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Interesting article on FiveThirtyEight.com

I was wondering if there would be any playoff hockey related coverage and, lo and behold, there was:

Hot Goalies

I chuckled a bit when I saw the topic. I know it's a bit of a dead horse, but it's an interesting article that includes some important links to older articles. Key points are the variability of goalies and the narrow difference between league average SV% and replacement level SV%.

For reference's sake, here are active GA%- (the lower the better, 100 is average):

Active GA%-

Here is the first 30 qualifying goalies, apologies for the table, but I couldn't find a better way to display the data without going into Excel, GA%- in bold in the final column:

Rk

Player

Age

Tm

SV%

GA%-

GSAA

1

Cam Talbot

26

NYR

0.941

68

15.25

2

Josh Harding

29

MIN

0.933

77

13.45

3

Martin Jones

24

LAK

0.934

77

10.08

4

Alex Stalock

26

SJS

0.932

79

10.2

5

Tuukka Rask

26

BOS

0.93

81

26.4

6

Semyon Varlamov

25

COL

0.927

84

27.45

7

Carey Price

26

MTL

0.927

85

23.51

8

Anton Khudobin

27

CAR

0.926

86

12.72

9

Philipp Grubauer

22

WSH

0.925

87

5.41

10

Chad Johnson

27

BOS

0.925

87

8.01

11

Ben Bishop

27

TBL

0.924

88

18.48

12

Frederik Andersen

24

ANA

0.923

89

7.47

13

Sergei Bobrovsky

25

CBJ

0.923

89

15.4

14

Jonathan Bernier

25

TOR

0.922

90

15.07

15

Brian Elliott

28

STL

0.922

90

5.68

16

Ben Scrivens

27

TOT

0.922

91

9.83

17

Jaroslav Halak

28

TOT

0.921

92

9.34

18

Henrik Lundqvist

31

NYR

0.92

92

11.96

19

Michal Neuvirth

25

TOT

0.921

92

3.55

20

Cory Schneider

27

NJD

0.921

92

7.39

21

Thomas Greiss

28

PHX

0.92

93

3.94

22

Al Montoya

28

WPG

0.92

93

4.5

23

Kari Lehtonen

30

DAL

0.919

94

9.68

24

Roberto Luongo

34

TOT

0.919

94

7.92

25

Ryan Miller

33

TOT

0.918

95

8.42

26

Justin Peters

27

CAR

0.919

95

2.94

27

Steve Mason

25

PHI

0.917

96

5.88

28

Corey Crawford

29

CHI

0.917

97

4.09

29

Marc-Andre Fleury

29

PIT

0.915

98

2.86

30

Jonathan Quick

28

LAK

0.915

98

1.93


Here is the data

My take? Spending money on goalies, except in 2-3 cases is stupid. I hope Ray Shero keeps that in mind...

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