Win-loss records and division standings don't always tell the whole story.
For example, take the Ottawa Senators, who have bottomed out in last place during entire 2021 season and are tied with the woeful Buffalo Sabres for most losses (25) among the NHL's 31 teams.
Ottawa has one lone Stanley Cup appearance in their 28-year existance. They haven't won a division title since 2005. And they're destined to finish where most experts predicted they would – last among the seven Canadian teams that make up the reconfigured North Division.
However, the Senators do not resemble a hopeless team with a losing mentality. In fact, Ottawa has become one of the most intriguing teams in the NHL and is certainly one of the interesting bottom-dwelling teams in all of pro sports.
Here are three good reasons why the Ottawa Senators are fun team to watch and deserving of more respect than they're getting from fans and bettors:
REASON #1: Ottawa is a scrappy, fighting team
The Senators have been underdogs in all but one game this season (the exception was way back on Jan. 19, when Ottawa was listed at -110 vs. Winnipeg). However, they've played close to break-even hockey most of the way for those who have bet on them. They've also lost 10 games one goal. Ottawa may be in last place, but they're a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of return-on-investment. The Senators' ROI is -4,38 percent, ranking 17th in the NHL. By the way, Montreal is among the worst ROI teams for bettors. The Candiens ROI is -22.32 percent.
REASON #2: Ottawa has scored at least one goal in every game this season
Here's a surprising stat: What is the only NHL team that has NOT been shut out so far this season? Y
You guessed it – Ottawa! The Senators are the only NHL team in the 2021 regular season that has found the net in every game. That's incredible. Sounds like the opportunity for a good bar bet. Only real hockey insiders will know this outlier stat.
REASON #3: Connor Brown
He shoots, he scores! Again! Connor Brown just set the Ottawa franchise record for most consecutive games to score a goal. With another puck in the net on Monday night, an upset 4-2 win versus Winnipeg, his streak is currently at 8 games – and counting. Look for the Senators to feed Brown the puck at every opportunity in order to generate some enthusiasm on the ice in a season that's otherwise not had many high points.
Brown, who played his first four seasons as a Maple Leaf, is currently in this third year with the Senators. With the streak at 8, he'll have to double that feat through April 28th (8 more games) to reach the NHL record for most consecutive games with a goal, which stands at 16. That record has stood for 100 years and was set by Punch Broadbent in the 1921-22 season. Oh, and guess who "Punch" played for? The Ottawa Senators! (Note: That was the original Ottawa Senators 1883-1935; the modern franchise began play in 1992)
Now, Connor Brown 100 years later...it's destiny!