The Tampa Bay Lightning’s scoring woes begin at the top.
Captain Steven Stamkos, too, is struggling to lead his team.
Stamkos has just two goals in his last 10 games and failed to put a shot on net in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. He has only three shots in his last two games. His 20 points are 50th in the NHL.
“It’s frustrating,” Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times. “I don’t think I got a shot on net. It’s tough to score when you can’t generate opportunities.”
The Lightning has struggled for most of the year, scoring two goals or fewer in 16 of its 28 games. The Triplets line has been plagued by injuries, with Tyler Johnson missing eight of his last 10 games. Ryan Callahan hasn’t scored a goal in 14 games. Alex Killorn has two in his last 17.
Stamkos has been open about preferring to play center instead of right wing, where he has been lately.
“I need to play better,” Stamkos said. “I know what I can do. I just need to be a lot better.”
The Lightning plays at home Thursday against Ottawa.