Ottawa Senators, Canadian expert ice hockey group situated in Ottawa that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Senators have won one Eastern Conference title (2007).
The Senators made their presentation as an extension group in 1992, taking their epithet from Ottawa's status as the seat of the Canadian national government and from a previous hockey group situated in the city that won the Stanley Cup multiple times somewhere in the range of 1903 and 1927. The most current emphasis of the Senators started with four straight last-place divisional completions. In the 1996–97 season, behind the play of right winger Daniel Alfredsson and focus Alexi Yashin, Ottawa made its first excursion to the play-offs, where it lost in the opening round to the Buffalo Sabers. The accompanying season the Senators earned the most minimal seed in the Eastern Conference play-offs, in which they upset the top-seeded New Jersey Devils in six recreations to gather the first postseason arrangement win in establishment history. In 1998–99 Ottawa won its first division title, yet the Sabers wiped out the group in the opening round of the play-offs. The 1998–99 season was the start of a seven-year range in which the Senators caught four division titles just to then lose to a lower-seeded group in the play-offs.
Driven by the overwhelming line of Alfredsson, left winger Dany Heatley, and focus Jason Spezza, the Senators scored their tenth back to back play-off billet after the 2006–07 season. In that postseason Ottawa soundly vanquished the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils, and the Buffalo Sabers on the way to the group's first appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, where the Senators lost to the Anaheim Ducks in five recreations. Ottawa's postseason streak finished in 2008–09, yet the Senators came back to the play-offs the next year. During the principal half of the 2010s, the group posted a string of reasonable for average records with intermittent play-off capabilities, failing to advance past the second round of the postseason. Ottawa broke out in 2016–17 when the group, driven by star defenseman Erik Karlsson, progressed toward the Eastern Conference finals, where the Senators lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in twofold additional time of game seven. The breakout was confined to only one season, notwithstanding, as the group won 16 less recreations in 2017–18 and completed well outside of play-off dispute.