March 11 2013 09:35AM
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- It feels weird that we haven't started any wars with Anaheim Ducks bloggers over the Ducks' eventual fate. They're not even doing it with goaltending anymore. Every shot is turning into friggin gold for them. Very similar to the team's 2011 season when they made the playoffs with the third worst Fenwick Close % in the NHL. That year, they were winning games less because of high shooting percentages and more because they went 29-10-5 in one-goal games. Still, that was a team that shouldn't have made the playoffs, and the next season their shooters regressed heavily.
- But now they're back. Ryan Getzlaf's shooting percentage in the last four years, starting with the 2009-2010 season? 12.8%, 16.2%, 5.9%, 17.9%. Corey Perry's numbers are more modest: 10.0%, 17.2%, 13.4%, 14.8%. Andrew Cogliano, basically Todd Marchant without hands, has scored nine times on 36 shots this season. Teemu Selanne, Daniel Winnik and Sheldon Souray are the only three scorers they have with 5+ goals (and they have 11 of them total) without a shooting percentage above 15%. Every Duck has caught fire in a bottle this year.
- Vancouver's usually higher in these rankings. Goaltending appears to be killer for them this year. Roberto Luongo, a known PDO driver, is sitting on the bench as the team is going through an ugly stretch. I made my feelings on that known over at Canucks Army. Now that we've seen a little more of Cory Schneider, I'm wondering if that isn't the goalie the Canucks should try to trade away...
- Montreal and Toronto are having excellent seasons, but Montreal's success is still more realistic. Like we've all said though, a team can basically make the playoffs coasting on crazy percentages in a 48-game season, and that looks like the Maple Leafs could do that. They stormed back to pick up a point against Pittsburgh on Marc-Andre Fleury's inability to stop anything remotely close to scoring range.
- The heck is wrong with Ken Hitchcock's goalies? It's like Brian Elliott woke up one morning and thought "you know what? I'm Brian Elliott". Still, if you're going to be the worst PDO team in the league, you may as well also be a dominant puck-possession squad so you can still make the playoffs. That team is so good, but nobody will know it because they've commit to Brian Elliott for two seasons and Jaro Halak can't seem to string together any decent games.
- Los Angeles couldn't buy a save, so they figured out how to shoot pucks. Uh oh. If this were an 82-game sked, I'd bet on them catching up to Anaheim.
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