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Unofficial save percentages for '69-'70 and '76-'77 thru to '81-'82

Originally in this post I had my own recreation of save percentages for the 1977-78 seasons that I compiled going through summaries in newspaper archives. Anyways, now that the Hockey Summary Project has that season up, I decided to replace my original numbers with theirs. There wasn't much difference, most of the percentages were either the same or off by one point, but since their numbers are likely more accurate than mine due to more available sources these stats are a little more precise:

1977-78 (min. 1500 minutes)

TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
MtlKen Dryden3071133610526.1.921
ChiTony Esposito 3840196316830.7.914
PhiBernie Parent2923122310825.1.912
TorMike Palmateer3760193617230.9.911
NYIBilly Smith215410399528.9.909
NYIGlenn Resch2637120811227.5.907
BufDon Edwards4209197018528.1.906
PitDennis Herron35342125 21036.1.901
NYRJohn Davidson18489689831.4.899
MtlMichel Larocque17297377725.6.896
AtlDan Bouchard3340144115325.9.894
LARogie Vachon4107180619626.4.891
ClrDoug Favell2663141715931.9.888
DetRon Low181690910230.0.888
ClvGilles Meloche3100173219533.5.887
NYRWayne Thomas2352119814130.6.882
DetJim Rutherford2468112013427.2.880
WshJim Bedard2492125415230.2.879
MinPaul Harrison15558079931.1.877
Atl/StLPhil Myre3143163020231.1.876
BosRon Grahame232885010721.9.874
VanCesare Maniago2570132517230.9.870
VanCurt Ridley2010103113630.8.868
MinPete LoPresti3065160221631.4.865
ClvGary Edwards170090412831.9.858
NHLAverage   29.2.889

- The NHL average save percentage was .889. The most shots in a game was 58, which LA took against Bill McKenzie in a 5-1 win over Colorado. The least number of shots in a game was 7, which Washington took in a 4-1 loss to the Flyers. that's right - 7 shots.

- Ken Dryden wins by a comfortable margin. As great as his teammates were, he certainly wasn't riding on their coattails. The difference between his score and Larocque's is interesting. Looking through the Habs games for that year, Dryden usually got the call against the better teams (which explains Larocque having the better winning percentage). Also, Bowman never started Dryden more than 5 games in a row, insuring that he wouldn't be worn out when the playoffs started. A sharp contrast to goalies like Esposito and Vachon who would play almost every game down the stretch.

- The Toronto sportswriters seemed to be campaigning all season for Darryl Sittler to be named to the 1st All-Star team instead of Bryan Trottier (Trottier ended up getting it), so Mike Palmateer's fine play was somewhat under the radar and he wasn't much of a factor in the All-Star goalie voting.

- Don Edwards made the 2nd Team, and was technically eligible for rookie of the year. A rookie goalie leading the league in wins would normally be considered the frontrunner for the Calder, but this happened to be Mike Bossy's big rookie year, so Edwards really didn't stand a chance.

- Rogie Vachon started the year strong and was maybe the top goalie in the league over the first two months, then he slowly fizzled out over the rest of the season, leading to a quick playoff exit. Maybe that' s was why LA didn't re-sign him; surely they could've afforded what Detroit was offering.


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1969-70 (minimum 1500 minutes):

TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
ChiTony Esposito 3763200713632.0.932
StLErnie Wakely16518155829.6.929
PhiBernie Parent3680217817135.5.921
DetRoger Crozier18771032 8333.0.920
StLJacques Plante18398266726.9.919
BosGerry Cheevers2384133010833.5.919
MtlRogie Vachon3697195616231.7.917
NYREd Giacomin4148194316328.1.916
DetRoy Edwards2683136811630.6.915
TorBruce Gamble3057183715636.1.915
OakGary Smith3762223819535.7.913
MinCesare Maniago2887176816336.7.908
BosEd Johnston2176114710831.6.906
PitAl Smith2555127912130.0.905
Chi/LADennis Dejordy17049178732.3.905
LA/ChiGerry Desjardins2693153616734.2.891

- The NHL average save percentage was .912. The most shots in a game was 65, which NYR took against Detroit on the last day of the season. That was the infamous situation where the playoff tiebreaker between New York and Montreal was Goals For, so the Rangers just bombarded poor Roger Crozier that day.

