Philosophy of hockey Sabremetrics: Can hockey accurately be measured?
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08-04-2012, 06:07 PM
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I'm not even sure this is true. Sv% like all other goaltending stats is heavily dependent of the quality of team. How do you qualify what is least dependent?
There are numerous examples of goalies putting up great SV% on very good defensive teams. Brian Elliot just did this, so did Halak to a lesser extent.
Even goalies on the same team doesn't necessarily tell you much. Most often, backup goalies play all the weaker opponents, putting up a .920 Sv % vs columbus would be a lot easier than doing it against the Penguins.
This also affects GAA. Team defence affects both the quantity and the quality of shots on the goalie. Save percentage ignores shot quantity (though quantity and quality are certainly somewhat interrelated in many cases).
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