Ottawa Senators at the 40-Game Mark

Ottawa has reached the 40-game mark and it’s time to take stock and see how the team has performed.  The Sens went 4-6-0 (here’s the previous ten games) which puts them 6th in the conference and drops them to 4th in their division.  The team’s 99 goals is tied for twelfth in the conference while their 89 goals against remains second.  Ottawa’s powerplay fell to 16th overall (18.0%); and their penalty killing remains 2nd overall (88.1%).  The Sens dropped to the 4th most penalized team in the league; they also dropped to the 14th best team in terms of 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio (1.02).

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

Mika Zibanejad 10-0-9-9 +3 TOI 13:28
Jakob Silfverberg 10-1-5-6 -1 TOI 16:19
Marc Methot 10-1-5-6 +6 TOI 22:28
Colin Greening 10-4-1-5 +3 TOI 14:38
Kyle Turris
 10-0-5-5 -1 TOI 19:40
Daniel Alfredsson
10-4-0-4 -3 TOI 19:21
Cory Conacher
10-3-1-4 +1 TOI 14:25
Guillaume Latendresse 10-3-0-3 -5 TOI 15:33
Eric Gryba 10-2-1-3 +5 TOI 21:18
Patrick Wiercioch 10-0-3-3 Even TOI 15:40
Chris Neil 10-0-3-3 +1 TOI 14:18
Andre Benoit 7-2-0-2 -4 TOI 16:21 SCR 3
Zack Smith 10-1-1-2 -2 TOI 15:27
Chris Phillips 10-1-1-2 -8 TOI 21:24
Sergei Gonchar 10-0-2-2 -5 TOI 24:05
Jean Gabriel-Pageau 1-0-1-1 +1 TOI 11:17 [AHL 8-0-2-2]
Mike Lundin 4-0-1-1 -1 TOI 15:30 SCR 6
Erik Condra 10-0-1-1 -1 TOI 13:20
Jim O’Brien 3-0-0-0 -1 TOI 11:25 SCR 3 INJ 4
Mike Hoffman 3-0-0-0 -1 TOI 12:19 [AHL 3-1-3-4] INJ 4
Peter Regin 6-0-0-0 -2 TOI 11:31 SCR 4
Matt Kassian 10-0-0-0 -1 TOI 5:56
Jason Spezza (injured)
Erik Karlsson (injured)
Milan Michalek (injured)
Jared Cowen (injured)

Robin Lehner 2-3-0 2.22 .936
Craig Anderson 0-2-0 1.62 .946
Ben Bishop 2-1-0 2.56 .923

The Sens suffered through their longest losing streak of the season and continue to struggle to put the puck in the net.  It was an awful patch for Chris Phillips who easily led the team as a minus.  On the positive side Marc Methot was a monster offensively and defensively, while the Swedish rookies (Zibanejad and Silfverberg) lead the way offensively.  Turris continues to struggle with scoring droughts, while Gryba seems to have turned the corner in adjusting to the NHL.  Hoffman was solid in his call-up, as was his subsequent replacement Pageau.  Both O’Brien and Regin struggled while Kassian remains inexplicably in the lineup; I’m still waiting for Conacher to break out.  On the whole, given the injury situation the losing streak is something fans should have expected at some point this season and hopefully this will be the only one.  The struggles on the road ought to ring warning bells for anyone who expects Ottawa to make a run in the playoffs.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)



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