Hard Luck & Horseshoes

Here is a list of players whose opponents shot at least 4% better than his team did while he was on the ice:

I pulled out anyone who played less than 40 games, anyone who played under 8 minutes and anyone whose name I'd never seen before.

Some of these guys just aren't very good and contribute to the shooting% imbalance. Others spent many minutes in front of terrible goaltending. Others just had cold streaks. There are a lot of players who kept shots flowing in the right direction but didn't get the results to prove it. It might be a good place to start if you're looking for good value next year.

If I was Bob Gainey, I'd be discteetly inquiring about Goc and Carle. Our old friend Radek Bonk makes an appearance. He was outshot 26.6 - 23.3, but was outscored by more than 2 to 1. Ellis led the league in sv% but somehow didn't do Bonkers any favours.

The Horseshoe club:

These guys out-percentaged their opponents by more than 3.6 % or something. Again, removed are the players who were in fewer than 40 games, limited minute guys (oops, I missed Cote).

I also removed the players who are obvious drivers of big % differences (Crosby, Malkin, Lidstrom, Getzlaf, Iginla etc). No point in including them - I'm looking for the guys who are due for a fall, guys you might want to avoid trading for.

There are four Habs: the top line plus Sergei. Hmmm.

This list also explains the mystery of Doug Murray. I've also just noticed that there are several players who reaped the benefit of playing with star players - Conroy, Malone, Setoguchi etc.


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