- This was Tony Esposito's big 15 shutout rookie year, and he wins easily. The only goalie even close is Ernie Wakely, who played less than half the minutes Espo did.

- It should be noted that Boston was by far the most penalized team that season, which makes Cheevers score even more impressive when you consider that he was facing power plays more than anyone else.

- Why did Detroit trade Roger Crozier?


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Roger Crozier Trade

Detroit traded Roger Crozier to The Buffalo Sabres following the 1970 Expansion Draft for Tom Webster who the Sabres had picked from the Boston Bruins.

Imlach had Gilbert Perrault and felt he needed a goalie that was better than the ones made available. Crozier had health/injury issues after a promising start in Detroit.

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Many people thought Bernie Parent was only known for 2 seasons, well this proves that 1970 and 1978 were elite seasons for him.

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Awesome work reck.

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Not that I would necessarily need these stats for anything, but still, impressive work. I'm happy to see that someone else than I do something like this - what I call as Custom Stats.

(In case you are interested, my personal Colorado Avalanche Custom Stats can be found here

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Really nice stuff. All this new info being compiled about these seasons excites me in a way few would understand.

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Fantastic work Reckoning. How many hours did this take?

A few thoughts:
- Dryden consistently has one of the best save percentages in the league, during the regular season and playoffs. This is partially explained by shot quality (ie facing relatively few dangerous chances behind the big three plus Gainey/Jarvis). Still, the numbers confirm my intuition -- Dryden was much more than along for the ride on a dynasty team, he was a key contributor.
- Wakely, putting up a 92.9% save percentage on an expansion team, is astonishing.
- Esposito's 93.2 sv% through 60 games is amazing; I'm pretty sure Hasek is the only other goalie with >60 games and >93.2% in a single season.
- Ron Low put up some terrible numbers on Capitals but at least he looks decent in 1978.

It would be great to one day have save percentage data continuous back to 1955. The data exists, it's just a matter of putting it together. (It would also be interesting to see numbers before that, I tried putting together sv% for a few playoffs in the 1940s but the data is, as far as I can tell, incomplete).

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Fantastic work Reckoning. How many hours did this take?

A few thoughts:
- Dryden consistently has one of the best save percentages in the league, during the regular season and playoffs. This is partially explained by shot quality (ie facing relatively few dangerous chances behind the big three plus Gainey/Jarvis). Still, the numbers confirm my intuition -- Dryden was much more than along for the ride on a dynasty team, he was a key contributor.
- Wakely, putting up a 92.9% save percentage on an expansion team, is astonishing.
- Esposito's 93.2 sv% through 60 games is amazing; I'm pretty sure Hasek is the only other goalie with >60 games and >93.2% in a single season.
- Ron Low put up some terrible numbers on Capitals but at least he looks decent in 1978.
- Seeing Dryden's save% figures in the playoffs, plus what little we knew about his regular seasons, had a large part in his moving from 7th to 4th on my list.

- Espo has to be one of the top four regular season goalies of all-time, along with Hasek, Hall, and Durnan. Not a backhanded compliment, more of a disclaimer.

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This one is for the 1976-77 season. I compiled these going through game summaries in the Toronto Globe & Mail and Toronto Star online archives. They may not be exact (I had trouble with Washington often changing goalies mid-game, and there was a mix-up with Phil Myre and Dan Bouchard's games that I tried to piece together as best I could), but considering that similar recreations I tried for the '78 and '79 seasons turned out to be very close to the actual numbers I'm confident that this is as well:

