Senators, Looking Stronger Than Ever, Shrug Off Injury Woes

Brian GrayContributor IDecember 20, 2007

How do the Ottawa Senators defy the odds?

It's been done a few times by teams over the years, but for the second straight year the Senators have lost three regulars to significant injuries—and haven't looked worse for the wear.

Last year Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette, and Mike Fisher all missed at least three weeks with their various injuries. The Senators—instead of dropping off the face of the earth like predicted since they were in last in their division at the time—instead rose to the occasion and pulled off and incredible run. They not only moved into the playoffs, but finished 4th in the standings and went an amazing 12-3 to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they met that team from Anaheim (we're not gonna go there, though).

This year, Ottawa has lost Anton Volchenkov, Patrick Eaves and Mike Fisher to various injuries—the first two during a seven game losing streak (0-4-3). Now, all of a sudden they're on a six game winning streak and looking stronger than ever—especially impressive considering that they went 15-2 to start the year.

The Senators may not miss Fisher long, but will have to wait until the new year before Eaves and Volchenkov return.  Regardless, it looks like those three will be returning to a team on a high.

Now let's just hope this run doesn't end in May—before making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.