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01-03-2013, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
1971-72 season saw a balanced 78 game scheduled. Each team played the other 13 teams 6 times, 3 home and 3 away. Six of the 14 teams did not make the playoffs - Detroit, Buffalo, Vancouver, California, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Boston finished with 119 pts, Rangers with 109, Montreal with 108, Chicago with 107.

Gilles Villemure played 37 games, 34 starts. Ed Giacomin started 44 games.

22 of Gilles Villemure's starts were against the six non-playoff teams. 12 starts against playoff teams but only 4 against Boston - 1H, Chicago - 1H, Montreal - 1H/1A.

14 of Ed Giacomin's starts were against non-playoff teams but 14 starts were against the elite three teams.

This should be considered when comparing Giacomin's and Villemure's performance with the 1971-72 Rangers.

The other seasons could benefit from similar scrutiny.
You're absolutely right that strength of competition needs to be considered and what you say certainly makes Giacomin look closer to Villemure in 1971-72 than the raw stats would indicate.

But the writers who watched them play seem to think Villemure was better:

1971-72: GOALTENDER: (378/378) Tony Esposito 161; Ken Dryden 135; Gerry Cheevers 28; Lorne Worsley 19; Gilles Villemure 14; Roger Crozier 12; Bernie Parent 5; Ed Giacomin 4

1972-73: GOALTENDER (432/432) Ken Dryden 238, Tony Esposito 83, Gilles Villemure 42, Roy Edwards 21, Roger Crozier 13, Ed Giacomin 11, Cesare Maniago 7, Dave Dryden 5, Jim Rutherford 4, Rogie Vachon 3, Gilles Meloche 2, Phil Myre 1, Jacques Plante 1, Dan Bouchard 1

After 72-73, neither Giacomin or Villemure received any more votes.

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