February 07 2013 12:00PM
Phil Kessel is getting slammed by fans and the MSM and defended broadly in the Statosphere. Why? Kessel has played 10 games and hasn't tickled the twine. His first 42 shots on goal show nothing but a giant zero on the stat sheet.
Should Leafs fans be worried?
|2011||January 11 - February 15||60|
|2010||January 2 - January 15 - x||42|
|2013||January 19 - February 5*||42|
|2008||January 3 - February 22||37|
|2010||November 27 - December 9||37|
|2009||December 16 - December 30 - x||30|
|2012||April 3 - April 7||24|
|2010||October 28 - November 10||21|
|2011||November 22 - December 6||20|
* - active streak
x - Kessel scored one goal against Edmonton on December 30th, then went goalless through January 15th. He had 1 goal on 73 shots over this time.
The table should give Leafs faithful some comfort. Kessel's current streak doesn't come close to his all-time longest drought from 2011, and he's had three other very similar streaks, two as a member of the Leafs. Cold streaks happen, even to good players.
It's worth noting, however, that Kessel ended 2012 going 0-24. Added to this year's streak, he's taken 66 shots since he last scored a goal. That said, if he continues to get pucks on goal they will start finding the twine eventually.