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Without A Goal

02/21/2020 at 1:21pm EST

from Jonathan Willis of The Athletic,

There have been 5,613 goals scored in the NHL this season. The league’s players have shot the puck at the net 106,246 and succeeded in putting it on goal 58,951 times. On average, it takes 19 attempts or 10.5 actual shots, to create a single goal....

While there’s still time for anyone on this list to crack their personal goose egg on the scoresheet this season, don’t expect them to magically start lighting the lamp on a regular basis.

Justin Abdelkader, Red Wings – 69 shot attempts, 3.38 expected goals

In his prime, Abdelkader owned the area at the top of the crease. At no point in his career has he ever been regarded as an especially talented offensive player by NHL standards, but he willed himself to 19- and 23-goal seasons by scoring from point-blank range.

He isn’t able to do that these days. Even last season, when he scored just six goals, his lowest number since his rookie year, many of his shots came from the top edge of the crease, with much of the remainder coming from the outer scoring chance region. This year, there are a lot of perimeter tries, the kinds of shots hockey watchers quickly learn to associate with older wingers no longer able to gain the slot with the puck.

more ($$$) plus four more players...

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