Sometimes stats don't state the whole story.
Lightning veteran RW Marty St. Louis entered Sunday with three goals and a league-high 11 assists through the first eight games of the season. While the points have been piling up, the former league MVP and scoring champion doesn't appear to be near the top of his game early in the abbreviated season.
"I'm honest with how I analyze my game and I don't think I've played my best hockey, but I feel like it's getting there,'' St. Louis said.
Whether it's the timing being off from the extended time since the end of last season and through the four-month lockout, or just trying the normal early season struggles many players go through, St. Louis said it's nothing physical and he feels fine.
But he's misfired on what appeared to be a handful of quality scoring chances and has looked a tad hesitant at other times with the puck on his stick.
"I felt (Saturday) I was, me personally, I was jumping in holes and for some reason sometimes I had a tougher time doing that whether that was through situational play, I just didn't have that opportunity,'' St. Louis said. "But (Saturday) from the get-go I felt I was jumping and I was using my speed, and I don't think I've used my speed enough yet, but I thought tonight I did and unfortunately I wasn't able to make something happen.''
Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said any struggles St. Louis may be experiencing early in the season are more due to high expectations from St. Louis than anything else.
"He's just always hard on himself and he wants to perform at his best, that's just Marty,'' Boucher said. "I can't ask more of him than what we are getting up to now.''
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