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Logan Couture has scored all three of San Jose's shootout goals.
San Jose may reside in the West, but in a region known for duels and gunslingers, the Sharks tend to arrive without bullets. Despite all of their regulation success in 2013-14, the Sharks are just 1-4 in shootouts.
To add insult to injury, the team has scored a measly three goals in the shootout—all of which have been scored by Logan Couture.
Aside from Couture, seven players are a combined 0-for-12.
Antti Niemi has been average in net, saving 12 of 18 attempts, but the troubles at the other end have required Niemi to be perfect in order to be successful, which he was in the Sharks' lone shootout victory—remember this save against Detroit?
Not the kind of impressive San Jose is looking for, but surprising nonetheless.
San Jose has yet to find the key to consistency on both ends in the shootout since its inception in 2005. In the three seasons when San Jose ranked in the top 10 in shooting percentage (2006-09), the team’s save percentage has ranged from 16th to dead last.
Since Niemi’s arrival two seasons ago, San Jose has finished third and fifth in save percentage, but the team’s shooters have only managed to score on roughly one out of three attempts, leaving the team in the bottom half of the league in shooting percentage.
Despite the statistical disparity, the Sharks have still managed to win the most shootouts over the last two seasons (17), proving that goaltending wins shootouts.
Unless the NHL changes the rules and allows one player to take all of a team's shots, however, the Sharks are going to need to find some help for Couture.