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Some Stats: Chicago might have goaltending concerns

Dec 1, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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Some Stats is a weekly feature that will run every Thursday on PHT. In Some Stats, we look at some stats.

.894 – The combined save percentage for Chicago goalies Corey Crawford and Ray Emery. Which if you’re not familiar with goalie stats, isn’t very good. And while a lot of the duo’s struggles has to do with the Blackhawks surrendering too many prime scoring chances, Crawford’s admitted he needs to be better. The 26-year-old was rewarded with a three-year, $8-million deal in May after an outstanding playoff performance against the Canucks. However, he’s still short on NHL experience, having started fewer than 100 games. If Chicago doesn’t get more consistent goaltending before the trade deadline, GM Stan Bowman might have to make a move.

20 – Assists for Daniel Sedin, the second most in the NHL behind Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson (21), and four more than twin brother, Henrik. Noteworthy, since Henrik has always been known as the set-up man and Daniel the finisher. Along those lines, Henrik also has more goals (8) than Daniel (7). It’s almost like they switched jerseys for a laugh. “Hey, we should switch jerseys, too,” Roberto Luongo said to Cory Schneider.

2 – Power-play goals for Steven Stamkos. Yep, that’s it. The Lightning sniper still managed to score 10 times in November and is currently tied with Phil Kessel for most goals, each player with 16. Stamkos had 17 PP goals last season, second to only Daniel Sedin’s 18.

0 – Number of 5-on-3 opportunities for the Dallas Stars, the only team that’s gone without one. The Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, lead the league with 8:24 of two-man advantage time. But that’s only because the NHL is out to get the Canucks. The refs are just buttering them up during the regular season so they can pull the rug out from under them in the playoffs. It’s so obvious.

1.31 – Goals-against average for Blues netminder Brian Elliott, the lowest in the NHL. You know, I have to admit I was surprised to learn Elliott is only 26. I would’ve wagered older. Probably because he’s already played for three NHL teams – he’s got that journeyman feel to him. Is it possible he’s just coming into his own now? Elliott’s spent most of his career on bad teams. He started in Ottawa when the Sens’ window was closing and he spent last season in Colorado.

  1. sharksfan754 - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    I liked your joke about luongo wanting to switch jerseys. Although I’m pretty sure the only thing that those two should trade is their contracts

    • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Oh my God, if only.

      • Tristan - Dec 1, 2011 at 5:38 PM

        Honestly, I’ve got to be one of the biggest Schneider fans out there, but I wouldn’t want this to happen. The fact that that albatross of a contract is tied around Luongo’s neck is an exacerbating factor, but even if it were Schneider’s, it’s still an albatross. That contract is terrible; it’s madness to effectively limit yourself to one top-flight goaltender for a decade.

      • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        Yeah, that’s true. It’s a bad contract on just about anyone. I mean, I wouldn’t complain too bitterly were it on, say, Jonathan Quick, but as a rule, decade-plus contracts are TERRIBLE.

  2. bcisleman - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Meanwhile, Varly has a 2.95 GAA, 29th in the NHL. If COL had been more patient, it would have its draft picks AND a very good goalie and a better future.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      In fairness, Elliott benefits from the system he’s in. The Blues play very defensive hockey. The Avs, by contrast, have a patchwork blueline. I’m not saying Varmalov was worth what they gave, but Elliott wasn’t likely to play like this in Colorado ever.

    • botlecap - Dec 1, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      ^ what he said. the av’s problem is terrible defense in front of the crease, not the guy playing in it.

      • govtminion - Dec 1, 2011 at 6:13 PM

        The Avs defense is miserable, yes, and any goalie in that situation would be getting pretty much pounded on. But… at the same time, Varlamov was supposed to be an improvement, and he hasn’t been. For what they gave up… well, for what they gave up they should have been able to get about anyone from the Caps short of Ovechkin. Remember that the Caps have a pretty poor defensive unit as well, and Varlamov thrived there for a while until injuries took their toll. It’s starting to feel like another case of a player getting a nice paycheck guaranteed, and putting in less effort as a result.

  3. druhlman - Dec 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Elliot is a good ‘tender. He can now not worry about those terrible turnovers and focus more. I agree he may be coming into his own.

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