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Scoring slump isn’t ‘killing’ Senators’ MacArthur

Oct 19, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

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Clarke MacArthur has yet to score for the Ottawa Senators in his first seven games with his new team, although recently it’s been bitter sweet considering the Sens have won their last two games.

MacArthur, who signed a two-year contract worth $6.5 million with the Senators as an unrestricted free agent this summer, may be off to a slow start, but he’s had a combined 10 shots on goal in his last three games.

“I’m not really feeling like it’s killing me yet,” MacArthur told the Ottawa Sun. “It’s not to that point. We’re winning.

“But it’s frustrating when you’re getting three or four shots a game, and you want to try and find the back of the net. You’ve just got to go to the net harder, and be more aggressive around the net.”

The Senators host the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (2 p.m. ET). For the Oilers, almost every aspect of their game to this point has been subject to scrutiny.

Under the guidance of new head coach Dallas Eakins, they sit last in the new Pacific Division with a 1-6-1 record. Special teams has become a focal point of concern, as well.

The Oilers’ power play ranks 20th in the league, at 17.2 per cent. Their penalty kill is dead last in the NHL at 69 per cent.

“That’s unacceptable,” Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid told the Edmonton Journal. “We have to get way better on our special teams. We need to turn it around.”

  1. beelza - Oct 19, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Remember Alfie, well he’s got 9 points in 8 games. The last 4 games he’s got 8 assists. Look at his line mates, Datsyuk and Zetterberg they are off to the best start in their careers. Alfie, Zetterberg and Datyuk PP is lethal. Great job Melnyk, Ottawa loves you. Btw, Detroit is now 6-2, 4 straight, w/o their no.1 d-man.

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