Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Experience in goal

Montreal versus Boston is a series where neither netminder has played in the postseason, as Carey Price and Tim Thomas are two of eight starting goalies with less than 10 games played in the playoffs.

That's a lot of inexperience.

Here's a look at the career playoff numbers for the starting goaltenders (with two backups in the cases where a true starter is unclear):

Rk Player Tm GP W L GAA Sv% SO
1 Brodeur NJ 164 94 70 1.93 0.920 22
2 Hasek Det 115 63 47 1.99 0.926 14
3 Osgood Det 87 45 37 2.24 0.910 10
4 Nabokov SJ 46 24 20 2.17 0.920 5
5 Giguere Ana 45 31 13 1.96 0.929 6
6 Kiprusoff Cal 43 21 20 2.06 0.928 5
7 Theodore Col 37 15 20 2.67 0.916 1
8 Turco Dal 29 11 18 2.21 0.909 3
9 Lundqvist NYR 13 6 7 2.58 0.905 1
10 Gerber Ott 8 1 1 3.48 0.854 1
11 Huet Was 6 2 4 2.33 0.929 0
12 Fleury Pit 5 1 4 3.77 0.880 0
13 Mason Nas 5 1 4 3.45 0.901 0
14 Backstrom Min 5 1 4 2.22 0.924 0
15 Price Mon 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 0
16 Thomas Bos 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 0
17 Ellis Nas 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 0
18 Biron Phi 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 0

Brodeur's no surprise at the top, but what does come as a bit of a shock is (a) Evgeni Nabokov has more playoff games played than Jean-Sebastien Giguere, and (b) Martin Biron hasn't a minute of postseason experience.

I didn't include backups, but there are a few with a ton of history: Curtis Joseph, Olaf Kolzig and Ray Emery.
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7 Comments:

At 10:24 AM, April 09, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

what does come as a bit of a shock is (a) Evgeni Nabokov has more playoff games played than Jean-Sebastien Giguere

It's not a huge surprise, really. Bryzgalov played most of the '06 playoffs when Giguere struggled, and started the '07 run while Giguere's kid recovered.

 
At 10:47 AM, April 09, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

It's a bit of a surprise. Don't forget that Toskala carried his share of Shark playoff games for a while there.

Still, throw in the multiple overtimes and Giguere's played about 80 more minutes. Whatever, though, it's pretty close.

 
At 11:36 AM, April 09, 2008, Blogger Doogie said...

Don't forget that Toskala carried his share of Shark playoff games for a while there.

So he did. Good call.

 
At 11:54 AM, April 09, 2008, Blogger hoeker said...

So he did. Good call.

Yup. They definitely shared the load in the past.

 
At 1:43 PM, April 09, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Nabokov has only gone to the conference finals once, so there's a bit of a surprise in that sense, but he's also been in the playoffs two more times than Giguere, so those extra first/second round exits add up.

I'd actually say this year has more playoff experience between the pipes than the last couple of playoffs. Some of these guys have been around for a while now (Nabokov, Giguere, Kipper, Turco, and Theodore being examples). Biron and Thomas types have littered previous playoffs as well (Gerber, Huet, Mason and Backstrom all got their feet wet a couple years ago alongside younger-rookies like Miller, Emery, Fleury, Bryzgalov, Ward, and Lundqvist).

So I'd say we have more experience this time around then the past couple of years. This year might establish some of the guys out for a second or third go around as "guys that can't get it done". Nabokov and Turco are guys with much more established negative reputations in that regard. Theodore has never been on a top team going in, so his reputation isn't as solid in that sense, and neither is Lundqvist... yet.

 
At 5:23 PM, April 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see how Biron having 0 playoff games is a surprise. Buffalo wasn't a playoff team pre-lockout when Biron was the starter, and Ryan Miller was the starter post-lockout.

 
At 5:25 PM, April 09, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Well, he's 30 years old and has nearly 400 games played, for one. Biron's been around an awful long time to have never played a minute in the postseason.

 

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