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05-18-2013, 04:35 PM
I voted for Kodos
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Originally Posted by Bring Back Scuderi View Post
1978 1.37 rating (62% usage, 80 GP)
1975 1.23 rating (33% usage, 44 GP)
1976 1.13 rating (42% usage, 72 GP)
1969 1.12 rating (27% usage, 76 GP)
1974 1.07 rating (46% usage, 76 GP
1977 .98 rating (43% usage, 80 GP)
1972 .90 rating (51% usage, 78 GP)

1971 .87 rating (39% usage, 45 GP)
1973 .84 rating (13% usage, 78 GP)
1968 .82 rating (52% usage, 55 GP)
1970 .80 rating (25% usage, 67 GP)
The two bolded years are good. The underlined seasons were all spent on the western conference Blues teams, which are distorted because of era. Overpass' rating data normalizes across the entire league, but it's to some extent apples and oranges using leaguewide numbers at that point due to the imbalanced schedule (particularly 1967-68) and the huge difference in level of play between the conferences. This is why I have included conference placements up until 1974-75, when the league realigned.

Those Blues were run by Scotty Bowman (later Al Arbour), and were the dominant defensive team in the western conference, due in large part to the fact that their goalies were Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante, who were old, but still by far the best goalies on any expansion team until Bernie Parent got in gear. At any rate, Bowman used Red less on the PK than any of his later coaches did, for whatever reason.

Red had two years where he played a lot on the PK for teams that were pretty good at killing penalties and didn't play on easy mode like those old Blues did. He clearly had some penalty-killing ability, but I don't see any reason to believe that it was all-time 1st unit kind of ability.

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