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02-26-2013, 11:08 PM
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Erick*
 
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Why do our backups consistently have better records?

2007-08
Starter: Tomas Vokoun -- 30-29-8
Backup: Craig Anderson -- 8-6-1

2008-09
Starter: Tomas Vokoun -- 26-23-6
Backup: Craig Anderson -- 15-7-5

2009-10
Starter: Tomas Vokoun -- 23-28-11
Backup: Scott Clemmensen -- 9-8-2

2010-11
Starter: Tomas Vokoun -- 22-28-5
Backup: Scott Clemmensen -- 8-11-7

2011-12
Starter: Jose Theodore -- 22-16-11
Backup: Scott Clemmensen -- 14-6-6

2012-13
Starter: Jose Theodore -- 4-6-2
Backup: Scott Clemmensen -- 2-1-2

I understand that goalies shouldn't really just be evaluated based on their records, but that's not really the point of the thread, anyway.

This is now going on six consecutive years of data with the same trend. I'd imagine that this isn't really the case with any other team. It seems like this might happen for a team one year, maybe two years...but six consecutive years?

Do we overrate our starting goaltenders?
Does the team play differently/better in front of the backups? If so, why don't they play that way consistently, regardless of the goaltender?

The last time we had a starter put up a much better record than the backup was when Ed Belfour was here. That, in large part, due to how much Alex Auld sucked.

Since 07-08, this team has put up a solid record of 56-39-23 with the backups in net; with the starters in net, the record is 127-130-43.
You'd think that wouldn't be the case after six (5+ if you want to say this year's sample is still too small) years of data, right?

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