ROB Globke’s goal-scoring rate may be impaired at the moment - but that’s certainly not worrying Sheffield Steelers’ line mate Joey Talbot.
Globke, the ex-NHL winger hasn’t scored in nine games, but has had more defensive and playmaking duties to concern himself with since converting into the role of a centreman.
And while the selfless Globke may be in the middle of a barren net-finding streak, he’s certainly contributing to the goal production of Talbot and fellow winger Ashley Tait.
Unlucky Globke hit the post in Sheffield’s last game, on Tuesday at Braehead Clan.
And Talbot says: “Hockey can be a streaky game but Rob is performing a very important role.
“He distributes the puck well to Ash and me and it’s nice to have him up the middle because he skates so well and he’s a big body to have in that position.
“He seems to be everywhere during certain points of the game” said Talbot.
“The transition has been good for him, it’s given him the chance to really skate.”
Steelers’ fans hope the Globke line will click this weekend in the crucial away and home series which pits table-topping Sheffield against second-placed Cardiff Devils.
“Not only is it important for us who wins but you cannot forget about Belfast Giants,” said Talbot. “A split of games between us and Cardiff will help them. They have been creeping around near the top of the League and they would be right back in it if they get the chance.”
Talbot needs four points for 300 all time competitive points in UK hockey, while, generally, Sheffield need just one goal for 1,700 goals scored in all competitive games in the Elite era.
n Neil Abel, Sheffield’s bench coach, has revealed his team had been held-up in traffic near Glasgow before Tuesday’s win in Scotland, arriving one hour before face-off.
He said: “The guys had 20 minutes to prepare before warm-up and we were sluggish after over six hours on the bus.”