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Gameday Five: Senators vs. Canadiens - Round 1, Game 5

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Facing another elimination game in Montreal for Game 5, we review 5 stat-based storylines from this series that could have an impact tonight.

1. Save Percentage

Coming in to the series, a large focus was placed on goaltending and as each game passes, goals are starting to come at a premium. Scoring has decreased by exactly 2 goals in each of the 4 games to date and that's almost entirely due to the strong play in each team's net.

Craig Anderson currently leads the playoffs in save percentage with a whopping .974% in the 2 games he's played while Carey Price (4 GP) sits 4th.

  1. Craig Anderson (OTT) - .974
  2. Ryan Miller (VAN) - .972
  3. Scott Darling (CHI) - .950
  4. Carey Price (MTL) - .946
  5. Braden Holtby (WSH) - .945

Here's a look at Andy's biggest save of the playoffs so far...

2. Powerplay Time

It's no secret that Ottawa has been the more penalized team in this series but how does that translate into actual powerplay time? Well, Montreal has spent the 3rd most time during the post-season on the powerplay at 29:33 through 4 games for an average of 7:23/game. Compare that to Ottawa and it's over 10 minutes less at just 19 minutes of time on the man advantage which crunches down to an average of 4:45/game.

So on average, Montreal has been spending an additional 2:38 on the powerplay per game in this series. One of the positive factors for the Sens however is their 3 powerplay goals compared to Montreal's 1, meaning that those successful powerplays actually resulted in slightly less powerplay time...and it's not bad for the scoreboard either...

3. TOI/game Forwards

We took a look at time on ice a couple of games ago and to no one's surprise, we learned that Erik Karlsson plays a lot of minutes. Instead of reconfirming that, I thought it might be interesting to see which forwards are leading their teams in average TOI per game and here's how that shakes out...

Ottawa Senators

  1. Kyle Turris - 20:22
  2. Mark Stone 19:16
  3. Erik Condra - 18:37
  4. Milan Michalek- 16:35
  5. Clarke MacArthur - 16:31

Montreal Canadiens

  1. Tomas Plekanec - 20:50
  2. Max Pacioretty - 20:35
  3. Brendan Gallagher - 18:34
  4. Alex Galchenyuk - 17:22
  5. David Desharnais - 17:03

As their team's top centres, it's not crazy to see Turris and Plekanec lead the way but it is neat to see how the next 4 rank. Condra at #3 for the Sens is pretty much entirely based on his ridiculous penalty killing in this series as he's seen nearly 4 minutes of shorthanded ice time per game.

4. Goals by period

That second period, right? That's something we've heard a lot about as the Senators looked for ways to get back into this series.

But how do the goals breakdown by period?

Ottawa Senators

  • 1ST PERIOD - 3
  • 2ND PERIOD - 2
  • 3RD PERIOD - 2
  • OVERTIME - 0

Montreal Canadiens

  • 1ST PERIOD - 0
  • 2ND PERIOD - 6
  • 3RD PERIOD - 1
  • OVERTIME - 2

What jumps out right away is that Montreal has yet to score in the first period. 6 of their 9 goals so far have come in the second period and they have more overtime goals than first and third period tallies combined. Obviously, they had zero goals in ANY period last game so that's a pretty great improvement but given their proficiency in the second frame this series (especially at home) it's still a very real concern for the Sens.

5. Hits by defenceman

We looked at TOI/game for just forwards so I wanted to shine the light on the defencemen in this series as well. There have been some massive hits by defenders through 4 games so I thought I'd breakdown who exactly is leading the way...

Ottawa Senators

  1. Mark Borowiecki - 20
  2. Marc Methot - 16
  3. Erik Karlsson - 12
  4. Cody Ceci - 8
  5. Eric Gryba - 7
  6. Patrick Wiercioch - 5

Montreal Canadiens

  1. Jeff Petry - 15
  2. Alexei Emelin - 14
  3. P.K. Subban - 9
  4. Tom Gilbert - 6
  5. Andrei Markov - 6
  6. Greg Pateryn - 5

Game 5 is set for tonight with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. in Montreal and for more info on tonight's game, check out the Game Preview here.

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