We all know how ugly the numbers are for Bruins forward Milan Lucic through 40 games of this season.
The would-be power forward has produced just five goals this season, which would put him on pace for just about 11 in a regular 82- game schedule.
The left wing, who signed a $6 million, three-year extension that will kick in next season, hasn’t scored in his last nine games. He has just one goal in his last 25. Lucic is running out of time to have a respectable stats line in this shortened season.
It would seem Bruins coach Claude Julien has done everything he can to motivate Lucic, as far as things we can see on the ice. Lucic has been switched to several different lines. He was removed from the power play Thursday against the New York Islanders. Those screaming for Lucic to be sat out need just look at the Bruins’ press box, where only Jay Pandolfo is the only option right now with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand injured.
Julien has been left wondering with the rest of us whether we’re going to see the Lucic that once scored 20 goals and followed up with a 26-goal season in the 2013 portion of this season.
“It’s not a good pace. It’s just one of those things where Milan has to do it, pick up his game and get his feet going and get the game that has made him popular going,” the coach said after an optional practice Friday. “And like I said, you push guys and you try and do things for them, but at the same time the biggest difference maker is him. And that’s going to be up to him and we’re very hopeful that he’s going to start doing that.”