Maple Leafs cooking up strange shootout numbers

Tyler Bozak hears the boobirds from time to time in Toronto, but he's the only Maple Leafs player who has scored a shootout goal this season.

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer is 0-4 in the shootout, in large part due to the fact that no one other than Tyler Bozak, right, can score. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

Toronto heads into a game on Tuesday against Florida having gained three of four points in a back-to-back with Boston.

But the Leafs had a shot at all four points before blowing a 2-0 lead in Boston on Monday in a shootout defeat.

The Maple Leafs are one of four NHL teams who've not won in the shootout during this shortened season, along with Calgary (0-3), Carolina (0-1), and Tampa Bay (0-1).

But Toronto is now 0-4 and they possess one of the most truly eye-popping shootout stats seen since the game decider was introduced for the 2005-06 season:

  • Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak: 3 goals on 4 attempts
  • Rest of the Maple Leafs' players: 0 goals on 17 attempts

The irony is that Bozak, an unrestricted free agent, has been a frequent target of fan criticism and trade rumours for his inconsistent ways.

The talented likes of Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel are a combined 0-for-7 in the shootout this season. Joffrey Lupul may have been the one to help out, but between his forearm injury and suspension, he's taken just one attempt.

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle called on defenders Cody Franson and Dion Phaneuf in a loss to Winnipeg, causing some raised eyebrows. Mikhail Grabovski, passed over as an option on that occasion, answered Carlyle's critics in Toronto's next shootout game by firing way off target.

A full look at the Leafs' shootout table of woe:

Tyler Bozak34
Nazem Kadri04
James van Riemsdyk02
Clarke MacArthur02
Nikolai Kulemin02
Phil Kessel02
Dion Phaneuf01
Cody Franson01
Joffrey Lupul01
Mikhail Grabovski01
Matt Frattin01

Kadri is among a quartet of NHLers who have come up empty in four shootout attempts. The others are Alex Edler (Vancouver), Martin Erat (Nashville) and Teemu Selanne (Anaheim).

Here are five others who've scored, but have done so using the most chances:

  • Daniel Alfredsson, OTT, 1-for-7
  • Mikkel Boedker, PHX, 1-for-6
  • Alex Burrows, VAN, 1-for-6
  • Joe Pavelski, SJ, 1-for-6
  • Ryan Johansen, CBJ, 1-for-5

The best of the bunch (players with at least three goals and a 50 per cent conversion rate):

Artem Anisimov, CBJ45
Craig Smith, NAS46
Jakob Silfverberg, OTT47
Corey Perry, ANA47
Patrick Kane, CHI47
Tyler Bozak, TOR34
Ryan Getzlaf, ANA34
Nick Bonino, ANA35
Ryan Callahan, NYR35
Rick Nash, NYR35
Patrice Bergeron, BOS35
Tyler Seguin, BOS35
Jason Pominville, BUF35



Unsurprisingly given the presence of three players on the above list, Anaheim is tied for the NHL lead at five shootout wins, with San Jose. The Bruins, Ottawa, Chicago and Columbus each have four such victories.

The teams the shootout has benefited the most in terms of total points in the standings are the eighth-place squads in each conference. The New York Rangers are one point up on Carolina in the standings, but the margin between them in shootout points is three. Same with the San Jose Sharks in the West (5-3) and the next best team, Nashville (2-5).

Of course, it is a double-eged sword considering that the NHL uses only regulation and overtime wins for its first standings tiebreaker at the end of the season. The Rangers have 12 in the "ROW" department compared to 15 for the Hurricanes, while the Sharks have just nine, which puts them in the bottom five in the league in that category. The Predators have 12 ROWs.