Jonathan Kozub

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Braden Holtby‘s 35-stop afternoon in Manitoba puts him in a three-way tie in shutouts (3) alongside Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Phoenix’s Mike Smith.

I guess the first thing I should say is that shutouts, while awesome, are kind of a silly way to evaluate a goalie. Goalies don’t control the number of shots they face, just the percentage of that number they stop. That in mind, I thought we’d do a quick comparison of how these guys came to be the league’s shutout leaders.

Games Played

Goalie GP
Rinne 19
Smith 16
Holtby 14

Shots Faced in Shutouts

Goalie SA
Rinne 76
Smith 80
Holtby 95

So Holtby faced (and stopped) more shots in his three shutouts, and he earned them in fewer games than his elite competition. Now I’m not saying Braden Holtby is Superman; I’m just saying I’ve never seen the two of them in the same place at the same time.

NOTE: I had Rinne’s shots against wrong in an earlier version of this post.

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  • JenniferH

    I was so happy to see Holtby play so spectacularly tonight because it shows that he has one of the true testaments of a great player– he can slough off the bad games and focus on the present game being played. Which is exactly what he did.