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12-30-2003, 08:16 PM
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Interesting stats that implicate our goaltending

According to ESPN's stats, after tonight's (Dec 30) game, the Oilers have managed to put 1104 shots at the oppositions net, while allowing 1009 shots against. Since they have scored 94 goals this means that the Oilers oppositions goaltenders have had a .915 save % against the Oilers shooters. The league average is .914 which should imply that the Oilers snipers so far this year have been approximately the league average as far as quality of shots or shooting percentage is concerned. However, the opposition has managed to score 105 goals on the Oilers on just 1009 shots which works out to an average save % of .896 for Conklin and Salo. If the Oilers goaltending tandem had the same save % of .915, they would have only allowed 86 goals and the Oilers would be a +8 team rather than a -11 team. It's reasonable to assume that if the Oilers were a +8 team that they would also be 2 to 4 games above .500 instead of being 4 games under .500. Whether this is because the Oilers goaltending has been really that terrible or it's because the Oilers defense is suspect and allows the oppositions players to get much higher qualities of shots is probably open for debate. But the stats here seem to imply that the Oilers biggest problems by far have been in net. Just to take it one step farther, if the Oilers had been able to have the Flames' Kiprusoff, and his .941 save % in net all year instead, they would have allowed under 60 goals against and would be the proud owners of the best defense in the entire NHL!

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According to ESPN's stats, after tonight's (Dec 30) game, the Oilers have managed to put 1104 shots at the oppositions net, while allowing 1009 shots against. Since they have scored 94 goals this means that the Oilers oppositions goaltenders have had a .915 save % against the Oilers shooters. The league average is .914 which should imply that the Oilers snipers so far this year have been approximately the league average as far as quality of shots or shooting percentage is concerned. However, the opposition has managed to score 105 goals on the Oilers on just 1009 shots which works out to an average save % of .896 for Conklin and Salo. If the Oilers goaltending tandem had the same save % of .915, they would have only allowed 86 goals and the Oilers would be a +8 team rather than a -11 team. It's reasonable to assume that if the Oilers were a +8 team that they would also be 2 to 4 games above .500 instead of being 4 games under .500. Whether this is because the Oilers goaltending has been really that terrible or it's because the Oilers defense is suspect and allows the oppositions players to get much higher qualities of shots is probably open for debate. But the stats here seem to imply that the Oilers biggest problems by far have been in net. Just to take it one step farther, if the Oilers had been able to have the Flames' Kiprusoff, and his .941 save % in net all year instead, they would have allowed under 60 goals against and would be the proud owners of the best defense in the entire NHL!
Yet another reason the Oilers need to step up on defense IMO. I know they can't seem to score much of late, but they can still score enough to win if they would just crack down defensively, not trap, just crack down, and I'll say it again Colorado, Vancouver top ten in GAA and still playing exciting hockey.

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interesting stat. Remember in 00/01? when the defense put a premium on sacrificing the body to block shots...ulanov was the trend setter roughneck whose pain threshold rubbed off

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Yet another reason the Oilers need to step up on defense IMO. I know they can't seem to score much of late, but they can still score enough to win if they would just crack down defensively, not trap, just crack down, and I'll say it again Colorado, Vancouver top ten in GAA and still playing exciting hockey.
No, they aren't scoring enough lately.

Anyone have the last 17 games or whatever it is and how many goals for we've got in each? Because there have been a ton of 1 and 2 goal games for this team, and that is flat-out not enough scoring. Isn't averaging about 3.5 the key supposedly? 4 Goals will win on most nights in this league, and given the right style, we can do that, and allow the other team less than that, on alot of nights.

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No, they aren't scoring enough lately.

Anyone have the last 17 games or whatever it is and how many goals for we've got in each? Because there have been a ton of 1 and 2 goal games for this team, and that is flat-out not enough scoring. Isn't averaging about 3.5 the key supposedly? 4 Goals will win on most nights in this league, and given the right style, we can do that, and allow the other team less than that, on alot of nights.
But thats the thing, they aren't scoring enough lately, this is exactly the time they need there defense to step up and win them a couple close 1-0 or 2-1 games to get them rolling again. Offense comes and goes too much to be relied on, defense should be constant.

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