St Kilda coach Brett Ratten concedes the Saints are looking for young forward Max King too much and need to find other options in attack.
The Saints' AFL finals aspirations go on the line in captain Jarryn Geary's 200th game when they face struggling Hawthorn at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.
But they will have to do it without goal kicker Tim Membrey, who had surgery on a fractured finger on Tuesday.
The obvious conclusion for a missing Membrey would be for the Rising Star contender King to take on more responsibility, but Ratten doesn't see it that way.
Seventh-placed St Kilda won the inside-50 count 46-30 in last week's crucial match against Melbourne, but still lost their fourth game of the season by less than six points.
"(King) knows he just plays a part in the forward line," Ratten told reporters on Saturday.
"Probably our ability to maybe not kick to him as much because I think sometimes there's other players on, and we're probably going to him a bit too much as well."
Despite a second close defeat in succession, Ratten remains pleased with most areas of St Kilda's game.
"When you just look at the scoreboard, you can say you lose confidence, but we just need to clean a few parts of our game up," he said.
"Probably that inside-50 kick. We had opportunities when we had spare players and didn't find them."
Key defender Jake Carlisle has again been overlooked after his shock axing against the Demons, with the Saints recalling Jonathon Marsh.
Meanwhile, Ratten confirmed Dan Hannebery would not play until at least the finals despite the midfielder entering quarantine in Queensland this week.
The 16th-placed Hawks are in a rut after becoming the first team to lose to Adelaide since August 2019 and will be desperate to end a disappointing season in better fashion.
Hawthorn have made a whopping seven changes, including resting veterans Ben McEvoy and Shaun Burgoyne, while skipper Ben Stratton (ankle) and defender Jarman Impey (hip) also go out.
Debutant Damon Greaves highlights a number of young Hawks inclusions, with Will Day, Harry Morrison, Josh Morris and Dylan Moore getting an opportunity.