Per Tom Mitsos of MLive.com, Tatar struggled on the power play in 2015-16, having experienced a significant drop in individual Corsi, an advanced hockey statistic that factors in a sum of shots plus shot attempts that were either blocked or missed the net. Tatar's offensive numbers dipped across the board. For one, his individual Corsi per 60 minutes of play took a nose dive from 25.38 in 2014-15 to 13.28 this past season. He also had two less goals on the man advantage in the regular season, finishing with seven. Detroit is making sweeping changes behind the bench to better support coach Jeff Blashill, who'll embark on his second season with the Wings in 2016-17. One of the team's goals is to improve a power-play unit that produced just one goal in 25 power-play chances during the conference quarterfinals against the Lightning, contributing heavily to a quick departure from the playoffs. Better coaching could set up Tatar for a bounce-back year, so keep him in mind as a potential sleeper in fantasy drafts.
Tatar is dealing with a shoulder injury and will undergo an MRI, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Tatar's shoulder issue didn't hold him out of game action, but it's possible it did impact his play down the stretch. With a whole offseason ahead of him, it's unlikely the injury will cost him time dating into next year's regular season unless it turns out to be something serious. The team should update his status again when the results of the MRI return, hopefully providing a better timetable for recovery.
Tatar collected an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 Game 1 loss to Tampa Bay. Tatar had a decent series last season against Tampa Bay and is off to a good start again. Tatar regressed back to 45 points this season after recording 56 in 2014-15, but still has the potential to score a lot in a hurry.
Tatar dished out an assist Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Montreal. After a monster 2014-15 in which Tatar scored 29 goals and 56 points, his production has been a little rockier this season. He's not having a bad season by any means, but fantasy owners were certainly hoping he'd take another step forward instead of one back.
Tatar scored and assisted on a Pavel Datsyuk goal during Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia. His third-period marker brought the Red Wings to within one, but it was as close as they would get. Tatar now has four points in his last five games, and 41 for the season. The 25-year-old has been a solid producer for fantasy owners all season
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