Cory Clouston hopes to “rekindle” some previous success by reuniting Peter Regin with Alex Kovalev and Milan Michalek.
Individually, none of the three has done much lately.
Regin’s one goal this season was 19 games ago, Kovalev has one goal in 13 games and Michalek has scored just twice in the last 16 games.
No, Senators fans, your new second line isn’t exactly made up of players who are on fire.
“At this point it doesn’t matter who I’m playing with. I’m trying to find a solution as a line, with the guys I’m playing with, trying to be as good as we can be,” Kovalev, who has eight goals and 17 points this season, said Tuesday. “That’s my goal.”
While he most recently had Jason Spezza as his centre, Kovalev is more familiar with Regin.
“So far in the two years I’ve been here, I’ve played with Peter probably more than anybody else,” said Kovalev. “Playing with Peter, it’s easy to understand him. We talk a lot on how to play. I give him some solutions. I always ask him what he wants me to do. It’s easy to get yourself and play good as a line.”
Meanwhile, nobody on the team is hotter than Erik Karlsson. Three of his shots at the Pittsburgh goal found mesh Sunday. Two directly off his stick and one off Mike Fisher.
“I think it’s about the hard work in front of me,” Karlsson, the Senators’ new leading scorer, said of his success. “If you get a good opportunity to shoot it, it doesn’t matter if no one is in front of there, creating a screen or working for your rebounds.
“I want to contribute as much as I can. I feel I need to be good every night, and I need to be productive, and to give the other guys the opportunities to score goals, and score myself.”
With upcoming games against Carolina, Columbus and Toronto, the Senators are battling three teams also clawing to get into a Top 8 seeding.
“We have a good opportunity to try and take some points, and make some other teams lose a few points,” said Karlsson. “We’ve really got to play hard and really try to win these games. These teams we play against now are the teams we’re going to fight against for a playoff spot. It’s important games for us.”