The Battle of Ontario: Leafs Versus Sens?

Sean HanleyContributor IJanuary 18, 2009

Over the years, Ottawa has proven to be the better team in the regular season, and  had better skill, hands down. When it comes down to the Playoffs, the Sens never wanted to face the Leafs, because in the Playoffs, The Leafs were by far the better team. When it comes to the playoffs the Senators just cant beat the Mighty Leafers.

Although the Leafs haven't made the Playoffs in the last three years, missing out by only one to two points each year, the Senators have. The Sens actually shocked everyone by making it to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 against the Anaheim Ducks. A lot of people think that the Senators wouldn't have made it that far if the Leafs made the Playoffs, but who really knows.

Something happened to the Sens this year, as they somehow forgot how to play hockey. The team work is gone, they seem to have a selfish "me me" attitude, and their goalies are the only thing they have besides Alfredsson, Heatley, and Spezza.

Ottawa has a better Goals Against Average and Save percentage than the Leafs, but the Leafs are a rebuilding team who are not expected to do much this year. However, they are actually playing great hockey considering what they have, minus the fact that they have Toskala of course.

Half way though the 2008-09 season the Leafs have the better record over the Ottawa Senators.

My question nevertheless is, will the Leafs be able to hold on and end the season with more points or will the Senators pick it up in the second half?