Here's the good news: The Ottawa Senators aren't as bad as the 3-0 score indicates.
Here's the bad news: It's going to take a lot of games for the young players on the team to adjust and put home their chances and turn them into wins.
Early in the game, the callups from Binghamton--Derek Grant, Dave Dziurzynski, and Eric Gryba, were all on the ice for their first shift when Maple Leafs fourth-liner Frazier McLaren put home a rebound past thinly-veiled Sens Hero Craig Anderson, but head coach Paul MacLean threw them right back on the ice. What else could he do? There's literally no one else to play.
Luckily, the Sens carried the play for much of the rest of the game from that point on, but were unable to solve Leafs backup Ben Scrivens. Scrivens faced 19 shots in the second period alone, but the problem was that the volume of shots did not correlate to quality scoring chances. What constitutes a scoring chance in the AHL doesn't cut it in the NHL, and that's what Ottawa's young players have to learn in the remainder of this season.
Punchless Senators lose to Maple Leafs 3-0
Silver Seven | Feb 17