The Sens are still in a fairly comfortable spot, sitting 2nd in the Division and 3 points up on the Leafs (Boston is actually in 3rd but, let's face it, they've played 5 fewer games than either Ontario team and that's going to be hard to overcome). But Florida is four back, Carolina at 5, and the Islanders are 6 back and have played the same number of games as Ottawa. A little three-game losing streak and we could find ourselves in a wildcard spot, or worse.
Good thing for us, we will, once again, be playing a tired team, as the Blues are playing the Broadstreet Bullies tonight at 7, before hopping on a 2 hour flight to Ottawa for the game tomorrow night. In addition to the schedule help, the Blues also just lost Robbie Fabbri for the rest of the year to a knee injury in Saturday's loss to the Penguins. Fabbri was playing on a line with Tarasenko and with him out of the lineup the Blues lose a lot of speed up-front. On paper, this should be an easy W for Ottawa.
Although they initially were targeting the Blues game as a possible return for Craig Anderson, recent tweets indicate that he is *not* on the ice at practice this morning. So it looks like we'll have at least one more game for Condon (I doubt that one save in relief on Saturday changes anyone's opinion on Hammond). We will know for certain soon enough.
I don't expect to see Neil out there, as the Blues aren't a rough team. Let's see if Lazar can get to 30 games with out a goal.