Scoring drought weighs on Sens' Smith
DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency
SUNRISE, Fla. — Zack Smith’s 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 Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to Tampa.
It was his 33rd consecutive game without a goal.
“I saw this in Zack’s 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, it’s not new to him. He’s a little bit streaky in the goal department. We do need him to be better in that area.
“(But) he’s contributing. He’s helping out in other areas. He’s dropped the mitts a couple of times and stuck up for his teammates, and he’s 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.
“There’s a lot that comes rushing to mind right now,” said Smith. “Breakaways, 2-on-1s .. I’ve had lots of chances. Hopefully, I’ll just stick with it and it will come.”