The end boards at Canadian Tire Centre took another pounding Saturday. Especially those behind the Oilers net. If it seems like the Senators are off target a lot it’s because that is indeed the case. No team in the NHL has missed the cage more than Ottawa. Another 19 erratic attempts in a 3-1 loss to Edmonton brought the season total to 87. The Oilers were charged with three missed shots during the matinee affair. “We’re trying to make a conscious effort to shoot the puck” said Jason Spezza. “I missed the net way too many times and (so did) other guys.” In fact Spezza only had two misses. Patrick Wiercioch led the team with four Marc Methot had three. Milan Michalek Cory Conacher and Erik Karlsson were wide or high twice. That wasn’t the only problem with their shooting. They had another 16 pucks blocked by Oilers. So while the final shots on goal were 36-21 for the Senators they sent 71 shots toward the net while the Oilers pulled the trigger just 29 times. The 71-29 discrepancy gives you an idea of which end the puck was at most of the day anyway. “We had a lot of attempts” said coach Paul MacLean. “At least we’re shooting the puck. We had the puck to shoot it. Hitting the net is something that … we’re not trying to miss the net.” The Senators need to get more traffic in front. They need people to cash rebounds. But they also need to shoot straighter because quite often the rebound from a puck that hits the end boards just doesn’t make it out front.
Senators could use some target practice
Ottawa Sun | Oct 20