The Ottawa Senators have little time to think about their disappointing western road trip as they get right back at it with a final meeting against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday.
The Senators returned home from the three-game trip with just two of a possible six points and find themselves sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference.
With 79 points the Senators don't have a lot of room to breathe as both Philadelphia and Montreal, with 76 points, are moving in quickly.
"We know we don't have a playoff spot right now," said Mike fisher. "We've got to play like we're fighting for our lives and that every win counts because a lot of teams are winning games and it's so tight."
Senators coach Cory Clouston talked about the team's need to play with a greater sense of urgency. Clouston couldn't help but wonder if maybe the team got a little comfortable after building a cushion when they won 14 of 16 games.
"We were playing like we had something to lose," said Clouston. "I'm not sure if we relaxed a bit, but we've got to start treating these games like playoff games. No one's panicking, we know we're a good team, we've just got to get back to playing our game."
Fisher agrees with Clouston's assessment and says it's imperative the team comes together.
"We need everyone going," said Fisher. "Hard work and success is contagious. We need to be better and consistent as a group, offensively we haven't played as well as we need to."
Since returning from the Olympic break the Senators have scored just eight goals in their last six games, while having allowed 17.
"We're having a lot of trouble scoring," said Clouston. "Can't just signal one guy out and say he's playing poorly. We win as a team, we lose as a team."
The Senators will be looking for a win Tuesday night as they still see a chance to catch the Buffalo Sabres for the lead in the Northeast Division.