The Ottawa Senators enter this season as an incumbent playoff team after having fast-tracked a turnaround from a 13th-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2010-11 to nab the eighth spot in the East last spring.

But unexpected performances can sometimes lead to unreasonably heightened expectations, and they also mean the Senators will not be sneaking up on any opponents this season.

How the Senators deal with that newfound status is among the six questions this club faces as it prepares for the 2012-13 season.


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