An argument can certainly be made, especially lately, as the Lightning are coming off two games where they mustered only 31 shots on net. Add in last Saturday’s third period meltdown against the Montreal Canadiens, which saw them outshot 11-3 and it’s no wonder Tampa Bay’s having difficulties winning games.
There must be reasons behind this sudden lack of shots, however, and it seems one could be that the Lightning are focusing too much on personal instead of team goals.
Look, we all know what Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis can do when given time and space. Their current achievements prove that, as Stamkos’ 20 goals lead the entire league while St. Louis’ 29 assists are good for second behind Sidney Crosby. Both are in the top four points-wise as well.
Opponents also know this by now, leading to some success slowing them. With that comes a choice for the Lightning who, more often than not, decide to pass instead of shoot. It’s like all they care about is helping their dynamic duo gain league recognition which, while understandable, won’t help them make a late playoff push.
Will Tampa Bay be able to straighten out their priorities before it’s too late?
Tonight’s game against the Southeast Division leading Carolina Hurricanes will go a long way toward figuring that out. If the team can stop passing and start shooting they’ll at least have a chance.