Philosophy of hockey Sabremetrics: Can hockey accurately be measured?
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08-03-2012, 09:48 AM
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I suppose that depends on how you define the "single stat theory of goaltending". Who has defined it this way? Who claims that everything one needs to know about goaltending is captured by save percentage?
I've certainly seen (and made) the claim that if you're going to use a single stat for goaltenders, it should be save percentage, because it is the least team-dependent of the goalie stats. But that's not what you're saying here. You're again claiming that a serious analyst would suggest that save percentage is a "perfect" stat.
I think you'll find save percentage is defined as "everything one needs to know about goaltending implicitly rather than explicitly. While few analysts will say that save percentage is perfect, there are some who only use save percentage or derivatives of save percentage when it comes to goalie analysis. Actions speak louder than words, right?
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