When the Boston Bruins acquired forward Jimmy Hayes in a trade over the summer, they were looking for a depth forward who was capable of providing some secondary scoring while also using his 6-foot-5 frame to help the Bruins establish a physical presence.
But Hayes has not scored a goal since Nov. 5. He has one point (an assist) in his last 12 games and registered one shot or less in eight of those 12 games. He also has one hit or less in seven of his last 10 games.
So Hayes has been a healthy scratch for the Bruins in the last two games, and Hayes said he knows exactly what he needs to do to improve.
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"I’ve got to be better and find a way to get back into the lineup and then stay in the lineup and be consistent," Hayes told reporters. "You just have to be hard [to play against], stay positive and work hard in practice. Then when you get that shot in playing, make the best of it. I’ve just got to find a way to be consistent every night, work hard and continue playing the big man’s style of game."
Hayes should be able to find a way back into the lineup soon, and he rejoined the third line with Ryan Spooner and Frank Vatrano in practice on Wednesday. With a game coming up against Montreal on Wednesday, Hayes could have a chance to prove he toughened up and refined his scoring against one of Boston’s biggest rivals.