forget to take the occasional glance in the rearview mirror.

“We’re put ourselves in a good position going down the stretch,” he said.

“Ideally we’d like to climb. We know it’s going to be tough. But we want to make sure that the teams behind us stay behind us.”

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