2010-11 Recap: Shots For
When you compare their stats in 2009-10 to 2010-11, there really isn’t a grave difference in total shots for the Los Angeles Kings. In fact, the difference is so miniscule that it’s nearly impossible to compare.
In 2009-10, the Los Angeles Kings totalled 2389 shots, which averaged to 29.1 shots per game. Those numbers certainly are imposing but in comparison with rest of the league, that’s not quite the case as the Kings ranked 22nd overall in both categories.
The same thing can be said for 2010-11. The Kings finished this season with a slightly lower shot total of 2363, which averaged to 28.8 shots per game. Again, good numbers but not when those numbers are compared to the rest of the league where the Kings ranked 23rd in both categories.
Despite what their shot total stats look on paper with the rest of the league, it’s really not as daunting as it seems. Consider the two league leaders in shots-per-game average for each of the last two seasons. In 2009-10, the Chicago Blackhawks led the league with an average of 34.1 shots per game and, this past season, it was the San Jose Sharks leading the way with 34.5 shots per game. What does this mean? It simply means that the Shots For categories are essentially, for lack of a better term, a crapshoot.
If the Kings, or any other team for that matter, were to registered just three or four extra shots per game, then they would be far higher in the overall rankings in said categories. Keep in mind that a shot is a shot, which means that it could be a quality breakaway opportunity or simply a desperation shot from the team’s own blue line.
To make a long story short, whether a team ranks 1st of 30th in these categories, it really doesn’t amount to anything. The best teams are the ones who can take advantage of those shots and make them count. As impressed I was by the majority of shots-per-game the Kings had, I wasn’t so impressed with games where they were lucky to get a goal.
The Los Angeles Kings could registered 50 shots per game but if they can’t turn any of those into goals, then what good is it to have all those per game? There is no good to come from that. All the Kings can do is keep shooting but to form a strategy where they can get more of those into the back of the net.
Less shots, more shots, it doesn’t matter. If the Los Angeles Kings can’t score, it’s not going to matter. If they can score, which I know they can, then that’s going to be what matters most, plain and simple.