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The halfway point

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens officially hit the halfway point of their season recently so we're taking a look back at 10 impressive stats that really stand out from the first 41 games.

1. Erik Karlsson's points

It's nothing new to see the captain's name all over the scoresheet but his numbers continue to increase. So far this season, Karlsson sits at 45 points which not only leads all defenseman but is good for 4th in the league in scoring. His 36 assists (20 of which are primary) places him 2nd in the league behind only Patrick Kane.

2. Jean-Gabriel Pageau's shorties

The Sens have had their share of struggles on the penalty kill through the first 41 games this season but they've proven they can provide some offense while shorthanded. Ottawa is currently tied with Montreal for the league lead in shorthanded goals with 8 and Jean-Gabriel Pageau has notched 4 all by himself.

3. Bobby Ryan's shootout goals

So far this season the Sens have gone to the shootout 7 times (2nd most in the league behind Toronto) and Bobby Ryan has scored in 5 of them which has him tied for the most in the league with Brandon Pirri of the Florida Panthers. His conversion rate in the shootout sits at a very impressive 83.3% (5 for 6) which is especially high when you factor in how nice the goals are. For example...

4. Craig Anderson's saves

Andy has been a workhorse this season and started 15 consecutive games for the Sens from November 14th to December 14th. He seems to be thriving with the extra workload though as he currently leads the league in shots against (1,089) and saves (999). Andy also sits 10th in the NHL with 17 wins so far this year.

5. Mike Hoffman's goals

Hoffman buried his team-leading 20th goal of the season this past weekend against the Washington Capitals which is good for 8th in the league. That number jumps up a bit when you factor in his usage as well, as the sophomore has a Goals/60 of 1.68 which is the 5th highest among skaters with more than 25 games played this season.

6. Mark Stone's takeaways

Stone tied for the league-lead in takeaways last season with then Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly with 98 steals but is on pace to obliterate that number this season. Through 43 games this season, Stone has been credited with 69 takeaways, good for most in the league by a significant margin. Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes is 2nd on that list with 44...TWENTY-FIVE BEHIND MARK STONE. Think about that while you watch this...

7. Erik Karlsson's time on ice

If Craig Anderson is the team's workhorse, I guess that makes Karlsson the engine (that's supposed to not make sense). He routinely plays the full two minutes on power plays and logs a boatload of time in the new 3-on-3 overtime format. He currently averages 28:35 per game which is tops in the league and his average of 4:48/game on the power play is behind only Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes for tops in the league. He's even logging an average of 1:06/game on the penalty kill.

8. Mark Borowiecki's hits

Borowiecki has been both quality and quantity this season when it comes to throwing his weight around and has distributed the 2nd most hits in the league this season with 190 in 43 games played. Only Matt Martin of the New York Islanders has more with 203. Boro's hits can be found throughout our Vine channel too, for example...

9. Kyle Turris' faceoffs

It may be going slightly unnoticed by the Sens #1 centre has made some significant improvements in the face-off dot. Turris has won a total of 441 draws so far this season (11th most in the league) and has a win percentage of 51.7% which has him on pace for a new career high in that category. Turris has also been incredibly efficient on power play face-offs as well and has won 82 draws while on the man advantage, 7th most in the NHL this year.

10. Firsts

Three Senators scored their first career NHL goals during the first half of this season and we thought highlighting each of them would be a good way to end this list. Enjoy...

Chris Wideman:

Shane Prince:

Max McCormick:

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