NEELY wrote:I would love to know the # of games a defensive group misses on average each year. You can pretty much bet it's 40 or more just on injuries let alone other factors that come into play.
Well I can tell you exactly how many games the Sens defence corps played/missed last year:
Cowen - 82 games played
Karlsson - 81 games played (1 game missed)
Phillips - 80 games played (2 game missed)
Gonchar - 74 games played (8 game missed)
Kuba - 73 games played (9 game missed)
Lee - 35 games played
Carkner - 29 games played
Rundblad - 24 games played
Gilroy - 14 games played
Borowiecki - 2 games played
So the Sens didn't really have a true #6 - they interchanged more for what the player brought instead of necessity. But none of the guys outside the top 5 played cose to 50 let alone 60. As you can see, the team used 10 defenceman at least twice.
Only players in the top 6 that really missed any time due to injury/personal were Karlsson (1), Phillips (2), Gonchar (8) and Kuba (9).