It would be easy to pin Ryan Kesler's struggles on a 10.6% shooting rate, the lowest that he's had since before he'd established himself as a 20-goal scorer. Or, it would also be too simplistic to say that Kesler's shot distance, on average, is from a foot further back this season than it was last.

But it is easy because it simply not true—not the extra 5% of shooting percentage or the foot can properly explain why Ryan Kesler has seemed to have devolved from a 41-goal scorer into one on pace for 23 over 82 games.