However, 22 seconds away from what would have been just his second shutout period of the season, Matt Duchene scored on his own rebound to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead headed to the first intermission. That began a stretch in which Ramo gave up five goals on the next 25 shots and along with two disallowed goals and the usual number of defensive blunders, that effectively killed Calgary's hopes of putting together consecutive wins for the first time since games 3 and 4 of last year's playoff series against Vancouver.
Six Months In a Leaky Boat
That adds up to 81 goals and a goals-against-average north of four, which may have landed you in the middle of the pack back in the high-scoring 80s when the goalie equipment was tiny and the 50-goal scorers were plentiful, but it's no good in this era.
- First period, .926 SV% (10 GA, 135 shots)
- Second period, .821 SV% (22 GA, 123 shots)
- Third period, .842 SV% (21 GA, 133 shots -- excludes 2 empty net goals)
Comparison to a Year Ago
Here's another revealing statistic that highlights how drastic the fall-off has been in goaltending and defensive play compared to last season.
They've allowed almost twice as many goals this season compared to the same point a year ago -- and with pretty much the same goaltenders. It's mind-boggling.
As you can only imagine, when that is where your goaltenders are slotted, it doesn't bode well for the team's overall save percentage.
First, for comparison, here are the NHL's top five teams in save percentage (excludes empty net goals).
Now here are the bottom five:
How Historically Bad Is It?
Part 1 - Teams
The question was asked to me last night, how bad is all this historically? So, I did some digging. The NHL's official records online only go back to 1997-98 but over the last 17 seasons, here are the 10 worst seasons between the pipes. Once again, this is the team's goaltending save percentage so empty net goals have been removed. I also listed all the goalies that made at least 10 starts that year for that team.
As you can see, Calgary (at .868 currently) has some significant catching up to do as they'd top the list easily as it stands.
- Zac Bierk - 10 starts, .899
- Dan Cloutier - 44 starts, .885
- Kevin Hodson - 10 starts, .856
2. 1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers, .881
- Scott Fankhouser - 13 starts, .891
- Norm Maracle - 27 starts, .890
- Damian Rhodes - 28 starts, .874
- Scott Langkow - 13 starts, .861
3. 2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs, .887
- Martin Gerber - 12 starts, .905
- Vesa Toskala - 53 starts, .891
- Curtis Joseph - 11 starts, .869
4. 2005-06 Edmonton Oilers, .887
- Dwayne Roloson - 19 starts, .905
- Michael Morrison - 16 starts, .884
- Jussi Markkanen - 31 starts, .880
- Ty Conklin - 15 starts, .880
5. 2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks, .887
- Adam Munro - 10 starts, .893
- Nikolai Khabibulin - 50 starts, .886
- Craig Anderson - 10 starts, .886
6. 2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes, .888
Part 2 - Individuals
Again, all three Calgary goalies at this time would find themselves atop this list along with Stalock and Lack.
2. Damian Rhodes Atl, 1999-00, .8742
6. Peter Skudra, Bos/Buf, 2000-01, .8787
7. Vesa Toskala Tor/Cal, 2009-10, .87969
8. Jussi Markkanen Edm, 2005-06, .87972
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