Yes, Marchand is having a tough time. To me it just seems like his hands aren't there with him this year. Unlike some, I think he is trying to play like he has in the past, but his stick is failing him, and he is losing control of the puck trying to pull off the same moves that had worked for him in the past. And it's not that the D is stopping him, he is just flat out losing the puck. unforced errors.
However, I don't want to blame that line's lack of productivity on any one player because frankly they all look subpar compared to what we have come to expect of them. Last year, that line (Bergeron-Marchand-Segs) was arguable our best line all year from both a production and a defensive responsibility standpoint. It combined Bergeron's defensive prowess with two fast, creative wingers who would both set eachother up and weren't afraid to shoot. Now the line just looks slow and unaggressive. They throw it in deep and muck in the corners until they turn it over and go the other way. Where last year Bergeron would send Marchand and Seguin streaking up the ice on breaks, this year Marchand is streaking up the ice while Bergeron and Erickson are still way too deep in their own zone -- at which point Marchand tries to make a move and the puck flies off his stick, rush over.
I think it is time to shake up the 2nd and 3rd lines to get some chemistry going.
Bergie needs a more offensive minded winger that is going to take the puck to the net
I hesitate to split up Marchand and Bergy based on the chemistry and opportunistic counter attack that they have displayed in the past couple years.