1976-77 (min.1500 minutes):
TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
MtlKen Dryden3275145911726.7.920
NYIGlenn Resch2711123510327.3.917
NYIBilly Smith208910328729.6.916
MtlMichel Larocque15255905323.2.910
PitDenis Herron192010439432.6.910
PitDunc Wilson2627137712931.5.906
TorMike Palmateer2877161115433.6.904
LARogie Vachon4059190518428.2.903
ChiTony Esposito 4067234823434.6 .900
PhiBernie Parent3525158215926.9.899
BufGerry Desjardins2871125012626.1.899
ClrDoug Favell161499610537.0.895
NYRJohn Davidson2116118312533.5.894
VanCesare Maniago2699142815131.7.894
TorWayne Thomas1803105911635.2.890
ClrMichel Plasse2986171319034.4.889
ClvGilles Meloche2961154117131.2.889
AtlPhil Myre2422108812427.0.886
BosGilles Gilbert20408389724.6.884
StLEd Johnston211192610826.3.883
MinPete LoPresti2590132515630.7.882
BosGerry Cheevers2700115513725.7.881
MinGary Smith2090117113933.6.881
WshRon Low2918158118832.5.881
WshBernie Wolfe177992611431.2.877
AtlDan Bouchard2378111613928.2.875
DetEd Giacomin179183710728.0.872
VanCurt Ridley2074103713430.0.871
LA/ClvGary Edwards150080910732.4.868
DetJim Rutherford2740135018029.6.867
StLEd Staniowski158979810830.1.865
NYRGilles Gratton2034101114329.8.859
NHLAverage   29.9.890

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The next four seasons are taken exclusively from the Hockey Summary Project. I was about halfway through tabulating them from the HSP files on Yahoo when thankfully earlier this week somebody on the HAG group has already done it. The numbers for all goalies from '77-'78 to '81-'82 can be found in Excel here http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/HAG_list/files/. (You have to join the group to access the files.

The leaderboards for those years for starters are:

1978-79 (min. 1500 minutes)
TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
NYIGlennResch2539122310628.9.913
MtlKen Dryden2814119210825.4.909
TorMike Palmateer3396183316732.4.909
ChiTony Esposito3780208420633.1.901
BufDon Edwards3160157515929.9.899
NYIBilly Smith2261106510828.3.899
VanGlen Hanlon18219179430.2.897
PhiBernie Parent19798358925.3.893
PitDenis Herron3208166818031.2.892
LAMario Lessard2860136714828.7.892
AtlDan Bouchard3624180820129.9.889
PitGreg Millen15327708630.2.888
MtlMichel Larocque19868409425.4.888
MinGilles Meloche3118150017328.9.885
DetJim Rutherford189288410328.0.883
WshGary Inness2107108013030.8.880
BufBob Sauve161080710030.1.876
StLEd Staniowski2291116714630.6.875
ClrBill Oleschuk2118108113630.6.874
ClrMichel Plasse2302120115231.3.873
VanGary Bromley2144107413630.1.873
NYRJohn Davidson2232103013127.7.873
PhiWayne Stephenson218795812226.3.873
NYRWayne Thomas166875510127.2.866 
BosGerry Cheevers250998113223.5.865
StLPhil Myre22591202163 31.9.864
WshJim Bedard174092412631.9.864
DetRogie Vachon2908138118928.5.863
LARon Grahame194098513630.5.862
NHLAverage   29.3.883


1979-80 (min. 1500 minutes)
TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
MtlDenis Herron19098578026.9.907
ChiTony Esposito4140210620530.5.903
NYIGlenn Resch2606133713230.8.901
BufBob Sauve18807497423.9.901
PhiPete Peeters2373106110826.8.898
NYIBilly Smith2114102110429.0.898
AtlDan Bouchard3076158416330.9.897
MinGilles Meloche3141155316029.7.897
StLMike Liut3661185919430.5.896
BufDon Edwards2920116712524.0.893
BosGilles Gilbert19338038824.9.890
QueMichel Dion2773152017132.9.888
NYRJohn Davidson2306106212227.6.885
VanGlen Hanlon3341164419329.5.883
PitGreg Millen2586131715730.6.881
BosGerry Cheevers247997211623.5.881
WshWayne Stephenson3146155718729.7.880
MtlMichel Larocque2259104012527.6.880
MinGary Edwards15396698226.1.877
WpgPierre Hamel1947105313032.4.877
HfdAl Smith175486310729.5.876
PhiPhil Myre2367 1126141 28.5.875
TorMike Palmateer203999812529.4.875
DetRogie Vachon3474164620928.4.873
ClrHardy Astrom2574124316129.0.870
EdmEddie Mio171191612032.1.869
LAMario Lessard28361409 18529.8.869
HfdJohn Garrett3046149720229.5.865
PitRob Holland197492812628.2.864
NHLAverage   29.3.882


