Originally posted on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 3/7/14
With the stinging pain of back-to-back losses in Alberta fresh in their minds, many fans have bemoaned head coach Paul Maclean's ice time allocation. "Interesting" is a euphemism I'd use to describe his TOI distribution in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Flames. Others chose to word it differently. The main source of fans' disdain is the healthy ice time total Maclean awarded the line of Greening, Smith and Neil. Indeed, a look at Ottawa's players sorted by TOI reveals that Smith received the third-most ice time among forwards while Clarke MacArthur, the team's fourth best scorer, had the least. In many ways, Wednesday's game was the culmination of a trend that's been active since the beginning of the season.    For the most part, the tandem of Zack Smith and Chris Neil has been a constant since October. Neil's shared 81.7% of his time on ice with Smith. Colin Greening has split time between Smith's line and Spezza's, but seems to have settled into a left-wing spot alongside Smith in a more permanent fashion of late. The trio form the Senators' "energy line", a term I only ever use in jest. On the heels of a disappointing outing in which the line saw significant ice time, I decided to plot the trio's game-by-game TOI since the beginning of the season:
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