Senators News: February 7th; Binghamton 3, Adirondack 0

-Ottawa plays Carolina (4-4-0) tonight; the Canes are lead by Eric Staal (10 points) and backstopped by Cam Ward (2-3-0 3.43 .895).  Both Sergei Gonchar and Mike Lundin are expected to play, so Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Borowiecki will sit.

Daniel Alfredsson talked about Jakob Silfverberg‘s play:

He’s a guy that plays well in all situations, knows the defensive side and the offensive side of the game, and knows what it takes to win. He’s done that a couple of times now. I remember in Florida, same thing in the third period he goes down, blocks a shot and we get a breakaway out of it. He’s a really smart player to go along with his offensive instincts. I think he’s probably got one of the best shots in the league and if I was a kid, I’d definitely study the way he shoots the puck.

-Here’s my look at Ottawa at the 10-game mark.

-Binghamton defeated Adirondack 3-0 last night in a game I was unable to watch.  Robin Lehner made 29 saves for the shutout while Corey Cowick, Danny New, and Brett Lebda (empty-netter) provided the offense.  Here is the box score.

-Elmira defeated Reading 6-4 with Louie Caporusso picking up 3 points.  Marc Cheverie has been sent down to Elmira.

Brandon Dubinsky was fined the maximum $10,000 dollars for boarding Rob Scuderi; given Dubinsky‘s 4.2 million dollar salary is 0.2% of this years earnings (so if you made $30,000 a year it would cost you $71.42).  I know this is the maximum fine in the CBA, but to make a real statement the NHL would have suspended him for games, not asked him to cover a movie night for a few friends.

-Michael Grange has a story about how Colton Orr‘s weight was a major problem for him keeping up with the pace of the NHL because of how it interfered with his skating.  Orr is the kind of player Randy Carlyle likes, but Grange carefully does not delve into the general value of fighting or how (if) it impacts the outcomes of games (something that has been debunked repeatedly: here, here, here, etc).

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Ottawa Senators at the 10-Game Mark

Ottawa has reached the 10-game mark and it’s time to take stock and see how the team has performed.  The Sens went 6-3-1 which puts them 5th in the conference and 2nd in the division.  Their 29 goals for is tied for fourth in the conference and their 19 goals against is tied for second.  Ottawa has the 4th best powerplay (27.3%) despite being 29th in the league in powerplay time awarded; they have the 3rd best penalty killing (90.9%) while being the 9th most penalized team, and they have the 4th best 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio (1.50).

Player’s stats (INJ=games missed due to injury, SCR= scratched, SUS=suspended, AHL=games in the NHL):

Kyle Turris 10-4-5-9 +3 TOI 18:12
Erik Karlsson 10-4-4-8 +5 TOI 28:17
Milan Michalek 10-2-5-7 +4 TOI 18:16
Daniel Alfredsson 9-2-4-6 -2 TOI 17:37 INJ 1
Jason Spezza 5-2-3-5 +3 TOI 19:10 INJ 5
Chris Neil 10-3-1-4 +3 TOI 12:29
Sergei Gonchar 7-1-3-4 +1 TOI 23:56 INJ 3
Colin Greening 10-1-3-4 +4 TOI 14:19
Zack Smith 10-0-4-4 -1 TOI 13:45
Patrick Wiercioch 8-0-4-4 +2 TOI 14:19 SCR 2
Chris Phillips 10-3-0-3 -2 TOI 19:35
Jim O’Brien 10-3-0-3 Even TOI 11:49
Erik Condra 10-1-2-3 +3 TOI 13:08
Mika Zibanejad 5-1-2-3 Even TOI 12:02 [AHL 4-2-0-2 +3]
Marc Methot 10-0-3-3 +3 TOI 23:29
Andre Benoit 9-0-3-3 +2 TOI 15:25 SCR 1
Jakob Silfverberg 10-2-0-2 +3 TOI 14:26
Peter Regin 10-0-2-2 Even TOI 11:39
Guillaume Latendresse 6-0-1-1 +1 TOI 13:12 INJ 4
Kaspars Daugavins 4-0-1-1 -4 TOI 9:25 SCR 6
Mark Borowiecki 6-0-0-0 +1 TOI 12:59 SCR 4
Stephane Da Costa 1-0-0-0 Even TOI 6:56 [AHL 6-0-3-3 +1]

Craig Anderson 6-2-1 1.33 .956
Ben Bishop 0-1-0 5.00 .833

A number of things stand out: Anderson‘s ridiculous numbers; Karlsson leads the team in plus/minus while the rarely used (scratched most often) Daugavins is at the bottom of that category.  Peter Regin was awful offensively until the tenth game of the season and it will be interesting to see if the slump or the good game is the aberration.  Zibanejad has been more productive than Silfverberg in less action, but that’s not to say that Silfverberg has played poorly.  Among the AHL blueliners Benoit has played the most and Wiercioch has produced the most, which is what I’d expect.  Latendresse has been injured (as expected), but unproductive when he’s been in the lineup.  Methot has been largely as advertised; Phillips has the worst plus/minus among blueliners.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)