The Butler doesn’t do it, gets scratched

When Nikita Filatov was here, there was someone lower than Bobby Butler on the Senators’ depth chart, someone who was in an even worse offensive slump.
But with Filatov gone, there’s no one left for Butler to hide behind, and on Tuesday coach Paul MacLean dropped the hammer, scratching Butler in favour of Zenon Konopka.
it’d be reasonable to expect that unless Butler finds his offensive touch, he’ll probably
spend a lot of time watching from the press box.
This is hardly a surprise. Butler has only two goals and four assists in 21 games, and since he scored those two goals, on Nov. 15 against Calgary, he has had just two assists in his last 11 games.
MacLean told Butler the same thing he told Filatov: He has to produce offensively.
“Confidence is a big thing for goal scorers and maybe you just need one to go in off your rear end sometimes,” said MacLean.
“But you have to make sure you’re shooting the puck, and the concern for me is that the last couple of games Bobby hasn’t been getting any shots (three in his last five games). If you’re going to score goals, you have to shoot the puck.
“I think his play without the puck has been very diligent. His work ethic and his skating have been real good.
“The only thing, we could use him to chip in with the offence. We’re not asking him to carry the team. But he has the ability to score goals and we could use one.”

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