James Reimer Discussion Thread.
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01-30-2013, 08:45 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kamloops, BC, Canada
The vast majority of shots are low. Thus goalies focus on taking away the bottom of the net, and thus goal scoring has tended to go down for a few years.
Most shooters don't have the time and space to try to pick corners, and just try to put it on net.
However if they have time and space, sure they will try to pick corners. Every goalie in the league has a great butterfly, so obviously it makes sense to try to go upstairs.
The idea that we just need a better goalie and these issues go "bye bye" is simply not true.
Any team D that allows the opposition time and space is going to allow more goals. Keep the opposition shooting from the outside and your goalies will have an easier time, no matter who the goalie is. This is part of why keeping Ron Wilson was for me, Burke's biggest failure.
Until the team is better, I don't think it will matter who the goalie is. They will let in goals, and this fan base will live and die on every win and loss, and place unrealistic expectation on whoever the goalie is.
High glove vs low glove
The fashion these days is a fingers up glove position. Sometimes this is confused with a high glove.
Imagine looking at the goalie from the pucks POV on the ice.
From the pucks POV roughly from the hashmarks in, the goalies waist-mid torso is crossbar level when in a ready stance.
If the goalie has his glove high like Scrivens, from the pucks POV it is actually above the crossbar in his stance. However a goalie with a fingers up position like Rinne or Price for example, will have the glove below the crossbar in their stance.
(Now how often is a save made in a goalies stance? Almost never. 95% of saves the goalie will be on one or both knees, so even a high glove will be below the crossbar from the puck's POV.)
The advantage of a fingers up position, is the glove can move in a straight line to catch a high shot. In a more traditional fingers to the side glove position, the arm has to arc to make a high save.
The advantage of a traditional position, is the glove can move in a straight line to catch a medium to low shot. In a fingers up or high glove position, the arm has to arc to make a low save.
It's kind of 6 of one half a dozen of the other. You either arc up, or you arc down.
However since most shots (like 70% or more) are towards the bottom half of the net still, I favour the traditional position Reimer, and most older goalies like Luongo, Giguere and Belfour use(d).
If you watch them closely, you will see fingers up/high glove goalies arcing down as they butterfly, far more frequently than you will see traditional glove position goalies arcing up to make a big glove save.
(If you watch in slow-mo you will also see that in a huge number of flashy windmill glove saves, the puck actually entered the glove in a low or medium height, and then the goalie windmills up after the catch is already made)
Scriven's glove position I think is just a poor choice, but if it works for him who am I to argue?
Personally I am now at a place where I would like to see Reimer as the starter with a veteran back-up.
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