Henrik Zetterberg has emerged from droughts before, and knows the only way to do so is to keep things, well, boring.

As the captain of the Detroit Red Wings, his offensive struggles have come as his team is trying to emerge from its own slump. Entering Tuesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets at Little Caesars Arena, Zetterberg had not scored in 20 games, and he had just seven assists during that stretch. He’d averaged two shots on net through the previous five games.

“Z knows that the only way to get himself into a better spot production-wise is just to stay with it and not cheat and not sacrifice the rest of his game,” coach Jeff Blashill said after the morning skate. “He has still been a good player. Obviously we need him to produce, he wants to produce. He’s still been very good defensively, he still gets lots of minutes because of that.”

Blashill will pull aside a young player and encourage him if he is struggling; it’s a little different with a veteran. In Zetterberg’s case, Blashill said the coaching staff will look at video and see if there’s any pointers that could help. There isn’t so much a concern about Zetterberg lacking in confidence, not with his experience.

“He’s been a winning hockey player a long time,” Blashill said. “He knows what to do.”