ESPN.com - It's funny how taking away the pressure from an NHL team can really bring out the best.
The bottom five teams in the Eastern Conference have only the faintest of odds to make a run at the postseason. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders are all but mathematically eliminated from the postseason. But their combined records over their past five games are 16-6-3.
It's Chris Campoli who has been the real find for Ottawa, though. Since coming over in a trade with the Islanders, Campoli has eight points in 11 games. He may seem unappealing because he is minus-19 for the season, but remember he was minus-20 when he left the Isles, so he is actually plus-1 as a Senator.
Chris Campoli may have a long way to go before his defensive game is up to par, but no one can doubt his offensive instinct. Every game there are at least two - three times where he jumps into the rush, and puts himself into a good scoring position. He will be scary once he gets his timing and hands up to speed with his instincts. Hopefully he can mature into something more than a number 5 defenseman, which is all I would currently pencil him in for.