Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sea Dogs Are Getting Chances

The Saint John Sea Dogs have lost five straight and have scored just five goals over that span.

But the good news is that Saint John hasn’t played as poorly as a quick look at the scoreboard may tell you. With the exception of the game in Halifax where Saint John looked flat, the Sea Dogs have played some decent hockey during their losing skid.

As the table below shows, they are getting shots and some quality scoring chances (DS = dangerous shots). They just aren’t going in right now.

Oct. 12 at Halifax02180/6
Oct. 13 vs Charlottetown139171/6
Oct. 16 vs Moncton139240/3
Oct. 19 vs Quebec238141/7
Oct. 20 vs Chicoutimi134171/7

The Sea Dogs currently have the second worst goals per game average in the league (2.33) but are eighth in shots per game average (31.55). Matthew Highmore sits fourth in the league in total shots (66) and sixth in dangerous shots (37) while Stephen Anderson sits sixth (63) and second (45).

This young Saint John team was expected to have their ups and downs offensively this season. But things aren’t looking completely down right now and hopefully the Sea Dogs will start being rewarded for some of their efforts like they were earlier in the season.

Some other stuff:
  • The Sea Dogs take their losing streak into Quebec for a three-in-four road trip this week. They are in Drummondville on Wednesday, Baie-Comeau on Friday, and Chicoutimi on Saturday.
  • Saint John is the QMJHL’s coldest team right now, according to Buzzing The Net.
  • The only team that’s been worse at scoring goals than Saint John this year? The 1-10-2-0 Shawinigan Cataractes. They’re off to a pretty bad start.
Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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