Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Old Man Whitney, Stamkos and a 54 save Shutout
-Steven Stamkos sits at 58 goals on the season and has a shot at becoming only the 20th guy to score 60. If he can do it, he'll be the third youngest (by a few months) after Wayne Gretzky and Pavel Bure. Stamkos' current goal scoring translates to a 69 adjusted goal season when league Goals per Game is equalized. This would make it one of the greatest goal scoring seasons ever. Brett Hull's 86 goals in 1990/91 translates 78 Adjusted Goals and the best ever. Alex Ovechkin's 65 in 07/08 works out to 72, Mario Lemieux's 85 in 88/89 adjust to 71, Cooney Weiland's 43 goals in 29/30 become 70, Phil Esposito's 76 in 70/71 translate to 70 and Gretzky's 87 in 83/84 are adjusted to 69. Quite the company that Stamkos is keeping.
-Phoenix goalie Mike Smith recorded a 54 save shutout this week setting the record for highest shot total faced in a shutout. Four years ago Florida's Craig Anderson had a 53 save shutout and in 1996 Curtis Joseph posted a 52 save shutout for the Oilers. Dominik Hasek holds the overall record with 70 saves in a quadruple Overtime win over New Jersey on April 27, 1994 and Patrick Roy made 63 saves in the triple Overtime Cup clinching game over Florida on June 10, 1996.
-Combining the last two seasons, Vancouver's Cory Schneider has a record of 36-11-3 with a 2.06 GAA and .934 Save Pct. This works out to a Points Percentage of .750. Partner Roberto Luongo, over the same two seasons has a Point Pct of .674. Personally I don't see a goaltender controvery at all.