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Even Strength Goals As Of 12/21

When your power play ranks 28th out of 30, your team better be scoring some goals during the 5 on 5. Yet the Predators seem to be a team where the ability to put goals in the net can be elusive at times. I was interested in seeing who was contributing during non-power play time given their amount of time on ice. I downloaded stats from NHL.com and divided even strength goals by the players' average per game even strength time on ice. The results show a few surprises. Generally, D-men have lower rates compared to forwards which is expected. However, Shea Weber and Cody Franson rank higher than Ward, Legwand, or Erat.  While the EKG line is clicking, Erat still seems to be under-performning compared to his line mates (though his PP production has been up recently). JP Dumont reportedly  in the coaches' doghouse is in the second tier of scorers. Most surprising to me is that Colin Wilson leads even strength scoring when you factor in his time on ice. And then there is Joel Ward who is apparently suffering from Zidlicky syndrome (get a hefty raise, play like crap).

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Note that Spaling, Sulzer, Belak, Lombardi, Begin, Laasko,and Klasen have not scored any even strength goals this season and therefore, are not included.

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