Ramblings: Panthers Firing the Puck, Avalanche Goaltending Woes, Guentzel Dominates Canucks (Dec 5)

Ian Gooding

2021-12-05

Ville Husso deserved a better fate on Saturday. The Blues goalie faced 51 shots through regulation and overtime before losing 4-3 in a matinee shootout in Florida. This is a situation where three goals allowed can still result in a quality start. Jordan Binnington has been in COVID protocol, and the Blues play four home games next week. Husso is rostered in 32 percent of Fantrax leagues and just 12 percent of Yahoo leagues, so he's definitely worth a waiver-wire pickup if you need goaltending help. For more about the week ahead, see this week's Looking Ahead.

Now, about that Panthers shot total:

That means there's some high individual shot totals over that three-game span this week:

Aaron Ekblad: 15 SOG

Sam Bennett: 14 SOG

Mackenzie Weegar: 13 SOG

Anton Lundell: 12 SOG

Sam Reinhart, Ryan Lomberg, Frank Vatrano: 11 SOG

Jonathan Huberdeau: 10 SOG

Do the math and all of these players have averaged at least three shots per game this week. Not surprisingly, Ekblad (79 SOG) led all defenseman in shots as of immediately after his game on Saturday. Surprisingly, Weegar (51 SOG) has yet to score a goal this season.  

Yet out of all of these players Maxim Mamin was the scoring star for the Panthers on Saturday. Mamin scored two goals on five shots to give him his first multipoint game of his career. He has been used throughout the lineup this season, but in this game, he was