Most goals scored this season without scoring a power play goal
Scoring goals in the NHL is difficult, especially when you don't get the luxury of getting a lot of power play ice time.
With goal scoring at its current level (it's down ... way down) it's hard enough to score in the NHL. The average game this season features a little less than five-and-a-half goals per game, which is the lowest mark we've seen since the start of the 2005-06 season.
It's even more difficult for players when they don't get the luxury of seeing a lot of time on the power play, and spend most of their time logging tough even strength minutes, or even more difficult, time on the penalty kill.
There have been nearly 500 skaters to play at least 50 games in the NHL this season, and out of that group only 156 have scored at least 15 goals. And out of those 156, only six players have managed to do so without scoring a single power play goal: Pascal Dupuis, Patrik Berglund, Lauri Korpikoski, Adam Henrique, Eric Nystrom, Viktor Stalberg and Jannik Hansen.
The only players on the list that have seen any significant power play time this season are Berglund and Henrique, and all of the players, with the exception of Nystrom, have scored at least one shorthanded goal for their team.
A quick look:
(Update: I mistakenly overlooked Viktor Stalberg the first time around. He has since been added.)
|Most Goals Without A Power Play Goal: 2011-12 Season|
|Player||Team||Goals||ES Goals||SH Goals||PP Time/Game|
|Patrik Berglund||St. Louis||18||16||2||2:21|
|Adam Henrique||New Jersey||16||12||4||1:49|
A lot of these guys, like Korpikoski and especially Dupuis and Hansen, are among the players that are given some of the toughest even strength assignments on their respective teams (both in terms of who they're asked to play against, as well as the number of defensive zone faceoffs they're given), and are also given the task of being a top penalty killer.
So the fact they've been able to provide as much offense as they have is a nice bonus, especially when none of them, with the exception of Berglund, carry a cap hit of more than $1.8 million for this season (Berglund's salary cap hit is $2.25 million for the season).
This is the third straight year Dupuis has been near the top of this list (he hasn't scored a power play goal since the 2006-07 season when he was a member of the Minnesota Wild) and the second consecutive year that Korpikoski has been near the top, having scored 19 last year without a power play tally.
With the way a lot of these guys are trusted defensively they're pretty valuable players to their team and with relatively friendly contracts against the salary cap. Good guys to have around, especially when they can not only eat up some tough minutes to open up favorable matchups for the top-scorers on the team, but also provide a bit of offense on their own.
Just out of curiosity, I went back over the past 15 seasons, all the way back to 1996-97, and found the players that have scored the most goals in a season without scoring on the power play to how the above players stack up.
|Most Goals Without A Power Play Goal Since Start Of 1996-97 Season|
|Player||Team||Goals||ES Goals||SH Goals|
|Alex Burrows||Vancouver ('08-09)||28||24||4|
|Ed Olczyk||L.A/Pittsburgh ('96-97)||25||25||0|
|Pascal Dupuis||Pittsburgh ('11-12)||23||21||2|
|John Madden||New Jersey ('00-01)||23||20||3|
|Rene Bourque||Calgary ('08-09)||21||20||1|
|Brian Gionta||New Jersey ('03-04)||21||21||0|
|Magnus Arvedson||Ottawa ('98-99)||21||17||4|
|Ethan Moreau||Edmonton ('03-04)||20||17||3|
|Scott Pellerin||St. Louis ('98-99)||20||15||5|
|Lauri Korpikoski||Phoenix ('10-11)||19||17||2|
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