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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
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Michalek: We have to get back to the basics


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. "

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 61 15 33 2 48
B. Ryan 57 16 31 10 47
K. Turris 61 15 28 -5 43
M. Hoffman 58 23 17 25 40
M. Stone 59 15 24 10 39
M. Zibanejad 59 16 18 4 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 56 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 59 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 55 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02