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10-04-2003, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Trottier
Just a quick observation.

When you say "the one statistic most people want to point to when judging the ability (or lack of) of a goalie: save percentage," on what is your claim based?

I respectfully question whether, in fact, that really is the case among people paid to make personnel decisions.
When you look at the discussions on goaltending that go on here at HF, a lot of people point to save percentage as a "critical" stat in measuring the ability of a goalie. That's what I mean when I say "most people".

I think that it (save percentage) is more a reflection of the defense in front of the goalie and the quantity (and quality) of shots he faces, but to my knowledge there hasn't been a study that examines save percentage. You can see what a baseball player's BA is with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs, but there's nothing comparable that exists in hockey. So.....I'm wanting to do something to look at save percentage and see what really is valid and what isn't.

No promises this time.
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