Brayden Point is tied for fourth in the league with 36 goals this season. On shootouts … not so much.
Point has not scored in six shootouts this season. That’s a change for him. He was a combined 10-of-15 the previous two seasons, leading the team.
Is there something to that change?
“The puck’s not going in as much,” Point said. “It’s obviously a really important part of the game. You maybe try different things or maybe try to go back to things that you’ve done in the past, but goalies are really good. It’s hard to score on them.”
It’s something he’s aware of but not dwelling on. He might not have in Monday’s shootout against the Kings, but he scored in regulation and the Lightning won.
Those regulation goals mean more to the Lightning than his shootout performance. Particularly because Tampa Bay is 6-1 in the shootout.
It happens. Steven Stamkos was 0-for-7 in the 2010-11 season, despite having 45 goals and 91 points in total.
Victor Hedman is the opposite of Point right now. He has scored on four of his five shootouts, but has gone 13 games without a regulation goal, and only seven on the season.