There were various factors that resulted in the Montreal Canadiens’ loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, but some issues on defence may have been the most concerning.
Two of the three pairs were excellent in terms of possession and shot metrics against Tampa Bay. Only one player stood out having had a rough game, and unfortunately for Montreal’s long-term success, that person was Shea Weber.
Weber and his defence partner, Victor Mete, face heavy competition on a nightly basis, so not winning the battle of shot attempts makes some sense. The bigger issue is that Weber’s use as a power-play weapon just is not paying off.