Philosophy of hockey Sabremetrics: Can hockey accurately be measured?
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07-30-2012, 04:09 PM
Fixed to Ruin
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Originally Posted by
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
After reading your post i went and looked at who was the top ten for save percentage in the NHL last year.
All of them play in what I would consider a defense first system. Thus making my first argument less valid. The only exception would be Kiprusoff. Mike Smith led starters in save percentage. Elliott is technically 1st and Halak is 6th but neither played 60 games.
I was expecting guys like Ward, Pavelec and Price to have higher save percentages than the likes of Howard and Backstrom.
Well back to the drawing board.
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