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If anyone would like to tell me how Scott Arniel still has a job while other coaches who still did badly but not as terrible as him were given the axe, you can let me know in the comments.
Because honestly, I'm just as stumped as Grant Clitsome and the fans behind the bench.
Where do we even start with Arniel?
Columbus was supposed to finally turn things around after acquiring Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski over the summer. But, Wisniewski missed the first part of the season while serving an eight-game suspension, and Carter dealt with some injury problems, forcing him to miss 10 games.
As a result, Columbus only has a 6-14-3 record for 15 points and are dead last in the Western Conference. They have just four wins in November for a 4-5-2 record, and one of their most embarrassing defeats came on November 5, a 9-2 slaughtering against the Philadelphia Flyers. They are worse off than last year, when they finished 13th in the West with a record of 34-35-13 for 81 points.
In addition, they are terrible at...everything. They score 2.35 goals per game, good for 26th place in the NHL, and their 3.13 goals against per game put them at 24th.
On special teams, they are 24th with a 13.5 percent power play and 29th with a 75 percent penalty-kill rate.
Vinny Prospal, a 36-year-old forward in his first season in Columbus, is the team's leading scorer with 19 points in 23 games. Rick Nash is second with 17 points, but after Nash, the production drops off significantly. The team's third-leading scorer is defenseman Fedor Tyutin, who has 11 points on the year.
R.J. Umberger, who finished second in scoring last year with 57 points, has seven points so far this year. Antoine Vermette, who was third with 47 points in 2010-11, has just nine points through the first two months.
Steve Mason has regressed since his Calder Trophy season in 2008-09. He has a record of 3-12-1 with a .875 save percentage and a 3.63 GAA. I've seen ECHL goalies with better numbers than that.
The numbers speak for themselves here. Arniel will not be the man to give Columbus any form of success.