Milan Michalek wants a good power play. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
After scoring at almost one in every three chances earlier in the season, the Ottawa Senators have scored only in two of their last 30 power play chances. Jason Spezza mentioned all the cliches, such as shooting the puck, going to the net, getting a body in front, get the rebounds and other generic tactics.
As previously mentioned a couple weeks ago, the Senators weren't getting that many shots to begin with, they were just scoring on a large percentage of them, something that isn't sustainable long term. At the time, the Senators averaged 47.1 shots per 60 minutes of 5-on-4 time, and the overall rate has now dropped to 43.8 (which means it has been even lower in that period). That's good for 24th in the league. In addition, previously the Senators were scoring on 20% of their 5-on-4 shots, now they are scoring at 16.9% which is still the second highest in the NHL.
In other words, the Senators had everything going right on the power play earlier despite not getting a lot of shots and now things are levelling off a little bit, though there is still a drop in the number of shots. Shooting the puck more will definitely help, as long as they are not simply floating in the puck at the first opportunity, but still trying to develop plays. There is a lot of talent on the power play and hopefully it can get going again.
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