Scoring drought weighs on Sens' Smith


, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

SUNRISE, Fla. Zack Smiths rollercoaster is in a valley. Only as far as his offensive production is concerned.

Smith, pencilled in as the Senators third-line centre of the future, was bumped to the fourth unit in Tuesdays 5-2 loss to Tampa.

It was his 33rd consecutive game without a goal.

I saw this in Zacks rookie year. He had such a good start, then I think he went 29 games without a goal in Bingo, said coach Cory Clouston.

So, its not new to him. Hes a little bit streaky in the goal department. We do need him to be better in that area.

(But) hes contributing. Hes helping out in other areas. Hes dropped the mitts a couple of times and stuck up for his teammates, and hes part of that penalty kill.

Still, Smith is aching to help out on the scoreboard. He needs to, and he knows it. Asked about the chances of late he still thinks about, he chuckled.

Theres a lot that comes rushing to mind right now, said Smith. Breakaways, 2-on-1s .. Ive had lots of chances. Hopefully, Ill just stick with it and it will come.