Before this season, Dave Bolland’s job had always been to pester and defend the opposing team’s top players. Now, as the second-line center, he’s being asked to do more.

And coach Joel Quenneville isn’t seeing enough of it.

“Bolly’s been OK,” Quenneville said. “I think he can be better.”

Bolland entered the game Tuesday against the Flames mired in a 12-game scoring drought, with just one assist in his last five games despite playing alongside the prolific Patrick Kane. He’s the only regular on the team with a minus rating (minus-4), and he has won just 45 percent of his faceoffs.

“I’d like to see him [have] more tenacity in the puck area, have the puck more, have that pace to his game,” Quenneville said. “Whether he’s challenging the other team’s top player or not, I think he still can contribute offensively and defensively be more predictable.”

Bolland has five goals and seven assists in 25 games this season. He looked like the long-awaited answer at that second-line center spot early in the season, but his production has tailed off since he missed five games with an upper-body injury in late February.