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Author: Greg Balloch

Trade Bait: NHL Goalies Potentially on the Move

The March 5th trade deadline is quickly sneaking up on NHL executives and hockey fans. Although trade activity has been down in recent seasons, there are always a few surprises leading up to the deadline and in the final minutes. Although some of the moves can be predicted, a lot of the time they are completely unexpected. Last season, quite a few notable goalies changed teams around the deadline. Reto Berra’s rights were traded to Calgary from St. Louis. He ended up signing with the Flames and made the jump to North America this season. Ben Bishop was dealt...

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GSAA: An Essential Statistic For Evaluating Goaltenders

Advanced statistical knowledge in sports has increased rapidly in the last two decades. Hockey has been a step behind most other sports, but is starting to catch up with the rise of possession statistics such as the wildly popular “Corsi” percentage. The sheer volume of information that is collected now can be enough to make your head spin, but a lot of it is extremely valuable when it comes to evaluating individual performance. When it comes to evaluating a goaltender, three statistics in particular have been looked at throughout most of history. Those three stats are wins, goals against...

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NHL Analysis: Craig Anderson’s Poor Net Play and Post Coverage

There is no question that Craig Anderson is still a starting goaltender in the NHL, but his statistical drop off from last season to this season is enough to raise some eyebrows. He was tremendous in 2013, despite playing in only 24 games in the lockout-shortened season. He lead the entire league with a .941 save percentage, and had a sparkling goals against average of 1.69. It may have been a bit of an anomaly, though. This year his numbers have come back down and have dropped well below his career average, and the league average. Consistency has always...

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The Curious Case of Ondrej Pavelec

It’s easy to blame the Winnipeg Jets lacklustre 2013-2014 campaign so far on their goaltending. More specifically Ondrej Pavelec, who has struggled mightily at times.

Author Greg Balloch asks the question: is Ondrej Pavelec fixable? And if so, what can he work on to salvage his season?

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