Trending Down (2014-15) Part 2

Doran Libin

2015-02-23

BrianElliott

 

Looking at 14 players who have been trending downward over the past month

 

Part 2 of trending down features more players who are struggling as the NHL season winds down. This week there is a heavier focus on goalies as there are three cases of goalies who are consistently posting subpar save percentages. A goalie who posts a sub .900 save percentage can almost single handedly sink their team's chances of winning. For evidence of this one need only look at the streaking Minnesota Wild. Despite being one of the best shot suppression teams Minnesota had a minus-16 goal differential through January 14. During that span they averaged 1.86 goals for per game while allowing 2.24 goals against. Since January 15 Minnesota has a goal differential of plus-20 in 25 fewer games. During that span they have averaged 2.35 goals for per game while allowing 1.18 goals against. It has not just been the increase in save percentage as with better goaltending the Wild are also scoring more. It goes to show that a bad goalie can effect more than just a team's defense.

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