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Examining the Ottawa Senators numbers

Sunday, 09.16.2007 / 10:00 AM / Season Preview

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Senators Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster


Advantage Margin:
+9
The Senators had 10 more chances than the opposition at home, one less on the road. But their power play was much better away from home (18.8 percent, 7th) than at Scotiabank Place (17.1, 21st).

Even-Strength Goals Margin: +54
No one can accuse the “Big Three” of Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson of running up their offensive totals only on the power play. Heatley (30) was tied for second in even-strength goals and tied for third in points. Spezza and Alfredsson each had 20 even-strength goals and were in the top 20 in points. 

Special Teams Goal Margin: +16
For the second-straight season, the Senators were terrors when killing penalties. Their total of 17 shorthanded goals was down from 25 in 2005-06, but still left them tied with Montreal for the league lead.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 105
(5th East / 9th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 -8
Home Points 53
(5th East / 13th NHL)
Road Points 52
(2nd East / 3rd NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 50
No Ottawa defenseman had more than eight goals — but six had either seven or eight, and four had 35 to 38 points. Though the Senators lost Zdeno Chara’s 16 goals from 2005-06, their defense still finished third in the NHL in goals.

Goals by forwards: 236
The Senators got 113 goals from Heatley (50), Spezza (34) and Alfredsson (29), but Mike Fisher was the only other player to reach 20 as a Senator. The departure of Mike Comrie means more is needed from Antoine Vermette (19) and Chris Kelly (15).

Overtime Record: 4-3-6 (OT: 2-3, SO: 2-6)
Fans in Ottawa rarely had to worry about staying late: The Senators had only four home games that didn’t end in regulation, the lowest total in the League, The bad part: They were just 1-1-2 in those four games.

Times Scored First/Record: 48 (Record: 36-8-4)
The Senators were tied with Florida for the most first-goal games at home (26), and went 21-4-1 in those games. They were also one of only five teams to get the first goal in more than half of their road games.

Best 06-07 Number: 38-12
Ottawa's record in games decided by more than one goal, the best percentage in the NHL (.760). They were a league-best 24-6 (.800) in games decided by three or more goals, and 14-6 (.700) in two-goal games — helped by a 12-4 margin in empty-net goals.

Worst 06-07 Number: 22
Losses by the Senators in one-goal games. The Senators were consistent in close games — they were 5-11 both at home and on the road.

Scheduling:
The Senators open in Toronto again, then play eight of their next 11 games at home. They have 16 of their first 25 at home before their first long (five-game) trip in December. Their nastiest stretch comes in late February, when a four-game West Coast swing is included in a stretch of 8 of 10 games away from home.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Senators Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

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