After a great start to the 2007-2008 season, the Ottawa Senators seem to have hit a road block.
In their last seven games, the Sens have only won four times.
But maybe it's not time to panic just yet.
"Every time we lose everybody says that it's our worst game of the season," Jason Spezza said. "I'm sick of it."
Spezza make a fair point. The bottom line is that these Senators are legit—regardless of their recent "struggles."
In fact, I'd have to say this is the best Senators team I've ever seen.
Spezza, Dany Heatley, and Daniel Alfredsson can do no wrong together on the first line. After them, guys like Patrick Eaves, Chris Kelly, and Randy Robitaille provide the passion and determination that make the Senators who they are.
In the back end, defensemen like Andrej Meszaros, Wade Redden, and Anton Volchenkov can make stops while contributing points. What's more, young stars like Brian Lee promise to make the unit even stronger down the road.
The goalie situation is slightly more muddled. Martin Gerber is having a phenomenal season, while Ray Emery hasn't been himself.
Although both Gerber and Emery have been the subject of trade rumors, I don't want to see either go. When they both play up to their potential, the other 29 teams in the league are going to have an awful hard time topping the Sens.
The biggest difference between last year's Senators and this year's model is grit. If the Sens had brought their current attitude into last year's Stanley Cup Finals, I think the Anaheim Ducks would've been the team to fall in five games.
High expectations will no doubt be a heavy burden for these Senators—but I think they're good enough to deliver.
Sens fans are hoping for nothing less than a Stanley Cup. Come spring, they may get just that.