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Vezina Watch 2015-16 – Price Increase

Vezina Watch 2015-16 – Price Increase

One might say it is ‘business as usual’ in the race for the Vezina Trophy, as Montreal’s Carey Price put on a clinic during the Canadiens early season showdown with a strong St. Louis side.

Price stopped all 38-shots to lead Montreal to a 3-0 victory over the Blues, extending Montreal’s club-record ‘winning streak to start the season’ to seven games while putting the British Columbia native back at the top of InGoal’s weekly rankings.

Price Push Into RVH

Price in action against St. Louis.

It’s still early in the campaign, but goaltending is already playing a significant role in a number of clubs fortunes; notably for Boston, Columbus and Calgary, where difficulties between the pipes have left all three teams struggling to move away from the basement.

As always, all statistics used are drawn from War-on-Ice.com. Because every goaltender sees a different amount of time on the power play and penalty kill, we are using 5-on-5 stats to offer a better comparison on the save percentage statistics shown.

For those unfamiliar with these stats, Adjusted Save Percentage accounts for some differences in the kinds of shots each goaltender faces, mostly location but also some rebounds and rush chances. High Danger Save percentage includes only shots from the slot. This is the part of adjusted save percentage that appears to predict future performance best and thus may tell us the most about individual goaltenders. More information is available here.

1. Carey Price

2015-16 Record
Wins: 6
Shut Outs: 2
Save %: 97.20
Adj Save %: 97.19
High Danger Save %: 96.88
Goals Against Average: 1.00

Price stopped 84 of the 85 shots he faced during the past seven days, recording shut outs against the Rangers and Blues as Montreal extended their streak to 7-0-0 to begin the new season.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has a league leading six wins to his name, whilst posting stellar numbers once again.

2. Martin Jones

2015-16 Record
Wins: 4
Shut Outs: 2
Save %: 95.92
Adj Save %: 94.89
High Danger Save %: 88.24
Goals Against Average: 1.18

Jones suffered his first loss of the season on Monday, as the Sharks went down 4-0 to Antti Raanta and the New York Rangers, but the 25-year old remains among the Vezina front runners thanks to his tremendous form during the opening fortnight of the new season.

The North Vancouver native is second behind Carey Price in wins and GSAA (Goals Saved Above Average) heading in to tonight’s game with Los Angeles.

3. Roberto Luongo

2015-16 Record
Wins: 2
Shut Outs: 0
Save %: 96.15
Adj Save %: 96.60
High Danger Save %: 90.91
Goals Against Average: 2.01

The veteran puck stopper has been strong in all situations for a Panthers side currently sitting third in the Atlantic Division.

The experience of Jaromir Jagr and Brian Campbell is certainly of benefit to a Florida side packed with young talent, but it is Luongo who is likely to hold the keys to success this season. If he is his usual reliable self then there is every chance play-off hockey could return to Sunrise for the first time in four years.

Honourable Mentions

Colorado’s Reto Berra shut out Anaheim in his season debut on Friday, before turning away 38 of 40 shots in a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles 48 hours later.

Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen has also made a strong start to the season, despite the Ducks scoring troubles. The Dane has posted a 94.74 save percentage in all situations with a 1.57 goals against average, but is yet to secure a win this season as Bruce Boudreau’s side stumbled out of the gate.

Record Breaker

Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday saw netminder Ben Bishop become the clubs all-time wins leader.

Bishop’s 84th win in a Bolts jersey moved him past Stanley Cup winning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who played in 192 games for the Lightning between 2000 and 2004.

And Finally…

It hasn’t been the easiest of times for Cam Ward lately, but 31-year old was on top form against the Avalanche last night, stopping all 26-shots in a 1-0 victory in overtime, including this brilliant stick save on Matt Duchene:

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About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).