Weber's goals coming faster than at any time in his career

With his bank shot Monday, Shea Weber continued his rebound from last season’s disappointing offensive performance.

Weber’s empty-net goal, which he shot off the glass from his own end, not only sealed the Nashville Predators’ 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, it moved him into a tie with three others for the most goals by a defenseman this season.

NHL LEADERS
Goals by a defenseman

(Through Monday)

Shea Weber, Nashville 7
Torey Krug, Boston 7
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa 7
Michael Stone, Phoenix 7
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg 6

Weber’s seven goals, including three in the last five games, have come in the first 24 games of this season. He had nine in 48 contests in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

His current pace (one goal every 3.43 games) translates into 24 goals over the course of an 82-game season, which would surpass Weber’s career-high 23 set in 2008-09. It also means he’s scoring roughly three goals for every two he produced last season.

WEBER’S GOAL SCORING SEASON-BY-SEASON

2005-06: 28 games, 2 goals
1 goal every 14 games

2006-07: 79 games, 12 goals
1 goal every 4.65 games

2007-08: 54 games, 6 goals
1 goal every 9 games

2008-09: 81 games, 23 goals
1 goal every 3.52 games

2009-10: 78 games, 16 goals
1 goal every 4.88 games

2010-11: 82 games, 16 goals
1 goal every 5.13 games

2011-12: 78 games, 19 goals
1 goal every 4.11 games

2012-13: 48 games, 9 goals
1 goal every 5.33 games

2013-14: 24 goals, 7 games
1 goal every 3.43 games