15 goals out of 37 were impossible to stop
The recent avalanche of goals against Carey Price has sparkled red lights in the rinks of the National League, but also in many cottages in Quebec. Is it going to last eight years like that, wonder some? Faith towards 31 is shaking and the debate is emotional.
Although Price is excluded from our top 30 this week, we still need to put things in perspective and our analysis of his performance as well as the quality of his 37 goals so far tend to support what he said the week last when he humbly asked his teammates to help him out.
He can play better, but he will also need help.
The debate may be less heated if Price won the Hart and Vézina trophies last year. It looks more like he is going through a bad pass, as Martin Brodeur thinks, but last season was terrible. If we forget the 2015-2016 season, in which he played only 12 games, Price was part of the elite in three seasons in a row, finishing third in our computerized ranking in 2013-2014, at the first rank in 2014-15 and fifth place in 2016-17.
What annoys is that 2017 is already far, but just two weeks ago, Price was ranked 12th with an excellent efficiency ratio of .922. His last four games have pushed the index to 892 and people are worried.
Statistics vary a lot early in the season and two other Vezina Trophy winners, Sergei Bobrovsky and Braden Holtby, also had painful debuts. That does not mean that Price is finished and the next eight seasons are dead.
Can Price play better? Certainly. The criticism that can be made to him is to have given dubious goals in key moments. These goals may have cost three or four points in the standings.
However, there is one thing that strikes this year in the NHL, and that is the quality of the scoring chances facing goalies, in general. Often, they are downright helpless and in this context, it is fair to do an analysis of the goals scored against Price.
Good and bad goals
If you want to simplify things, there are three kinds of goals a guardian gives. There are shots that can not be stopped, shots that are stopped, but not necessarily easy, and there are bad goals, those that a goalkeeper must stop.
There are not many shots that can not be stopped, at least in normal times. A few years ago, I compiled daily the quality of goals awarded and these goals accounted for about 12% of total goals.
Too many goals of high difficulty
In 2018-2019, according to what we see in the match summaries, the figure of 12% no longer holds. Without having compiled the goals of the other goalkeepers, I wanted to know where Price was and analyzing his 37 goals, I was stunned to realize that 15 of them were in the category of non-stop goals. That’s more than 40%. It’s enormous !
It goes without saying that it must change and that is the part of the players in front of him. There was a bit of bad luck sometimes. In the match against the New York Rangers, twice his defenders cut passes in the game, but unfortunately the puck came back on the starting player’s stick as the goalkeeper moved in the other direction.
The Canadian obviously gives too many nicknames, which complicates the task of Price. Veiled fire has become a nightmare for goalkeepers against some teams. Price had four bad goals in 12 games, which is not extreme, but those goals hurt.
Dryden and Fuhr
The challenge for a goalkeeper, and Ken Dryden has always said, is to stop these relatively difficult, but not impossible shots, such as Neal Pionk’s winning goal from the Rangers, who froze Price after crossing the rink. . Defender Noah Juulsen also froze on the game.
It seems that mentally today’s goalies will have to adopt Grant Fuhr’s pattern and learn to be as strong at 5 to 5 as at 0 to 0. Look at the scores. All the goalkeepers pass by each other, and Price is part of the lot.
|4||Sheahan||Bounce long fog veiled||2|
|5||Kempe||2 c 2, firing from the left circle||1|
|6||Amadio||Veiled shot on back pass||3|
|7||box||Veiled Shot on Lost Washer||3|
|8||Dunn||Veiled shot in heavy traffic||3|
|9||Schenn||Pass shot near the post||3|
|10||Stone||Side game on a scrum||3|
|11||Boedker||Shooting from a very bad angle||1|
|12||Duchene||Lateral play on reception||3|
|13||Stone||Shooting on receipt||3|
|14||Frolik||Shot on pass from the back of the net||2|
|15||Lindholm||Supernumerary and side game||2|
|16||Lindell||Supernumerary and side game||2|
|17||Heiskanen||Shooting from the top of the enclave||2|
|18||Shore||Broken game, backhand shot||2|
|19||She R||Bounce of the upper body||2|
|20||Ovechkin||Excess lateral play||3|
|21||She R||Shot hit on broken game||2|
|22||Ovechkin||Deviated shot on Ovechkin’s body||3|
|23||Stamkos||Shot hit on free puck||3|
|24||Miller||Shooting of the enclave on broken game||2|
|25||Stamkos||Shooting of the enclave||2|
|26||Gourd||Bounce on shooting of the enclave||1|
|27||Kreider||Lateral play after a broken game||3|
|28||Deangelo||Veiled shot in heavy traffic||2|
|29||Buchnevich||Veiled shooting rebound||2|
|32||Sobotka||Side game 2 c 1||3|
|33||Sobotka||Return of a deflected shot||2|
|34||Sheary||Shot on pass from the back after displacement||2|
|35||Skinner||Return of the pole on the opposite side||3|
|36||skinned||Lateral play after faceoff||3|
|37||Ristolainen||Shot hit from the right circle||1|
|15 goals||3||Impossible goal to stop|
|18 goals||2||Stopable goal, but not necessarily weak|
|4 goals||1||Bad purpose|