– Le Journal de Montréal (@JdeMontreal) April 21, 2023
Tomas Tatar is a rather unusual field hockey player. In the regular season, we’re talking about a guy who does a very honest job on a second or third line, but in the playoffs, for one reason or another, it’s a completely different story.
That was the case with the Red Wings, it was the case with the Golden Knights and it was the case with the CH, where he spent the bulk of the team’s playoff run in the summer of 2021 in the stands.
Now with the Devils, Tatar is back in the playoffs this season. But even if the sample size is small, it’s clear that he’s off to another rocky start in his team’s spring campaign.
Of course, the Devils are currently being taught a field hockey lesson by the Rangers, but beyond all that, it’s clear that the Slovak’s playing time is already in freefall. In Game #2, he spent just 11 minutes and 24 seconds on the ice, which is far less than the 15 minutes he averaged per game on the ice during the season.
I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt about his -2 differential, given his club’s poor overall performance, but it’s still a far cry from the +41 he posted during the campaign.
In his career, Tatar has just 12 points in 42 playoff games. That said, he has 455 points in 783 regular-season games. That’s night and day, no less.
If the Devils are to bounce back in this series, it’s going to take a lot of hard work from everyone, including Tatar. The goaltending change could whip the troops into shape, but it will take more than a goal a game if the Devils are to respond to the Rangers’ offensive firepower.
All signs point to Akira Schmid starting in Game 3 for the Devils.
“It’s basically you’ve got nothing to lose,” Schmid said yesterday. “You just try to play your best field hockey and don’t really think too much. You just go in and play.“https://t.co/7gfKHK6bC9
– Ryan Novozinsky (@ryannovo62) April 22, 2023
I don’t know if he’s just caught up in a spiral (his past playoff failures may be getting into his head), but it’s clearly a career-long trend that seems to be continuing.
We’ll have to wait and see over the next few games of the series. It’s up to him to prove that he can stand up when it counts, especially as the Devils really need him right now.
– Great read.
After every season, @MAGodin and I take an in depth look at the Canadiens offseason to come. This is the first time in a while the offseason comes with some cap flexibility. So, how do Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton take advantage of it? We have some ideas: https://t.co/PusXQkZO1O
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) April 22, 2023
– Réjean Tremblay wants Pierre-Luc Dubois in Montreal as soon as possible. [JDM]
Yanic’s sons have talent 😱 https://t.co/AL9l10vtgC
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) April 22, 2023
– Too bad.
– John Shannon (@JShannonhl) April 22, 2023
– Bryce Harper could have an exceptional feat of arms. My text on the subject.
He could be back within two weeks, less than six months after Tommy John surgery. https://t.co/P8VPW44ecI
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) April 22, 2023
– Once again, Kawhi Leonard is getting attention for all the wrong reasons, as I noted earlier on AlleyOop360.