|Forensics - Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott||Tweet|
|Written by Michael Amato|
|Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:18|
Forensics - Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott - Many teams have employed a two goalie system in the past, but the tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott are taking it to a new level this season. With most tandems there is always a clear number one, meaning that one guy is always going to get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to starting big games, as long as he doesn't turn into Andre "Red Light" Racicot.
Let's take a look at Frozen Pool to see Halak and Elliott's similarities and differences, and exactly who has the edge in certain situations.
That's about as even as it gets as you can see they both have 15 wins and five shutouts. The only significant advantage goes to Elliott as he comes at a much cheaper price than Halak. That may come to an end next season though after the stellar year he has been having.
HALAK, JAROSLAV 25.24
ELLIOTT, BRIAN 26.43
There average shots faced per game are also pretty even, with Elliott just facing one extra shot per contest. Shots however can sometimes be a misleading stat; the degree of difficulty of the shots on goal can be much more telling.
HALAK, JAROSLAV 32.62ft
ELLIOTT, BRIAN 33.57ft
The average shot distance that Halak faces is slightly more challenging then Elliott's as he is facing rubber from nearly a foot closer on average. In fact among goalies that have appeared in at least 20 games, only Jonas Hiller and Ray Emery are facing shots on average from a closer distance than Halak.
Here is how they stack up on shots faced from 1-15ft which is the greatest degree of difficulty.
Name Shots Goals Save%
HALAK,JAROSLAV 164 23 0.860
ELLIOTT,BRIAN 135 21 0.844
Now here are their numbers from 30-45ft. The ones that goalies have to have.
Name Shots Goals Save%
HALAK,JAROSLAV 223 11 0.951
ELLIOTT,BRIAN 181 4 0.978
It's interesting, as you can see Halak fairs much better than Elliott on the more challenging shots, but Elliott ranks better on the shots that goalies typically have to save. Elliott actually ranks number one in the NHL in save percentage on shots from 30-45ft.
Of the two goalies Elliott has been the most consistent throughout the season. So far he has recorded a shutout in every month of the campaign, not including February, and he has also not lost more than two games in a row. He also had a stretch where he won 12 of 14 starts from late October to mid December.
Halak on the other hand has been hot more recently and has really benefitted since Ken Hitchcock took over. He had just one victory in seven starts prior to that, and then after the coaching change he posted five shutouts and seven straight victories in the month of January. Three of Halak's five shutouts have been 1-0 scores, which proves he can handle the pressure in tight games.
It is hard to go wrong at the moment with either Halak or Elliott, whether you are a poolie or a St. Louis fan. This great goaltending tandem has the Blues poised to earn their first playoff birth since 2008-09.
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 10:54|