Ottawa at the Seventy-Game Mark

The Sens are now seventy-games into the season (for the previous ten-game segment go link).  Ottawa went 6-3-1, earning 13 points (a 5 point increase from their previous ten games).  They are 2nd in their division (unchanged), 7th in the conference (unchanged), and 12th in the overall standings (down from 11th).  They are 4th in goals for (up from 5th), 26th in goals against (up from 28th), 6th in powerplay percentage (up from 13th), 15th on the penalty kill (up from 17th).  They are 11th in 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio (1.04), up from 11th; they are 17th in the league in faceoffs (down from 15th); they are 29th in shots allowed (up from 30th) and 9th in shots-for (unchanged).

Here’s a quick snapshot of player’s stats over the last ten games, although with TOI and faceoffs I’ve simply indicated if the numbers have changed significantly (INJ=games missed due to injury, SCR=scratched):
Erik Karlsson 10-8-8-16 +5 TOI 25:10
Milan Michalek 10-7-5-12 +5 TOI 19:26
Jason Spezza 10-4-6-10 +6 TOI 19:46 FO% 53.7
Nick Foligno
10-2-6-8 +5 TOI 14:40
Chris Neil 10-2-5-7 +6 TOI 13:10
Kyle Turris 10-3-3-6 +1 TOI 16:38 FO% 46.7 (FO increasing)
Daniel Alfredsson
10-2-4-6 Even TOI 18:44
Filip Kuba 10-0-5-5 +5 TOI 23:45
Sergei Gonchar 10-1-3-4 +3 TOI 22:15
Jim O’Brien 9-1-2-3 +7 TOI 11:42 FO% 48.9 (TOI increasing, FO decreasing) INJ 1
Colin Greening
10-1-2-3 Even TOI 15:28
Erik Condra
10-1-2-3 -1 TOI 14:23
Jared Cowen 10-1-1-2 +3 TOI 19:23
Chris Phillips
10-2-0-2 +4 TOI 18:46
Brian Lee 3-0-1-1 +2 (traded)
Rob Klinkhammer 4-0-1-1 +2 TOI 14:48 (4-1-2-3 -1 AHL)
Matt Gilroy 6-0-1-1 +1 TOI 17:32 (4-1-1-2 Even NHL) (acquired from Tampa)
Zack Smith
9-1-0-1 -1 TOI 14:25 FO% 48.3 (TOI dropping) SCR 1
Bobby Butler
7-0-0-0 +1 TOI 11:35 SCR 3
Kaspars Daugavins 7-0-0-0 Even TOI 11:28 SCR 3
Zenon Konopka 4-0-0-0 Even TOI 7:48 FO% 59.1 SCR 6
Matt Carkner 1-0-0-0 -1 TOI 12:15 SCR 9
Jesse Winchester (injured)
Peter Regin (injured)
Robin Lehner 2-2-0 2.01 .935 (1-2-0 AHL)
Ben Bishop 2-0-1 2.27 .926 (3-2-0 AHL) (acquired from St. Louis)
Craig Anderson 2-0-0 2.85 .913 (GAA and SV improved) INJ 8
Alex Auld 0-1-0 3.35 .884 (GAA declined, SV improved)

It was a dominant stretch for Karlsson, who lead the team in goals, assists, and points.  Jim O’Brien lead the team in plus/minus (slightly ahead of Jason Spezza and Chris Neil) while Erik Condra and Zack Smith were the only regulars in the minus category at -1.  Both Bobby Butler and Kaspars Daugavins had no points and Matt Carkner dressed for only a single game.  Alex Auld played his way onto the bench and (presumably) pressbox once Craig Anderson returns from injury.  Robin Lehner performed very well during his call-up, but his mixed play continues in Binghamton.  The fact that the team hasn’t missed either Jesse Winchester or Peter Regin doesn’t bode well for their futures, and the same can be said of regular scratches Zenon Konopka and Carkner.

Senators News: March 11th

Paul MacLean talked about last night’s loss, “I’m a little bit disappointed in their last goal and that there wasn’t a penalty called on (Foligno). I thought it was a slew-foot (on Gonchar) that led to an opportunity for him to get the puck. We had the lead with less than six minutes to go and they had to make a play, that in my mind is disappointing that ends up tying the game. What I was told by the closest referee was that (Gonchar) got outmuscled. It was a battle play … It ends up being a good forecheck.”

Kurt Kleinendorst was not happy with Binghamton’s performance last night, “But rather than overreact, let’s just wait and see how it goes (next week). But was I thrilled with the way that some of us performed? No. No, not at all. But what are you going to do? We are who we are, and it is what it is. As a coach, you don’t like to be standing behind the bench when it’s six-to-nothing, obviously. We don’t like to lose, and you don’t want to be there. But, when it’s six-to-nothing, I love it … because you see who your character guys are. You really see your team. Jack [Downing] was probably our best forward. He was honest all night long, so I’m not surprised. Bartlett was good tonight; he got a little more ice time. And Corey Cowick, same thing. In the third period, we’re playing three lines, so they all got a lot of ice time. They got an opportunity, and they made the most of it, so good for them.”

-Sens prospects Jeff Costello and Bryce Aneloski‘s seasons are over, each completing their second year in the NCAA.

-Just a minor note about Capgeek, the best online source for NHL contracts and cap information.  There is an error in Robin Lehner‘s listing on Ottawa’s chart (link), where it’s set to make it look like this is his rookie year.  He is, of course, finishing the second year of his ELC.