Nov 5, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a save on a Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen (19) shot during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Behind Enemy Lines: The Ottawa Senators!

In this recurring post, I ask some questions to a staff writer or editor of an opposing team’s FanSided Blog.  This week, I interviewed one of the editors of the Ottawa Senator’s blog, SenShot!

Nov 5, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza (19) shoots as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray (27) defends during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

U&B: What has been the biggest strength of the Ottawa Senators so far?

Jared: The Senators scoring ability has been better than expected.  The duo of Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur were expected to be 2nd line secondary scoring, but have developed great chemistry and are leading the team at this point.

U&B: Who should the Columbus Blue Jackets be wary of?

Jared: Erik Karlsson is back in full  Norris Trophy-type form, and that is a scary thought for opposing players.  His speed and abilty to shift gears at full speed and be a one-man breakout is unmatched in the league. His defense has gotten better as this season has progressed.

U&B: Who do you see as the biggest threat TO the Senators FROM the Blue Jackets?

Jared: Obviously in order to win, you need to score.  Sergei Bobrovsky had his struggles early on, but judging by his recent personal 9 game winning streak that has changed. He appears to be leading the Blue Jackets from the back end.

Nov 5, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout (47) skates with the puck as Ottawa Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) trails the play during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

U&B: What is one area in which your team has struggled this season?

Jared: Definitely getting timely saves at important points in the game is lacking.  The Senators’ goaltending had been its ultimate strength last season, but this year it has cost them games and has been a real let-down for the team.

U&B: What are your expectations for this game?

Jared: I would expect a pair of desperate teams.  Both are coming off a loss and neither can afford to go on a losing streak given their precarious positions in the standings. Nathan Horton has added a new dimension to the team and the Senators need to be wary of him.  If Ottawa can avoid the “bad goal” against them it should be a hard fought, fast paced game.

A huge thank you to Jared for answering these questions! You can follow him on twitter here.  Be sure to check out our Game Day Posts and follow along on Twitter during the game.  Come back soon for another edition of “Behind Enemy Lines!”

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