Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin has urged young Canucks Bo Horvat and Jared McCann to persevere and come through their scoring slumps.
The 20-year-old Horvat has failed to score in his last 20 games, while 19-year-old McCann has now gone 13 goalless games since the overtime defeat to Montreal on November 16.
However, Sedin, who went through two similar scoring droughts during his third season with the Canucks, has told them that maintaining their belief will see them emerge better players.
“I told them you have to try to keep doing the right things,” Sedin said.
“I think this can still be beneficial for them. It’s going to make them better for the future. It doesn’t seem to affect them, but I know it does at home or at the hotel.
“I’m sure they think it’s never going to turn around, but it will. When it does, it’s going to be a good feeling.
“A lot of guys are squeezing their sticks. It affects a lot of other parts of your game as well. It’s not only when you get a scoring chance when you feel a little bit hesitant. It’s passing and the little things.
“The only way out of it is hard work.”