With just seven games to go in the regular season, the Ottawa Senators sit in 28th in the NHL. The bottom five teams are entered into a lottery which the percentages weighted based on where each team finished the regular season.
The problem right now is the Sens are moving up, while the teams above them continue to falter. Here's a look at the draft lottery teams and the remaining games for each. At first glance, it appears as though Ottawa may have the easiest road of the bottom five teams. They play three of their next four games against teams outside of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Panthers currently sit just one point ahead of Ottawa, and close out with five of their last seven against playoff teams and a pivotal game against the Sens still to come. The road ahead isn't much easier for the 26th placed Islanders.
If you are looking for a silver lining in this, it's the fact that one of the players the Sens scouts are highest on- Ryan Strome, is projected to go outside of the top four selections.
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