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Here’s some stats about Henrik Lundqvist so far this year:

  • In his past 10 consecutive starts he hasn’t let in more than 2 goals.
  • In 14 of his 16 starts he hasnt given up more than 2 goals.
  • He leads the league in wins
  • He’s 4th in the NHL in GAA (amongst goalies with 10 or more starts He would be ranked 2nd)
  • He’s 7th in the NHL in SV% (amongst goalies with 10 or more starts He would be ranked 4th)
  • He’s seen the 2nd most shots in the NHL
  • He’s made the most saves in the NHL
  • He’s played the most minutes in the NHL
  • Where would this team be without King Henrik? In my personal opinion, battling for a top lottery spot. Even this game where I felt the Rangers played a pretty strong game from start to finish, they didn’t look like the better team, and Henrik had to keep this team in the game.

    Even the final 10 minutes which featured domination by the Rangers and an offensive barrage, the Rangers still had to depend on Henrik (and a goal post) to bail them out, especially in the last few minutes of overtime.

    Want to know how bad the Rangers Power Play has been this season? Well statistically they are ranked 24th in the NHL (15.8%) when using conventional means of measuring the Power Play. That is, Power Play goals divided by Power Play opportunities. But what about a way of not just ranking the effectiveness of the PP in scoring, but also taking into account short handed goals. IE, (PPG-SHG)/PPO If you measure this new stat, lets call it, Power Play Effectiveness, here are the numbers you get:


    PP Opp
    PPG  
    PP%
    SHG
    PPE
    1
    DET   
    69
    23
    33.3
    0
    33.33%
    2
    STL  
    66
    17
    25.8
    2
    22.73%
    3
    MIN  
    67
    16
    23.9
    1
    22.39%
    4
    PHI  
    72
    16
    22.2
    0
    22.22%
    5
    TOR  
    88
    20
    22.7
    1
    21.59%
    6
    BUF  
    90
    18
    20
    0
    20.00%
    7
    BOS  
    66
    14
    21.2
    1
    19.70%
    8
    ANA  
    72
    15
    20.8
    2
    18.06%
    9
    OTT  
    80
    16
    20
    2
    17.50%
    10
    WSH  
    69
    12
    17.4
    0
    17.39%
    11
    VAN  
    88
    15
    17
    0
    17.05%
    12
    SJS  
    96
    18
    18.8
    2
    16.67%
    13
    DAL  
    78
    13
    16.7
    0
    16.67%
    14
    CHI  
    72
    14
    19.4
    2
    16.67%
    15
    CGY  
    91
    19
    20.9
    4
    16.48%
    16
    ATL  
    74
    14
    18.9
    2
    16.22%
    17
    CAR  
    82
    14
    17.1
    1
    15.85%
    18
    EDM  
    70
    13
    18.6
    2
    15.71%
    19
    LAK  
    85
    15
    17.6
    2
    15.29%
    20
    MTL  
    72
    12
    16.7
    1
    15.28%
    21
    TBL  
    69
    11
    15.9
    1
    14.49%
    22
    COL  
    83
    13
    15.7
    1
    14.46%
    23
    NSH  
    84
    14
    16.7
    2
    14.29%
    24
    PIT  
    81
    16
    19.8
    5
    13.58%
    25
    PHX  
    69
    9
    13
    0
    13.04%
    26
    NJD  
    62
    8
    12.9
    0
    12.90%
    27
    NYI  
    82
    12
    14.6
    2
    12.20%
    28
    NYR  
    101
    16
    15.8
    6
    9.90%
    29
    FLA  
    63
    8
    12.7
    2
    9.52%
    30
    CBJ  
    84
    10
    11.9
    6
    4.76%

    9.9%. 9.9%?!?!? Are you kidding me? This means, on average, only 9.9% of the time the Rangers have a Power Play that ends up with something positive happening for them. 9.9%!!!

    That this team is in first place right now baffles all conventional logic of any sorts. A goalie should not be this good. It seems insane to think that we are literally a one man team right now.

    Back on the plus side of things, both Dan Fritsche and Lauri Korpikoski (have you tried going to www.laurikoprikoski.com by the way?) played an absolutely superb game. In fact one would have to say that they were our 2 best forwards out there most of the game. They kept it simple, played a good speed game, played a sound board game, and played a sound defensive game. They helped spark the team by setting up the first goal by Nigel “If I’m not scoring, I am completely invisible” Dawes, and got rewarded with more ice time for their effort. I love what I have seen of these 2. They need to keep playing when Gomez comes back. If either of these 2 sit, I will have lost all respect for Renney.

    Finally there is Michal Rozsival. The guy has been absolutely killed on the message boards for his performance tonight. Yes, he was terrible guys, but it is flat out retarded to call for his head, or to make it seem like he has been this bad for every single game this year. How about some stats to back up that statement?

  • He leads the team in TOI/G
  • Hes tied for the lead on defense for GWG
  • He leads the defense in PPG
  • Hes 2nd on defense in points
  • Hes tied for first on defense in goals
  • He’s tied for 2nd on the defense in assists
  • He leads the defense in shooting percentage
  • The only bad stat he has right now is his +/-, and Kalinins is worse, as is every single other statistical means of measurement for Kalinin. Yet Rozsival is getting booed out there and Kalinin gets a free pass. Don’t get me wrong here, I think Rozsival was indeed putrid tonight, but let’s try not to miss the forest from the trees here. It was one bad game. And really, hes only had 2 bad games this season in my personal opinion (The one against the Isles, and tonight). The reason everyone is getting down on Rozsival is because his bad games have been spectacularly bad games. Statistically though, en masse, he has been fine out there. Has he been a 5 million dollar a year player? No, but he has been for the previous 2 years, so I know he has it in him waiting to come out. Booing him serves no purpose whatsoever. This isn’t Marek Malik or Sandis Bozolinsch out there. Michal Rozsival is a legitimate top 4 defenseman in this league. Booing him will only force him to play worse and spiral out of control. Show some freaking restraint guys, for the love of God show some restraint.


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