The Ottawa Senators were the laughing stock of the NHL last season. Only a few seasons removed from an Eastern Conference Finals run that ended in dramatic, yet heartbreaking, fashion, the team has taken a turn for the worse.
Last season, the Senators finished with 64 points and only 29 wins. The front office has commented that the team will not roll over and die, but it’s hard to be optimistic in troublesome times.
So, it’s almost the month of October. Will the Senators find themselves at or near the bottom of the basement once again?
Online bookmaker 5Dimes has the O/U for regular-season points at 7½.
Ottawa’s over/under for points this season is listed at 70½. For a team that had 64 points last season, this is an over/under you should be paying attention to.
The Sens had Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel for the majority of the season, so it will be interesting to see how the Sens fare without their two top scorers from last season.
Ottawa has some exciting rookies and players entering their second season, like Brady Tkachuk. Colin White and Thomas Chabot are both locked up for the foreseeable future as well.
The Senators front office committed to a rebuild, but one that would hopefully bring the Senators back to glory. This season, I see another year of the Senators struggling to pick up the victories.
I don’t see the Senators hitting the over on 70 points. I see them floating around the same point total from the last couple of seasons. I can only see the Senators reaching the over if they push games to overtime to snag at least one point because wins will be tough.