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05-20-2013, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Crease View Post
I guess what I'm arguing is that Richter, independent of the team in front of him, generally played better in the playoffs than he did in the regular season. Was it partially due to the team in front of him? Sure, I can concede that. But also, to some degree at least, on his own merit.

I decided, out of curiousity, to look at Lundqvists regular season and playoff splits against same teams. Doing so controls for the "competition effect" on overall stats. Here's the breakdown:

Year Opponent RS SV% RS GAA PO SV% PO GAA SV% +/- GAA +/-
2005-06 Devils 0.938 1.64 0.835 4.41 -0.103 2.77
2006-07 Thrashers 0.903 2.69 0.939 1.5 0.036 -1.19
2006-07 Sabres 0.903 2.9 0.917 2.41 0.014 -0.49
2007-08 Devils 0.956 1.09 0.917 2.35 -0.039 1.26
2007-08 Penguins 0.916 1.86 0.902 2.78 -0.014 0.92
2008-09 Capitals 0.882 3.57 0.908 3 0.026 -0.57
2010-11 Capitals 0.955 1.34 0.917 2.25 -0.038 0.91
2011-12 Senators 0.905 2.92 0.945 1.7 0.04 -1.22
2011-12 Capitals 0.859 3 0.927 1.66 0.068 -1.34
2011-12 Devils 0.94 1.4 0.918 2.18 -0.022 0.78
2012-13 Capitals 0.942 1.44 0.947 1.66 0.005 0.22
2012-13 Bruins 0.913 2.95 0.9 3.53 -0.013 0.58

Even if we exclude his injury-riddled series against the Devils in 2006, Lundqvist improved his SV% in 6 of 11 series and improved his GAA in 5 of 11 series.
Good breakdown.

Are you conceding that Lundqvist is the better regular season goaltender? Because, if thats the case, I think its unfair to ask someone who is already great to raise their game even further.

In other words, it was easier for Richter to up his game in the playoffs because he was never particularly great in the regular season. Lundqvist, due to his consistently great seasons, doesnt have much room to grow.

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