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07-12-2013, 12:08 PM
Moose Coleman
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Sorry, its an insufficient metric. You know that. It tells a limited story. Several other variables and factors are involved. Save percentage alone does not differentiate goalies.
Actually it is the best measure we have for individual goaltender performance.

For instance the Oilers give up a fair amount of shots shorthanded. But they have a reasonable pk and keep most plays to the outside. They tend to allow shots and in most instances (save for Smid) get out of screens way and allow a goalie a clear view.
Is this a good way to do it? Who knows? But it certainly results in more shots at net and more long shots at net.

Conversely a good club like the Blackhawks blocks everything, not even a question, block first strategy every shot from the point. They block everything. Completely different team strategies. Even this one variable could impact what stats look like. Countless variables like that exist in the complex game of hockey.

Comparing save % is apples to oranges and in a lot of cases arguably irrelevant. I certainly wouldn't base my opinion of a goalie on it
This makes no sense. Like, none. What bearing does shots that don't make it through have on a goalie's performance?

Regardless of how many shots a team gives up, the goalie still has to stop them. What else would you evaluate them on?

By the way, you're also dead wrong on the blocking thing. Chicago blocked a significantly fewer number of shots than Edmonton in total. doesn't break them down by situation, but it's a big enough gap (more than 100 shots) that the difference can't be accounted for just by 5 on 5.

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