Shooting percentages and PDO are things that I have been monitoring this year because there's a lot of Canes players who have fallen on some rotten luck this season (Eric Staal comes to mind) while others have been much more fortunate. I know saying a player has been "unlucky" is a lazy way to dismiss their shortcomings, but sometimes that's just what happens. Take a player like Alexander Ovechkin last year. He is normally an elite goal-scorer, a terrific possession driver and can be counted on for at least 40 goals per season. Last year, he netted only 32 but was still posting great possession numbers and appeared to be no worse than he was last season at driving the play. The fact is he was shooting the puck at a much lower percentage than his career average and simply just fell on some bad luck. That has carried over into this year, too.
When determining how lucky a player is, we normally look at their on-ice shooting percentage and PDO. An average shooting percentage is about 8-9 percent and an average PDO (which is just a player's shooting + save percentage) is 1000. A player with a low PDO is said to be very unlucky and it's the other way around for a player who has a PDO of over 1000. However, this isn't a tell-all stat as it only states how lucky a player is and things like corsi, scoring chances, etc. need to be taken into consideration. If a player is getting drowned in corsi, then he will have a low PDO because he isn't doing much. There are also some player who rarely shoot the puck and have a low shooting percentage as a result.
Let's see who has been lucky and unlucky on the Canes so far this year.