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Club History - 1996-97

1996-97 was the Ottawa Senators' best season in team history. The club recorded a total of 77 points (31-36-15), a .470 winning percentage, and set club records for wins, ties and points both at home and on the road in a season. Ottawa also posted its best ever conference placing (7th) and played in its first Stanley Cup playoff series taking the Buffalo Sabres to overtime in the final game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series

MONTH BY MONTH

On a month by month basis, the Senators were most successful in April with a .714 winning percentage (5-2-0), and recorded their toughest month in December at .375 (4-7-1). They also had winning months in October (3-3-4, .500) and February (6-5-3, .536).

FIRST AND SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE

After the first 41 games, the Senators had 32 points from their 12 wins and 8 ties. This was just 9 points shy of the team record for points in a season, 41, reached by the 1995-96 team. At the mid-way point of the 1996-97 season, the Senators had a winning percentage of .390 - tied for 24th overall with Los Angeles and the New York Islanders, and tied for 12th spot with the Islanders in the Eastern Conference.

The second half for the Senators saw them record 45 points, winning 19 times, tying 7 and losing 15 games for a .549 winning percentage. In winning percentage and points, Ottawa jumped from the 24th position in the first half to tied for 7th place overall with Chicago in the final 41 games of the season, and within the Eastern Conference the Senators moved from 12th to 3rd behind New Jersey (.646) and Philadelphia (.597).

DIVISIONAL CONFRONTATION

The Senators recorded winning records against three of the four divisions. Within the Eastern Conference, Ottawa had a .500 winning percentage (12-12-4) against the Northeast, and .518 against the Atlantic teams. Versus the Western Conference teams, Ottawa was most successful against the Central Division, recording a .500 winning percentage, but had a tough time against the Pacific division (.286, 2-8-4).

AT HOME AND ON THE ROAD

The Senators finished the season with a .488 winning percentage (16-17-8) at home and a .451 winning percentage (15-19-7) on the road. Ottawa started out the season with a 6-game undefeated streak at home (3-0-3), wrapped up the season winning its last four games at home, and went undefeated in their last five (4-0-1). Ottawa's most successful streak on the road (4 undefeated games) came in March with three wins and a tie from March 10 (at Montreal) to 22 (at Boston).

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Senators' penalty killing ranked 20th overall for the season with a 81.9% kill rate (48 goals on 256 attempts). Ottawa was 11th overall in power-plays, scoring on 16.7% of their opportunities (56 goals on 336 attempts). Ottawa also scored 9 short-handed goals (tied for 16th) during the 1996-97 season. The Senators won the NHL's Duracell Power-Play Award for the month of December with a 26.7% success rate (12 of 45).

TEAM COMPETITIVENESS

Ottawa was one of the toughest teams in the league when going into the third period with a lead. In the 29 games the Senators took a lead into the final 20 minutes they were undefeated, winning 24 times and tying 5 others. When Ottawa scored first in a game, they won 67.2% of the time (19-8-5), and when they took a lead into the second period, they won 68.0% of the time (15-6-4).

OVERTIME

Ottawa finished the season with a 0-2-15 overtime record. While the Senators took one point in 15 of the games, they suffered losses to only Anaheim (4-4 on Dec. 30) and the Rangers (4-3 on Mar. 14).

NHL WEEKLY AND MONTHLY AWARDS

Two Senator players received NHL honours this season. Goalkeeper Ron Tugnutt was named NHL player of the Week for April 7-13 and Player of Month for April. Defenceman Wade Redden was chosen Rookie of the Month for April.

NEW ACQUISITIONS

The Senators made two acquisitions during the 1996-97 season. On November 27, Ottawa acquired defenceman Christer Olsson from St. Louis for the rights to Pavel Demitra. At the trading deadline, March 18, Ottawa obtained forward Mike Prokopec from Chicago for forward Denis Chasse, the rights to junior defenceman Kevin Bolibruck and Ottawa's 6th pick in the 1998 draft.

