Blues face Senators team trying to avoid shakeup before trade deadline

OTTAWA — A week off helped the Ottawa Senators get back to health, but their playoff hopes remain on life support with the St. Louis Blues coming to town.

The Senators need to go on a run unlike any they’ve had to avoid a shakeup before the trade deadline, and they need to start with Thursday’s game against the Blues at Canadian Tire Centre.Even that might not get them into the playoffs, but it would at least show general manager Pierre Dorion there’s reason to keep the band together.The Senators (15-18-9) showed some fighting spirit before the break, winning three of five games and claiming seven of a possible 10 points. They also started gett...