The lack of production from both of these players has been discussed before, but six goals apiece is not getting the job done.
Watch this back check from Kreider and Hayes on James Neal‘s goal from last night’s 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators:
Both players look like they are at a Friday night open skate on this play, lazily gliding back.
For those of you who have played some hockey, you know that the posture Hayes is showing at the end of the clip is the classic “pretend I’m trying hard” posture.
This is what fans have come to expect from these two over the past couple months.
Bad puck luck is a real thing, but you break those slumps by skating hard and going to the dirty areas.
The lack of effort that Hayes and Kreider showed last night is a symptom of a larger problem.