Heading into Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jason Spezza’s point totals are decent: 13 goals and 22 assists in 47 games, with one goal and three assists in his last five games. But they’re not what we’ve come to expect from Spezza, who has averaged a point a game in his career. So it’s more than a little tempting to ask the question: What’s wrong with Jason Spezza? Some would suggest it’s nothing that a couple of stable linemates wouldn’t help. His wingers have been in revolving doors. Coach Paul MacLean has run the gamut of potention combinations. On Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, it was Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad. At Tuesday’s practice, it was Erik Condra and Colin Greening. That’s a long way from the heady days of Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley. But Spezza said it’s up to him to produce. That’s what he’s getting paid for and he has to be better. “It’s been a frustrating year for me, individually, but I just have to keep plugging along,” he said Tuesday. “We have a lot of games left to play, and I think I’ve got better here in the last 10 games and I’ve felt better with my game. “The reason I’ve been such a good player for so long is that I’ve pushed myself. When things don’t go well, you try to figure out what’s going wrong and improve on it. “It’d be easy for me to write the year off as a bad year, but I’ve got a lot of hockey left and my plan is to have a good finish.
Spezza ‘plugging along’ in difficult season
Senators Extra | Jan 28