Posted 03 October 2013 - 12:02 PM
Fair - I remember some on the board complaining about how he was predictable in the shootout, but I should've remembered the people who were doing it. That doesn't change my central point which is that the shootout is an incredibly high variance contest. The Tampa goalies in 2006-07 had a higher save percentage in the shootout than in all situations. Kovalchuk was a lifetime awful shooter, he blows up in 2011-12, he's awful in 2012-13. etc.
Kovy wasn't really awful in 2012-13...the sample size was pretty puny (he went 2-for-6). But yeah, he was definitely nothing special in the SO before 11-12.
Kovy's never seeming to miss in the shootout made the fans' standards for every Devil rather silly. I think Parise missed a few in a row, and some fans wanted him benched. It was actually people saying that that prompted me to start the whole "Devils really are awesome in shootouts" thread. It was getting to the point where the Devils weren't allowed to lose one without a lot of complaining. Last year was the Devils' first bad year since the SO's implementation.
Yes, there is variance, but there are also some guys who have been consistently good in it (like Parise...32 shootout goals on 69 shots for his career), and some goalies as well (like Lundqvist). The randomness of the event for each team stems from the fact that a GM is never going to target goalies and/or shooters who are consistently proficient in it, and bring them onto his team for that reason. You just hope that your best players happen to be strong in them (BTW, Lundqvist is at .763 in save% for his career in SOs, Brodeur is at .706. Schneider? Just .628.)
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 03 October 2013 - 12:02 PM.
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