Milan Michalek is trying not to put any pressure on himself.
He's getting enough from everybody in the media.
The Senators winger doesn't have to be told he hasn't scored in five games as the club prepares to host the Winnipeg Jets Saturday at Scotiabank Place.
With two goals in the club's first 11 games of the regular season, the Senators need more production from Michalek if they're going to make up for the absence of Spezza, who is sidelined after back surgery.
"I'm starting to feel better and I'm starting to feel like I'm getting more chances," said Michalek following a 25-minute skate Friday. "Hopefully, it's going to go in. I have to go to the net and try to be more effective there.
"Hopefully, I get a rebound or something and the puck goes in for me."
Michalek has had to make one of the biggest adjustments since Jason Spezza went down with the injury. The duo has pretty much played together since Michalek arrived in Ottawa. Mainly, the right winger on the line has changed.
Trying to mix up the lines and get more offence, coach Paul MacLean has been using Michalek on a line with Zack Smith and rookie Jakob Silfverberg, while rookie Mika Zibanejad has skated beside Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson.
Michalek under pressure to score without Spezza
Ottawa Sun | Feb 9