Team Recap: 9th-seeded ’19-’20 Ottawa Senators

The 9th-seeded '19-'20 Ottawa Senators

The 9th-seeded ’19-’20 Ottawa Senators

  • Clint Benedict (G)
    • 6 GP   6 GS   2-3-1   4.17 GAA   .888 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Georges Boucher (D)
    • 6 GP   3 G   5 A   8 P   +1*   27 S   1* GWG   25 PIM   3 Stars
  • Punch Broadbent (RW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   27 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Morley Bruce (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sprague Cleghorn (D)
    • 6 GP   2 G   5 A   7 P   +1*   23 S   0 GWG   29* PIM   1 Stars
  • Jack Darragh (RW)
    • 6 GP   4 G   7 A   11 P   -1   42 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   2 Stars
  • Cy Denneny (LW)
    • 6 GP   6* G   1 A   7 P   -4   29 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   4 Stars
  • Eddie Gerard (LW)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -1   10 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jack MacKell (RW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   4 S   0 GWG   9 PIM   0 Stars
  • Horace Merrill (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   1 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Frank Nighbor (C)
    • 6 GP   4 G   14* A   18* P   -3   97* S   0 GWG   4 PIM   8* Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 2-3-1
  • Goals Scored: 22
  • Goals/Game: 3.67
  • Goals Allowed: 26
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.33
  • Shots: 264
  • Shots Allowed: 224
  • Shots/Game: 44.0
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 37.3
  • # of PP’s: 15
  • PPG’s: 4
  • PP%: 26.7%
  • TSH: 18
  • PPGA: 4
  • PK%: 77.8%
  • Penalties in minutes: 85

The original Ottawa Senators were a model organization in the early years of ice hockey. They were a founding member of the National Hockey League and were members from 1917 to 1934. During that time, they won four Stanley Cups as members of the NHL. The ’19-’20 Ottawa Senators won one of those Cups and were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut. However, they were unable to win the franchises first series in the UNP.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Lost to 24th-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers in six games

The Senators posted an overall record of 19-5-0 under head coach Pete Green. Out of four teams in the league, they finished first in goals allowed, allowing 2.67 goals per game, while they finished second offensively, averaging 5.04 goals per game. Hockey Reference listed Ottawa’s schedule as the weakest among the four teams while Hockey Reference’s SRS listed them as the best team in the league. That SRS of 1.78 is very, very good and is by far the best for a season in Senators’ history. At the time, the NHL season was split into two halves and the team that finished with the best record in the first half would play the team with the best record in the second half for the NHL Championship. However, Ottawa won both halves, so they simply won the NHL Championship without playing a playoff game. The NHL Champion would then play the champion from the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA), which would be the Seattle Metropolitans, and the Senators would win the best-of-five series 3-2 to win the Stanley Cup.

Just so you know, eight of the 11 players for the ’19-’20 Senators are in the Hall of Fame. Anyway, Frank Nighbor was their best player that season as he led them in goals (26), assists (15) and points (41) in only 23 games. Jack Darragh was second behind Nighbor in all three categories with 22 goals, 14 assists and 36 points. Defenseman Sprague Cleghorn was about as nasty as it could get. He actually was charged with assault after on-ice incidents, twice, and there were multiple efforts to force him out of the league, ultimately, to no avail. Cleghorn, or “Peg,” led Ottawa in penalties in minutes with 85, in only 21 games, while fellow defenseman Georges Boucher was second with 55 PIM. In goal, Clint Benedict played all but two minutes for the Senators. During those two minutes, where Benedict was given a penalty, Darragh had to suit up and play goalie. He did not allow a goal in the two minutes. Benedict was a revolutionary. He was the first goaltender to drop to his knees on the ice to make a save, which was illegal at the time, and thus, he earned the nickname “Praying Benny.” He totaled five shutouts during the regular season and posted the team’s highest Point Share at an even 7.0. “Peg” had the second-highest Share at 5.8.

Up next are the 8th-seeded ’81-’82 New York Islanders!

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