Stats don't lie for horrible Senators

TREVOR BUNKE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:21 PM ET

If it’s the little things that add up, then it’s easy to see why the Senators are having such a miserable season.

Besides the obvious lack of offence, poor defensive play and shoddy goaltending, there many other areas that scream out how awful the Senators have been.

While nobody expects their team to be leading each statistical category, fans should at least be able to see a glimmer of hope. From the Senators, there is little.

The only categories where Ottawa has a player in the top 10 is in hits (Chris Neil, ninth with 171) and faceoff percentage (Jason Spezza, ninth at 56.8%).

After that, things are simply abysmal (All stats are as of Feb. 15).

Dan Girardi of the Rangers leads the NHL with 164 blocked shots. You’d have to go all the way to 49th to find your first Senator — Chris Phillips, with 96. After that, it’s Sergei Gonchar, 77th with 82.

As a team, Ottawa has 1,153 hits, 26th overall. The Rangers lead with 1,645.

While Neil cracks the top 10 with 171 hits, it’s a far cry from leader Cal Clutterbuck’s 255 with the Wild. Phillips is the next Senator after Neil in 136th spot with 86 hits.

As a team, Ottawa has blocked 727 shots, 25th overall. The Thrashers lead with 955.

When it comes to shooting percentage, Daniel Alfredsson’s 14.6% leads the Senators, but his average is only better than seven other teams’ leaders.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, as per usual, is tops in shots with 261. He’s followed by Toronto’s Phil Kessel (243) and Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien (242). Ottawa’s leader is Milan Michalek with 124, which ranks him 125th.

As a matter of fact, every team in the NHL has a player with 200 shots or on pace for 200 shots ... except for the Senators. Michalek is on pace for 178.

Even the departed Mike Fisher was on pace for less than 190 when Ottawa dealt him to the Predators.

Rookies don’t often make or break a team’s season, but it’s interesting to note that of all the teams who have had a freshman play in more than half their games, Ottawa’s Zack Smith is the lowest-ranked scorer with six points in 30 games.

The Senators’ 129 goals scored are the second fewest and the 190 they’ve allowed the third most.

Horrible minus

Their minus-61 goal differential is the worst in the league.

The next worst is Edmonton at minus-53.

And then there’s plus/minus. There are 837 skaters who have hit the ice in the NHL this season. Erik Karlsson, Filip Kuba and Phillips are ranked 835th, 836th and 837th, respectively, at minus-25, minus-25 and minus-27.

It can’t get much worse than that.


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