1980-81 (min. 1500 minutes)
TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
PhiRick St. Croix15677466528.6.913
MtlRichard Sevigny17777697126.0.908
ClgRejean Lemelin 16298948832.9.902
BufDon Edwards2700130413329.0.898
PhiPete Peeters2333111711528.7.897
NYIBilly Smith2363123012931.2.895
MinDon Beaupre2585131513830.5.895
LAMario Lessard37461894 20330.3.893
StLMike Liut3570184419931.0.892
Clg/QueDan Bouchard25001314143 31.5.891
NYI/ClrGlenn Resch2266110512129.3.890
ChiTony Esposito3935223624634.1.890
MinGilles Meloche 2215107812029.2.889
VanRichard Brodeur3024153217730.4.884
ClgPat Riggin2411131815432.8.883
BufBob Sauve210092211126.3.880
WshMike Palmateer2679140717231.5.878
QueMichel Plasse193395111829.5.876
TorJiri Crha3112168521132.5.875
Mtl/TorMichel Larocque208396212227.7.873
HfdMike Veisor158891311834.5.871
HfdJohn Garrett3152186024135.4.870
ClrHardy Astrom164279410329.0.870
EdmEddie Mio2393116715529.3.867
WpgMarkus Mattsson170796012833.7.867
DetGilles Gilbert2618130717530.0.866
PitGreg Millen3721189525830.6.864
BosRogie Vachon 3021123016824.4.863
WpgPierre Hamel162390912833.6.859
Dt/To/LA Jim Rutherford174193113532.1.855
NYRDoug Soetaert2320104015226.9.854
ClrAl Smith190991815128.9.836
NHLAverage   30.4.876



1981-82 (min. 1500 minutes)
TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
MtlDenis Herron15477726829.9.912
EdmGrant Fuhr2847154615732.6.898
NYIBilly Smith2685130013329.1.898
NYIRoland Melanson2115109611431.1.896
MinGilles Meloche 3026165717532.9.894
VanRichard Brodeur3010157416831.4.893
MtlRick Wamsley 2206942 10125.6.893
MinDon Beaupre163489910133.0.888
NYREddie Mio15007768931.0.885
BufDon Edwards3500174020529.8.882
PitMichel Dion3580186122631.2.879
ClrGlenn Resch3424189223033.2.878
StLMike Liut3691 2029250 33.0.877
WpgEd Staniowski2643140117431.8.876
WshDave Parro2942164820633.6.875
EdmRon Low155479410030.7.874
ClgRejean Lemelin1866106013534.1.873
TorVincent Tremblay2033119215335.2.872
HfdGreg Millen3201178022933.4.871
PhiPete Peeters2591124016028.7.871
ClgPat Riggin2934160220732.8.871
PhiRick St. Croix172986311229.9.870
WpgDoug Soetaert2157118715533.0.869
NYRSteve Weeks 2852137017928.8.869
ChiMurray Bannerman1671 87611631.5.868
ChiTony Esposito3069174123134.0.867
QueDan Bouchard 3572171923028.9.866
BosMarco Baron2515105914425.3.864
TorMichel Larocque2647149920734.0.862
BosRogie Vachon 216593913226.0.859
Vn/StLGlen Hanlon168681011428.8.859
Buf/DetBob Sauve 3125139520026.8.857
Hfd/QueJohn Garrett161887112532.3.856
LAMario Lessard29331481 21330.3.856
NHLAverage   31.1.873

