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Goaltender Ratings - March 25/08

 

From Nick Parsons 

 

 

 

The National Hockey League is into the last few yards of the home stretch and much has still to be decided.  Here is a table showing the top, and bottom too, starting goaltenders in the league.  Three teams dont list a starting goaltender, Detroit for instance, because the two on their roster, Chris Osgood and Dominik Hasek, spilt the games.  In Los Angeles theyve used so many this season no-one can really remember them all.

 

The first box lists the league averages which provide a basis for comparisons.

  
Goals Against Save Percentage Shots/game
2.71 906 28.7
 

A striking feature of this table is the high scores.  Ten years ago a goaltender would lead the league with a score of 33; now that rating leaves him eighth.  Theres no doubt in my mind the NHL has to find a way to reduce the influence goaltenders are having on the game.
  
Rank Player Team Mins. Team Mins. GAA Shots/Game Save % Grade
1 Brodeur NJD 4210 4545 2.13 27.1 920 61.7
2   Detroit   4591 2.10 23.4 908 57.6
3 Luongo Van 3912 4557 2.22 28.6 922 55.7
4 Nabokov Sanj 4255 4548` 2.13 23.7 910 53.5
5 Giguere Anaheim 3185 4667 2.11 27.4 923 51.4
6 Price Montreal 2111 4614 2.64 31.9 917 41.9
7 LeClaire Clb 2866 4536 2.22 27.5 919 38.2
8 Lundqvist NYR 3872 4558 2.28 25.4 910 37.1
9 Bryzgalov Pho 2920 4593 2.38 30.4 921 31.7
10 Backstrom Minn 3141 4612 2.37 28.8 918 31.3
11 Turco Dallas 3322 4575 2.31 25.6 910 29.8
12 Legace StL 3405 4524 2.43 26.9 910 22.6
13 Thomas Bos 2978 4559 2.56 31.5 919 20.0
14 Conklin Pitts 1806 4545 2.46 32.5 924 18.7
15 Theodore Col 2657 4585 2.44 27.0 910 16.9
16 Vokoun Fla 3832 4607 2.69 33.0 918 15.1
17 Gerber Ottawa 2815 4525 2.66 30.2 912 13.4
18 Biron Philly 3233 4592 2.67 32.1 917 12.8
19 Miller Buffalo 4104 4551 2.60 28.5 909 12.3
20 Khabibulin Chicago 2587 4579 2.55 28.2 910 11.1
21 Toskala Toronto 3603 4597 2.60 28.3 908 9.8
22 Garon Edmonton 2655 4637 2.66 30.7 913 7.9
23 Kiprusoff Calgary 4082 4541 2.68 28.7 907 3.5
24 Smith TBay 595 4506 2.62 26.2 900 0.1
25 Ward Car 3568 4574 2.77 28.6 903 -7.2
26 Lehtonen Atl 2527 4683 3.04 34.4 912 -11.6
27 DiPietro NYI 3707 4591 2.82 28.8 902 -12.2
28 Mason Nash 2606 4584 2.92 28.9 899 -15.9
29   Wash   4590 2.77 27.5 896 -17.3
30   LAK   4573 3.07 31.7 899 -40.1
 
Once again the NHL is being led by Martin Brodeur of New Jersey.  Roberto Luongo (Vancouver), Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose), and J-S Giguere in Anaheim round out the list of this seasons A level goalkeepers.
 

General manager Bob Gaineys gamble in Montreal with Carey Price is so far paying off with huge returns.  Marty Turco in Dallas is having a good year and there is redemption of sorts for Red Wing cast off Manny Legace in St. Louis.  Bostons goaltending has been sliding and Tim Thomas is at the cut-off line between acceptable and liability. 
 

Ottawas Martin Gerbers pads have turned to cement and hes giving up endless rebounds.  Miikka Kiprusoff continues to wobble in Calgary and the Hurricanes wouldnt have had to worry quite so much this season if Cam Ward had been better.
 

I was looking for Tampa Bay to finish this season with a rush when they traded for Dallas Mike Smith.  They still might but right now theyve been 4-8-1 since Smith arrived.  His save percentage has been poor.  Perhaps hell be much better next season after going to camp with this team.
 

Nashville is another team flattened by poor goaltending.  They are four points out of eighth place with a game in hand on #8, which is Colorado in the Western Conference.  If the Predators goalies had been able to do what the Avalanches Jose Theodore has done Im sure Nashville would be much further up the table.
 
Topics: Hockey

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