Goalies and the Playoffs Part 3: How to Win a Series

Joel Short
April 16 2017 10:30AM


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We know that goalie performance is a major factor to playoff success. I wanted to get a better sense of just how big a factor it is, so I looked at shot volume and Sv% for every best of 7 playoff series since 1984. (I excluded the first round for 84 to 86, since it was then a best of 5.) 

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Goalies and the Playoffs Part 2: What's Shot Volume Got to Do with It?

Joel Short
November 23 2016 11:00AM

My first article focused entirely on save percentages. I thought it would be helpful to have a look at the other side of the coin – shots – and how the two interact. 

It’s pretty well known that Sv% has risen and goals per game have dropped over the years, but what is the long-term trend in shots per game? And do the playoffs see a drop off in shots from the regular season?

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Goalies and the Playoffs Part 1: Why are Goalies Better in the Postseason?

Joel Short
September 23 2016 09:16AM

A few years ago, I started looking at the impact of goalie performance on success in the playoffs. 

One of the first things I noticed was that the league average Sv% tends to be significantly higher in the playoffs than in the regular season.  Here are the averages going back to 83-84 (the first year Sv% was recorded):

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