When the Ottawa Senators woke up in the Florida sunshine Saturday morning, they should have smelled the coffee. Suddenly, the objects in the rear-view mirror – the teams hunting them down for a playoff spot – are closer than they appear. A post-season appearance is anything but a guarantee for the Senators.
Following the appearance of goaltender Craig Anderson and defenceman Jared Cowen at Ottawa Senators practice Wednesday, you half expected to see centre Jason Spezza, left winger Milan Michalek and defenceman Erik Karlsson step out of the training room to take part in the workout.
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean gave his team Tuesday off from practice. No wonder. They looked like a tired team Monday, repeatedly beaten to the puck and forced into making bad decisions, over and over again, by the New Jersey Devils.
In another example of just how well Ottawa Senators back-up goaltenders Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner have filled in for injured netminder Craig Anderson, captain Daniel Alfredsson wasn’t even aware that Anderson returned to practice Monday morning.