Thread: Post-Game Talk: Oilers lose 3-0 ...Game Over
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03-24-2013, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by KarmaPolice View Post
And do you think he's that good of a goalie or more of a product of his defensemen and the team's systems?
He played lights-out that year. That team's system and style is conducive to low GAA, high wins, but low save percentage.

Why? They usually limit their opponent to <20 shots a game, and give a higher proportion of high-quality shots than other teams because opposition shots mostly only come off of Detroit turnovers, making for higher-quality opportunities.

That's why Jimmy Howard posting 0.920+ save percentages in year past have earned him credit as a top-10 goalie in the league.

Meanwhile, Mike Smith posts a 0.930 in Phoenix and gets no such credit.

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