Ottawa Senators: An Early Season Look at PDO, Corsi, and the Sens’ Hot Start

October 25th, 2014 by Sean Tierney Leave a reply »

The Ottawa Senators have started the NHL season strong with a 4-1-0 record, grabbing fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. This start is impressive for two reasons.

First, the Senators have only played five games, fewer than any other team in the East.

Second, the record is surprising because the Senators have been an atrocious puck-possession team. 

Let's take a look at the hot start in Ottawa, the Sens' PDO, and early-season Corsi stars and duds.


PDO and Corsi: The Senators Start the Year with Luck

Despite the four-game winning streak, the Ottawa Senators have sputtered at the start of the season. With a number of inexperienced skaters taking regular turns, such as Mike Hoffman, Curtis Lazar and Mark Stone, the team's puck possession has been spotty.

The Sens currently rank 28th in the NHL in Corsi For, with a CF percentage of 44.1. Even worse, 17 of the 19 Senators who have played this season are carrying a CF percentage below 50 percent.

So how have the Senators remained so competitive?


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