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Author: Greg Balloch

NHL Saves of the Week: December 29 – January 4

As 2014 turns into 2015, a lot of people like to reflect on the past year and begin to look forward to future changes. At least one thing remains constant: Goalies are incredible and will continue to make amazing saves week after week! This week is a mixed bag of highlights including two eerily similar saves in the shootout from Jonathan Quick and Frederik Andersen –  as well as a goal line robbery from Jonathan Bernier. Check out the NHL Saves of the Week for December 29, 2014 to January 4, 2015: #10 Jonas Hiller – Calgary Flames #9...

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NHL Saves of the Week: December 22 – 28

It was a short week in the NHL due to a three day break over the holidays, but the goalies were working overtime in the games that were played. This week’s list is one of the best, especially if you enjoy glove saves! There is a total of six of them – and none of them can top Roberto Luongo’s shootout save on Chris Kunitz. Check out the NHL saves of the week from December 22nd to the 28th: #10 Mike Smith – Phoenix Coyotes #9 Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals #8 Curtis McElhinney – Columbus Blue Jackets #7...

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NHL Saves of the Week: December 15 – 21

With Ben Bishop’s injury, the Tampa Bay Lightning were forced to recall 2012 first round pick Andrei Vasilevskiy, and he did not disappoint. He made two solid starts, and is featured on the list this week. Also included is Marty Brodeur flashing leather, Kari Lehtonen turning heads, and Henrik Lundqvist rounding into form. Here are the NHL Saves of the Week for December 15th to 21st: #10 Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning #9 Cam Ward – Carolina Hurricanes #8 Niklas Backstrom – Minnesota Wild #7 Marc-André Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins #6 Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers #5 Kari...

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Uncovering This Season’s True Top Performers

For years hockey fans have been judging goaltenders by their win-loss record and Goals Against Average. Those statistics have been proven to actually tell more about the team that the goalie is playing for than anything else. Save percentage isn’t perfect either, but it can be used in a variety of ways to find out how well a goaltender is actually playing. Earlier this year a piece was written for this site that introduced a statistic called Goals Saved Above Average. GSAA is a fascinating stat because it tells you how many goals a netminder has saved his team,...

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NHL Saves of the Week: December 8 – 14

This past week was full of fantastic saves from goaltenders all over the NHL. Jonathan Quick is a regular contributor, and he makes two more appearances this week – but this time he is outdone by a jaw-dropping goal line save from Braden Holtby. You have to check it out! Here are the NHL saves of the week from December 8th to 14th: #10 Frederik Anderson – Anaheim Ducks #9 Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens #8 Jonas Hiller – Calgary Flames   #7 Michael Hutchinson – Winnipeg Jets #6 Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings #5 Cam Ward –...

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