Senators are making a nice living off OT games

One of the reasons it’s difficult for teams to make up ground in the standings is three-point games.
Consider the Senators. With Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Devils, five of their last six games were three-point games.
So while they got nine points from those games (four wins and an overtime loss), they gave up six, including five to Eastern Conference teams.
That makes climbing in the standings an inch-by-inch proposition.
Not that these points are anything to sneer at.
The Senators now have an overtime record of 8-5, meaning they’ve got 13 points just by forcing games to overtime, and another eight by eventually winning, for 21 of their 45 points.
“Every night is going to be close, especially this month when we’re on the road,” said Alfredsson.
“We’re not going to catch any team by surprise at this point and we’re going to have to scratch and claw to get points.
“But we’re not afraid to do that. We might not have the depth that other teams have, but when we play together, we’re tough to beat.”
After Thursday’s game here against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Senators will play 10 of their next 12 games on the road.
The plus is that they’ll have light travel months in February (four games) and March (six games).
INJURY UPDATE: The Senators were given a day off on Tuesday so there wasn’t an update on Sergei Gonchar (head), Chris Phillips (upper body), Jesse Winchester (concussion), and Peter Regin (shoulder).
The team will be back on the ice today.

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