Sens’ Alfredsson Gets Vote of Confidence from Coach Cory Clouston

On Sunday Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston gave his struggling veteran captain Daniel Alfresson who hasn’t scored a point in his past 10 games. This 38 year-old, who has scored eight goals and 18 points this season has seen his club slump to a 3-6-1 record in their past 10 games. Still Clouston who recently had some criticism for another slumping player in Alex Kovalev, stuck up for the 14 year veteran. “There’s other areas of his game he’s helped this club win when we’ve had wins,” said Clouston. “Some of that is penalty kill, being on the ice the last minute or so, being real responsible defensively, and [his] line is playing well. You can’t just play well as a line with one or two guys going, so he’s been a big part of that.” Despite being a little long in the tooth Alfredsson who was drafted in the six round back in 1994 is still very optimistic that things will turn around for himself and the team. “It’s (scoring) not something I can force,” said Alfredsson. “It’s something I’m obviously conscious about and feel like I’m going in the right direction and we do as a team. We’ve played some real solid games here as of late and if we can continue that I’m pretty confident I can get going myself.” An illustration of the Sens offensive struggles is that despite this prolonged scoring slump Alfredsson is still the teams leading scorer. “He’s still physically the same player as he was last year,” stated Clouston. “Eventually there is going to be a drop off when you look at his age, but right now I’m not that disappointed in his game. I think he’s playing smart, I think he’s playing hard, I think he’s playing well, the numbers will come.” Ottawa, who sits 11th in the Eastern Conference with 28 points has yet to win a game this month.

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