No. 14: Ottawa Senators
Season record: 10-7-1
Last season, Ottawa kind of sat around the playoff picture all year despite being an awful defensive team. This might not necessarily be going the same way, but a negative goal differential isn’t going to help business.
Two issues right now are a lack of scoring and some issues in net. Only three Senators have hit double digits in points so far, with Erik Karlsson’s points not surprisingly leading the way. I don’t know who Ryan Dzingel is, but I’m guessing he shouldn’t be third on the team in points and second in goals.
Craig Anderson is dealing with his wife’s cancer diagnosis, so the fact he’s posted a .928/2.26 slashline is pretty incredible. It’s just not certain that he’ll constantly be around this season. So Mike Condon (.939/1.95 in three games) is going to have to step up, likely.