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05-29-2013, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
But is a 45-30 record something that is so gaudy that we have to even bring it up? He has a .600 winning percentage in the shootout. That's above average, but we aren't talking about an above average goalie here. These are numbers you come to expect from a star goalie. It doesn't add much for me at all. A win is a win.
First, win percentage is not the stat we should look at before calling a goalie the best shootout goalie of the generation. That is save percentage in the shootout. Unless you think he has control over his team scoring goals.

Second, who says that his numbers have to be "gaudy" for them to be considered a part of his legacy? There has been a large enough sample of shootouts by now to prove that goalies are not ubiquitous robots in one on one situations and some of them are better at it than others. His numbers are the best, whether you think they're gaudy or not.

Third, who gets to say what is "gaudy"? You may think that his numbers aren't very far ahead of the pack but that could either be because you don't understand standard deviation, or it could actually mean that save percentages tend to clump together in the shootout, in which case the definition of gaudy for those purposes just needs to be revisited.

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