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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, 12.02.2013 / 4:35 PM
By Randy Moller - FloridaPanthers.com / From The Booth
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Decided By The Shootout

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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