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03-08-2013, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by SaintPatrick33 View Post
Roy's sv% of .875, .892, and .900 weren't out of line for elite level goaltenders in the '80s. Andy Moog had a number seasons with sv% in the .890s for example.
In 88-89, the top five for goalies who played the majority of their team's games went as such:

1) Roy: .908
2) Casey: .900
3) Vernon: .897
4) Hextall: .891
5) McLean: .891
6) Sidorkiewicz: .890
7) Bester: .890
8) Lemelin: .887
9) Hrudey: .882
10) Vanbiesbrouck .882
14) Moog: .877
15) Fuhr: .876
20) Chevrier: .869

Roy was as far ahead of second place (Casey) as Casey was ahead of 6th/7th place (Sidorkiewicz/Bester). It's also the same gap between the last-place goalie (Chevrier; only 20 played 40+ games) and slightly below-average netminders in Moog and Fuhr. If you take the total from 85-86 through 89-90, Roy leads the league at .898; Casey is second with .894. Tenth among goalies with at least 80 games (average 16 per season) is Moog at .886.

Of course, in 89-90, Roy posted a .912; second place was Daren Puppa at .903. Similar numbers heading down towards Chevrier in 22nd place, except he posted a garish .852 with a 4.25. I think I could probably do better than that... seriously. 28 shots, I have to stop 24 to be better than Chevrier? I bet there are more than a few posters who could do it. Which truly makes me feel sad for the state of league goaltending in the 80s. Not so much that he was a goalie in the 80s NHL; it's that he was a STARTER.

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