Senators' power play has been embarrassingly bad
Ottawa's power play has been dreadful this postseason. If they can't get it going with the man advantage, their magical run to the conference finals could be over faster than you can say "all even."
The Senators are just six-for-52 (11.5 percent) with the man advantage in the postseason, including an active run of 25 straight power plays without a goal. Only the eliminated Rangers and Blues posted worse power-play percentages in the playoffs.
It's not even the fact that they're not scoring with man advantage, it's that they simply can't get anything going. They've only recorded 46 shots on goal during their 52 power plays, per Corsica.Hockey.
Frankly, that is unacceptable. There's no reason a team should be averaging fewer than one shot per power-play opportunity - especially one good enough to be in the Eastern Conference Final.
Not only has the quantity of shots been poor, but so has the quality. Heading into Friday's game, they'd only generated 20 scoring chances for in 48 opportunities. None of the remaining teams have recorded fewer scoring chances, and Ottawa has received more power plays than anybody.
Since the Sens play such a defensive style of hockey, they can't afford to be this bad with the man advantage. They struggle generating offense as it is.
The best course of action would be to simplify everything. Get more traffic in front and throw everything on net. It doesn't have to be the big slapper. Wristers about a foot off the ice will do just fine.
The power play will certainly be a focal point at Ottawa's next practice, so it will be interesting to see if head coach Guy Boucher does anything to shake it up.