Ottawa Senators: What Is Propelling Them on This Winning Streak?

Stephen Brown@@the__ste (Double Underscore)Correspondent IIOctober 31, 2011

OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 30: Colin Greening #14 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his first period goal with teammmate Jason Spezza #19 in an NHL game against  the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on October 30, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators are currently on a six-game winning streak thanks to Kaspars Daugavins' first career goal against the rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

Special teams has been big for the Senators, as two of their three goals were on the power play.

Milan Michalek currently leads the league in power-play goals, with Jason Spezza one back. Spezza and Erik Karlsson are both one back of the NHL leaders in PPP, with Sergei Gonchar and Michalek two back.

With that sort of production on special teams, the Senators will definitely continue to roll.

However, that only paints one side of the special teams picture as they are second to last in the league in penalty killing percentage.

There is definitely still room for improvement.

Although the Senators won on Sunday to continue their winning streak, many pundits state that this was the weakest Maple Leafs game of the season, and that the Senators won on a lucky goal.

I firmly believe that you need to hustle and be in the right place to be lucky.

So how long does this winning streak last?

Well, they need to improve defensively if they want to continue to win, as their offence will dry up at different times during the season (I doubt that Karlsson will continue to lead the league in assists all season).

They have a tough week ahead, with a game tomorrow in Boston, followed by a home game against the hated Habs and another home game against the pesky Sabres.

If the Senators come out of this week with a winning record, then I will start to believe this team is much better than originally thought.

My weekly prediction:

Ottawa 1 – Boston 4

Montreal 3 – Ottawa 4 (SO)

Buffalo 4 – Ottawa 2


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