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Ottawa Senators: Can They Fight Their Way out of This Messy Start?

OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 18:  Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators loses an elbow pad while throwing a punch against Matt Walker #8 of the Philadelphia Flyers during a game at Scotiabank Place on October 18, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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Stephen BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 19, 2011

The Ottawa Senators are already 1-5 and have a -14 goal differential. As it stands, through six games they have two points. Two.

If they kept up this pace they would finish with 27 points on the season. That would be an impressive feat.

As I mentioned in my previous article, I don’t see any way that the Senators can really come out of the basement of the league. The skills on this team are lacking, the goalie is playing terribly and their penalty kill is atrocious.

Their current penalty kill percentage is dead last in the league at 64.52 percent, nine percent lower than the third worst team in the league. Is there any help coming?

Moreover, the division has become much stronger. The Leafs are undefeated through four games, Buffalo leads the division at 4-1 and they still have to contend against the Stanley Cup champs and another solid team who finished with 96 points last season.

The schedule does not get better for the Senators. Daniel Alfredsson, although he is playing quite well, is getting old. Sergei Gonchar (who is known as an offensive defence and has had some atrocious +/- in his career) is injured…the problems just continue.

So what can be done to avoid a complete collapse coupled with less game attendance? Unfortunately, not much. They should bring Nikita Filatov back up and let their young players learn throughout the season. They should trade Jason Spezza and Gonchar for some draft picks and let the young nucleus grow together so they can at least see what they have to work with.

Should they trade Alfredsson at the deadline? I toyed with the idea here, and I do believe it can help the rebuilding process.

They need to focus all of their attention on rebuilding and giving the young players some PP time.

Can they creep out of this mess? I highly doubt it.

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