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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Even strength scoring

The Red Wings have gone seven of their last 11 games without an even-strength goal. They've been outscored 25-8 during their 1-8-2 stretch at even strength. Here's a look at who scores the Wings' even-strength goals ...

Zetterberg 22
Filppula 15
Cleary 15
Datsyuk 13
Holmstrom 9
Hudler 9
Draper 7
Samuelsson 7
Franzen 6
Kronwall 5
Lidstrom 5
Kopecky 4
Lebda 3
Maltby 3
Chelios 2
Lilja 2
Rafalski 2
Drake 1

This stat is too often overlooked. Although the Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom line is potent when together, they don't dominate the team in even-strength goals. A pretty balanced second line can be formed without splitting Zetterberg and Datsyuk.
Also, Mathieu Schneider had a reputation as a power-play guy, but he was lethal at even strength. In Schneider's three full seasons in Detroit, he had 9, 10 and 10 even-strength goals. Brian Rafalski isn't nearly as productive at even strength as Schneider, but is better on the power play.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hudler? No even strenght goals?

March 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM 
Blogger RPM said...

Where's Jiri Hudler? I know he's been in a slump, but I'm pretty sure he's scored at least one even strength goal this season.

Keep up the good work. Your insight is always helpful.

March 1, 2008 at 12:39 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Good catch. Hudler and his 9 even-strength goals is now on the list. Thanks guys.

March 1, 2008 at 2:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce, I am curious as to how many even strength goals have been scored when Datsyuk or Zetterberg aren't on the ice.

March 1, 2008 at 2:29 PM 

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