By The Numbers: Stephen Weiss
Tuesday, 05.5.2009 / 4:32 PM ET / By The Numbers
Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the
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2008-09 SEASON FOR STEPHEN WEISS
1 – Looking for a spark, yet down a man early in their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 19th, Weiss found himself in a one-on-one situation with Leafs defenseman Anton Stralman. Weiss made a move sending Stralman to the ice and worked his way on netminder Martin Gerber, roofing it past Gerber. It was Weiss’ 12th goal of the season. It was also the first shorthanded goal of career (7 seasons, 390 games).
3 – Prior to the season, Weiss had reached a career high with three points seven different times. During the 2008-09 season, he accomplished that feat four more times. His first game was when he had a goal and two assists against Montreal on January 29th. Two games later he hit that mark once again with a goal and two assists against Toronto (February 3rd). On March 1st, he also had a goal and two assists at Washington. Then on March 3rd, he picked up a career high three assists in Atlanta.
3 – You won’t see it on the game-by-game stats because shootout winners don’t count towards individual stats, but for three straight games, Weiss took the team on his back scoring the game winner. On December 8th, Weiss scored the overtime winner with 10 seconds remaining at Ottawa. Then with the team in Edmonton on December 11th, he netted the first goal of the game in a 2-0 victory. Finally on December 12th, he scored the only shootout goal against the Calgary Flames in a 3-2 victory.
4 – Including the game-winners against Ottawa and Edmonton, Weiss finished the season with four game-winners, tying his career high in that category with last year’s total. He finished one behind the team lead, shared by Nathan Horton and David Booth.
5 – Weiss, the set up guru, was on point, racking up points in a season-high five consecutive games. The streak started with an assist on Horton’s goal against the New York Islanders on Deember 31st. His streak was broken on January 10th, ironically during the Panthers highest goal total of the season, an 8-4 victory over Atlanta. Weiss racked up goal and six assists in those five games.
6 – Known more for setting up the goals than scoring them, Weiss had a season high five shots, on six different occasions. He did rank fourth on the team in shots on the season with 154, behind Booth’s 246, Jay Bouwmeester’s 182 and Michael Frolik’s 158.
8 – Born in Toronto, Weiss thoroughly enjoyed playing his hometown team. Weiss netted his most goals (three) and points (eight) against the Maple Leafs in the four games. The eight points was one more than his totals against Southeast Division rivals Washington and Atlanta.
18 – Scoring the most points on the team, means you’re going to lead in numerous offensive categories. Weiss would finish the season with 18 multi-point games leading the Panthers in that category. He finished with three more multi-point games than Booth.
19 – Another way to look at someone’s skills in the offense and defensive zones is the plus-minus category. Weiss led the team with a career high plus-19. Weiss has improved almost every single season he has been in the league, going -13 in 2002-03, -10 in 2003-04, -2 in 2005-06, +10 last year and +19 this season.
35 – It’s unusual to see forwards dominate in terms of time on ice. With four lines usually running, forwards are lucky to see 18-19 minutes and 25 or so shifts in a game. Weiss saw 30 shifts just three different times this season and had a season high 35 shifts on the ice November 18th at Tampa. He also had a season high 24:14 of ice time that game as well.
47 – Weiss was very active, setting up his teammates for goals. The seventh-year vet notched a career high 47 assists, shattering his previous high of 29 assists which he accomplished last season. The 47 assists ranked him 26th in the lead in that category and was six off the franchise record of 53 set by Viktor Kozlov in 1999-2000.
50 – What was it about Canadien teams for Weiss? He scored 14 goals during the 2008-09 season. Half of those goals came against those Canadian teams. Including the three he scored against Toronto, he scored two against Ottawa and one each against Montreal and Edmonton.
61 – A career year in yet another category as Weiss racked up 61 points during the 2008-09 campaign. That led the Panthers and was good enough for 56th in the league. The 61 points was 13 more than his previous high of 48 which he accomplished in 2006-07.
78 – It was a pretty healthy year for Weiss, missing only four games on the season (missing four games with a groin injury from October 25th until November 6th). The 78 games were the most games he has played in career, one more than the 2002-03 season.
200 – Registering the second assist on Nathan Horton’s third period goal gave Weiss a NHL milestone, 200 points for his career. That point came against, you can probably guess it, Toronto in the Panthers 5-4 comeback overtime victory on February 10th.
400 – With his best season almost in the books, Weiss picked up one more milestone with the second to last game of the season as he played in 400th career game on April 9th against Atlanta. He became just the 11th player in franchise history to play at least 400 games with the Panthers.