The Winnipeg Jets dropped their home opener to these same Ottawa Senators; a 4-1 debacle which no doubt last left a residual taste in their mouth, one which they will hope to cleanse with some payback this afternoon.
As part of our gameday coverage, we had a few questions relating to the Senators before puck-drop later this afternoon.
With that, here's Peter Raaymakers of Silver Seven in today's instalment of Gameday Questionnaire:
1. Last year the Ottawa Senators defied expectations which culminated in a 2012 Playoff appeareance. This year, they've picked up where the left off, currently boasting one of the NHL's best records. What has Paul MacLean instilled in this line-up to make them so successful in such a short timeframe?
The first biggest change that Paul MacLean brought in, as was pointed out by a lot of the players and management, was communication. Maybe not the amount of communication, but the quality of it. Former coach Cory Clouston was, by all accounts, a taskmaster who was always on the job and expected the same from his players. It looked like MacLean's friendlier demeanour worked a bit better in getting the players in line.
Aside for that, MacLean's instituted a very high-tempo system that's received the support of team leadership, and that's helped out significantly. It's tailor-made for a guy like Erik Karlsson, who's making things go for Ottawa right now.
2. Granted the sample size has been small, does Kyle Turris have what it takes to become an elite forward in this league?
I think it's still too early to say elite, but Turris definitely has the makings of a very good player for the Sens. He'll probably never be the kind of playmaker that Jason Spezza is, but he has been a terrific number two guys so far and it's possible that under Spezza's wing he could become more. He's still got a few things to learn, though, and his production since Spezza went on IR is proof of that.
3. Describe the impact Daniel Alfredsson's had on Senators fans over his 15-year career.
Daniel Alfredsson basically is the Senators, there's not much more to say than that. There were times when the relationship was strained, but right now he can do no wrong in this city, and he's going to be remembered for a long time.