Philosophy of hockey Sabremetrics: Can hockey accurately be measured?
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07-30-2012, 02:54 PM
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I was thinking about the goalies while eating my lunch today and i think many of the goalie stats are more or less meaningless.
I think for goalies it's a bit easier to judge them based on save percentage and saves rather than Wins, Losses, GAA. I feel that most of the goalie stats are too dependent on team performance rather than individual merits.
Goalie stats are ALL team dependent to varying degrees. Save percentage is less team dependent than others, which in theory should make it a better stat, but in reality has led to it being abused. Much of hockey analytics sees the goalie as completely seperate from the rest of the hockey team and considers save % a perfect measure of goalie and shot differential as a perfect measure of the skaters.
At least goals against average isn't nearly so prone to abuse, as quality of team is explicitly a part of the stat
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