Pro hockey players are watching the playoffs, too.
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Every time a player was introduced, I’d elbow Paul and say, ‘What a player he is. Unbelievable.’ Then the next player, he’d elbow me and say, ‘How about him? Unbelievable.’ Then they introduced Mario Lemieux, and we said, ‘Do you think he’d give us his autograph?’
More fun with goalie stats, since people are talking about the Vezina and other awards right now. The goalies listed on the above chart are the top 10 goalies in the league based on # of games won. The chart is sorted by sv% (5v5), but most categories are highlighted to show the leaders (and in some cases, the opposite).
Today’s top item in Book News: Ginny Weasley, the freckly, flame-haired girl who later marries Harry Potter, grows up to be a sports journalist, according to new writing from J.K. Rowling on the website Pottermore. (Login required.) The stories are Ginny’s dispatches from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup for the magical newspaper The Daily Prophet. “Not a single Quaffle thrown, not a single Snitch caught, but the 427th Quidditch World Cup is already mired in controversy,” she writes. “Magizoologists have congregated in the desert to contain the mayhem and Healers have attended more than 300 crowd members suffering from shock, broken bones and bites.”
Read more here.
^ I’m in love with this. Go Ginny! :D
Taking a look at the NHL’s goalie workhorses for the season.
All above goalies played at least 40 games for their team; the majority played at least 45 as the starting goaltender. Tuukka Rask’s all-around statistics make him the clear leader for the Vezina this season.
Semyon Varlamov’s win % was the best (0.651), edging out Rask slightly; but he didn’t post as many shutouts as Carey Price (0.576 w%) or Ben Bishop (0.578 w%). Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) and Antti Niemi (SJS) tied for second in the league for wins with 39, but their lower average save% pushed them down the charts. Jonathan Quick’s numbers/stats were good, but he played in about 15-20% fewer games than the top goalies.
As a result, it will be interesting to see how GMs cast their votes for the Vezina beyond Rask.
Various stats (wins, GAA, sv%, shutouts, goals, assists, and PIM) have been highlighted to show the top three in each category. The darker the color, the higher that player ranks.
Several goalies who missed the playoffs had a win% at or above .500: Jonathan Bernier (TOR), Jaroslav Halak (STL/BUF), Braden Holtby (WSH), Carter Hutton (NSH), and Craig Anderson (OTT). Two goalies, Ryan Miller (BUF/STL) and Tim Thomas (FLA/DAL), posted win% under .500, but due to late-season trades, ended up in playoff contention.