Silver Nuggets: What's the main issue plaguing the Ottawa Senators?

If you watched the entire Senators - Red Wings game last night, you should have witnessed the thing that pisses coaches off the most: inconsistent play. The Senators started the game strong, but their play started to fall off and led to a number of poor penalties. It took until the third period, when the Red Wings were up three goals, for the Senators to start to carry play, but I think that may have to do with the fact that the Red Wings could take their foot off the gas. It's been shown that when teams are up a number of goals in the third period, they usually hold back, and that made the game closer than it should have been.

What I'm here to ask all of you is centered around the reasons for the Senators inconsistent play. Is it personnel (players aren't talented enough)? Player usage? The high-event system that Paul MacLean likes to play? Is it due to strong opponents?

Let me know what you think in the poll and the comments below, and I'll choose some thoughts to expand on for Friday.


Sens Links

Sports Links

  • In case you missed the tragic news, longtime Leafs coach Pat Quinn and Russian hockey legend Viktor Tikhonov passed away yesterday. Sarah wrote a piece on Quinn, and Nick Cotsonika wrote a column on both Quinn and Tikhonov. [Silver Seven, Yahoo! Quinn, Yahoo! Tikhonov]
  • Here's Yost on the efficiency of the Jets penalty killers. [TSN]
  • The absolutely fantastic Jo Innes has more on the blood clot injury that's plaguing Pascal Dupuis. [Sporting News]
  • Scott Cullen has a weekly post focusing on statistical facts with respect to hockey called "Statistically Speaking" [TSN]


Thanks for reading!

Why are the Senators inconsistent this season?

This happens to every team13
The players aren't talented enough (personnel)71
The players aren't being used properly (usage)61
It's a result of Paul MacLean's system15
It's because the Senators are facing tough opponents2

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