Let's all agree that most considered Ottawa to be essentially out of the postseason race when Matt Cooke stepped on Erik Karlsson's Achilles' tendon several weeks ago. Then we looked at Craig Anderson's ankle injury shortly afterward and figured the Senators were going to be deciding between Seth Jones and Nathan McKinnon this June, holding a lottery pick. However, Ottawa has not fallen off. Quite the contrary, they've adapted rather nicely to life without Karlsson, Anderson and point-per-game center Jason Spezza, trailing Boston by just three points in the Northeast Division, good enough for fifth place in the East.
Carrying the attack are highly-touted youngsters Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad but it's a cagey veteran still producing that's dishing from the blue line. Sergei Gonchar is in the midst of one of his most consistent seasons in years, having posted at least one assist in each of the last 10 games, registering 15 points, albeit with just one goal (what a sl You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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