After their game at the Wells Fargo Centre, the team is now 4-4-1 against teams who are below .500., and 4-5-3 against teams above .500. This would suggest they are about average, and this is reflected in their overall record of 8-9-4. What’s interesting is the fact that some fans think the team is playing horrible hockey, yet, they have not lost by more than 3 goals to a team above .500. Their two worst losses of the season to above .500 teams were not by more than 3 goals, 4-1 to the Ducks, and 5-2 to the Sharks, respectively. In another 6 games against teams who have won more than 50 per cent of their games, the team has lost by only one goal.
In addition, they have beat Boston, who currently leads the Atlantic, and Detroit, scoring a total of 10 goals and allowing only 3 in those two games. The rest of the games have been solid wins, or straight up ugly for the Senators.
We’ve seen a team who can man-handle powerhouses, and a team that gets ripped apart by playoff longshots. So, which is it?
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Sens 3 Flyers 1 (5-10-1) – (Nov. 12)
Sens 2 Bruins 4 (10-5-1) (Nov. 15)
Sens 4 Blue Jackets 2 (6-10-0) (Nov. 17)
Sens 4 Blue Jackets 3 (6-10-0) – (Nov. 5) | Result: Sens 4 Blue Jackets 1
Sens 1 Canadiens 3 (8-8-1) (Nov. 7) | Result: Sens 4 Canadiens 1
Sens 4 Panthers 3 (3-10-4) (Nov. 9) | Result: Sens 3 Panthers 2
Prediction record: 10-6 (Week: 2-1)
News: Erik Karlsson leads all league defencemen with 18 points (6 G, 12 A). Bobby Ryan is tied for 9th in league scoring (9 G, 10 A) with 4 other players. He is tied for 12th in goals with 3 other players. Craig Anderson is expected to return Tuesday v.s. the Flyers.
IN THE STANDINGS:
Ottawa (7-6-4) – 5th in Atlantic (6 points behind division leading Lightning, 4 points behind the Maple Leafs) – 2nd in East wild card race
The Ottawa Senators made some progress in the standings when they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Canadian Tire Centre Thursday.
“That’s essentially a four-point game,” Bobby Ryan said post-game. “It does close that gap and we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole here on home ice, so, to take care of our home ice [and] win two points, takes us steps closer to where we need to be.”
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