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The Noon Number: What’s the Point?

A look at some “struggling” blueliners

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

88 - Number of shots combined for John Carlson (50) and Matt Niskanen (38) so far this season, with a grand total of zero goals to show for it. That’s the second and seventh-most shots in the League, respectively, without a goal.

Of course, that’s not to say that they’re not chipping in offensively even without goals. Niskanen’s nine assists are sixth among all goalless players, while Carlson is close behind in seventh with eight.