As we talked about in yesterday’s post game recap, Christopher Higgins has yet to score a goal this season despite having many scoring chances as a result of his hard work and intensity on each shift. I believe Higgins is suffering from a case of being nervous while playing for his hometown team and in front of friends and family each night. When asked about Higgins after today’s practice, Coach Torts had this to say about the Smithtown, L.I. native and his offensive struggles so far:
“I talked to Higgy at the end of last night’s game”. “I think he has done everything for this team at a high pace, a high temp. He’s been a really good player for us except for scoring a goal. Do I think he’s pressing? You might have to ask him that. In our talk, I told him I just want him to continue doing what he’s doing and the goals will come in bunches. He’s been very under the radar because he hasn’t been scoring goals. He’s done a lot of good things on both sides of the puck.”
According to Rangers Rants , Higgins spent more than a half hour on the ice after practice shooting pucks at the empty net. Sounds to me like Higgins is feeling the pressure of not finishing and it might be getting in his head. Let’s hope he can break through soon and this doesn’t effect his play, as a confidence crisis could become detrimental to a team where there are players like Ales Kotalik, who are making a case for more minutes with their production, and could lead to a breaking up of lines that have performed well so far.
Here is video of Coach Torts remarks after today’s practice. He also touches on the play of Wade Redden and Artem Anisimov: