The Ottawa Senators have seen a problem developing in the past few weeks. They keep losing past regulation, which is a rising concern for a few reasons.
The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 3-2 in a shootout.
In this stage of the Senators rebuild, the plan is to lose a significant amount of games, and sprinkle in here and there a nice win to keep the fans and players engaged. But there is absolutely no reason to keep making past regulation then promptly lose in overtime or in this case, a shootout.
Both of Ottawa’s goals came on with the man advantage, which is a good sign of things to come, as the Senators have turned it up a notch on the power play in recent games.
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They now sit at 30th in the league with a 14.5%. While that may not seem like much, remember just a few weeks ago they were sitting at dead last, with an abysmal percentage south of 10%.
The Senators were perfect on the penalty kill tonight, going 3/3. Penalty killing has always been a constant good portion of their play. They now rank 16th in the NHL, with an 80.1% efficiency rate when down a man.
The club currently sits at 28th in the league in the standings, and they seem primed for a nice pick or two come June and the draft. They could even end up with two picks in the top five if lottery luck is on their side, as they own San Jose’s first pick, from the Erik Karlsson trade.
San Jose is 27th league wide, and it doesn’t look like their improving any time soon.
Drake Batherson scored tonight, while only his second goal of the season he’s showing some real signs of becoming more comfortable at the NHL level at each passing game.