There are some records better left unbroken. Not in the “they’re too holy to even consider touching” kind of way. In more of the “that poor, poor guy” sort of way. That was the case for Robin Lehner last night as the Ottawa Senators somehow managed to lose to the New York Islanders on a night when their goalie made 53 saves in regulation.
That’s a franchise record, albeit not the kind that the goalie likely wanted to set.
It was the third time this season that the Senators have allowed 50 or more shots in a game, and the defensive posture on this squad is comically awful. While they get plenty of points from their blue line, thus far no one has found a way to be an anchor for the Senators on the blue line.
Robin Lehner has faced 50 shots three times in his young career. That’s more than all other goalies in Sens franchise history combined.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) November 2, 2013
They’ve flushed countless strong goaltending efforts down the tubes with their lack of commitment to the two-way aspects of the game, and don’t have the offensive fire power to try and win 5-4 hockey games every night.
Who does Ottawa think it is? They 2006 Washington Capitals?
Nothing seems to be working for the Senators. They lines were shaken and stirred heading into the contest against the Islanders, yet nothing seemed to click. Again.
The time is coming for drastic changes in Ottawa. We’re talking about stars getting benched, trades being made and maybe even a change behind the bench.
Whatever is going on in Ottawa, it’s not working and something has to change quickly, lest this team sink too far out of playoff contention to recover.