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The Scott Gomez goal slump: by the numbers

Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:57 am
Edited on: February 4, 2012 9:25 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

At no point in his career has Scott Gomez ever been considered to be a great goal-scorer. Even when he was at his peak, playing his best hockey, he was always more of a playmaking center and a set-up man, having reached the 20-goal mark just once in his 11-year career, scoring 33 during the 2005-06 season as a member of the New Jersey Devils.

Still, he's never gone through a goal slump like the one he's been on dating back to last season, having not found the back of the net since Feb. 5, 2011, against the New York Rangers when he beat backup goaltender Martin Biron. He enters Sunday's game against Winnipeg having gone a full calender year without a goal (some fans already have a celebration planned), which almost seems impossible for any player in the NHL, especially one that has a pretty solid amount of talent like Gomez does. And one that is the 18th highest paid player in the NHL this season in terms of salary ($7.5 million) ... and carries the 11th largest salary cap hit ($7.3 million). But here we are, at the point where high expectations, an angry fan base, a struggling player and even a little bit of bad luck all meet at the same place.

That place is called Scott Gomez.

What has to make it even more frustrating for Canadiens fans is that along with the lack of production and huge salary is the fact the team also gave up defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the trade that brought Gomez to Montreal in the June, 2009 trade. McDonagh, of course, has since gone on to become one of the NHL's top shutdown defensive defenseman at the age of 22 and is playing a huge role for the first-place Rangers.

Canadiens fans have, naturally, grown frustrated, and even started to write parody songs, including this one titled, "Scott Gomez Can't Put Anything In."



Just how long has it been, including the playoffs, since Gomez last scored a goal? Some numbers.

58: The number of games Gomez has appeared in for the Canadiens, including 22 this season.

1,277: The number of shifts Gomez has skated since his last goal.

122: The number of shots on goal Gomez has recorded during his slump. This really makes it amazing. You would have to think that in 122 shots an NHL player, any NHL player, pick one at random, would score at least one goal, even by accident. Look at it another way: there are 93 players in the NHL this season with at least 120 shots on goal. Those 93 players have scored an average of 15 goals. Only 17 of them have scored fewer than 10, and 12 of them are defensemen. If he had maintained his career average shooting percentage of 7.8 percent during that stretch he would have scored eight goals. A player that shot at the league average mark of nine percent would have scored 10 goals.

22: The number of assists Gomez has been credited with during his goal drought, which would put him on a pace for 31 over the course of an 82-game season. It's also the exact number he recorded last season in 80 games.

Again, there is no doubt that Gomez is no longer the player he was seven or eight years ago, and there have been some injuries during this run, but there also has to be some bad luck, too, to keep him from scoring even a single goal over this rough stretch.

He's going to score again. He almost has to.

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Comments

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:52 pm
 

The Scott Gomez goal slump: by the numbers

hey all-star leafs suck too, and yeah we do have many more championships then u, HABS FOREVER!



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:52 pm
 

The Scott Gomez goal slump: by the numbers

jcuervo, I guess Goat-turd was looking around for more undersized, useless players to fill up the roster, and Gomez was a perfect specimen.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:37 pm
 

The Scott Gomez goal slump: by the numbers

...NA NA NA NA    NA NA NA NA  HEY HEY HEY...THEY STINK!!!  Pretty soon Hab fans will start to brag about "at least I have my health" AND  How many more cups they've won vs. the Leafrs..LMAO  Go Leafs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:05 pm
 

The Scott Gomez goal slump: by the numbers

Man, as a Ranger fan, we would have given up my left nut to get Scott Gomez and his hefty salary out of NY.

I never dreamed that we would get back Mcdonagh and Valetenko and indirectly Brandon Prust. (Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik were traded for Prust and Olli Jokinen.) Valetenko could probably crack most teams as at least the 6th defenseman right now, but the Rangers have a ton of defensive depth in front of him in the system.

An all star in the making, a great defensive player who can drop the gloves and a very good defensive prospect, for a 7 million dollar cap hit.  I know hindsight is 20/20.... but Gomez was done when he was in NY, not sure what MTL was thinking here.

Sather must have had some pics of the MTL GM cross dressing or something. ha ha



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:04 pm
 

The Scott Gomez goal slump: by the numbers

Man, as a Ranger fan, we would have given up my left nut to get Scott Gomez and his hefty salary out of NY.

I never dreamed that we would get back Mcdonagh and Valetenko and indirectly Brandon Prust. (Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik were traded for Prust and Olli Jokinen.) Valetenko could probably crack most teams as at least the 6th defenseman right now, but the Rangers have a ton of defensive depth in front of him in the system.

An all star in the making, a great defensive player who can drop the gloves and a very good defensive prospect, for a 7 million dollar cap hit.  I know hindsight is 20/20.... but Gomez was done when he was in NY, not sure what MTL was thinking here.

Sather must have had some pics of the MTL GM cross dressing or something. ha ha



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:54 pm
 

The Scott Gomez goal slump: by the numbers

I would like to see the team bus run over this guy. Accidentally of course.


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