Friday, October 05, 2007

Sharks in the Shootout- Far Less Effective Than Phil Spector

So mclaren's right hip put a comment in the last post about how bad the Sharks are in the shootout. And as I am wont to do in situations like this, I get curious about the numbers. I'm a math guy. Sorry. If you hate numbers, click here and go take a nap. Try to wake up in the real world.

Still here? Ready for some Sharks shootout facts?

  • Sharks are 3-9 since the shootout was started in the 06-07 season (a lovely 1-7 in the first year). That's the worst in the NHL both in terms of percentage and in terms of wins.
  • The Sharks have also had the fewest shootout opportunities of any team in the NHL.
  • Nabokov is 2-5 lifetime in the shootout. That's among the worst of goalies with 5 decisions or more. Other horrible shootout goalies include Ray Emery (1-6), Mikka Kiprusoff (4-11), Jussi Markkanen (1-4), Andrew Raycroft (3-7), and Cam Ward (1-4).
  • Vesa Toskala was 0-4 in the shootout with the Sharks.
  • Patrick Marleau is 0-6 in the shootout.
  • Joe Thornton is 1-6, 0-1 with the Sharks.
  • Joe Pavelski has the most shootout goals by a Shark with 4 (on 4 attempts, including last night). Other Sharks with multiple shootout goals- Cheech with 3, Clowe with 2, Marco Sturm with 2, and Nils Ekman (remember him?) with 2.
  • The best in the NHL is Jussi Jokinen, who is 15 for 25. In terms of percentage, Paul Kariya and Slava Kozloz are slightly better, shooting 12 for 18 (66.7%).
So other than the goal-scoring and the goal-saving, the Sharks are money in the shootout.

If I were to put together a shootout lineup, I would go Pavelski, Clowe, Cheech, with Michalek or Bernier on deck. Bernier scored in the Teal and White game, remember? Against Taylor Dakers, but that's beside the point.


McLaren's Right Hip said...

1) You have a lot of time on your hands. But I appreciate your effort as I am now better edumacated on the topic.

2) I don't care who does the shootout, as long as they put some effort and speed into it. My grandma could have stopped the shots last night and she has a wooden leg and a glass eye.

3) Don't you think, with the way he played last night, Mitchell should have had a crack at it?

But tonight's a new night, game 2 of the season, we got our pee-pees wet and now it's time to beat the hell out of Vancouver. 3 hours 'til the puck drops.

Can'tStoptheGrier said...

Sharks played excellent in Vancouver. I will post my thoughts after tonight in Colorado.

Mike Chen said...

Hey Mike, I can't find your email on here, but just to let you know that Mirtle calculated that Perrault won't work for the Crappy Player Pick Em...his average point total is too high (51.7). Can you throw in another pick? Mr. Grier's still available.