NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
The Ottawa Senators are at a crossroads as they embark on the 2014-15 season. Will they continue along the path of inconsistent play that plagued them throughout last season and ultimately left them short of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in the past six years, or will they recover to become the "Pesky Sens" that advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2013?
Ottawa followed up a season-opening win with just three more victories in its next 13 games (3-6-4). The Senators went 7-10-3 from mid-November until late December, and a 7-2 road loss to the Boston Bruins before the break for the Sochi Olympics began another bad run. Their ill-timed 2-8-2 skid included a crushing 5-4 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on March 15, when Ottawa blew a three-goal lead with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.