By Stephen Bierbrier (IG: @bytownboy)
Your Ottawa Senators start the 2017–18 campaign at home on October 5 versus Ovi8 and the Washington Capitals. Before they hit the ice, Apt613 wants to get you all caught up with the team, and what to expect this season.
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Questions with no answers
How will Karlsson and Brassard bounce back from their surgeries?
How will White look in his first full season once he has returned from his broken wrist?
How will the goalie tandem play out for a full season together?
Can the D steady it out with the removal of Methot and the increased workload to the aging Phaneuf and Oduya?
Which Bobby Ryan – regular season or playoffs – will be on the ice this year?
How much magic does JGP actually have in his magic kit?
Will Chabot be effective this year at the NHL level?
What’s Dorion got up his sleeve? He’s always looking for an upgrade. Last year’s arrivals were a mixed bag of success.
Can Boucher keep the boys playing his system for another year? Will it be easier for everyone to catch on now that it has been in place for a year?
Note to reader: You’ve read the wrong preview if you are looking for massive number crunching to tell you that Chabot is a better shot in the 2nd period from the hashmark on Tuesdays in February in the Midwest. Analytics are best left for the smart people who know how to use a calculator.
If Karlsson plays 50+ games: Wild Card
If Karlsson plays less than 50 games: it’s going to be a long season
Former Prime Minister most likely to win PM intermission race at CTC: Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Ottawa starts the 2017–18 campaign at home versus the Washington Capitals tonight, October 5. Tickets cost $32–211 online.