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Snakebit? Five forwards that take plenty of shots, but haven’t scored much


It was Wayne Gretzky (or was it Michael Scott?) who once said you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. For the following five guys, taking shots hasn’t been an issue this season — getting them across the goal line has.

1. Justin Williams

The reigning Conn Smythe winner has a career 9.3 shooting percentage and has always been something of a volume shooter. That latter trend’s continued this season, with a team-high 51 shots on goal though 16 games (putting Williams on pace for 250-plus, the same amount he had during his two 30-goal campaigns in Carolina.)

The former trend, though, hasn’t carried over.

The 33-year-old winger has just two goals this season (a 3.9 shooting percentage) and just one in his last 12 games. His production has been flat across the board but especially down on the power play, where he has no goals and just one assist. Following Thursday’s 2-0 loss to Dallas, Williams acknowledged both he and the Kings’ entire man-advantage unit need to be better.

“Our power play has got to score some big goals for us at some point, if not goals then momentum,” he said, per LA Kings Insider. “I don’t know. We’ll get better.”

2. Marian Hossa

Goals have never been hard to come by for Hossa, he of the 466 career tallies and three 40-goal campaigns. Some of that has to do with prolific shot totals — during his Atlanta days, Hossa fired 340 and 341 shots on goal in back-to-back years — and some of that has to do with his career 12.7 shooting percentage.

But much like Williams, Hossa’s current campaign has gone in a different direction.

The Slovak winger is still firing away, with 50 shots through 16 games, but only two have found the back of the net (a 4.0 shooting percentage). His lack of output could be a big reason why Chicago’s struggled to score goals this year; the ‘Hawks sit 19th in the NHL in goals per game (2.56) and, collectively, have a team shooting percentage of 6.7 — fourth-lowest in the league.

3. Mikko Koivu

Koivu’s never been a sniper (his career-high in goals is 22) and has failed to crack the 200-shot plateau in each of the last five seasons, but this year he’s firing away more frequently and sits second among all Wild skaters in shots, with 49.

Yet he only has two goals to show for it — and both came within a four-game stretch.

Koivu’s season has been a story of goalless streaks. It took six games for him to get his first of the year, and Thursday’s 6-3 win over Buffalo marked his sixth straight without one.

“There’s no question — absolutely,” coach Mike Yeo said about whether Koivu (4.1 shooting percentage) was disappointed with his start, per the Pioneer Press. “It weighs on him, but in talking with him, he’s handled it really well. We’ve really liked his game, he feels confident about his game and I think he’s handled not being on the score sheet in a very responsible manner. He’s doing a lot of really good things.”

Koivu’s on record saying he feels like he’s creating chances, and his spike in shot totals would reflect that. It is worth noting, however, that Koivu’s lack of production has often coincided while skating on a line with free agent pickup Thomas Vanek.

Vanek, like Koivu, has struggled to find the back of the net this year with just one goal through 15 games.

4. David Perron

It’s been a tough go for Perron, especially after he scored a career-high 28 goals for the Oilers last year (on a career-high 220 shots). Perron has a 2.4 shooting percentage this season — way down from his career average of 12.8 — and opened the campaign on a 10-game goalless streak.

Lack of secondary scoring is one of Edmonton’s major issues this season, and Perron knows he’s one of the guys expected to provide it.

“Offensively we need support from more than one line, obviously,” he explained, per the Edmonton Sun. ‘It’s on me, it’s on some of the guys on the second and third lines to provide that. We have to be up to the challenge.”

5. Chris Stewart

Much has been made of Buffalo’s ridiculously low shot totals this season — like that night they only mustered 10 against Toronto — which makes Stewart a rather interesting case study.

Stewart has 42 shots, which not only leads the Sabres but represents 10 percent of the teams’ overall total. Which is good. But Stewart has just one goal on the year, a 2.4 shooting percentage. Which is bad.

Like many of the other guys on this list, Stewart’s shooting percentage is down significantly from his career average. At 12.6 throughout his six years in the league, he’s never been a volume shooter (cracking the 200 plateau just one) but has developed a knack for capitalizing on opportunities.