RECORDS BROKEN

Most wins (31) ... Most ties (15) ... Most points (77) ...Most home wins (16) ...Most home ties (15) ... Most home points (40) ... Most road wins (15) ... Most road ties (7) ... Most road points (37) ... Less shots against, game (14) ... Most goals (Yashin, 35)

1996 ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS
RD.   PLAYER            OVERALL
-------------------------------
1     PHILLIPS, CHRIS         1
4     NEIMI, ANTTI-JUSSI     81
6     DACKELL, ANDREAS      136
7     HARDY, FRANCOIS       163
8     GOLDMANN, E.          212
9     CIERNIK, IVAN         216
9     SALO, SAMMI           239
WESTERN CONFERENCE/CENTRAL
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
DALLAS        82  48  26   8  252  198  104   .634
DETROIT       82  38  26  18  253  197   94   .573
PHOENIX       82  38  37   7  240  243   83   .506
ST. LOUIS     82  36  35  11  236  239   83   .506
CHICAGO       82  34  35  13  223  210   81   .494
TORONTO       82  30  44   8  230  273   68   .415
WESTERN CONFERENCE/PACIFIC
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
COLORADO      82  49  24   9  277  205  107   .652
ANAHEIM       82  36  33  13  245  233   85   .518
EDMONTON      82  36  37   9  252  247   81   .494
VANCOUVER     82  35  40   7  257  273   77   .470
CALGARY       82  32  41   9  214  239   73   .445
LOS ANGELES   82  28  43  11  214  268   67   .409
SAN JOSE      82  27  47   8  211  278   62   .378
EASTERN CONFERENCE/NORTHEAST
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
BUFFALO       82  40  30  12  237  208   92   .561
PITTSBURGH    82  38  36   8  285  280   84   .512
OTTAWA        82  31  36  15  226  234   77   .470
MONTREAL      82  31  36  15  249  276   77   .470
HARTFORD      82  32  39  11  226  256   75   .457
BOSTON        82  26  47   9  234  300   61   .372
EASTERN CONFERENCE/ATLANTIC
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
NEW JERSEY    82  45  23  14  231  182  104   .634
PHILADELPHIA  82  45  24  13  274  217  103   .628
FLORIDA       82  35  28  19  221  201   89   .543
NY RANGERS    82  38  34  10  258  231   86   .524
WASHINGTON    82  33  40   9  214  231   75   .457
NY ISLANDERS  82  29  41  12  240  250   70   .427
TAMPA BAY     82  32  40  10  217  247   74   .451
STANDINGS BY CONFERENCE/EASTERN CONFERENCE
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
NEW JERSEY    82  45  23  14  231  182  104   .634
PHILADELPHIA  82  45  24  13  274  217  103   .628
BUFFALO       82  40  30  12  237  208   92   .561
FLORIDA       82  35  28  19  221  201   89   .543
NY RANGERS    82  38  34  10  258  231   86   .524
PITTSBURGH    82  38  36   8  285  280   84   .512
OTTAWA        82  31  36  15  226  234   77   .470
MONTREAL      82  31  36  15  249  276   77   .470
HARTFORD      82  32  39  11  226  256   75   .457
WASHINGTON    82  33  40   9  214  231   75   .457
TAMPA BAY     82  32  40  10  217  247   74   .451
NY ISLANDERS  82  29  41  12  240  250   70   .427
BOSTON        82  26  47   9  234  300   61   .372
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
COLORADO      82  49  24   9  277  205  107   .652
DALLAS        82  48  26   8  252  198  104   .634
DETROIT       82  38  26  18  253  197   94   .573
ANAHEIM       82  36  33  13  245  233   85   .518
PHOENIX       82  38  37   7  240  243   83   .506
ST. LOUIS     82  36  35  11  236  239   83   .506
EDMONTON      82  36  37   9  252  247   81   .494
CHICAGO       82  34  35  13  223  210   81   .494
VANCOUVER     82  35  40   7  257  273   77   .470
CALGARY       82  32  41   9  214  239   73   .445
TORONTO       82  30  44   8  230  273   68   .415
LOS ANGELES   82  28  43  11  214  268   67   .409
SAN JOSE      82  27  47   8  211  278   62   .378
OVERALL STANDINGS
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
COLORADO      82  49  24   9  277  205  107   .652
DALLAS        82  48  26   8  252  198  104   .634
NEW JERSEY    82  45  23  14  231  182  104   .634
PHILADELPHIA  82  45  24  13  274  217  103   .628
DETROIT       82  38  26  18  253  197   94   .573
BUFFALO       82  40  30  12  237  208   92   .561
FLORIDA       82  35  28  19  221  201   89   .543
NY RANGERS    82  38  34  10  258  231   86   .524
ANAHEIM       82  36  33  13  245  233   85   .518
