The Ottawa Senators’ record currently sits at 1-5-1. In addition to that, the Senators sit at seventh ranked in the North Division. Of course, this isn’t exactly where they want to be at. It’s a pretty deep hole that the team must dig themselves out of and quickly.
Analyzing the Sens’ Last Seven Games
The Sens have been off to an unfortunate start to their 2021 season from the beginning. During the Sens’ home and season opener, they won 5-3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The next day, Jan. 16, they were unable to do the same thing and loss 2-3. The Sens also lost in their three-game meetings against the Winnipeg Jets, as well.
Things didn’t seem to get better after that. On Jan. 25, the Sens were blown out in a 1-7 loss versus the Vancouver Canucks. If that wasn’t enough, they were defeated once again by the same team Jan. 27 in a 1-5 loss.
Within almost every game the Sens have lost, they have given up a slew of goals. The only game they lost within a close scoring margin was their 2-3 loss versus the Leafs.
An Analysis of Some of the Players’ Performance
Each player in the Sens’ organization have been working hard and making a good effort for their team.
First, Brady Tkachuk looks like the special ingredient the team needs to add spice to their game. The 21-year of right winger has been able to help his team where he can. It is a gradual development, but Tkachuk seems to be playing well so far.
Second, there is Matt Murray, the Sens goalie. In his case, he has given up a significant amount of goals. But the 26-year old netminder has tried his best and put in his best effort possible. However, the Sens opponents seem to be stronger, especially offensively. It may be a bit too strong for Murray.
Consequently, since Murray has given up too many goals in the last seven games, it may pose a problem. What if he happens to be demoted from starter to backup goalie in the future? In addition, Murray signed a four-year deal with the Sens, which is worth $25 million. The question then arises if he cannot live up to the Sens’ expectations, will he be released from the team?
Of course, nothing has been confirmed. This is just speculation. But these questions could be lingering on the team’s mind.
In conclusion to this brief analysis, there is a bigger problem that arises from the string of losses. Roster moves and a lot of them. If Sens’ head coach and general manager Pierre Dorion see that changes need to be made in order to turn their season around, then it will happen.
If it does happen, there could be a lot of players getting moved around. Trades may need to be made or a simple lineup readjustment may be necessary.
Nothing is certain for the team at this point, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming days, weeks and months as the team looks to have a better outcome this season.