He has 3 goals in his past 32 games and is averaging only 9:44 in February and has seen his ice time decrease each month of the season.
Stempniak’s five shots on goal on Thursday were the most he has had since the fourth game of the season when he had six against the Islanders.
He has only had more than three shots on goal in a game twice since November 11th.
Joe Micheletti said that Stepan had an extra step against the Coyotes, had a lot of energy and was winning battles. Joe added, “from an energy standpoint, it was the first time in a long time that he had that jump and was making plays at both ends.
Kevin Hayes said that Stempniak does his job on the ice really well and no one realizes how much offensive ability he has.