In order to win the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will be in need of contributions from every corner of their rosters. The Final has gone to at least Game 6 all but twice in the last 13 years, a near guarantee to go the distance. In this series, underachievers like Tyler Seguin and Brandon Saad need to step it up.
Through the Eastern Conference Final, Tyler Seguin had four points in 16 games. That's a far cry from his 32 points in the regular season. While the Bruins have been able to overcome his lack of production with massive contributions from David Krejci and Nathan Horton, they're going to need him to play up to his talent level against a deep, talented Blackhawks squad.
As Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sportsnet said, it's important to recognize that Seguin has been playing a bit of a different role for the Bruins in these playoffs, skating with Kaspars Daugavins and Rich Peverley.
That being said, the former second overall pick still has less points in the playoffs than the man that he was traded for, as Toronto Maple Leafs fans are sure to point out.
Phil Kessel had 4 goals, 6 points in only 7 games; while Tyler Seguin has 1 goal, 4 points in 15 games. #ThankYouSeguin— Leafs Stats Guy (@LeafsStatsGuy) June 6, 2013
In the regular season, Brandon Saad surprised everyone by putting up 27 points as a rookie. As a regular on the third line in the playoffs, he has four points and is a minus-four. The whole line of Saad, Andrew Shaw and Viktor Stalberg has been underwhelming, but Saad receives the most ice time of the three by a noticeable amount.
Though Saad no longer has the privilege of skating with some of Chicago's most talented skaters like earlier in the season, he and his line-mates will need to pick up their play. Even if he fails to significantly contribute on the scoreboard, he needs to play physical hockey against the big, bad Bruins.
Things aren't all bad for these two players, though. A quick look at the statistics of both players shows a couple of anomalies. Despite leading the Bruins in shots on goal with 54, Seguin is shooting a paltry 1.9 percent. Saad, on the other hand, has zero goals on 35 shots.
It's not as if the chances haven't been there for these two players. While no one can be sure whether this is a case of bad luck, a slump or a combination of the two, it's clear that they will have every opportunity to change that in the Stanley Cup Final.