It's not easy to score goals these days in the National Hockey League, even for a player like Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"With the video now and stats, teams are pretty good at knowing what players' tendencies are, what they prefer to do and where they like to shoot," Stamkos said last week before facing the Carolina Hurricanes. "You've kind of got to reinvent the way you play every year. You can't stick with the same tactics because teams are so good they'll pick up on it."

Stamkos is as good a scorer as there is in the NHL. The flashy forward had 60 goals in the 2011-2012 season after scoring 45 and 51 in the previous two seasons.

"You've got to find ways to get open," he said. "You have to go to different areas and score different ways."

Another must, Stamkos said, is maintaining confidence that the puck at some point will go into the net.

"At least if you're getting opportunities, you know they're eventually going to go in," he said. "If you're not getting opportunities, you have to maybe change the way you're playing. You're probably cheating too much and forcing too many plays.

"If you play the game the right way, you're going to get the chances and eventually they're going to go in. It's something everybody goes through and you have to find a way through it."