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The Daily Chum: How Sharks goaltending stacked up to league average over the years

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That Nabokov guy was pretty good.

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The Sharks enjoyed solid goaltending from Martin Jones this season and throughout San Jose’s long playoff run. James Reimer also played quite well in limited action for the Sharks while Alex Stalock struggled mightily before San Jose sent him to Toronto.

That all adds up to a perfectly average .915 team save percentage in the 2015-16 season. In fact, that is exactly* league average goaltending. That got me thinking: How has San Jose netminding stacked up against the league average over the years? The results may surprise you!

I have the whole table sorted chronologically at the bottom of the post if you’d prefer to jump into the numbers right away. Here are some interesting tidbits that jumped out at me right away.

  • The Sharks net Save Percentage Differential is -.024. There were a lot of lean years early on.
  • Evgeni Nabokov’s stellar 2004 campaign helped the Sharks post their best SV% Differential (.013)
  • Nabokov started during the Sharks’ three best SV% Differential seasons and four of the top five.
  • Antti Niemi has the other.
  • The Sharks’ five worst goaltending seasons came in the 90’s.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got. Hit the table below and let me know what you think!

Save percentage numbers are for the San Jose Sharks, not just the starting goaltender.

*To three decimal places. Don’t well actually me.

All data from hockey-reference.com