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Love it or hate it, the shootout is here to stay for the foreseeable future. I pray it never enters the playoffs, but I don't have too much of a problem with it after the 5 minute 4-on-4 OT during the regular season. A 10 minute 4-on-4 OT (with no timeouts/commercial breaks) before the shootout would be more interesting though.

Regardless of any of that crap, I thought it would be interesting for our Avs fans to get a little more acquainted with the shootout - especially since last season's playoff appearance was clinched with it (thanks Dutchie).

To see how the Avalanche stack up against other NHL clubs, and to discover which Colorado players are bona fide studs or duds, read on.

Since the NHL adopted the shootout as a marketing ploy to excite fans and get rid of annoying tie games, the Avalanche have the 9th most wins in the league, with 31. Their record is 31-22 for a .584 win %, 7th all time. The Avs are good one on one.

TEAM

SHOOTOUTS

WINS

LOSSES

WIN %

Devils

62

39

23

.629

Stars

63

39

24

.619

Coyotes

51

31

20

.607

Oilers

65

39

26

.600

Islanders

55

33

22

.600

Thrashers

54

32

22

.592

AVALANCHE

53

31

22

.584

Penguins

56

32

24

.571

Rangers

65

37

28

.569

Predators

51

29

22

.568

Kings

56

30

26

.535

Sabers

60

31

29

.516

Lightning

49

25

24

.510

Canadiens

53

27

26

.509

Adjectives

56

28

28

.500

Bruins

65

31

34

.476

Blackhawks

56

26

30

.464

Blues

56

26

30

.464

Hurricanes

37

17

20

.459

Sharks

48

22

26

.458

Red Wings Suck

52

23

29

.442

Ducks

62

27

35

.435

Canucks

50

22

28

.440

Blue Jackets

57

24

33

.421

Maple Leafs

49

20

29

.408

Capitals

53

21

32

.396

Flyers

43

16

27

.372

Flames

38

14

24

.368

Senators

44

16

28

.363

Panthers

57

20

37

.350

In preparing this chart, it became more apparent than ever that the shootout is moronic and doesn't tell you anything about how good/bad a team is, or how far they may go towards winning the Cup. But that's not what it's about. It's about bringing in fans, which I think it probably has.

The seemingly only effect the shootout itself has on the teams is getting/losing a few extra points towards playoff/draft positioning. The Devils and Stars have been the biggest beneficiaries of the frivolous system, registering an extra 39 points each. The Flames sit at the bottom of the stack, cashing in only 14 extra points thanks to shootouts. Where as the Ducks have squandered the most opportunities leaving 35 points on the table by losing shootouts. And the poor Panthers......well, at least they had a great draft.

SHOOTERS

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Hejduk leads all active Avalanche players with 16 shootout goals in 41 shots for a 39%. Here's your active Avs' stats. McLeod should quit now and forever be perfect (as in the Highlander, there can be only one!), and SoS should never shoot again. Seriously Sacco, just send somebody else. Anybody. How 'bout Cumiskey? Or anybody else? Mueller? Mueller?

Shooter

Attempts

Goals

%

Hejduk

41

16

39

Mueller

24

9

37.5

Stewart

8

3

37.5

Duchene

7

2

28.6

McLeod

1

1

100

Liles

2

1

50

O'Reilly

3

1

33

Foote

1

0

0

Yip

1

0

0

Walter

1

0

0

Jones

2

0

0

Galiardi

2

0

0

Stastny

8

0

0

Svatos actually led the team last season blasting home 4 out of 7, or 57.1% of his attempts - and you thought he didn't do anything last year! Other former Avs performed like this: Hendricks 1 for 2, Tucker 1 for 3, Wolski 1 for 8.

For everyone who misses WW in the shootout, his career numbers are: 18 for 41, or 43.9%. But in 08-09 he was lord of all: 10 for 12, or 83.3%. But last year he went just 1 for 15. That is a horrifying drop off over one year. He was at 65% for his career before tanking it in 09-10 with a 6% clip. One has to wonder what happened to our former hero. Did goalies get wise? Did WW get too cocky? Was the sun in his eyes? We may never know....

Here's your top eleven active shootout goal scorers: Jussi Jokinen (26), Pavel Datsyuk (24), Ales Kotalik (21), Zach Parise (21), Mikko Koivu (20), Brad Richards (20), Sydney Crosby (20), Brad Boyes (19), Erik Christensen (18), Anze Kopitar (18), The Baron Von Double Dub (18).

Jokinen also leads that group in goal scoring percentage with 52% of his attempts finding twine. Here's you top ten percentage-wise (minimum 20 attempts): Frans Nielsen 57.9%, Shawn Horcoff 56.2%, Jonathan Toews 53.8%, Michael Handzus 53.8%, Jussi Jokinen 52%, Joe Pavelski 51.5%, Erik Christensen 51.4%, Ales Kotalik 50%, T.J. Oshie 50%, and Pavel Datsyuk at 48%. (Note: Crosby lead all players last season going 8 for 10).

GOALIES

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Anderson went 7-4 in shootouts last season (he was previously a ghastly 1-7). His career numbers look like this: 8-11, .606 save %.

Budaj is 11-16 with a .578 save % for his career.

John Grahame is 5-2, .636 save %. Bacashihua is 2-1 with a .700 save %.

Brodeur leads all active netminders with 34 shootout wins. If you take those away from Marty, his 602 record wins drops down to 568. That's still 17 more than Roy had without the help of shootouts. Lundquist (30), Miller (29), Tim Thomas (22), and Lehtonen (21) round out the top five. It's Lehtonen however that leads all those studs with a .755 save %.

CONCLUSION

So what does all this mean? I have no idea.