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by Paul on 07/30/13 at 10:02 AM ET
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
The shootout's limited history shows that some players and teams are better at it than others. Here's a look at some of the best of the shootout at age 8:
Perfection: Nine active players have scored on all of their shootout attempts, but none has taken more than one. Twenty players were perfect in the tiebreaker during the shortened 2012-13 season, though only four -- Andy McDonald, PA Parenteau, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin -- had more than two attempts. McDonald was 4-for-4, while the others were 3-for-3.
On the other end of the spectrum, Nazem Kadri had an attempt in each of the Toronto Maple Leafs' five shootouts -- and missed them all, a big reason his team went 0-5. Future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne was one of three players who was 0-for-4.
Clarke MacArthur, now with the Ottawa Senators, is the least-effective active shooter in the tiebreaker; he was 0-for-3 last season and is 0-for-12 in his career. Patrik Berglund of the St. Louis Blues (0-for-10) is the only other active player who has reached double digits in attempts without scoring at least once.
The best career shooter who has taken 10 or more shots is former Minnesota Wild defenseman Petteri Nummelin, who went 8-for-10 (.800) in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Among active players who have taken 15 or more shots, the best is Matt Hendricks, now with the Nashville Predators, who is 9-for-15 (60 percent). Raise the bar to 20 attempts and the only player who has connected on more than 50 percent is Islanders center Frans Nielsen (25-for-45, 55.6 percent).
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