2012-13 Record: 25-17-6
Home Arena: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Playoff Appearances: 14
Most Recent: 2013 (Lost to Pittsburgh Penguins in five games in Eastern Conference Semifinals)
Division Titles: Four (1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06)
Conference Titles: One (2006-07)
Stanley Cups: None
General Manager: Bryan Murray
Head Coach: Paul MacLean (third season)
Notable Players: RW Bobby Ryan, RW Chris Neil, LW Cory Conacher, LW Clarke MacArthur, LW Milan Michalek, C Jason Spezza ("A"), C Kyle Turris, C Mika Zibanejad, D Erik Karlsson, D Chris Phillips ("A"), G Craig Anderson
AHL Affiliate: Binghamton Senators
Notable Prospects: C Curtis Lazar, RW Mark Stone, C Stephane De Costa, D Mark Borowiecki, D Cody Ceci, LW David Dziurzynski
HISTORY WITH THE RED WINGS
Overall Series: Red Wings lead 14-4-5
Last Meeting: Red Wings won 5-3 at Joe Louis Arena on October 7, 2011
Playoff Meetings: None
Fun Facts: Before he became the head coach of the Senators, MacLean was a longtime assistant coach with the Red Wings. A couple of Red Wings have achieved milestones against the Senators in the past. Steve Yzerman recorded his 1,000th career assist on a game-winning goal by Mathieu Schneider on January 20, 2002, and Johan Franzen scored five goals in a 7-5 Red Wings win on February 3, 2011.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR NEXT SEASON
When it was announced that the Wings and Senators would be in the same division, it appeared that any rivalry would for the most part be on the peaceful side. That all went out the window on July 5, 2013 when longtime Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson shell-shocked the city of Ottawa by announcing he had signed a deal with the Red Wings. In a nutshell, the news did not set well with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.
The Senators made a big move after Alfredsson bolted by trading for Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, who seems to fit perfectly with a team that has gained a reputation as being pesky (hence the nickname "Pesky Sens").
Spezza, Turris, and Zibanejad give the Senators a solid trio of centers. Add in Ryan to a group of wingers led by Michalek, Conacher, and MacArthur, and the Senators should have no trouble scoring goals. Karlsson, a former Norris Trophy winner, leads a strong blue line, and will remind some Wings fans of Nicklas Lidstrom. Anderson posted strong numbers in goal last season, and could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
Neil and Zack Smith have built a reputation for getting under opponents' skin.
The Senators are a team capable of winning the Atlantic Division. They could have even won the Northeast last season if not for a slew of injuries, yet they still made the playoffs thanks to MacLean, and will look to build off of the last two seasons.
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