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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.
Shots Faced in Shutouts
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.