The All-Purpose Goaltending Thread #8
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03-08-2013, 01:11 PM
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You clearly don't understand, they don't make stats to show how bad our defense is. Forget about all of the studies that show shot quality is pretty constant from team to team over the course of an NHL season, forget the fact that shots on goal and scoring chances have a high correlation and that scoring chances have a high correlation to goal-scoring, you need to throw all the stats out the window.
The fact of the matter is that the Flyers defense is a statistical anomaly. It's probably the worst defense ever assembled in the history of hockey at any level, NHL, AHL, ECHL, OHL, QMJHL, Pee-Wee, etc. They give up more shots from prime goal-scoring areas than any other team has ever given up. In fact, there's some teams that give up less prime goal scoring opportunities in 10 years than the Flyers have thus far in this one lockout shortened season. On any other team in the NHL, Ilya Bryzgalov is posting at minimum a .930 save %. More than likely it'd be closer to .970, maybe even 1.000. The point is, Ilya Bryzgalov is clearly the MVP of the Flyers and to be honest, he's easily #1 on my list of Vezina candidates. He'd probably be #1 on my Hart Trophy candidates list too if it weren't for this historically bad defense costing us all of these games.
So you're saying there's no chance that the data compiled over a period of a couple years (I believe) and looking at 30 teams doesn't apply in this instance to one team over about 25 games? Doesn't that qualify as a pretty small sample?
Is there a site that keeps track of scoring chances? I realize that they generally correspond with shots on goal, which makes sense. But I imagine the Flyers games this season are not a significant sample size to be sure that's happening. I'd just like to see the scoring chance numbers but can't seem to find them.
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