He can’t buy a goal. He must have bad luck because at least one of those shots should have bounced off a bum or an elbow and eluded a goaltender by now. Nope. The veteran defenceman hasn’t bulged the twine despite appearing in all 62 Dallas Stars games.
Robidas has never been much of a scorer, but neither has he gone an entire NHL season without getting a goal, which makes his current goose egg of a shooting percentage somewhat unfathomable. He got five last season, and he scored 24 during a season with his Shawinigan, Que., junior team 10 years ago.
Yet, he hasn’t score a goal this season.
He’s not alone.
Defencemen Derian Hatcher of the Philadelphia Flyers, Cory Sarich of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Aaron Miller of the Los Angeles Kings also have suited up for every game their teams have played, and they also remain without a goal. Hatcher has taken 56 shots, Sarich 48 and Miller 44.
That’s not counting the ones that missed the net.
Hatcher’s slapshot has apparently waned since his career best of 12 goals in 1993-94. Sarich can equal his entire 2005-2006 output with his next goal. Miller hasn’t scored in 119 games going back three years. Ever heard of the term stay-at-home defenceman? Take a snapshot of any of these three.
Tampa Bay defenceman Nolan Pratt could squeeze into the same frame. He’s only missed one of the Lightning’s 65 games and has managed just 15 shots on net. He hasn’t scored since the 2003-2004 season, when he equalled his previous season’s output of one.
In all, 26 NHL players who have played at least 40 games didn’t have one goal going into games Wednesday night.
Minnesota defenceman Martin Skoula had appeared in 62 of 63 Wild games going into a game in Calgary, and he was without a goal after 66 shots on net. The Czech is well back of his career best of 10 when he was with Colorado in 2001-2002.
Columbus defenceman Anders Eriksson has appeared in 62 of 64 Blue Jackets games and is without a goal after 61 shots on net. No surprise here. The soft-spoken Swede hasn’t scored an NHL goal in three years.
Colorado’s Karlis Skrastins could use some target practice. The Latvian defenceman has been in 62 of Colorado’s 64 games and he’s taken 58 shots on net. He hasn’t scored. He got three goals last year and will be hard-pressed to match that meagre output.
One of the most repeated videos of shootout highlights from last season was one of Rangers defenceman Marek Malik putting one in from between his legs. He was so fancy that night. Looked like he could fill a bushel. This season, the six-foot-six Czech hasn’t scored despite taking 38 shots in 50 games.
Chris Chelios once scored 20 goals in an NHL season. That was back in the ’80s when he was with Montreal. Now, the American blue-liner is having a hard time finding the back of the net. The Detroit veteran has played 56 games without getting a goal.
Other defencemen who have played at least 40 games without getting a goal include Buffalo’s Nathan Paetsch, Boston’s Andrew Alberts, the Kings’ Kevin Dallman, the Islanders’ Bruno Gervais, Phoenix’ Nick Boynton, Detroit’s Andreas Lilja, Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik and Florida’s Branislav Mezei.
Few forwards go an entire season without scoring, but Ottawa’s Brian McGrattan and Toronto’s Wade Belak are giving it a go – again.
They don’t get a lot of ice time, especially McGrattan, who would have to go on a scoring binge to equal his two-goal output of last season. That’s a big number compared to Belak, whose last goal was on Dec. 20, 2003.