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PHT’s Three Duds of the Week: We’re going streaking! But not in a good way

Dec 26, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

Jussi Jokinen AP

Every Monday, we’ll highlight (lowlight?) three of the NHL’s biggest duds from the past week.

1st Dud: Jussi Jokinen, LW, Carolina

Key Stat: 15-game goalless streak

Jokinen’s last goal came on Nov. 20 in a 3-2 win over Toronto. Since then, Carolina has fired Paul Maurice and replaced him with Kirk Muller, lost two players (Joni Pitkanen and Jeff Skinner) to concussions and won a whopping four games.

Meanwhile — in Jokinen’s native Finland — children have celebrated Christmas day, or joulupäivä, and received a visit from Joulupukki, the Finnish version of Santa who’s name roughly translates to “yule goat.”

The more you know…

2nd Dud: Mike Cammalleri, LW, Montreal Canadiens

Key stat: 10-game goalless streak.

Cammi hasn’t scored since Dec. 1, a 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose. Since then, he’s become the face of an anemic offense that ranks 23rd in total goals and 25th in goals per game — this from a guy that once scored 34 with Los Angeles and 39 with Calgary. Cammalleri’s currently on pace for 16 goals, which would be his lowest total since 2003-04. On the bright side, il parle un petit peu du francais:

Emphasis on un petit peu.

3rd Dud: Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks

Key stat: Eight-game goalless streak

I realize Getzlaf’s more of a setup guy than marksman, but his inability to score this season has been shocking. His last goal came on Dec. 4 in a 5-3 loss to Minnesota; two games prior to that, he scored against Montreal to snap a 14-game goalless drought.

To be fair to Getzlaf, he’s hardly the only Duck that’s gone cold. Bobby Ryan hasn’t scored in six, Andrew Cogliano hasn’t scored in nine while three defensemen — Toni Lydman, Luca Sbisa and Sheldon Brookbank — have all played in at least 32 games, yet none have scored a goal.

  1. ballistictrajectory - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    “il parle un petit peu du francais”… I trust it also parks the cars side by each.

    Hey, throw me down the stairs my hat.

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Cammi’s pretty much the worst disappointment here. The ‘Canes are a guaranteed lottery squad finish at this point and they’re missing their best forward while their captain is about as useful as a bag of dicks. True, he’s a former thirty-goal scorer, but he’s on a routinely uninspiring team.

    Getzlaf’s Ducks are the biggest bust of the three in a dozen different ways, but he himself hasn’t hit the twenty-goal mark in three years. His peak is 25. It’s just not his forte.

    Cammi, on the other hand… yeah, his team, like the other two, is combusting spectacularly, and yeah, he’s got less to work with than the others offensively… but he himself is the best goal-scorer of the bunch and only two seasons ago notched 39. He’s way better than either of the other two at scoring, and yet, he can’t score. Scott Gomez is a bust and that’s not news, but Cammalleri was at least SOMEWHAT reliable last season. You’re right – he’s the face of an utter disappointment. And he deserves to be.

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