Just not so far.

Video: Martinez injured following a shot block (Updated)

Alec Martinez

L.A. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez left Thursday night’s 2-0 loss with 9:29 remaining in the second period after taking a Jordie Benn point shot to the midsection and did not return.

Here’s a look at the play:

“Left the game in the second period and did not return. Once the doctor gives us some more information, that’s about all I can tell you,” coach Darryl Sutter said post-game.

According to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register, Martinez left the Staples Center post-game with his hand wrapped up.

L.A. Times reporter Lisa Dillman, reported that via text Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi indicated Martinez’s injury was not serious.

With the Kings’ down to five defensemen for essentially half the game, Drew Doughty finished the night with a game-high 31:39 in time on ice.

Sutter admitted he’s over-working the blue liner.

“He has been playing a lot of minutes. Do we like that? No. But that’s where we’re at,” he said. “You know what? I look at that all the time, too. It’s too many minutes. He’s going to tell you he’s fine with it, but over the long haul, that’s too many.”

The Kings have Friday off before hosting the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday afternoon.

According to CapGeek, since the Jamie McBain recall, the Kings have under $15,000 in cap space.

If Martinez is unable to go, the Kings will likely have to dress five defenseman again (like they did last weekend against the Canucks) due to salary cap limitations. The other option would be to move a player to Long Term Injured Reserve, which would force the player to miss 10 games and 24 days.

Defenseman Robyn Regehr skated on Thursday, but isn’t expected to be ready for Saturday’s game.

Martinez, who has two goals and seven points while averaging over 20 minutes in ice time in 16 games, is one of only four Kings’ defensemen to appear in every game this season.

Video: Eaves suffers lower body injury in win over Kings

Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils

Stars’ forward Patrick Eaves left Thursday’s game midway through the second period after blocking a shot from Kings’ defenseman Alec Martinez.

Eaves appeared to take the shot off one of his skates and did not return.

Eaves had a shot on goal and a hit in the game during 6:48 in time on ice before leaving.

Prior to the start of the third period, the Stars announced Eaves would not return.

According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, the Stars will update Eaves injury on Friday.

The 30-year-old has two goals and five points in 12 games this season while averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time a night.

Video: Lehtonen with an unbelievable save on Stoll

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The Dallas Stars lead the L.A. Kings 2-0 after 40 minutes tonight at the Staples Center, but Jarret Stoll should have the hosts on the board.

With 6:44 remaining in the second, Dallas starter Kari Lehtonen robbed Stoll of a sure goal.

Take a look:

Stoll is still looking for his first goal of the season. He’ll have nightmares of this blown opportunity.

Goalie nods: Hutchinson gets rare start for Jets

Michael Hutchinson

All the latest from the crease…

Pavelec sits, Hutchinson gets ‘Canes

Michael Hutchinson will make just his third start of the season on Thursday when the Jets take on the Hurricanes in Carolina.

The Jets, enjoying tremendous success this season largely due to the efforts of starter Ondrej Pavelec (7-5-2, 1.99 GAA, .928 save percentage), are hoping Hutchinson can replicate the success from his last start — a 1-0 shutout of the Blackhawks on Nov. 2, in which he made 33 saves.

“He was going back in sooner rather than later the moment that Chicago game was done,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice, per the Winnipeg Sun. “You just don’t want to leave a guy who has had a performance like that out too long.

“If he has another strong outing, it leaves us in a position to look at the next block of four games and (find) another start for him.”

For Carolina, Cam Ward will get the nod in goal.


Avs at Rangers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Bruins at Habs: Carey Price for Montreal, no word yet on a Boston starter.

Sharks at Bolts: Antti Niemi vs. Ben Bishop

Preds at Blues: Jake Allen for St. Louis, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Coyotes at Flames: Mike Smith vs. Jonas Hiller

Sens at Oilers: Craig Anderson vs. Ben Scrivens

Sabres at Wild: Jhonas Enroth vs. Darcy Kuemper

Dallas at Los Angeles: Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas, Martin Jones likely for L.A.