Enigmatic Ottawa Senators winger Alex Kovalev told a scrum of reporters that “finally having the same linemates” has led to his recent resurgence. Kovalev has eight points over his last six games, including five goals in that span. A subtle dig at head coach Cory Clouston with the linemates comment, perhaps?

The 37-year old winger had not scored a goal in the entire month of January, and had just one in December. He had been demoted to the fourth line in response to his struggles, but has picked up the pace over the last couple of weeks while skating on a line with Peter Regin and Milan Michalek.

When asked about potential changes coming to the Senators, Kovalev said that “sometimes it’s better to have a little change”. Kovalev chose his words carefully when he was asked if he would like to join a playoff team for a chance at another Cup, replying that it would be “great to win the Cup” but that he’s only thinking about the Senators for now. If Kovalev wants out, he’s picked an ideal time to have suddenly found some semblance of his scoring touch.