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Michalek: We have to get back to the basics

Milan looking to get the monkey off his back
Monday, 11.02.2013 / 2:05 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog


With a slumping offence the eyes of Sens fans have turned to Milan Michalek — last season's 35 goal man — to try and spark some life back into the team. Unfortunately for Michalek though, the proverbial well appears to have gone dry for the time being as he hasn't been able to generate much since he scored his last goal on January 29 against Washington. 

The problem appears to be a combination of bad luck and not enough chances for the 28 year old. Not only is he averaging roughly one shot less per game from 2011-12, but his shooting percentage is down to 9.1 from 16.5. Michalek's career average shooting percentage places him roughly halfway between those two figures at 12.7.

 Math dictates this should all sort itself out shortly, it's just a matter of when and where.

The key going forward for Michalek going forward boils down to simplifying his game. By getting more pucks on net and playing around the crease he is bound to snap out of his funk sooner or later.

"We have to put the pucks to the net more and be in front," said Michalek. "That's how goals are scored now. We haven't been doing that. We have to get back to the basics."

Head Coach Paul MacLean agreed with the sentiment after practice today saying that Michalek plays too hard — both away from and carrying the puck — to not be rewarded sooner or later. He just needs to keep doing what he's doing.

In the meantime, the Czech native wouldn't mind a little bit of good fortune.

"Yeah it would be nice. I didn't get much this year so we'll see. "

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
SENS ARMY FAN POLL