As every NHL workforce is eradicated from playoff rivalry — both mathematically or by shedding within the postseason — we’ll check out why its quest for the Stanley Cup fell quick in 2018-19, together with three keys to its offseason, influence prospects for 2019-20, and a way-too-early prediction on what 2019-20 will maintain.
What went mistaken
Every little thing. OK, almost all the pieces.
The season started with the commerce of star defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks forward of his pending free company this summer time. Whereas the return was seen as paltry on the time, it did deliver again Chris Tierney (who set a brand new profession excessive in factors this season) and younger defenseman Dylan DeMelo. However after a quick flirtation with rivalry — the Senators have been a .500 workforce for the primary two months of the season — their season ended up within the basement after a 5-15-1 stretch from mid-December by means of February. There may be, let’s say, stop on this workforce: By means of 69 video games, the Senators have been 5-22-1 when trailing after the primary interval.