Is Henrik Lundqvist An HOFer?
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06-09-2013, 02:09 PM
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In 7 Head to Head Seasons:
Tim Thomas beat Henrik Lundqvist in Vezina and Post Season All-Star voting twice, Henrik Lundqvist beat Tim Thomas 5 times.
Tim Thomas has had a better regular season Sv% than Henrik Lundqvist 3 times, Henrik Lundqvist has had a better regular season Sv% than Tim Thomas 4 times.
Thomas definitely has a better post season resume but Lundqvist has already has the superior regular season record.
That's a bad way to measure players, and I'll give you an example as to why: Old Teemu Selanne bested Alex Ovechkin three times in six seasons in terms of points or points-per-game in the years leading into the most recent lockout. All of those victories of Selanne's were marginal: Beat Ovechkin by 2 points in 2007, 1 point in 2012, .002 points-per-game in 2011. Ovechkin, of course, cleaned Selanne's clock in the other three years when he was winning Pearson trophies, and arguably had a better three year stretch of value in those seasons than the value of Selanne's entire career. But if you compare those six seasons in a binary Player A Wins or Player B Wins, count 'em up game, they look equal.
Tim Thomas beat Henrik Lundqvist in the comparative years by save percentages of .009, .015, and .017.
Henrik Lundqvist beat Tim Thomas in the comparative years by save percentages of .005, .006, .010, and .012.
Hence, Thomas having the better statistical overlap in the regular season, the two save percentage titles, and the additional Vezina.
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