Behind the Numbers: Paul Stastny’s Rocky Start

November 6th, 2009 by James Crider Leave a reply »
If you've watched him play at home, you probably think he's a shoe-in for the Hart Trophy. If you've watching him play on the road, you're probably calling for whoever decided to pay him $6.6 million dollars to be shot.

Paul Stastny's 2009-2010 campaign is off to a puzzling start.

On Pepsi Center ice, he's been brilliant: four goals, 11 points, and a plus-4 rating in only six games played. Subsequently, the Avalanche are a perfect 6-0-0 at home.

Things haven't come so easily on the road.

Though the Avalanche have been largely successful away from home, going 6-3-2, Stastny has not; he has no goals and five assists in the 11 game span.

Production from players like Tucker, Jones, and Galiardi largely covered the lack of production from Stastny, but that can't continue to happen. If your star player isn't showing up on the road, you're going to start losing alot of games.

Let's be fair here: Paul Stastny is the Avalanche's best player and he's only 23 years old. Even when he's not scoring, his defensive zone play makes him an asset to have on the ice in any situation.

But his production hasn't been the ...

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