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05-08-2012, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Hockey Outsider View Post
Brodeur doesn't get enough credit for his spectacular performance in 1995. His 92.7% save percentage looks strong on paper, but it's even more incredible when you consider that the league average was only 89.3% that year (88.9% after removing Brodeur's shots and saves). I am adamantly opposed to the idea that Brodeur deserved the Smythe in 2003, but arguably he deserved it in 1995.
I came to the same conclusion about 14 months ago.

Adjusting to the regular season average made more sense to me though. For one, it's a larger sample size that includes all NHL goalies. More than that, it eliminates the issue of a 1995 Dominik Hasek going from an NHL best .930 to a .863 and helping throw the average off from where one would expect it to be from having watched the season. After all, 1995 was one of those rare three seasons in which the playoff save percentage was lower than the regular season save percentage (which really shouldn't happen for any reason other than sample size, given that half the leagues worst teams are out).

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