Foe: Ottawa Senators

I love the Flyers, and no other team. I want us to win a Cup, and there is no other team that I accept as an alternative. There are 29 other fanbases that feel the same way about their own club. We all have one goal, and we all have an effect on one another. Since our Fansided Network is doing a 30 day preview to get ready for the 2011-12 season, I’ll be looking at how much of a threat each team is to our own Cup hopes. Today, we have the Ottawa Senators.

The only notable guy that the Sens acquired was Nikita Filatov. Allow that to sink in for a minute. A team that is a complete joke, acquired a half decent offensive player, while focusing mainly on developing draft picks. Meanwhile, they did absolutely nothing to address their horrendous goaltending situation. Spezza is still special, while Alfredsson is on a serious decline.  Erik Karlsson was a pleasant surprise on defense, while Sergei Gonchar was hurt and didn’t produce.  Injuries can be blamed a little bit for their crappy 2010-11 season. But lack of talent is their biggest issues. This season, things aren’t looking any better.

The Flyers will catch them on October 20, and should secure an easy victory. But we all know that we’re looking forward to their home and home on January 7-8. If you’re asking why, then you just need to look back at recent history. For whatever reason, things get chippy between these clubs, and sparks fly. And by sparks, I mean gloves and sticks (somebody hit somebody!). And that leads to YouTube history! When we see them for the final time on March 31, it should be 2 points in our back pocket, and dagger in the heart of someone else on the playoff brink. I really don’t know what a Sens fan has to look forward to this season, aside from some emerging young star, or a few good jokes from Down Goes Brown.

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