- The Sens team defense is the worst in the league, as measured by the number of shots given up per game (30th in the league).
- Their goaltending is good, but not good enough to overcome the defensive weaknesses; on too many nights they are also missing "that save".
- Contrary to popular belief, our scoring depth is pretty good. We have 6 players with 30+ and Zibanejad (29) is about to join that company. Washington is the only other team in the league close (5 at 30+ and another at 28). We've really been missing contributions from Turris and Stone (Turris' injury and Ston'e suspension before that being contributing factors) but putting the puck in the net has not been a problem before injuries. I guess you can argue that we are missing depth, in general.
- Contrary to another popular belief, the Sens are not an undisciplined team. They are 22nd in the league in minor penalties taken (and tied for 25th with just 2 bench minors -- the Ghosts of Clouston Past have left the building). However they are 6th in times short-handed, which likely means more of their penalties are the lazy ones (hooking, tripping, holding) and not the aggressive ones (roughing, where many times both payers end up in the box). Combined with the league's worst defense and lack of timely saves, and the PK is an issue for this team.
- Despite being 7th best in goals scored (and they were top-five before the injuries) the PP is average at best, sitting at 15th overall. They have zero 5-on-3 and 4-on-3 goals in 5 opportunities. Is it the personnel? The PP coach? The head coach? Certainly makes you wonder when Smith/Lazar are out there on PP1 and Hoffman/Prince are left on the bench.
- Despite having more money than he would ever need, Melnyk only paid 10% when he bough the Sens, financing the rest. He then lost most of his money and, as a result, the team is operating at a loss due to the heavy debt load. He says he won't sell the team but stranger things have happened. The founder of Cirque de Soleil has more money than he would ever need, and is proposing to use some of that money to develop Le Breton Flats, including adding an NHL arena. If he wins the bid, will Melnyk stubbornly continue to play out in Kanata? Will he go back on his word and arrange a lease? Will he sell the team? Will that fix the Senators? Probably, but not likely in time for 3PM Sunday afternoon.
So, how do we fix the Senators? With Turris injured we are down to 4 legit top-six forwards (and that's counting Stone, who is in a horrible slump both defensively and offensively), yet a top-six forward is what it will take to land a top-four defenseman. Do we try to add some scoring depth? Are you willing to give up Chabot or White to get some help now? I know I'm not. There's no help from Bingo, they have problems of their own. Can Cameron come to his senses and manage the lineup better (moving swapping Prince/Chiasson, paying Hoffman/Prince on the PP in favor of Smith/Lazar/Chiasson, sitting Neil, playing Wideman instead of right-side-Boro).
We have until tomorrow to fix this team.
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