OTTAWA -- On the way home from their longest road trip of the season, the Ottawa Senators scraped bottom and suffered more damage.
When they face the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday, the Senators will be just 24 hours removed from their fifth straight loss, a 3-2 setback at the hands of the Eastern Conference's last-place Buffalo Sabres.
Over a seven-stop, 15-day tour that began Nov. 29 in Montreal, that left the Senators with a 1-5-1 record and just three points ahead of the Sabres. While their season is not yet a write-off, they are at a loss for answers.
"It's been a tough road trip for us," Senators center Derick Brassard said. "I think it's time for us to go home, regroup, play in front of our fans. I'm not really sure what to say here. It's not what we want, but at the end of the day, there's not easy games in the NHL. It got proved tonight."
The Senators (9-13-7) were third in the Atlantic Division with an 8-3-5 mark when returning from two games in Sweden. Since then, their wheels have found a ditch. In winning just one of their last 13 games, the Senators have been shut out in three of their last five. >> Read more
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