PITTSBURGH    82  38  36   8  285  280   84   .512
PHOENIX       82  38  37   7  240  243   83   .506
ST. LOUIS     82  36  35  11  236  239   83   .506
EDMONTON      82  36  37   9  252  247   81   .494
CHICAGO       82  34  35  13  223  210   81   .494
OTTAWA        82  31  36  15  226  234   77   .470
MONTREAL      82  31  36  15  249  276   77   .470
VANCOUVER     82  35  40   7  257  273   77   .470
HARTFORD      82  32  39  11  226  256   75   .457
WASHINGTON    82  33  40   9  214  231   75   .457
TAMPA BAY     82  32  40  10  217  247   74   .451
CALGARY       82  32  41   9  214  239   73   .445
NY ISLANDERS  82  29  41  12  240  250   70   .427
TORONTO       82  30  44   8  230  273   68   .415
LOS ANGELES   82  28  43  11  214  268   67   .409
SAN JOSE      82  27  47   8  211  278   62   .378
BOSTON        82  26  47   9  234  300   61   .372
PLAYER STATISTICS
NO PLAYER            TEAM   GP    G    A  PTS   +/-  PIM   PP   SH   GW   GT    S  PCTG
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
19 ALEXEI YASHIN      OTT   82   35   40   75    7-   44   10    0    5    1  291  12.0
11 DANIEL ALFREDSSON  OTT   76   24   47   71    5    30   11    1    1    2  247   9.7
91 ALEXANDRE DAIGLE   OTT   82   26   25   51   33-   33    4    0    5    2  203  12.8
28 STEVE DUCHENSE     OTT   78   19   28   47    9-   38   10    2    3    0  208   9.1
 7 RANDY CUNNEYWORTH  OTT   76   12   24   36    7-   99    6    0    3    0  115  10.4
10 ANDREAS DACKELL    OTT   79   12   19   31    6-    8    2    0    3    0   79  15.2
15 SHAWN MCEACHERN    OTT   65   11   20   31    5-   18    0    1    2    0  150   7.3
 6 WADE REDDEN        OTT   82    6   24   30    1    41    2    0    1    0  102   5.9
16 SERGEI ZHOLTOK     OTT   57   12   16   28    2    19    5    0    0    0   96  12.5
17 TOM CHORSKE        OTT   68   18    8   26    1-   16    1    1    1    0  116  15.5
22 SHAUN VAN ALLEN    OTT   80   11   14   25    8-   35    1    1    2    0  123   8.9
25 BRUCE GARDINER     OTT   67   11   10   21    4    49    0    1    2    2   94  11.7
33 JASON YORK         OTT   75    4   17   21    8-   67    1    0    0    0  121   3.3
27 JANNE LAUKKANEN    OTT   76    3   18   21   14-   76    2    0    0    0  109   2.8
42 DENNY LAMBERT      OTT   80    4   16   20    4-  217    0    0    1    0   58   6.9
76 RADEK BONK         OTT   53    5   13   18    4-   14    0    1    0    1   82   6.1
2  LANCE PITLICK      OTT   66    5    5   10    2    91    0    0    1    0   54   9.3
38 JASON ZENT         OTT   22    3    3    6    5     9    0    0    0    0   20  15.0
23 CHRISTER OLSSON    OTT   30    2    4    6    4-   10    1    0    0    0   26   7.7
20 DENIS CHASSE       OTT   22    1    4    5    3    19    0    0    0    0   12   8.3
 3 FRANK MUSIL        OTT   57    0    5    5    6    58    0    0    0    0   24    .0
14 DAVE HANNAN        OTT   34    2    2    4    1-    8    0    1    1    0   16  12.5
 1 DAMIAN RHODES      OTT   50    0    2    2    0     2    0    0    0    0    0    .0
29 PHIL VONSTEFENELLI OTT    6    0    1    1    3-    7    0    0    0    0    2    .0
21 DENNIS VIAL        OTT   11    0    1    1    0    25    0    0    0    0    4    .0
44 RADIM BICANEK      OTT   21    0    1    1    4-    8    0    0    0    0   27    .0
26 PHIL CROWE         OTT   26    0    1    1    0    30    0    0    0    0    8    .0
31 RON TUGNUTT        OTT   37    0    1    1    0     0    0    0    0    0    0    .0
35 MIKE BALES         OTT    1    0    0    0    1     0    0    0    0    0    0    .0
 4 SEAN HILL          OTT    5    0    0    0    1     4    0    0    0    0    9    .0
94 STAN NECKAR        OTT    5    0    0    0    2     2    0    0    0    0    3    .0
GOALKEEPERS
NO   PLAYER          GP  MINS    AVG   W  L   T  EN  SO   GA  SHOTS   SV%
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 1   DAMIAN RHODES   50  2934   2.72  14  20 14   2   1  133  1213   .890
31   RON TUGNUTT     37  1991   2.80  17  15  1   2   3   93   882   .895
35   MIKE BALES       1    52   4.62   0   1  0   0   0    4    18   .778
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OTTAWA TOTAL         82  5001   2.81  31  36 15   4   4  234  2117   .889
   

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06