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Senators spent a lot of time killing penalties

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

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Advantage Margin -52


Despite having one of the NHL's best offenses (and arguably its best line), the Senators allowed 12 more power plays than they earned at home -- and 40 more on the road.

OTTAWA SENATORS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 94
(7th east/13th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 -11
Home Points 48
(7th east/16th NHL)
Away Points 46
(5th east/8th NHL)
Even-Strength Goals Margin +16        

Ottawa scored a League-leading 164 goals while playing 5-on-5. The top line of Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley had 172 points at even strength.
    
Special Teams Goal Margin 0

Ottawa's penalty-killers allowed 72 goals, more than all but three teams. But they at least partially redeemed themselves by scoring a League-high 18 shorthanded goals.

Goals by defensemen 37

The Senators let Wade Redden (6-32-38) leave as a free agent -- but kept Andrej Mezsaros (9-27-36), who's going to be relied on for more offense.

Overtime Record             Total: 6-3-5 | OT: 3-3 | SO: 3-5

Ottawa goaltenders were not shootout stars. They stopped just 19 of 31 tries, a below-average .613 save percentage. At home, they were just 11 of 19, a .579 percentage.
    
Times Scored First 47 | Record 34-7-6        

The way to beat the Senators was to get the jump on them. Ottawa won just nine times when the opposition scored first. The Senators were 18-2-4 at home when getting the first goal.

Best 07-08 Number 115

Goals scored by the Senators' “Pizza Line” of Spezza (34) between Alfredsson (40) and Heatley (41) in 227 games. Alfredsson missed 12 games, Heatley missed 11 and Spezza was sidelined for six.

Worst 07-08 Number 10-13-1

Ottawa's combined record on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. The Senators were 33-18-7 on the other four days of the week.
    
Scheduling

The Senators open with two games against Pittsburgh in Sweden, then play their next five games at home. But the Senators won't have time for any holiday cheer at home: They open an eight-game trip in Philadelphia on Dec. 23, then head to Western Canada for three games in four nights before coming back East for four more.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose



Quote of the Day

We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff