Are Bigger Goalies Better At Stopping Medium Or Low Danger Shots?

DragLikePull
October 10 2016 07:00AM

The biggest roster move the Leafs made this summer was acquiring Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for 30th overall, a 2017 second round draft pick, and Jonathan Bernier.  One of the things that jumps out about Andersen is his size.  At 6'4" and 230 pounds, he's one of the NHL's larger goalies, both in terms of height and width.  Lamoriello said that was one of the things the Leafs liked about Andersen: "He gives us size which today is a necessity the way the game is played."  Lou followed up by adding that, "his athleticism is exceptional."

While goaltending analysis has a lot of room to grow, we have a couple of extra tools available today than we did a few years ago.  One of the things we can do is splitting up the shots a goalie faces based on "danger zones".  If we divide shots into low, medium, and high danger zones (far, medium, and close distance, respectively), it turns out that whether low or medium danger shots become goals is almost entirely random.  It seems to be the case that the only shots where differences in goaltender talent matter much are high danger shots.

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Highlights from the waiver wire: 10/9/16 edition

Jonathan Willis
October 09 2016 04:00PM

Ten more players were placed on waivers on Sunday, including a pair of established NHL forwards.

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NHLNumbers Season Preview: Power Rankings No. 20-16

Cam Lewis
October 09 2016 01:00PM

Through an algorithm known as "surveying a select number of our staff", we determined the following power rankings. Over the next six days, we'll be counting down the worst teams all the way to the best teams heading into the 2016-17 season.  

The middle of the pack. These are the teams who have some good things going for themselves, but aren't quite at the top of the class in their divisions. These are teams 20-16 on the NHLN power rankings. 

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NHLNumbers Season Preview: Power Rankings No. 25-21

Cam Lewis
October 08 2016 01:03PM

Through an algorithm known as "surveying a select number of our staff", we determined the following power rankings. Over the next six days, we'll be counting down the worst teams all the way to the best teams heading into the 2016-17 season. 

They're a step out of the basement, but it's easier to imagine these teams down there than in the playoffs. The teams with star players but gaping holes. The teams who either really struggle to either keep the puck out of the net or score, but probably not both. The teams who, if everything goes right, could surprise you. These are teams 25-21 on the NHLN power rankings. 

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Highlights from the waiver wire, 10/8/16 edition

Jonathan Willis
October 08 2016 11:30AM

Today's edition of highlights from the waiver wire includes a recent 11th overall draft pick and a trio of intriguing depth options at centre. Let's jump try to the players.

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