Senators watching the scoreboard

Heading into Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues, the Ottawa Senators needed 33 points from their remaining 27 games for the 94 that should give them a playoff berth.
There’s not a large margin of error in those numbers. Six-game losing streaks will do that. That reality was not lost on the players as they prepared to face former teammate Brian Elliott.
“We understand the implications of the games coming down the stretch, how things get tighter as the year goes on,” said Jason Spezza.
“I think it’s a little early to watch the standings now, but we know we have to get wins. We have to win the majority of our games to make the playoffs.”
While fans of the team probably blanched when they looked at the NHL standings on Tuesday morning to see the Maple Leafs one point ahead of the Senators, the players don’t get as excited by these fluctuations – though they watch the standings just as closely.
“I don’t think anybody in this room looks at it as intently as fans do,” said Kyle Turris.
“We know it’s an 82-game season, so we’re more even keel about it. Like, when we won 12 of 16, fans might have been overly excited, but we knew we had 30 games left.
“Now we’ve lost a few and the temptation might be to say, ‘Ah, it’s all over now.’ But we’re confident in our group and we know that there are 27 games left.”
That was the same sentiment expressed by captain Daniel Alfredsson.
“We watch to see how other teams do,” he said.
“Everyone is aware of the standings.
“But it doesn’t change anything for us. We have to worry about what we can control, and that’s our own play, our own effort.”

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