EDMONTON | Miro Heiskanen and John Klingberg find themselves at the top of the scorers in the Stars. Since the start of the series, two defenders have therefore carried the attack on their shoulders.
In theory, Tyler Seguin should serve as the Stars' offensive engine. But this is not the case. After 22 games, the Ontarian has amassed just 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists). He finds himself in ninth place in scorers within his own team.
Seguin hasn't put his name on the scoresheet in his last four games. He has collected just one small assist in his last 11 outings. In short, he finds himself in a trough at a very bad time.
One player among others
On the eve of Game 3 of the final against the Lightning, where it is tied 1 to 1, Rick Bowness spoke on Tuesday about the performance of his center player. With his vast experience as a coach, Bowness sought to move him away from reflectors, emphasizing the team concept.
“Yeah, we need more from Tyler,” Bowness said. Regardless of the individual statistics of our players, we are in the Stanley Cup final. Now it's a three of five to see who wins. Do we need more from him? Yes. Do we need more from several other players? Yes.
“I know Tyler gets attention. It also comes with his status as a player. He has to deal with this situation. As a coach, I want more from many players, not just him. The pressure is not just on his shoulders, but on several players. ”
Just a goal
Despite his lack of production, Seguin still has a key role with the Stars. Since the start of the final, number 91 has been at the center of the first line along with Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov.
He had five shots in his first two games against Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Lightning. Since the start of the final, Seguin has been Bowness' most used striker with an average playing time of 19:22, just over a minute than Benn (18:20) and Joe Pavelski (18: 05).
Bowness has therefore chosen to bet on his main horse in the attack even if for the moment he has no return on his investment.
“He needs a goal, he needs a big game. He got chances in the last game, but he has to finish his games,” replied the 65-year-old. The work is there, there is no doubt. He wins face-offs, he pays attention to details. He helped the team reach the final. But when you're a scorer, you need to score. You need to feel this feeling.
“He knows he's in a slow period,” he continued. I remind him to be confident and to focus on simple things. It will eventually unlock. He just has to hang on. We are in the Stanley Cup final, opportunities are rare. We play against a very good team that was in the final five years ago. The Lightning also learned from their early elimination last year. Tyler will need to get his nose dirty. ”