Monthly Archives: February 2016

Can Goaltenders Have an Effect on Possession Statistics? Part 3: Evaluating Other Top Goalies

Goalie Pekka Rinne (#35) of the Nashville Predators passes the puck against Right Wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (#78) of the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period

Previous: Part 1: Evaluating Known Puck-Handling Goaltenders at Even Strength

Previous: Part 2: Evaluating Known Puck-Handling Goaltenders on Special Teams

I’ve identified a group of top goaltenders in the league, comparable to the playing level of our identified puck-moving goaltenders. This includes Jonathan Quick, Marc-Andre Fleury, Henrik Lundqvist, Tuukka Rask, Braden Holtby, Devan Dubnyk, Corey Crawford, and Pekka Rinne. While none are specifically known for their puck-handling abilities, it is very possible that one or more of these goalies could positively impact possession statistics as much as if not more than our previously labeled puck-moving goaltender subgroup but don’t get the credit they deserve. I will similarly analyze their possession WOWYs, beginning at even strength, to see their impact to their team’s possession statistics.

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Can Goaltenders Have an Effect on Possession Statistics? Part 2: Evaluating Known Puck-Handling Goaltenders on Special Teams

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Previous: Part 1: Evaluating Known Puck-Handling Goaltenders at Even Strength

Earlier we looked at how puck-moving goaltenders impact possession at even strength. Now, we’ll look at another important aspect of the game to see if puck-moving goaltenders can have an impact on possession statistics on special teams, either on the power play or while shorthanded. I’ll analyze these metrics in a similar fashion as was presented at even strength.

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