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Buy-Low and Sell-High: Goalies

May 6, 2021   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.

Jeremy Swayman0.94202241880.94200.9521
Filip Gustavsson0.94411791500.94410.9467
Juuse Saros0.920210518940.92670.9418
Petr Mrazek0.91102442210.93440.9412
Alex Nedeljkovic0.92756195290.93210.9395

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 in recent seasons is .865). 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.

Collin Delia0.9022118210.88140.95240.8637
Anthony Stolarz0.9137230330.92610.93940.9144
Keith Kinkaid0.9046175290.89140.93100.8839
Jaroslav Halak0.9161482810.90460.92590.9012
Robin Lehner0.9179459680.91500.91180.9081
Jonathan Quick0.9129566790.89750.91140.8881
Adin Hill0.9091482650.91290.90770.9094
Laurent Brossoit0.9082337540.91990.90740.9180
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen0.9060149210.90600.90480.9016
Jack Campbell0.9181518620.92470.90320.9211
Anton Forsberg0.9035241410.91700.90240.9113
Philipp Grubauer0.92009211740.91970.90230.9138
Dan Vladar0.8859149290.88590.82760.8931
Carey Price0.91696591260.90140.82540.9117
Joonas Korpisalo0.90519041030.89380.82520.8973
Juuse Saros0.920210511350.92670.82220.9300
Mackenzie Blackwood0.911210211290.90210.82170.9081
Joey Daccord0.8937214220.89720.81820.8988
Marcus Hogberg0.8941322470.87580.80850.8831
David Rittich0.9071463520.90060.80770.9063
Frederik Andersen0.9154640830.89690.78310.9084
Carter Hart0.90537211060.87660.78300.8900
Aaron Dell0.9059154250.85710.72000.8814


CSV%: Career Save Percentage

SA: Shots against

EVSA: Even-strength shots against

PKSA: Shots against while on the penalty kill

SV%: 2020-2021 save percentage

EVSV%: 2020-2021 even-strength save percentage

PKSV%: 2020-2021 save percentage while on the penalty kill

ASV%: 2020-2021 save percentage if performing at league average on the penalty kill

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