You know that quote “you can’t score if you don’t shoot”? There are many variations of it but the main message is telling you that you will not score unless you shoot. Yes, that is true more than 99.9% of the time but sometimes that 0.01% comes into play.
There was no shot by Washington and no shot recorded for Washington. But unfortunately there are only a couple of Niclas Wallin’s out there and as far as I’m concerned there is only one that has played in the NHL. For everyone else, they have to get goals the old-fashioned way. Shooting.
Stats are as of November 21, 2013.
There are three individual players with more than 90 shots. Alex Ovechkin (112), Zach Parise (101) and Evander Kane (93). Now it would seem Ovechkin is the better shooter out of the three with more shots, goals and a better shooting %, but stand Ovi’s Capitals up against the Evander Kane’s Jets and there is a huge difference between the average shots on goal per game.
Winnipeg averages 32.3 shots per game (4th in NHL), while Washington shoots an average of 29.5 times per game (18th in NHL). As for Minnesota, they’re 24th in the NHL with 28.3 shots per game.
The Jets have two of the top ten shooters and three in the top thirty. Those aren’t incredible numbers but it does make Washington shooters look like jokes. After Ovi, the next highest shooter is defenseman John Carlson with 54 shots. Good for 81st in the league. You can do the math yourself. Ovechkin has 58 more shots than second place Carlson. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the slightly above average shooters in Winnipeg over the Alex and the gang in D.C. Washington has some work to do if they want to keep up in the Eastern Conference. As we all know, goals wins games and defense wins championships but the Caps should focus on the last part of that when the time comes.
April 3rd is the date. Non-stop action of hockey trades. Many big names have been thrown around this year. We have already seen Jarome Iginla shipped to Pittsburgh, Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh and Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has been busy over the past few days and they seem to be making a serious run for the cup. Here are some of the big trade possibilities as well as my predictions for who I think might be on the move on Wednesday.
Mason Raymond and Robert Luongo Ryan Miller and Robyn Regehr
The shortened 2013 NHL season has featured surprises and disappointments. First off, who could have predicted the Chicago Blackhawks incredible streak? Who would think that the Maple Leafs, Senators and Canadiens would be in a playoff position and the Lightning, Capitals and Flyers would not? While everyone is making their early awards predictions, I thought I would focus on the slumps and droughts. Here some stats on some slumps and cold streaks.
Pardon my absence from my blog as I have been caught up in school work and watching hockey. I have been up to date with everything NHL and MLB. I was watching an New York Islanders game the other day when I was thinking about their recent struggles with goaltending. The Isles continue to be a below average hockey team. As I look at the standings, they are last in their division and 12th in the conference. But when you look at their goaltenders they have the injury-prone Rick Dipietro, Evgeni Nabokov and the newly acquired Tim Thomas.
Now, look back just 5 years. 07/08 was the year. These same three goalies were excellent. Here are the facts to prove it.
Rick Dipietro (This was Rick’s last year before the big injuries kicked in).
3707 minutes played (10th in NHL)
Evgeni Nabokov (SJ)
4560 minutes played (2nd in NHL)
2.14 GAA (3rd in NHL)
6 Shutouts (3rd in NHL)
Vezina Trophy finalist
Tim Thomas (BOS)
1595 saves (13th in NHL)
Many other teams struggle with goalie issues some being a positive issue like the problem in Vancouver with two #1 goalies (Schneider, Luongo) they don’t know who to start and when. But other teams have had poor performances this year and in previous years. The Leafs continue to have hard times with their net minders. (Reimer, Scrivens). Ever since Washington traded Semyon Varlamov to the Avalanche, they have not have consistent goal keeping. The Caps are chugging along with Neuvirth and Holtby who have not quite lived up to expectations in 2013. Washington is currently in last in their conference and things are not looking up. A goaltender is a very important part of any team. If your goalie is not playing up to par, well you better have a good offensive team.
Finally the NHL Lockout has come to an end. This means blogging about both sports, hockey and baseball. I have made my predictions for the shortened 48 game season. It includes standings and skater statistics. Feel free to debate or argue with me. I’m always open to discuss all topics. (Note: Overtime/Shootout wins and losses are included in the Win and Loss category.
It is always great when you point a celebrity that looks like someone you know or another celebrity and everyone agrees with you. But it is harder to do that with athletes, due to them always wearing a hat or helmet. Well I’m going to do my best job to find some look alikes between player and player or player and celebrity. I will be focusing on MLB and NHL players.
Alexander Ovechkin & Richard Kiel (I’ve gotta do it).
The NHL playoffs are entertaining as always whether your watching for your fantasy pool picks or just watching for pure enjoyment. But this year has something that no one likes: the dirty playing. There have been suspensions and fines already and no series is even done yet. It all started in the first game of the Nashville vs. Detroit series when Predators defenseman Shea Weber took Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg’s head and shoved it into the boards. Brendan Shanahan did not react like he should have. Weber only got a $2500 fine and no suspension. Wow, this guy will make $7 million this year. If Shannahan is trying to eliminate head shots, Weber, with all intent threw Zetterberg’s head into the glass. I know $2500 is the maximum fine for players but why Weber did not get a suspension puzzles me. Take a look for yourself, what would you give Weber?
Then in the Rangers vs. Senators series Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin elbowed fellow countryman Daniel Alfreddson’s head into the boards. Alfredsson already was out for a bit of the year due to concussion symptoms when he was hit in a game against the New York Rangers. Who knows how long Alfie could be out for now. Hagelin went in with his elbow up with full intent on hitting Alfreddson high. Luckily Hagelin was given a 3 game suspension.
There have been many incidents that have not been dealt with at all or not properly. I think this incident should have gotten more. In the 1st period of the same game of the Alfredsson hit when the Rangers and Senators met, Senators d-man Matt Carkner tried to start a fight with Rangers forward Brian Boyle. Carkner just started throwing puches to Boyes’ head . Boyle did not fight back and dropped to the ice only to be on the bottom of a dog-pile. Boyle did not get any penalty, thankfully Carkner got a 17 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct while Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky got a game misconduct for being the apparent “third man in” which is an automatic Misconduct. Boyle was not injured on the play which might have had an affect on the number of games Carkner was suspended for. Carkner only got 1 game for his punching.
Then on Saturday April 14 Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw swooped in on Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith and delivered a hit to Smith’s head. I think Smith might have over-exagerated the hit but that was not the problem. the problem was that Shaw made contact with Smith’s head. Shaw received a major penalty for charging and a game-misconduct. Shaw then was later handed a 3 game ban from Brendan Shanahan.
Now let’s get to the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia series. The has been dirty play from the goons and from the stars. Of all the players to be picking fights and being a jerk, Sidney Crosby is the one. Crosby missed months of action due to concussions. There were fights and brawls in all 3 games. The Penguins have been fighting, yapping and pulling hair! I guess this is what happens when the team lets in 20 goals in just 3 games against Philly. The main incident was Penguins forward Aaron Asham’s cross-check to the head of Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. It came right after a scrum involving Schenn, then Asham came over and nailed Schenn in the neck/face area.
If Shanahan wants to eliminate head shots and he doesn’t even suspend someone for grabbing a players head and smashing it into the boards, well, you tell me what is suspendable anymore.