If misery truly loves company then Nashville Predators forward Matt Cullen has to feel pretty good at the start of this week.
Earlier this season the free agent center endured a streak of 29 straight games without a goal. It started in late November and ended only when the team returned from the Olympic break.
That was the longest drought by any Nashville forward this season. Until now.
When Gabriel Bourque (pictured) failed to find the back of the net in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena, his streak of consecutive games without a goal reached 29. Right behind was Colin Wilson, who ran his streak to 28 games.
Bourque’s last goal was Dec. 21 at Montreal and was his second game back after having been benched for two contests. Coaches sat him three times during his current stretch, most recently last week at Ottawa.
Wilson’s streak, which began after a three-point night (two goals, one assist) against Detroit, is his fourth of at least 10 games. He went 11 straight early in the season, snapped it with two goals, including the game-winner (plus two assists) in a Nov. 6 victory at Colorado and then went 11 more until his next one. He also went 10 straight games in December without a goal.
A look at this season’s longest goal-less droughts by Nashville Predators forwards:
29 games – Matt Cullen (Nov. 28-Feb. 8)
29 games – Gabriel Bourque (Dec. 23-current)
28 games – Colin Wilson (Dec. 30-current)
21 games – Rich Clune (Jan. 11-current)
17 games – Rich Clune (Oct. 3-Dec. 7)
17 games – Matt Hendricks (Dec. 12-Jan. 14)
15 games – Paul Gaustad (Nov. 8-Dec. 7)
15 games – Eric Nystrom (Dec. 17-Jan. 14)
12 games – Matt Hendricks (Oct. 3-Oct. 26)
12 games – Gabriel Bourque (Oct. 3-Nov. 2)
12 games – Eric Nystrom (Nov. 6-Dec. 5)