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Decided By The Shootout

Randy Moller looks at how many games have been decided by the shootout this season and the importance of the second point.
Monday, 12.2.2013 / 4:35 PM ET
By Randy Moller - FloridaPanthers.com / From The Booth
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Now that we’ve kicked out the last Thanksgiving relative and tossed the last dry leftover drumstick, most NHL teams this week are about to hit the 30 game milestone. One stat that intrigues me — out of the 405 games that have been played this season, 126 have been decided by a shootout.

You don’t have to attend Red Deer Jr High to figure out that more than 1 in 4 games this year have not only gone into overtime, but the bonus point has been decided by a select few shooters and netminders.

Who’s the best? The Washington Capitals are 6-2 (also the most shootouts so far). Tampa Bay is 3-0, Chicago has won four shootouts, same goes for the LA Kings. Oh, and the Penguins are a perfect 2-0.

On the other short end of the stick, the Devils are 0-4, Panthers 2-4, Ottawa stumbling along at 0-3 and Nashville sporting the same goose egg 0-3.

See the trend? A lot of “bonus” points gobbled up by teams in playoff positions, while others are on the outside, gawking in the frozen window. Through an 82-game campaign, if you said the difference between 11 and 4, and 4 and 11, is a playoff spot, you may go to the front of the class. These are precious points my classmates!

NHL shootout leaders do not necessarily have names like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos or Randy Moller. Goalies with the best GAA (Goals against average) and save %, don’t always translate to perfect shootout records.

So where’s the logic? Some teams practice the shootout, others don’t. The Cats' Jonathan Huberdeau has the best breakaway “move” on the team. But Huby can’t win it by himself. Coaches, players, owners and media now spend ungodly hours pouring over stats, video and ouija boards.

I heard the Dean of Mathematic Science, he of prestigious Red Deer Community College, recently commissioned an inquiry, gathering puck-head students from Saskatoon to Sicamous to study the “one-on-one” phenomenon. I know one thing’s for sure, this student of the game will remain confused and stuck on the bench.

Class dismissed.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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