Goalless through 11 games, Pominville says ‘it can’t get any worse’


A six-time 20-goal scorer, Jason Pominville‘s always had success finding the back of the net.

Until this season, that is.

Pominville is goalless through the first 11 games of the ’15-16 campaign, one of the longest droughts of his 12-year career.

While there were signs last season of the 32-year-old slowing down in the goalscoring department — he had just 18 in 82 games, his lowest-ever full season GPG rate — there was no foreshadowing a slump of this magnitude.

Especially considering not much has changed for Pominville this season.

He’s still getting pretty solid ice time — 18:20 per night — and the same opportunities with linemates Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund. The trio carried over its success from last season into this year’s exhibition campaign, and Pominville is averaging 2.5 shots per game, not far off the three-per-game he fired on net a year ago.

Of course, that shot total puts Pominville in a weird club.

He, along with L.A.’s Dustin Brown, Pittsburgh’s David Perron, Philly’s Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl are the only forwards in the NHL to have fired at least 28 shots on goal this season without scoring.

Pominville will look to notch his first of the season when the Wild host the Preds on Thursday at Xcel.