In an effort to get things going, John Tavares centered Matt Moulson and Blake Comeau today. Tavares said he has been working on many fundamentals in practice and he has confidence that his scoring touch will come back.

"I've been an offensive player my whole life," he said after practice at the Coliseum. "I'm going to have a lot more goals in my career."

Goals have been hard to come by for a while for him. He said the break helped clear his mind. He also said the work he has done in practice has him encouraged. He is getting back to basics, such as driving to the net and thinking shot first, pass second. Tavares said he played better last night than he had on Tuesday.

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Scott Gordon spent a lot of time teaching today, adding that we'll see much more of that the rest of the way. The spate of games before the break in a  condensed schedule prevented him from doing much teaching, Gordon said. That's going to change now (even thought the schedule is still hectic).

Tavares' former linemates, Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo, flaked Frans Nielsen at practice.