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- Comment on Habs enjoy a break in busy schedule (2013-12-09 10:06:13)
Crawford's injury (hopefully, minor) enhances Price's chance to make team Canada or be its starter at Sochi. Got me thinking... why do we want Price or PK on team Canada? Or Patches, Galchenyuk on the US or any of our other players on any world team? We're playing 82 games in a compressed schedule to accommodate the Olympics. There was a lot of complaining here about playing three games in four nights; or 6 games in 9. Wouldn't it be nice to have well-rested stars for the home stretch? I'm all for Canada winning. It would be nice we won without our stars. It would be nicer to win that and then WIN THE CUP with a rested team.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-20 07:17:29)
PK played less than 25 minutes. MT hates him and is trying to keep him off the Olympic team. He should be fired. Goals are nice but Pacioretty plays soft. We should trade him for a bag of pucks. DD is overpaid. We should trade him if anyone were stupid enough to take him. MB overpaid him. He should be fired. Briere was a terrible signing. MB should be made to sit in the corner of his office for 5 minutes. Eller played more minutes than his former GG linemates. MT has a fixation on Danes. We should trade and then fire him. White was the only center with a better than .500 faceoff %. He should be our #1 center. Kemper and Harding had a combined 1.500 sv%. Price was barely better half that. Trade Price. Ah, now that feels more like HIO. Here to bask in a great win. Sun is up. Life is good.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 10:23:21)
and one last point... the team is scoring slightly more goals per game for Price than Budaj 2.56 to 2.50.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 10:12:18)
I generally agree with you and I'm not trying to belabor the point, but... Budaj has played four games. Columbus, Colorado, the Rangers and the Oilers. Price played all those team except The Avs - easily the best of the bunch. Against the same teams: Budaj is 3-0, with a 0.97 GAA, a .962 SV% 1 shutout Price is 1-2 with a 2.69, .919 and no shutouts. Again, I'm not knocking Carey or saying his bad by league standards. I'm just saying his aren't as good as his backup. And, simply when comparing other #1s to their #2s, he the worst of the bunch. -- this year.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 08:32:12)
Oh well. they can't all be winners.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 08:29:22)
Price played very, very well yesterday. The Rangers only goal was a deflection so subtle they changed the score sheet. Price made several huge saves. We lost. This isn't about last night(TM) or "right now". It's about a body of work. It's about comparing two players who play for the same team, the same D, the same system.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-17 07:51:45)
Mr Boone offers a terrific forum for us Hab (sorry, Hockey) fans. He brings us together like carnivores in a cage and throws meat in every so often to see us fight. The subtly is usually noteworthy. After last night's disappointing game against the Rangers, even my name sake didn't disguise his intentions. He invited us to spar about Price this AM. So, I will offer a side orders to complete the meal. I'll use a thoughtful little technique described by CBSSports scribe Ryan Wilson who compared Indy RB Trent Richardson - the #1 Colts back based on starts to his backup Donald Brown. By virtually every statistical metric, Brown is better. The coach and game starts say otherwise. So, let's apply that simple test to NHL goalies. Specifically, the difference in GAA, SV% and points per game for every #1 (defined by GPs) vs every #2. Now, I'm not a statistician, but even I can see some serious limitations in this approach. Again, it's meant to be a side dish not the main course, so chomp accordingly. For those not inclined to read much further, here's the punch line... We're last. Worst in the league. Actually, using this little bit of actual data, Carey Price is the worst #1 in the league (as compared to his backup). Not the "best". Not near it. Lehtonen, Bishop, Harding, Crawford, Brodeur, Luongo and Fleury are tops in this rank -- in that order. For those still reading, here is how it works. Budaj has a .57 better GAA. Price is 0.01 better in SV%. Budaj generates .28 more points per game than Carey. I did this little analysis comparing each #1 to their #2 based on games played. Then, I ranked each of the differences. So the best GAA difference gets a "1" and the worst gets a "30". For GAA - Tim Thomas had the best spread. Price was 21st. For SV% - Crawford was #1. Price was 13st. For PPG - Bishop was #1. Price was 29th. I added up the rankings. For Price that's 21 + 13 + 29 = 63. The lowest score is the "best". Lehtonen was best with a 31. The average score was 46.5 -- which surprisingly didn't correlate in any meaningful way to GPs. That tells me this quicky analysis is lousy or coaches hate numbers. The other bottom guys in reverse order are: Price, Lundqvist, Hutton (yeah, Rinne's been hurt, the analysis is numerical), Ramo, Hiller, Varlamov and Miller. For what it's worth. That list "feels" about right. Guys who are overrated or teams without a clear #1. As for Mr Boone's suggestions... Niemi (a middle of the pack 48). Quick comes in 10th with a 40. Of the Toronto tandem, Bernier got a 45. Our old friend Jaro Halak got a very pedestrian 46. Now, this doesn't -- directly -- take into account quality of opponents, shots against, goal support, teams that get shut out at home on a Saturday... Some of that hopefully gets absorbed in the wash of looking at league-wide data.
- Comment on Liveblog: Game 21 – A first since 1967 : Rangers shut out Canadiens in Montreal (2013-11-16 22:29:53)
- Comment on About last night … (2013-11-03 09:31:51)
I don't post often anymore. So, I'll keep this short, so folks will read it; pithy, so folks will think I'm smart and agree with me; and vague so I can't be pinned down when all of this turns out to be wrong. 1. We're a bubble team. That's ok. Two years ago, we were hopeless. The average team this year gets .552 points per game. The teams we've played are averaging .536 points per game. Our record is 8-7. 11 times, we've beaten a sub .500 team or lost to a team playing better than .500. The outliers — wins against Vancouver (early) and Anaheim (arguably our best game); and losses against Calgary and Edmonton (yeesh). 2. Subban is fine. Maybe not Norris, but a notch below ain't bad. Markov is still something in the offensive zone. But the Wild revealed he can't get back. Twice (at least), including one goal, they were sending long passes up the right side like a stretch pass in football and beating him like an old cornerback. I submit PK's issues stem from covering up for his veteran teammate. PK needs a partner who can let PK go to town. 3. Price and Eller are good. Price ain't Roy and, contrary to Boone early season analysis, Eller ain't Béliveau and. That doesn't mean they suck. They just aren't historically distinguished players. Gallagher and Chucky sure seem like the real deal. Not that they are Shutt and Lafleur. 4. The rest of the team is a mixed bag of young, old, big, small, feisty and flat. In short, a bubble bunch. 5. As Bill posts these days, MB ain't Sam Pollock. In fact, other than drafting Gal (which 99.9% of HIO folks would have in his position), I'm not sure he's all that Or the bag of chips. Other than being the Goat's polar opposite personality-wise, he seems like an inexperienced manager who had the right look, right name and right mother tongue for job when we went looking. Keep in mind, he was third in the pecking order in Chicago. Maybe more seasoning will help. Right now, he's pretty consistent with our bubble org.
- Comment on Brière agrees to two-year deal with Canadiens (2013-07-05 09:32:24)
so.... a short term deal? he's 6'4". May have a role on the fourth line.