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1980-81 (min. 1500 minutes)
TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
PhiRick St. Croix15677466528.6.913
MtlRichard Sevigny17777697126.0.908
ClgRejean Lemelin 16298948832.9.902
BufDon Edwards2700130413329.0.898
PhiPete Peeters2333111711528.7.897
NYIBilly Smith2363123012931.2.895
MinDon Beaupre2585131513830.5.895
LAMario Lessard37461894 20330.3.893
StLMike Liut3570184419931.0.892
Clg/QueDan Bouchard25001314143 31.5.891
NYI/ClrGlenn Resch2266110512129.3.890
ChiTony Esposito3935223624634.1.890
MinGilles Meloche 2215107812029.2.889
VanRichard Brodeur3024153217730.4.884
ClgPat Riggin2411131815432.8.883
BufBob Sauve210092211126.3.880
WshMike Palmateer2679140717231.5.878
QueMichel Plasse193395111829.5.876
TorJiri Crha3112168521132.5.875
Mtl/TorMichel Larocque208396212227.7.873
HfdMike Veisor158891311834.5.871
HfdJohn Garrett3152186024135.4.870
ClrHardy Astrom164279410329.0.870
EdmEddie Mio2393116715529.3.867
WpgMarkus Mattsson170796012833.7.867
DetGilles Gilbert2618130717530.0.866
PitGreg Millen3721189525830.6.864
BosRogie Vachon 3021123016824.4.863
WpgPierre Hamel162390912833.6.859
Dt/To/LA Jim Rutherford174193113532.1.855
NYRDoug Soetaert2320104015226.9.854
ClrAl Smith190991815128.9.836
NHLAverage   30.4.876



1981-82 (min. 1500 minutes)
TeamGoalieMinutesShotsGoalsShots/60minSave %
MtlDenis Herron15477726829.9.912
EdmGrant Fuhr2847154615732.6.898
NYIBilly Smith2685130013329.1.898
NYIRoland Melanson2115109611431.1.896
MinGilles Meloche 3026165717532.9.894
VanRichard Brodeur3010157416831.4.893
MtlRick Wamsley 2206942 10125.6.893
MinDon Beaupre163489910133.0.888
NYREddie Mio15007768931.0.885
BufDon Edwards3500174020529.8.882
PitMichel Dion3580186122631.2.879
ClrGlenn Resch3424189223033.2.878
StLMike Liut3691 2029250 33.0.877
WpgEd Staniowski2643140117431.8.876
WshDave Parro2942164820633.6.875
EdmRon Low155479410030.7.874
ClgRejean Lemelin1866106013534.1.873
TorVincent Tremblay2033119215335.2.872
HfdGreg Millen3201178022933.4.871
PhiPete Peeters2591124016028.7.871
ClgPat Riggin2934160220732.8.871
PhiRick St. Croix172986311229.9.870
WpgDoug Soetaert2157118715533.0.869
NYRSteve Weeks 2852137017928.8.869
ChiMurray Bannerman1671 87611631.5.868
ChiTony Esposito3069174123134.0.867
QueDan Bouchard 3572171923028.9.866
BosMarco Baron2515105914425.3.864
TorMichel Larocque2647149920734.0.862
BosRogie Vachon 216593913226.0.859
Vn/StLGlen Hanlon168681011428.8.859
Buf/DetBob Sauve 3125139520026.8.857
Hfd/QueJohn Garrett161887112532.3.856
LAMario Lessard29331481 21330.3.856
NHLAverage   31.1.873
A few things worth noting...

- The other seasons from Larocque and Vachon hinted that they were either slightly overrated (the former) or going downhill (the latter). Evidenced those two years.

- Mario Lessard, or how the mighty have fallen. 2nd AST in 80-81 to dead last in SV%. His numbers are just not that great for 80-81, but they were better than Liut, and were the first two guys with 3000+ minutes

- Frankly disappointed at where Liut does appear in the tables.

- Considering the 81-82 Oilers, it's safe to say that Fuhr had an amazing season.

- Speaking of 81-82, has there ever been a bigger gap between 1st and 2nd for SV%? I mean, 0.14 seems simply astronomical. Herron did benefit from playing behind a good defense (as well as fewer games), but it has to be said that the Big-3 was dismantled that year (Savard gone, Lapointe playing only half of the season). Langway was still there, though. The other guys logging the bulk of the minutes were Engblom, Picard and Delorme. Gingras played an half-season as well. Still a good defense, but not exactly the 70ies.

