The Ottawa Senators are so bad right now that even though they play their home games just outside Canada’s capital city, the country wants to disown them.
Once the crown jewel of the league after reaching the 2007 Stanley Cup final and then starting the 2007-08 season at 15-3-0, the Senators are now officially a laughingstock. The Boston Bruins, who invade ScotiaBank Place tonight, will have to keep from hearty laughter and focus on the task at hand — a potential “trap game” against a team playing its second game under a new head coach.
Since establishing themselves as one of the premier teams in the NHL, the Bruins have done well avoiding “trap games.” Their only loss since November that can fall into that category is their shootout defeat to St. Louis Jan. 19. Other than that, the Bruins have taken care of their lowly foes as well as they have the mettle of the league.
The Senators, who sit 29th out of 30 teams in the overall NHL standings, should actually play into the Bruins’ hands. Boston is a team that prides itself on defense, and Ottawa is last in the league in goals scored per game. (more…)