Erik Karlsson's been the straw stirring the drink for the Ottawa Senators, powering the Senators' blue line to a league-high 154 points. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
154 - Points scored by Ottawa Senators defencemen, which is the most any NHL team has received from the blue line so far this season.
Leading the way for the Senators is obviously Erik Karlsson, with 57P (12G, 45A). The team's point totals include 29G and 125A, with five defencemen with 14P or more: Karlsson, Sergei Gonchar (2G, 29A), Filip Kuba (5G, 17A), Chris Phillips (3G, 13A), and Jared Cowen (4G, 10A).
The next closest team to the Senators in points from the blue line are, unsurprisingly, the Vancouver Canucks, with 136P (30G, 106A) and led by Alexander Edler's 39-point (7G, 32A) season. Surprisingly high, though, are the Toronto Maple Leafs, who come in third with 132P, driven in large part by Dion Phaneuf's strong 34-point (9G, 25A) season. Rounding out the top five are the Nashville Predators (125P) and the Detroit Red Wings (122P).
At the bottom of the standings? The Minnesota Wild, who've received just 68P from their defenders. Not surprisingly, they're near the bottom of the league (29th overall) in goals scored this season. The New Jersey Devils have just 78P from the blue line, and the New York Islanders have 79P.
When Bryan Murray signed Sergei Gonchar the summer before last, he said it was because he wanted his defence to generate offence, not just prevent it. There's no doubt that Ottawa's blue line is providing more than their fair share of points.