One of the oldest franchises in the NHL, the Ottawa Senators were the original powerhouse during the formative years of professional hockey. Inaugurated in 1883, the original Senators won 11 Stanley Cups, including three championships in four years at the beginning of the 1920s. Ottawa returned to NHL action in 1992, eventually growing into a perennial Eastern Conference threat after the turn of the century. Unfortunately, the Senators still search for their first Stanley Cup since 1927.
Ottawa Senators Next Game
Keep track of the next game for the Ottawa Senators throughout the regular season and the playoffs. We provide up-to-date numbers on the latest odds from sports betting sites for the Sens and their competition. Line movement often occurs during the run-up to the match, with the potential of reducing the cost of your wager or boosting the payout.
A long, 82-game season produces plenty of valuable data which informs solid decision-making before placing a hockey bet. Check out Ottawa Senators hockey schedule and scores throughout the campaign to discover betting trends and past matchup results, including streaks and previous odds. Leverage back-to-backs and other schedule scenarios to find potential value.
Ottawa Senators Standings
Residing in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, the Senators battle rivals like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens to qualify for the NHL playoffs. Keep tabs on the Ottawa Senators standings throughout the regular season to get a sense of how well the team stacks up with the rest of the competition.
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Ottawa Senators Regular Season Trends
Over the last five years, the Ottawa Senators have been wildly inconsistent during the regular season, enduring large swings in quality of play.
During their wild 2016-17 season, when they nearly made the Stanley Cup finals, Ottawa started slow before the new year and turned into one of the best underdog picks for the rest of the campaign.
The Senators were one of the best regular season teams in the league after icing some truly awful clubs in the early and mid-90s. Ottawa enjoyed a long streak of playoff qualifications, including eleven consecutive playoff appearances beginning in 1996. During the Alfredsson era, Ottawa won four division titles and a Presidents’ Trophy in the 2002-03 season.
The best regular seasons for the Sens took place in 2002-02 and 2005-06, when the club won 52 games and amassed 113 points. Ottawa tends to play very well against the New York Islanders, winning more than 63% of their matchups. Detroit has Ottawa’s number, winning nearly 65% of meetings since the Senators rejoined the NHL.
Ottawa Senators Playoffs Betting
The Ottawa Senators have endured countless playoff heartbreaks over the past couple of decades. This trend intensified at the turn of the millennium, when Ottawa dominated regular season standings. After winning the division for the first time in franchise history, the Sens were swept by Hasek and the Buffalo Sabres in 1999.
The Ottawa Senators have endured countless playoff heartbreaks over the past couple of decades
They continued to dominate the regular season, but couldn’t put it together when it mattered most, losing consecutive playoff series to the Toronto Maple Leafs, including another sweep in 2001. Ottawa finally made the conference finals in their Presidents’ Trophy campaign, but the Devils eliminated the Senators in a seven-game cliffhanger.
During the 2007 playoffs, the Senators lost only three games on their way to their first Stanley Cup appearance. Unfortunately, the Anaheim Ducks outmuscled and outscored Ottawa in a 4-1 gentleman’s sweep. Ottawa’s nemesis in the playoffs have been the Leafs, who’ve won four series in a row. The Penguins also tend to kick the Senators out of the post season, winning four of five playoff meetings.
Ottawa Senators Futures
A series of unfortunate circumstances place the Ottawa Senators in an extremely challenging situation over the next few years. Ottawa doesn’t have a first rounder in 2019 after sending the pick to the Avalanche. Erik Karlsson was traded to San Jose for various prospects and picks. Mike Hoffman was shipped out of town while Kyle Turris plays outstanding hockey in Nashville.
Ottawa was also negatively impacted by the expansion draft, losing a top-two defenseman to the Golden Knights, who traded Marc Methot to the Dallas Stars. As a result, a squad which nearly defeated the Stanley Cup winning Penguins in the conference finals no longer exists. The Senators didn’t get enough in return for losing all this talent, creating difficulty for the rebuilding process.
Senators fans know that it will be difficult to keep up with the titans of the eastern conference like the Maple Leafs and the Lightning, who boast an incredible depth of elite young talent. Ottawa’s done well to draft and develop youngsters like Brady Tkachuk and Maxime Lajoie, who’ve rewarded the Senators front office with fast returns. The Sens will need a few years before they return to playoff contention sometime in the 2020s.
Ottawa Senators Award Winners
Likely the best Ottawa Senators player of all time, Erik Karlsson won the Norris Trophy twice in four years as the top defenseman in the NHL. Daniel Alfredsson was the only other player to win a major individual award, when he won the Calder Trophy as the finest rookie of the 1995-96 season. Both of these players lead the Senators to their greatest successes in modern franchise history.
Former Ottawa bench boss Jacques Martin won the Jack Adams Award in the 1998-99 season, when the team won its first division title. Paul MacLean also won coach of the year in 2012 while serving the Senators, but he was fired shortly afterwards.