Robin Lehner has been under siege in every game he’s started this year for the Ottawa Senators. During his last outing, Lehner made 53 saves against the New York Islanders, yet the Sens still couldn’t get him enough offensive support to earn the victory. It was the third time in this young season that Ottawa had given up more than 50 shots in a game, and Lehner has set a rather startling record for the franchise.
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
The Senators need to be better all around. They need to score more for Lehner and they need to not give up 50 shots on goal. No team in the NHL is giving up as many shots on average as the Sens: their goalies are seeing 38.5 shots a game, and it’s nearly impossible to win hockey games like that when the offense isn’t producing some radical numbers.
Ottawa’s average of three goals per game just hasn’t been getting the job done, and they need to tighten up in their own end if they want to start grabbing some points. They’ve sunk to sixth place in the Atlantic Division, and are 4-6-4 on the year. They’d be in much worse shape in the standings if not for some outstanding goaltending and a few OT/shootout losses, but for now they’re hanging tough.
A game against the not-so-overpowered Columbus Blue Jackets could be exactly what this team needs to get back on track.