Thankfully for the Ottawa Senators they’ve somehow managed to survive the bad math equation to start the season.
Before Thursday’s games the Senators had been short-handed more per game than any other NHL team forced to try and kill off 16 minor penalties in only three games.
They’ve done a lousy job of dealing with those short-handed situations too yielding four goals a success rate of 75 per cent which ranked 21st in the league. Those numbers also don’t include the game-winning overtime goal scored by Jeff Carter in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles a shot that hit the net just as a penalty to Clarke MacArthur expired spoiling a spirited Senators comeback from a 3-0 first period deficit.
Yet for all that the Senators have escaped with at least a point in every game so far — a 1-0-2 record which could easily be an awful lot worse.
No wonder Senators coach Paul MacLean says there’s plenty of work to be done in advance of Saturday’s game against the San Jose Sharks. The Sha...