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01-21-2012, 08:17 AM
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Following last night's game against the Penguins, the Habs have now lost 7 of 8 shootouts this season. Considering how important each and every point in the standings is over the course of a season, this is obviously a major issue. Having won 5 or 6 of this season's shootouts would have the team just 4 or 5 points outside of a playoff spot instead of 9 which would be much more reasonable.
Many people weren't happy with Cunneyworth's decision to have Gomez as one of his shooters last night. I can understand the frustration, however as you can see from the career numbers below, his choices are rather limited in terms of players with a history of success in shootouts, especially with Gionta out of the lineup.
Top 5 Habs Career Shooters
Career shootout stats for all current Habs:
A lot of fans have also laid the blame for the team's struggles in shootout this season on Price's performance (10 goals against on 20 shots this year). However, the Habs' shooters have only scored 4 times on a total of 26 attempts.
All that being said, how do you think the Habs can go about improving in the shootout? Would you prefer selecting the shooters based off past shootout success, performance in the night's game, or maybe recent ability in practice? Who would be your top three shooters for the rest of the season? Do you think specific payers should be targeted during the offseason to help in the shootout for next year?
Career shootout numbers for all active NHL skaters:
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