While most have been writing off the Sens to win the playoff series against the Penguins, there are some stats that show Ottawa has a chance.
For example, Ottawa won the season series. They won three of four games, losing the other one in a shootout.
Here’s how each game played out:
Game 1: Nov. 23, Pittsburgh wins 6-5 in a shootout. Fleury let in two goals on the first four shots in the game before being pulled. Alfredsson had three assists. Spezza has two goals, Heatley had one. McGratton played 1 minute, 36 seconds.
Game 2: Dec. 13, Ottawa wins 4-1. Spezza had two goals, Heatley had the other two. McGratton played 11 seconds.
Game 3: Feb. 23, Ottawa wins 4-3 in overtime. Ottawa was down 3-0 in the second period before coming back. Heatley had two goals, Alfredsson scored in overtime with four seconds left. McGratton had 44 seconds of ice time.
Game 4: March 1, Ottawa wins 5-4. Alfie scores two goals, Heatley gets another. McGratton doesn’t play.
What do we learn? Besides the fact McGratton barely takes the ice, this team goes by the top line of Alfie, Spezza and Heatley. Not including shootout goals, those three had 13 of 18 against the Pens. And Alfie is supposed to be injured for this series.
Also interesting to note: Crosby had one assist in the first game, none in the second and missed the last two games due to injuries.
Can the rest of the Sens players step it up? Can Heatley and Spezza carry the whole team? Can Pittsburgh (who also lost in five games to the Sens last spring) find a way to win four games?
Time will tell.