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05-10-2013, 09:27 AM
Can't Beat Him
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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This was just a quick search I did. Roy and Brodeur are legends but you would put Lundvqist on par or better than the rest, yes? Lundqvist is the only one in this list that has worse stats in the playoffs. And it's not like guys like Anderson and Giguere have favorable matchups year in and year out.
You play better teams in the playoffs. Absolutely. But games are also checked tigher. Hence why player PPG rates go down in the playoffs. Look, I love Lundqvist. But the reality is that he can do better in the playoffs. He's shown the ability to in the regular season. All those Vezina nominations are not going to mean much in the grand scheme of things if he can't elevate his game in the playoffs. I'm rooting for him to do it.
Yes. Games are typically lower-scoring. Tighter checking, less power play opportunities. A .920 SV% probably becomes a .923 SV% in the playoffs simply by virtue of those two factors.
I'm not being critical of Henke, but I think over his career, his playoff performance has been slightly less impressive than his regular season performance. I don't remember him really stealing an entire series. Individual games, yes, but not a full series. He's certainly capable of it though. He won an Olympic Gold and a couple championships in Sweden. The last one in Sweden, he was amazing.
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