Eastern Edge: Goaltending storylines from the regular season

Brennan Des

2020-09-22

In this week's Eastern Edge, I revisited a few goaltending storylines from this past season. If there's anything you'd like to see in future articles, please let me know in the comments below, or shoot me a message on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza!

 

Pittsburgh's Goaltending Controversy

Matt Murray played very well in October, winning seven of his 10 starts while registering a 2.20 GAA and .923 save percentage. He wasn't able to maintain that level of play for the whole season though, as he finished the year with a 2.87 GAA and .899 save percentage through 38 appearances. The big story this season was how Tristan Jarry outperformed Matt Murray and should be the new starter in Pittsburgh. If we're just looking at overall numbers this season, Jarry put up a .921 save percentage and 2.43 GAA through 33 games. So, at first glance, it appears that he outplayed Murray. However, Jarry's overall numbers are boosted by a strong start that saw him win 13 of his 18 games from October to December, when he posted a 1.88 GAA and .938 save percentage. Jarry wasn't all that great in the subsequent months, as he registered a 3.05 GAA and .901 save percentage through 15 games between January and March. Murray actually outperformed Jarry in that same span, with a .2.73 GAA and .905 save percentage in 15 games. Given all this, I think it's a bit premature to declare that Jarry is the better goalie based on one strong stretch of 18 games. Murray's strong play comes with a much larger sample size, so I'm more comfortable saying he should still be Pittsburgh's number one option. With all that being said, things get complicated because of Pittsburgh's cap situation. General Manager Jim Rutherford said himself that it would be difficult to keep both goalies, so it's definitely an interesting situation to monitor.

 

Carter Hutton's Struggles

Carter Hutton had a strong start to the 2019-2020 campaign, posting a 6-1-1 record, 2.21 GAA and .926 sav