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NHL 2013-14: Optimistic Ottawa Senators stroll on with Ryan, without Alfredsson

The Senators have been one of the best kept secrets in the NHL the last two seasons. They qualified for the postseason both times, they advanced to the second round last season, and they won 65 regular-season games over that span.

But the word's out on this team now. And in a tough division — the newly redefined Atlantic — equaling that success is going to be a chore.

Indeed, among others, Toronto, Boston, Montreal and Detroit are division mates with the Senators this season. All of those clubs made the postseason, and the Bruins even advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.