Jason Spezza is determined to be a complete captain.

The biggest part of the job: To lead by example.

As the Senators prepare to contine this five-game homestand Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators captain revealed to the Sun he’s determined to be better at both ends of the ice.

No longer is winning the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s scoring leader the priority for the 30-year-old Spezza, instead in his discussions with coach Paul MacLean they’ve determined he’ll be a better player if he works on his defensive game.

Though Spezza has 8-8-16 points in 16 games, he has been playing musical linemates since mid-October when MacLean decided to move high-scoring winger Bobby Ryan to play with Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris.

Spezza told the Sun after Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Florida he and MacLean are looking at the bigger picture.

“I find a way to get points,” said Spezza. “I’ve got to be good on the power play. I’ve always found a way to get points. It’s one thing to talk about, as your career goes on, points not being as important. It’s the reality now for me.

“I’m trying to work on other other parts of my game. I may never win a scoring race, but I’m trying to build towards winning a (Stanley) Cup, so these are things you have to go through as a player. (MacLean) has talked to me about that.

“Yeah, they could put me with offensive guys and we can score goals, but does that make me a better player? I’m not sure. I’m trying to work at it. I’m just trying to round my game out and get better at the things I’m bad at.”

It sounds like MacLean has taken a page out Scotty Bowman’s coaching book. While with the Detroit Red Wings in 1994, he pulled Steve Yzerman into his office and told him to become better at both ends of the ice or he’d deal him to Ottawa.

This didn’t come with a threat, but MacLean suggested it would be best for the team. It’s been a difficult shift.

“It’s different,” admitted Spezza. “There’s a lot of habits that when your an offensive guy you feel that you can make up for just by scoring.

“In the long-term, it’s good for the team, it’s good for me and there’s definitely some habits in my game that I’m trying to get rid of that hopefully make me a better player.”

It has looked like MacLean has had a hard time finding Spezza a home. Saturday he was with Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad. Thursday it was Colin Greening and Zibanejad. At one point, it was Zack Smith and Chris Neil.