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Senators must work on holding leads

Wednesday, 09.23.2009 / 3:00 AM / 2009-2010 Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

OTTAWA SENATORS
2008-09 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2008-09 Points 83
(11th eAst/22ND NHL)
Change from 2007-08 -11
Home Points 51
(9th eAst/18th NHL)
Away Points 32
(13th eAst/26th NHL)
Advantage Margin            -7
The Senators had 15 more power plays than their opponents at Scotiabank Place, but gave up 22 more away from home. The 188 advantages they allowed on the road were in the top 10 in the League.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        -23
The Senators struggled offensively while playing 5-on-5 -- their 128 goals scored while playing at full strength was 26th in the NHL -- and they allowed a League-high 13 empty-net goals.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin        +5
The Senators' power play was much better at home (22.5 percent to 16.3), while the penalty-killers were better away from Scotiabank Place (82.4 percent to 80.4). Ottawa was also among the League leaders with five shorthanded goals on the road.

Goals by defensemen            31
The Senators got a boost on the blue line when Chris Campoli arrived from the Islanders in a late-season trade; he scored five times in only 25 games. No Ottawa defenseman had more than six goals.

Overtime Record
Total: 7-5-6 (OT: 3-5, SO: 4-6)

The Senators were worst in the East and next-to-last in the NHL in winning on the road when the game went past regulation. Ottawa won just once in five tries, losing twice in overtime without a victory and going 1-2 in shootouts.
   
Times Scored First
46 (Record: 27-12-7)
       
The Senators were tied for second in the NHL in scoring first, but didn't make the most of their opportunities -- their 19 losses (regulation and OT/shootout combined) matched Tampa Bay for the most in the NHL.

Best 08-09 Number             10-5-0

Ottawa's record in March under new coach Cory Clouston. March was the only month in which the Senators won more than half their games. They were under .500 from October through January, then sandwiched records of 6-5-3 in February and 3-2-1 in April around their strong showing in March.

Worst 08-09 Number          213
Non-shootout goals scored by the Senators in 2008-09, a drop of 43 from the previous season and the fewest in a full season since 1997-98. Much of that can be attributed to reduced production from the top line of Jason Spezza (32), Daniel Alfredsson (24) and Dany Heatley (39) -- whose 95 goals were a drop of 20 from '07-08.
   
Scheduling
Ottawa has a chance to get off to a good start, with stretches of six in seven home games in October and nine of 10 in November. There's also a five-game homestand in December-January, but the Senators end with 11 of 16 on the road.


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