Corey Perry, a former 50-goal scorer and Hart Trophy winner, is going through one of the biggest slumps of his career.
One that’s essentially covered the entire season.
“It’s not fun, what’s going on,” Perry said of his scoring woes and the constant questions, per the O.C. Register. “I’ll tell you that right now.
“What do you think I’m going through?”
Here, numerically speaking anyway, is what he’s going through:
— Perry has just nine goals through 55 games this year.
— That’s put him on pace for 13, which would be his lowest total since breaking into the league a dozen years ago.
— He’s had goalless droughts of 18 and 13 games already, and is currently mired in a six-game slump.
Unsurprisingly, the Ducks’ offense has sputtered right along with Perry. They currently sit just 22nd in the NHL in goals per game, and have scored just four times in their last three contests.
Head coach Randy Carlyle said he’s talked “numerous times” to Perry about making tweaks and adjustments in his game, and noted that Perry’s responded accordingly — but the goals have yet to come.
So all parties involved have patience.
But one wonders when it might wear thin.
The Ducks could certainly use some help at forward, at least in terms of putting pucks in the net, so perhaps this situation could come to a head at the trade deadline — which is just weeks away.