The Ottawa Senators had a day off Tuesday to rest their bodies, but that didn’t stop their brains from working in overdrive, wondering and worrying about having let the easy path to a playoff position slide away.
After blowing another opportunity to make life easy for themselves on Monday – dropping a 3-1 decision to a severely undermanned Pittsburgh Penguins squad — the Senators have created the oddest of circumstances over the next few days.
Rookie Robin Lehner is expected to start in goal Tuesday for the Ottawa Senators against the Boston Bruins. After that, who knows? By the time the Senators return from the current road trip, he could be the club’s number one goaltender, number two goaltender or he could be back in Binghamton of the American Hockey League.
As Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips prepared Monday for the charter flight here, kick-starting a seven-game, 15-day odyssey which will eventually cover 6,670 kilometres, he was able to put some perspective on the situation.