Ottawa hoping to regain urgency

Intensity has been a problem for the team that many predict will be playing for the Stanley Cup in June.

Updated: November 13, 2003, 1:22 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Expectations are so high in Ottawa that only a near-perfect start would satisfy fans and observers of the Senators this season. The Senators have been anything but perfect, however, and concern might grow into a panic if the team doesn't turn things around soon.

A 5-3 victory at Atlanta on Tuesday night that ended a five-game winless streak was a good start for Ottawa's attempt to climb out of the Northeast Division cellar. At 6-4-2-1, the Senators are tied with Montreal for 10th in the Eastern Conference and hardly have looked like the team that dominated the 2002-03 regular season.

Martin Havlat
Martin Havlat has paid the price for the time he missed.
"We've worked harder in the last three games, for sure," Senators defenseman Wade Redden told The Ottawa Citizen. "We're playing a little better positionally, we're a little more intense and it was a sharper game (Tuesday) when you look at everything at the end of the night. It's a confidence thing. It's good to get that feeling back, but we're not out of the woods yet."