Jonathan Quick and NHL Goalies Cold as Ice to Start Shortened Season
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Someone should probably tell a couple of goalies that the NHL season started.
Reigning Conn Smythe Award winner Jonathan Quick of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings is absolutely one that hasn’t heard the news.
The Kings have lost their first two games of the season mainly because of the poor play of Quick in net. Quick gave up three goals in the first period of the season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks. He would give up two goals later in the game, losing 5-2.
Quick looked relatively good the next chance he got, until he allowed three third-period goals to the Colorado Avalanche in what turned out to be another loss, 3-1. Despite the small sample size, Quick is only saving 84.9 percent of shots fired his way.
Aside from Quick, here are a few goalies who haven’t been woken up from the lockout yet.
Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Smith wasn’t very good at all in his first game of 2013, allowing four goals to the Dallas Stars. Smith only faced 26 shots on net that night, but saved 84.6 percent of them. That’s not going to cut it going forward.
And it didn’t cut it the next night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Smith—just like Quick—had his struggles against the Blackhawks. Smith gave up six goals to Chicago. He only managed to save 80.6 percent of the shots the Blackhawks got on net.
Through two games, he has a 5.05 goals against average and a .825 save percentage. Over the course of his career, he has a 2.59 GAA and a .913 save percentage. If you know what’s wrong, please alert the Coyotes.
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Of the 73 shots that Braden Holtby has faced this season, 10 have gotten by him. That’s right; he’s allowed 10 goals in just two games this year.
In Washington’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Holtby allowed goals in each period, three coming in the third period in a 6-3 loss. A couple of nights later, Holtby allowed another four goals in yet another Capitals loss, this time to the Winnipeg Jets.
Holtby has a goals against average of 5.03 and an 86.3 save percentage. Neither of those numbers are good and the young netminder may be in trouble this season.
Mikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
Over the course of Mikka Kiprusoff’s long career, he’s saved 91.3 percent of shots on net and has a 2.46 goals against average. This season, his goals against average is up nearly two goals and his save percentage is down seven points.
Kiprusoff allowed four goals to the San Jose Sharks in the Flames’ season opener and another five against the Anaheim Ducks the following night. What’s even worse is that he hasn’t faced many shots. Kiprusoff has only had 53 saves attempts this year, saving 44.
It’s not going to be easy for the Flames to make it into the postseason with their starting goalie playing poorly and in a shortened season. Kiprusoff needs to get his act together if Calgary is going anywhere in 2013.
All statistics are correct through January 22 and were retrieved via ESPN.
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