The Senators never thought goal-scoring would be a problem for them this season.
Instead, the team’s lack of offence has been one of its biggest concerns. Ottawa has scored just 81 goals in 35 games, the fourth-worst output in the league heading into Tuesday’s games.
As they prepared to face the surging Nashville Predators, the Senators spent plenty of time working on the power play at Tuesday’s practice. But kickstarting their sluggish offence might not be easy Thursday against the stingy Predators, who have allowed just 79 goals in 32 games.
“I thought we took a step in the right direction against Minnesota and Colorado (when the Senators scored eight goals in two games), but overall with the talent we have, we should have more goals than we have,” said captain Daniel Alfredsson.
Alfredsson said the players haven’t lost faith in coach Cory Clouston’s system.
“We’ve shown signs where we’ve played really well, especially against some of the better teams,” said Alfredsson.
“We haven’t been able to put it together for as long a period of time as we would like. The big thing is confidence. We haven’t handled the puck the way we should or created enough offence with the system we have, either.”
Centre Mike Fisher, who has just 15 points, agreed the Senators have been disappointing so far.
“For a lot of guys, points are hard to come by, for whatever reason,” said Fisher. “We know we’ve got to be better. We’ve got to be solid at both ends of the rink and have a good effort by contributing more.”
Centre Jason Spezza said the Senators are committed to two-way hockey.
“We play a little bit more defensive style and we try to win closer games — less run-and-gun than we have been in the past,” he said.
“You definitely want to produce offensively, but you try to do other things really well with other parts of your game and play within the system.
“Some nights, you’re going to get big nights and other nights you’re not. We’re trying to figure out the best way for the team to win and for us to have success.”