Sens try to solve PP woes

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:22 PM ET

The Senators are last in the NHL on the power play and probably first in the league in time spent practising it.

Rightly so.

There was a video session before practice Wednesday at Scotiabank Place and then the players who work on the unit took to the ice for about 20 minutes before they were joined by their teammates.

The Senators have scored just one power-play goal in 15 attempts this season, making them last in the league in power-play efficiency.

"It's probably, not probably, it is the worst area right now," said Senators coach Cory Clouston. "We went over the last eight-10 power plays and a lot of it is trying to do too much instead of take a deep breath and calm down. We're seeing guys trying to beat guys one-on-one. It's unnecessary. Set it up and let it happen."

The Senators spent their time on making better entries into the opposition zone and finding ways to use the penalty killers' aggression against them to relieve pressure.

"The past is past. We can learn from what we're not doing well and the mistakes we're making. We looked at some video from last year to remind the guys they did a good job last year and a few lightbulbs went on."

The Senators have missed defenceman Filip Kuba in all phases of the game, but especially on the power play. He missed practice again Wednesday with a lower body injury and no date for his return has been set.

Centre Peter Regin, who missed the last game with an upper body injury, practised Wednesday and should be available for Thursday night when the Senators host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Winger Jesse Winchester is also close to being ready to return.

The Senators lines remained intact from the 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night: Alex Kovalev-Mike Fisher-Daniel Alfredsson; Milan Michalek-Jason Spezza-Jonathan Cheechoo; Nick Foligno-Ryan Shannon-Chris Neil and Jarkko Ruutu-Chris Kelly-Shean Donovan.

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca


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