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Shootin’ at the shootout

Since we’ve been discussing the shootouts so much, here’s last season’s shooting percentages and success rate for each of the Bruins players heading into tonight’s match-up with the Maple Leafs — if it should get to that point.

As an aside, there’s a strong Pucks with Haggs vote to put another team in the Toronto-area — as the reports have stated [1] — to go along with the Maple Leafs. Hamilton would be perfect place and was the desired target if the Nashville Predators [2] ended up moving, but any team that returns back into the motherland of Canada is a good thing for hockey and the NHL [3]. Winnipeg and Quebec City would also be great places to relocate some of these warmer climate teams from the US that simply have never seemed like a good fit (Hello Nashville!) for a frozen sheet. Anyway, here are the B’s shootout stats from last season:

Phil Kessel [4] — 5 scores in 13 tries for a 38.5 percent success rate. The five shootout scores were the third-most in the NHL [5] least season and a clear indicator that this is a speciality for a guy with the hockey skills to pay the bills (for his career, Kessel is 10-for-23 with a 43.5 success rate with nine game-deciding scores).

Zdeno Chara [6] — 1 for 2 for a 50 percent success rate, with the successful attempt a memorable wind-up slapper against the New York Rangers [7] at the Garden last season (2-for-5 career for a 40 percent success rate).

David Krejci [8] — 1 for 5 for a 20 percent success rate. Krejci is a guy that could be a future weapon in the shootout, and has already scored this season as well (and 2-for-7 career for a 28.6 percent success rate).

Marco Sturm [9] — 1 for 8 for a 12.5 percent success rate (7-for-25 career for a 28 percent success rate).

Patrice Bergeron [10] — 0 for 1 (8-for-24 career for a career 33.3 percent success rate).

Dennis Wideman [11] — 0 for 1 (2-for-8 with a career 25 percent success rate).

Chuck Kobasew [12] — 0 for 3 (and 0-for-8 in his career, perhaps it’s time to hang up his skates during the shootout).

Michael Ryder [13] — 0 for 1 (and 1-for-11 with a career 9.1 percent success rate). Ryder’s numbers in the shootout actually makes it a real head-scratcher as to why Claude Julien [14] opted to put him in the top three during Boston’s first two shootout losses this season.

Marc Savard [15] — a career 2-for-12 with a 16.7 percent success rate.

P.J. Axelsson — 0-for-3 career in the shootout.