Four Surprisingly GoodBad NHL Goalies During 2015
I was recently looking over goaltending stats for the 2015-2016 season, as we enter the new year of 2016, I was quite surprised at a few goaltenders who are not playing so great.
Putting save percentages and goals against averages aside, I am focusing more in the goals against department. A lot of you will argue that goals against are not always the goaltenders fault, but I beg to differ. Considering the struggles these 4 teams have been going through, most of it has to do with their
goaltending play as of late.
In 29 games played, Anderson has allowed 77 goals, number 1 overall in goals allowed. Surprisingly though he currently supports a 2.87 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.
I lied, it’s not Anderson that’s the problem, it’s Ottawa’s lack of defense. If it were not for Anderson the Senators would be back at the bottom. Anderson has 16 wins of their 18.
He’s been the most consistent goaltender in the NHL since his career began back in 2000. Here we are entering 2016, 16 years later, Lundqvist has finally slowed down. He’s human like the rest of us, he’s not some Twilight Zone robot with two giant heads and Garth Snow like shoulders pads.
In 29 games played Lundqvist has allowed 68 goals total. That’s a 2.41 goals against average for those of you who didn’t pay attention in math class. He supports a .924 save percentage, which is impressive. Also ranking 2nd with 827 saves so far.
Although the numbers look good, comparing his goals against to other goaltenders who have played at least 28 games: Jake Allen 55 goals against, Braden Holtby 53 goals against, Ben Bishop 57 goals against and Roberto Luongo 64 goals against.
The numbers seem fairly close, but in hockey, one goal off could cost you the entire season. In my opinion though, it’s not Lundqvist’s fault. Head coach Alain Vigneault is all offense, where’s the defense? Henrik has 16 of the 20 New York victories so far.
surprisingly, I am not surprised. He has had a major drop off since his days in Buffalo but can you blame the guy? Buffalo squeezed him down to a pulp with that horrific so called hockey team, playing in front of him. Now he’s in Vancouver, although Vancouver is in the middle of the pact, he still has the same trash team playing in front of him.
Wasn’t he in St Louis for a year? He sucked there too….
hmm…I’m seeing a trend. I am too embarrassed to post his current stats. Check them out here for yourself.
Without a doubt the only reason Nashville ever has a chance during the regular season. If it were not for Rinne this Nashville team would look like a beer league team. Can you believe the defense as a group have MORE GOALS than the offense as a group!?
Nashville is grinding poor Rinne into the ice season after season it’s no surprise he’s playing “bad” right now. Who knows? Maybe he thinks if he plays bad, he will get traded?
Rinne has 71 goals against which is 3rd worst in the NHL. A .910 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average. 9th in saves behind the big boys Crawford, Schneider, Luongo and Holtby.
Could Be Worse
After writing this, I realize it could be a whole lot worse. Jonas Hiller
could be on the ice. Jonathan Bernier could be in Toronto. Carey Price could be injured while Mike Condon tries to right the sinking ship. Heck, even Sergei Bobrovsky could be injured for a long period of time….again.
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