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Buy-Low and Sell-High: Goalies

March 15, 2018   Left Wing Lock Staff   0 Comments


Welcome to Unsustainable - our weekly look at goalies performing at unsustainable levels. Below, you'll find a data table with an emphasis on save percentages. What we know, from years and years of data, is that it unlikely that a player can maintain a save percentage that deviates significantly from his career numbers.

The aim of this weekly article is to highlight players, that the data suggests, are playing at levels inconsistent with their actual talent.

Even-strength Save Percentage

We'll first look at the EVSV% of several goalies. To put this into context, it is rare for a starting goalie to maintain an EVSV% at or above the .940 level over the course of a season. How rare? At a rate of just under 1 goalie per season since the full-season lockout of 2004-2005. So what are the chances that the starting goalie on your fantasy hockey team is going to maintain that high, early-season EVSV%? Slim to none. Below, you'll find a list of starting goalies most likely to see a regression in their EVSV% in the future.

Christopher Gibson0.92641381170.95650.9573
Pekka Rinne0.9186160612950.92900.9405
Philipp Grubauer0.92377256000.92550.9400

Penalty Kill Save Percentage

Next, we want to examine the PKSV% of starting goalies. We know that PKSV% is largely driven by luck, so fantasy hockey managers should be aware of starting goalies with a SV% propped up by an unusually high PKSV% (for reference, the league average is typically .875). The ASV% column tells you what a goalie's SV% would look like if he were performing at the league average in PKSV%. Note that the list includes goalies with unusually high PKSV% values and goalies with unusually low PKSV% values.

Christopher Gibson0.9264138210.95650.95240.9423
Alexandar Georgiev0.9292212300.92920.93330.9194
Aaron Dell0.92107081000.91380.92000.9051
John Gibson0.923016542790.92560.91760.9182
Carter Hutton0.91577711080.93390.91670.9274
Connor Hellebuyck0.916617763330.92450.91290.9185
Joonas Korpisalo0.9120471560.90230.91070.8980
Cam Talbot0.918516942300.90730.83480.9106
Antti Niemi0.91275381130.90890.83190.9186
Jacob Markstrom0.907214982040.91050.82840.9153
Maxime Lagace0.8674430810.86740.82720.8775
Scott Wedgewood0.9033587510.89270.82350.8981
Petr Mrazek0.91178861230.90630.82110.9127
Scott Darling0.91179771040.88840.81730.8937
Michal Neuvirth0.9118519630.91520.80950.9239
Brian Elliott0.912811891520.90830.80920.9169
Casey DeSmith0.9141291410.91410.80490.9184
Mike Condon0.90727601020.90390.78430.9151
Eddie Lack0.9089177370.87010.78380.9028
J-F Berube0.8999208310.89900.77420.9165
Louis Domingue0.9057441670.88440.76120.9037
Laurent Brossoit0.8985334500.88620.76000.9055
Peter Budaj0.9041217420.87560.73810.9052
Al Montoya0.9079293340.88400.70590.9033


CSV%: Career Save Percentage

SA: Shots against

EVSA: Even-strength shots against

PKSA: Shots against while on the penalty kill

SV%: 2017-2018 save percentage

EVSV%: 2017-2018 even-strength save percentage

PKSV%: 2017-2018 save percentage while on the penalty kill

ASV%: 2017-2018 save percentage if performing at league average on the penalty kill

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