- I don't have specifics for that year, but Boston had a terrific team that year : there's no way that a team stuck with so awful goaltending could finish 2nd in the Adams and 5th overall. Worth noting that neither Vachon and Baron were the starter during the playoffs (it was Mike Moffat, whose best moments apparently came during the 81-82 playoffs). Had the Bruins had better goaltending - or just average goaltending - they might have won the cup that year.

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thanks for working this out, reckoning. very interesting.


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biggest gap in sv% i can think of is '95.

hasek: .930
osgood: .917
thibault: .917

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Fantastic, I absolutely love this stuff!

Interesting to see some goalies that faced a lot of rubber. Meloche and the other Seals' goalies were always anecdotally referenced when it came to this, i.e. "Meloche consistently faces 40 shots/night."

Yet, in 69-70, Toronto, Philly and Minnesota were right up there with Oakland as allowing the most shots.

Even in 77-78, Meloche was facing 33.5 shots with Cleveland, yet Pitt's Dennis Herron was facing 36.1!!

77-78 was also interesting for the gap between most and least shots. You have Montreal and Atlanta goalies facing 25/game and Herron allowing 36 - an eleven shot difference has got to be one of the biggest gaps although I'm sure 74-75 will be higher with Washington involved.

Oh, just noticed 76-77 is an even wider gap - 23 for Larocque and 37 for Doug Favell of Colorado! Even here, Meloche faced only 31/game and several goalies saw more rubber.

Also interesting to see how much rubber Tony Esposito was facing!! In many of those seasons posted he was on the high end of the scale.

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- Esposito's 93.2 sv% through 60 games is amazing; I'm pretty sure Hasek is the only other goalie with >60 games and >93.2% in a single season.
Johnny Bower put up .933 in 1963-64. He only played 50 games, but it's still impressive!

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This is amazing research, reckoning.

I don't have my copy of Kleif & Reif's "Hockey Compendium" here but I recall they had save percentage statistics for 1955-1967, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, and 1983 onwards.

This thread has stats for 1970, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982.

Overall it looks like we're missing data for 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973. (Let me know if I'm missing anything though). It would be a significant accomplishment to put together a spreadsheet or database with continuous save percentage data going back for 55 years.

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thanks for working this out, reckoning. very interesting.


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biggest gap in sv% i can think of is '95.

hasek: .930
osgood: .917
thibault: .917
1970-71
1st - Jacques Plante - 0.942
2nd - Ed Giacomin - 0.921

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This is amazing research, reckoning.

I don't have my copy of Kleif & Reif's "Hockey Compendium" here but I recall they had save percentage statistics for 1955-1967, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, and 1983 onwards.

This thread has stats for 1970, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982.

Overall it looks like we're missing data for 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973. (Let me know if I'm missing anything though). It would be a significant accomplishment to put together a spreadsheet or database with continuous save percentage data going back for 55 years.
I got 1954-55 to 1966-67 if you want it.

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FYI ... in about a couple of weeks, the Hockey Summary Project will have 67-68 and 68-69 stats

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FYI ... in about a couple of weeks, the Hockey Summary Project will have 67-68 and 68-69 stats
Thank goodness. Those are the two seasons that would be impossible to get with only the two Toronto papers as sources that I have. The Star didn't have shot totals until the 70s, and the Globe & Mail never has West Coast game summaries.

I've noticed that the shot totals added up on from the HSP files on Yahoo for some of the Flyer goalies don't always equal the same amounts as are listed on the goaltending statistics portion of the flyershistory site. Wouldn't they both be using the same sources, and if not, which is more accurate?

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- Esposito's 93.2 sv% through 60 games is amazing; I'm pretty sure Hasek is the only other goalie with >60 games and >93.2% in a single season.
Flyershistory has Bernie Parent at .933 in over 70 games for the '73-'74 season. Considering that the quality of the shots he faced was likely the toughest in the league (due to facing the opposition's power play far more than any other goalie) and considering that he continued that amazing performance through the playoffs leading the Flyers to the Cup, I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that it is likely the greatest season a NHL goaltender has ever had.

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