I've been saying it for a while but the Sens have sacrificied a lot of offense this season for a few reasons :
- Mac probably wanted to cut the goals against this year and have the team to play better defensively. He knows he has the goaltending to do so.
- Spezza's injury, you have to adjust when you lose your main offense motor for an extended period
- Karlsson's injury, you have to adjust when you lose your other major offense motor for an extended period
- Others injuries didn't help as well (Michalek, they had some hope that Latendresse was going to be heatlhy and contribute offensively, same with Regin, couldn't have Cowen's offensive progression...)
Even healthy, I doubt the Sens would have finished top-5 in goals scored this year (maybe more around 10-12th) but would have improved a lot for goals against (vs 24th last year)
Under the circumstances, it's more than understandable that they want to be involved in low scoring tight checking games. That way, they can win games 2-1 and 3-2 instead of losing 6-4 or 5-3
On that note, I really feel like the reason Ottawa lost in Philly yesterday is because they got suckered into playing their old risky offensive style at times. Especially the d-men, who were responsible for a ton of ill-timed pinches.
Think J. Schultz regrets not signing with the Sens?
He would be on the top pairing right now with a team in the thick of it.
I think so. Oilers have a lot of young talent, but it doesn't appear like anyone is steering the ship. They're starting to look more like the Islanders every day. It's a shame so much young talent is being wasted on those two teams.