Brayden Point’s shootout abilities are slumping

After leading the Lightning in shootout goals the last two seasons, heís scoreless
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is stopped in the shootout by Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jack Campbell Monday. The Lightning went on to win the shootout and its ninth consecutive game. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is stopped in the shootout by Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jack Campbell Monday. The Lightning went on to win the shootout and its ninth consecutive game. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published February 26
Updated February 26

TAMPA — The Lightning turned to Brayden Point, again, in Monday night’s shootout period against the Kings.

And why not? Point led the team in shootout goals in 2016-17 and 2017-18, going a combined 10-of-15. No other Lightning player has performed as well.

But Point, who followed after Steven Stamkos delivered to start the shootout period, got stuffed by Los Angeles goalie Jack Campbell. The Lightning went on to take the shootout thanks to goals by Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman. It’s now 6-1 in shootouts and tied with the Rangers for shootout victories.

J.T. Miller leads the team in percentage, having gone 2-for-2. Hedman (4-for-5) and Kucherov (4-for-7) are tied with four shootout goals apiece. Stamkos is 2-for-3.

Point, however, is now 0-for-6 on shootout attempts. Of course, it’s worth nothing that the all-star continues to shine in regulation with a team-high 36 goals and 43 assists, second on the Lightning.

And one more thing: there are no shootouts in the playoffs.

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