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02-08-2014, 01:55 PM
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Just how much does offense does our defense provide.

I keep hearing this thrown around and I decided to put together some stats. This is as of last night the 7th of Feburary.

Team goals
1.Chicago-207
2.St. Louis-192
3.Anaheim-191
4.Pittsburgh-186
5.San Jose-175
5.Toronto-175
7.Columbus-170
8.Colorado-169
8.Boston-169
10.Washington-168
11.Ottawa-167
12Winnipeg-165
13.Tampa Bay-164
14.Phoenix-162
14.Dallas-162
14.NYI-162
17.Philadelphia-160
18.NYR-155
19.Edmonton-153
20.Detroit-149
21.Minnesota-145
21.Vancouver-145
23.Montreal-144
23.Nashville-144
25.Carolina-143
26.Florida-139
26.LA-139
28.Calgary-136
29.New Jersey-135
30.Buffalo-110

Goals by Defensemen
1.Boston-37
2.Winnipeg-35* *Byfuglien has 13 of them and has been playing some on the wing
3.Ottawa-33
3. Nashville-33
5.Phoenix-32
6.Pittsburgh-30
7.Colorado-27
7.St. Louis-27
7.Vancouver-27
10.New Jersey-26
10.Chicago-26
10.San Jose-26
13.Washington-25
14.Calgary-24
14.LA-24
14.Anaheim-24
17.Carolina-23
17.Minnesota-23
17.Philadelphia-23
20.Columbus-21
20.Florida-21
22.Dallas-20
22.NYR-20
22.Tampa Bay-20
22.Toronto-20
26.Buffalo-18
26.Edmonton-18
28.Detroit-17
28.NYI-17
30.Montreal-15

% of goals by Defense
1.Nashville-22.9%
2.Boston-21.8%
3.Winnipeg-21.2%
4.Phoenix-19.8%
4.Ottawa-19.8%
6.New Jersey-19.3%
7.Vancouver-18.6%
8.Calgary-17.6%
9.LA-17.3%
10.Buffalo-16.3%
11.Carolina-16.1%
11.Pittsburgh-16.1%
13.Colorado-16%
14.Minnesota-15.9%
15.San Jose-15.1%
15.Florida-15.1%
17.Washington-14.9%
18.Philadelphia-14.4%
19.St. Louis-14.1%
20.NYR-12.9%
21.Anaheim-12.5%
21.Columbus-12.5%
21.Chicago-12.5%
24.Dallas-12.3%
25.Tampa Bay-12.2%
26.Edmonton-11.8%
27.Detroit-11.4%
27.Toronto-11.4%
29.NYI-10.5%
30.Montreal-10.4%

Looking at this we see the Predators are near the bottom in goals. The average goals scored in the NHL so far this year is 159.4 so we are below average. Our defense is carrying this offense more than I even thought. The one team that surprised me was Boston and how close they are to us on % of goals scored by defensemen. I have no idea how we can get our offense better unless some miracle trade or two can really help that much or we get a steal in the draft soon. I know goals are not everything and I know we have a world class goalie that I know everyone has missed all year and we all hope he will be able to come back and play like the old Rinne we new from two years ago but unless Rinne can score some goals he is not going to be the answer especially once you get into the playoffs. Every round you advance in it gets harder and harder to score so even if Rinne will only let in under 2 goals we will have to score 3 to win and we do not have those players right now who can get you that goal when the puck is on their stick when your down by one goal with 5 mins to go. The big question is how do we get them and how long is it going to take.

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