Too Early To Panic in Ottawa

Even though the Ottawa Senators are winless in their first three games and are off to their worst start since the 1994/95 lockout season, Captain Daniel Alfredsson stressed that it’s too early for panic. This 14 year veteran believes that they had their best game on Monday night when they lost in overtime to the Washington Capitals. “I felt the way we came back, having three games in four nights, and having that effort in Washington in a tough building to play in has given us a lot of encouragement going forward,” Alfredsson who has one assist in three games said. Ottawa who opened up the season with losses to the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs received some good news regarding Alfredsson who suffered a lower body injury against the Caps. It’s been reported that the veteran who left the third period of that game in Washington will be back in the line up on Thursday night when the Sens are at home to place the Carolina Hurricanes. “I just felt a little soreness in one of my muscles, so it was just precautionary, nothing serious at all and I should be ready tomorrow again,” said Alfredsson. “It’s a tough way to start, but we’ve got to build on what we did Monday in Washington and continue in that direction.” The biggest problem so far for Ottawa this year has been offence as they have only scored four goals. Jason Spezza is the only top six forward to have scored a goal this season. So far the power-play has been shutout in 14 opportunities. Meanwhile goaltender Pascal Leclaire has been steady in allowing only 10 goals in three games. “It’s three games, let’s not get too carried away,” Spezza said. “We’ve got to score goals and I think it gets analyzed, but the goals will come.”

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