What has happened to the Ottawa Senators? They have fallen apart so badly post the Winter Olympic break that they are no languishing. With just 12 games left in the regular season, the Senators’ post-Olympic troubles hit a new low Tuesday night with an ugly 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in front of 20,405 spectators at Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa’s record in its last seven games is now 1-5-1. That one win was against the league’s bottom team – The Edmonton Oilers. Nobody is sure what happened to the Senators team that reeled off 11 straight victories. Scoring is certainly an issue — the team has just nine goals in its last seven games. Goaltending is another source of concern. Brian Elliot seems to have established himself as the coach’s guy but he just isn’t top goalie material for a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup. Pascal Leclaire has failed to live up his his previous lofty expectations.