Silver Nuggets: Senators third period by the numbers
After the Senators won yet another game that they trailed, let's take a look at some third period statistics:
- Ottawa has outscored their opponents 61-51 in the third period. The 61 goals scored are the most in the league but the 51 allowed are the fourth highest.
- Ottawa has won six of their 20 games when trailing after two periods (6-13-1). That is winning 30% of the games when trailing after two. Columbus has won 11 of their 41 games in total, which is a 27% winning percentage. Anaheim's 12 wins in 40 games is also at a 30% rate.
- In addition to the six wins when trailing after two, Ottawa has three more wins when trailing at some point in the third for a total of nine wins while trailing in the third period.
- The nine wins were while trailing Minnesota (3-1 with 13:47 left), Columbus (3-2 with 0:36 left), New York (4-1 with 10:42 left), Winnipeg (4-3 with 17:19 left), Tampa Bay (2-1 with 16:25 left), Buffalo (2-1 with 12:33 left), Calgary (3-2 with 15:32 left), New Jersey (2-0 with 18:39 left), Philadelphia (4-2 with 16:49 left).
- As can be seen above, four of the wins were while trailing by two goals or more in the third period. On top of that, the Calgary win was only a one goal deficit in the third but it was 3-0 in the second period.
- That's all good, but the Sens record of 9-1-1 when leading after two periods is only 19th in the league. They also lost two more games that they led in the third (but not after two periods) in Dallas and in Philadelphia. That's a total of four blown leads in the third period where they picked up only 2 out of 8 points.
General Sens News
- Game recap. (Silver Seven, Broad Street Hockey, Ottawa Sun, Senators Extra)
- On even strength, Erik Karlsson was on the ice for 14 Ottawa scoring chances last night and 3 Philadelphia chances. When Karlsson wasn't on the ice, Philadelphia had 14 chances and Ottawa had 6. (The 6th Sens)
- There has been some recent talk of Erik Karlsson winning the Norris Trophy. Jared Crozier asks if Erik Karlsson should also be considered for the Hart Trophy. Karlsson isn't the best player in the world, but is he the most valuable to his team? (SenShot)
- Karlsson hasn't heard of Norm MacIver before. Currently on pace to smash MacIver's club record for points by a defenceman, Karlsson is keeping his feet on the ground for now. Don Brennan suggested to Karlsson before the season that he could get 70 points, and Karlsson laughed. Brennan reminded him of that. (Ottawa Sun)
- Check out this video of members of the Toronto Blue Jays meeting the Ottawa Senators in the locker room after the game. Jason Spezza seems pretty happy but that's the only Toronto sports jersey he will wear. (Ottawa Senators)
- Playoff probability update: 56.8% at SportsClubStats and 67% at PlayoffStatus.
- Jaromir Jagr on the Erik Karlsson goal: "He poked-checked it, and all of a sudden it's a three on one. I don't know where our defence went." Ha! Funny Jaromir! (Philly.com)
- Craig Anderson was third star of the week after going 3-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .929 save percentage. (TSN)
- Can the Senators afford to trade Filip Kuba? Ian Mendes mentions the message that would be sent to the players by trading away a player logging so much ice time in the middle of a playoff race, but he also raises another good point. What would it mean for Erik Karlsson's development? Karlsson and Kuba have had terrific chemistry. (Sportsnet)