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Author: Greg Balloch

Goaltender Workload and Its Effect on Save Percentage

With the advanced stat revolution taking the hockey world by storm, it’s easy to forget that some of the data collected was originally used to monitor the workload of goaltenders.

This week, the NHL finally unveiled a new website that allows users to look up shot attempts and unblocked shot attempts, along with a variety of other advanced statistics. Although these stats are in the forefront now, they have actually been around for a very long time.

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Crawford Allows Embarrassing Goal on a Dump-In

Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks were already losing 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche when disaster struck late in the third period. Brad Stuart carried the puck to the centre red line and dumped it into the Blackhawks zone to initiate a line change. As he turned his back on the play, the puck bounced towards the goal, and Crawford played it very…very casually: Talk about every goalie’s worst nightmare! Crawford realized his error immediately, and looked skyward. The goal would make it 4-1 for Colorado, a deficit that the Blackhawks would not recover from. While talking to reporters...

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John Gibson Almost Takes a Slapshot to the Face

A scary moment occurred about seven minutes into the first period of Wednesday night’s Lightning/Ducks game. John Gibson was in desperation mode, attempting to stop a Steven Stamkos shot from the high slot when his defenceman Ben Lovejoy accidentally bumped his mask off. The result was pretty terrifying: Yikes! The whistle immediately blew, and luckily Gibson was not injured on the play. The puck never made contact with his face. The incident didn’t seem to phase Gibson. He was laughing and smiling as he got up after the play. Ducks fans must be happy that he was okay, with...

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NHL Saves of the Week: February 9-15

With Evgeni Nabokov retiring, Andrei Vasilevskiy was given a chance to be the full time backup for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The world saw why the Lightning made that decision, as he made one of the best saves you will see this season. Check out Vasilevskiy’s stunning toe save along with the nine other best saves in the NHL Saves of the Week for February 9th to 15th: #10 Jonas Hiller – Calgary Flames #9 Devan Dubnyk – Minnesota Wild #8 Corey Crawford – Chicago Blackhawks #7 Jonathan Bernier – Toronto Maple Leafs #6 Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins...

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Enroth Shipped to Dallas as Trade Winds Begin to Blow

Trade season is upon us and the Buffalo Sabres have broken open the flood gates in a big way. Their rebuild was given a major kickstart on Wednesday when they acquired Evander Kane from the Winnipeg Jets in a massive seven player trade. They weren’t done there, as they also shipped goaltender Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars a few hours later in exchange for Anders Lindback and a conditional third-round draft pick. Enroth, who has worked with Stars head coach Lindy Ruff in Buffalo, will now get a chance to fight for a playoff position with his new...

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Andrei Vasilevskiy was the game’s first star and Jake Allen kept his team in it as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1. Take a minute to enjoy some of their best work in tonight’s Save Story.

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