Slow starters

Sid­ney Crosby is not the only player go­ing through an earl­y­sea­son hic­cup. Here are four other play­ers wait­ing to break out:

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RYAN JO­HANSEN NASHVILLE

The top-line cen­tre, who scored 33 goals with the Blue Jack­ets in 2013-14, is more of a play­maker than a fin­isher these days. But no goals in 16 games (he has eight as­sists) is con­cern­ing, con­sid­er­ing he just signed an eight-year con­tract worth $64 mil­lion US. BRENT BURNS SAN JOSE

The bearded blue­liner won the Nor­ris Tro­phy last sea­son based pri­mar­ily on scor­ing 29 goals. De­spite av­er­ag­ing more shots on net this year, Burns has zero goals through 16 games. WIL­LIAM NY­LAN­DER TORONTO

Play­ing on a line with Aus­ton Matthews, Ny­lan­der started the year with three goals and nine points in his first eight games. Since then, he has strug­gled with no goals and four as­sists in the last 11 games. ZDENO CHARA BOS­TON

Is Fa­ther Time fi­nally catch­ing up to the 40-year-old de­fence­man? Chara, who has one goal, has clumped all five of his points to­gether in two games this year. — Michael Traikos

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