Buying into the Ottawa Senators is a mixed bag

Jeff Veillette
May 01 2017 03:13PM

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Before we get into this, let's make something perfectly clear: every fanbase has an awful vocal minority and the definition of what an awful vocal minority is will often change from person to person. Despite the fact that we're all here for our mutual interest in a fantastic and entertaining sport, the slight differences in how we appreciate the game will always find a way in tearing us apart. Hell, we just watched this fanbase lose its mind about a few people being unfollowed on twitter and the event that kickstarted this rebuild was the blowback from the players not saluting the crowd after a game.

Maybe that's because certain opinion sets are attached to other life philosophies. Maybe it's just blind "I'm right, and those who disagree are wrong and are bad" chest thumping. But it happens everywhere, and sometimes, you'll see it bleed over into arguments about other teams. One of the most obvious ones, at least over the course of these playoffs, has been the rise of the overly excited Ottawa Senators fan.

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Lay off the Orange Crush: Edmonton still lost the Hall for Larsson trade

Evan Presement
April 30 2017 08:00AM

Recently, talk surrounding last summer's Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson trade has picked up. Why? Well, Larsson and the Oilers are in the second round of the playoffs while Hall's Devils are focused on the draft lottery.

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Saturday Seven: And Then There Were Eight

Curtis LeBlanc
April 29 2017 11:47AM

The first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs did not go as many had expected. From the Toronto Maple Leafs giving the league-best Washington Capitals a run for their money in six games to the Nashville Predators sweeping the perennial cup-contender Chicago Blackhawks, it was heartbreaking and exhilarating for fans of the fastest game on earth.

With only eight teams remaining and second round series under way, there's been a lot to talk about in the hockey world.

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A few thoughts on the Sens' attendance problem

Ryan Fancey
April 28 2017 01:41PM

Chances are you've heard a lot about the Ottawa Senators' inability to sell out playoff games over the last few days, especially if you're a hockey fan living in Ontario. On one hand you have folks living in Ottawa going on the defensive about it, and those down in the Golden Horseshoe using it as a rallying point to troll their intraprovincial rivals. Either way, this situation is getting a lot of air time (or Twitter focus, I guess), and as a person residing in the the nation's capital, I've given it my fair share of thought.

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NHL Second Round Playoff Preview: New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

Pat Keogh
April 27 2017 09:00AM

The dust has settled on the first round and here at NHL Numbers we have yet another second round series to preview, the New York Rangers/Ottawa Senators Eastern Conference Semifinal. After a hard-hitting series against Montreal in which ultimately speed and skill prevailed, the Rangers will head to Ottawa starting on Thursday night to meet their opponents, fresh off their own triumph over the injury-depleted Boston Bruins. 

That series saw big performances from Ottawa’s big guns, such as Derick Brassard, Bobby Ryan, and of course the sensational Erik Karlsson. The big question that this series will answer is whether New York’s speed game can break through Ottawa’s defensive system, and who will prevail among the two Swedish superstars on opposite ends of the ice, Henrik Lundqvist or the aforementioned Erik Karlsson.

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