Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How The Pesky Senators Are Getting It Done!

The Senators are decimated by injuries this season.

They keep on winning.

The Sens are just finding ways to, “get it done”, even if it’s the hard way. A huge portion of their recent wins has been to amazing goaltending. Through March 24th, Ottawa is 17-9-6.

And even there the Sens have had to rely on their backup, Ben Bishop, and even a surprising call up, Robin Lehner.
But take a look at the numbers here (as of March 25, 2013):

15 GP

8 W
4 L

2 O
2 SO

1.49 GAA

.952 S%

10 GP
6 W

4 L
0 O

0 SO
2.62 GAA

.921 S%

8 GP
3 W

1 L
4 O

0 SO
2.05 GAA

.940 S%
Okay, Anderson is leading the league in GAA and S%, but has been sidelined since Feb 21, with a sprained right ankle. Too bad, since he was working on his third shutout on the season (Anderson is tied with 11 other goaltenders with 2 shutouts).

Bishop and Lehner have been on their own since.
But what performances on their part.

Bishop may have a high GAA, but his S% is good enough for 8th. You really have to hand it to him, but in doing so you have to look up at him, as at 6’7, he is the tallest goaltender in the NHL, ever!
Lehner has been jinxed by shootout losses, plus an overtime loss to the Bruins. But even there, he is tied for 5th with Carey Price, Jimmy Howard and Ryan Miller with 4. That is, most OT and shootout losses.

Having played just 8 games so far (as of March 24th) he is not eligible for a spot among the leaders in S%. Although, with Anderson out, he will soon have enough games.
But notice that, the .940 S% is also the Ottawa Senator’s team S%. Yeah, that’s right, 3 different goalies, giving you a chance to win.

Let’s put the .940 number into perspective. Imagine, with all those injures, the Sens are outshot 35 to, whatever:
.94 * 35 = 32.9

Yeah, that’s pretty much just two goals allowed, even if you give up 35 shots.
Oh, yeah, what about that stat I came up with 2 posts ago? Tolgbats?

Anderson has one in all 15 games he’s played this year, including the game he left, 2/21/13.
Bishop has 9 in the games he’s been eligible for (9). In his other appearance, in relief of Anderson (2/21/13 against the Rangers) he ended up winning the game.

Lehner (I should say at this point that he is really short compared to Bishop. Robin is only 6’4) has 8 in all 8 games played.

Friday, March 15, 2013

TOLGBAT Factor: Western Conference

Okay, my best friend put me on the spot for Calgary, so it's off to the Western Conference. I've made some changes, so I'm only going to include the elgible games for goalies (so they have to play the first two periods). Without further adieu, and sadly, that means scrolling down again, we shall see what all this quite on the Western Front Conference is in terms of goaltending, through Feb 16th.

NameElgible GamesTOLGBAT TOLBAT %
Devan Dubnyk1111 100.00%
Corey Crawford1010 100.00%
Viktor Fasth88 100.00%
Steve Mason77 100.00%
Roberto Luongo66 100.00%
Cory Schneider66 100.00%
Ray Emery44 100.00%
Jonas Hiller44 100.00%
Jonathan Bernier33 100.00%
Thomas Greiss33 100.00%
Jaroslav Halak33 100.00%
Jason LaBarbera33 100.00%
Jake Allen22 100.00%
Richard Bachman22 100.00%
Jean-Sebastien Giguere22 100.00%
Josh Harding22 100.00%
Chad Johnson22 100.00%
Chris Mason22 100.00%
Nikolai Khabibulin11 100.00%
Darcy Kuemper11 100.00%
Petr Mrazek11 100.00%
Christopher Nihlstorp11 100.00%
Kari Lehtonen109 90.00%
Miikka Kiprusoff76 85.71%
Brian Elliot65 83.33%
Niklas Backstrom119 81.82%
Antti Niemi119 81.82%
Mike Smith108 80.00%
Leland Irving43 75.00%
Semyon Valamov118 72.73%
Sergi Bobrovsky107 70.00%
Jonathan Quick96 66.67%
Joey MacDonald10 0.00%
Yann Danis00 0.00%
Total (34 Goalies)174154  
WC Average5.14.5 88.51%