Tough Call...Who to start tonight?
Can only start two....
Lundqvist vs Pit in NYR
Rask vs Buf in BOS
Elliot vs Clb in CLB
With CLB's inability to score goals and STL stingy defense I'm inclined to start Elliot but can I really sit one of Lundy or Rask?
Opinions greatly appreciated.
I agree with horrorfan here, as appealing as Elliott's matchup here may be, you have to go with your superstars.
Agree with the above - Rask and Lundy. You may get burned on any given night, but over the season starting your top dogs will pay dividends.
You have to start your studs.
You will win long term by doing this.
I'll disagree with the replies so far above.
I'm a match-up guy.
Rask & Elliott.
St.Louis is playing the best defense in the league, BY FAR.
Imagine if Brian Elliott was the only goaltender for St.Louis.
Imagine that Brian Elliott played only in a two-team league: St.Louis & Columbus.
Imagine Henrik Lundqvist played only in a two-team league: NYR & Pittsburgh.
Which goalie would have better stats?
Lundqvist playing 82 games vs. Pittsburgh
Elliott playing 82 games vs. Columbus
We are looking at JUST one game.
There's no "Lundqvist's other stats against other teams" involved here... just NYR vs. Pittsburgh.
There's no "Elliott's other stats against other teams" involved here... just St.Louis vs Columbus.
With day-to-day goalie sit-start decisions, you go match-ups.
I think you need to look at match ups, not just the names.
As for using the logic of playing 82 games against Pitt vs Clb - well that doesn't apply because I trust my stud more against ANY opponent on a given night. We know it doesn't always work, but it's the best strategy for me, and works well enough. There's no way I'd like to see Lundqvist post a shutout on my bench. No way.
with 3 great options you play the matchups, why wouldn't you? This whole 'start your best guy always' logic has become very prevalent on these forums but its often badly flawed IMO. Sure if its between Lundqvist and Clemmenson you go with Lundy every time, but when you've got several talented goalies on your team all playing well why would you ignore the matchups? That's just foolish.
Another trick you might wanna try if you're really torn on who to start is to look at the splits on NHL.com. It will show you how they matched up against a given team in the past (home vs. away, etc). For example, here is Elliot from last year:
he has played well against CBJ in the past so probably a good start
Nobody likes to see a shutout on their bench... and yeah, it's gonna happen.
And yeah... people will kick themselves for seeing Lundqvist post that shutout on their bench.
But people should kick themselves ANY time they leave a shutout on their bench. (if it could have been foreseen)
HERE - you just can't deny the numbers.
Let's take it to an extreme.
Lundqvist & a team of 10-year olds vs. Team Russia
Elliott & Team Canada vs. team of 11-year olds
It's not just about the goalie.
Another (fairer) mathematical model is to consider shots-on-goal.
STL allows about 19 shots per game.
CBJ takes about 27 shots per game.
CBJ will, thus, probably get 23 shots on net.
I'd call Elliott a .910 SV% goalie.
Thus, he'll allow 2.07 goals against.
*We also have to consider how many STL will score... likely 3 or more. So it's a likely win for STL.
NYR allows about 30 shots per game.
PIT takes about 29 shots per game.
PIT will, thus probably get 29 shots on net.
I'd call Lundqvist a .920 SV% goalie.
Thus, he'll allow 2.32 goals against.
*We also have to consider how many NYR will score... could be 2, could be 3. It's a 50/50 game, I'd bet.
So... the STATISTICS suggest:
i) Elliott more likely to give up less goals
ii) STL more likely to win
And if you need one more source:
LeftWingLock gives Elliott a "goalie score" prediction of 80.
They give Lundqvist a "goalie score" prediction of 60.
You can have your own "gut feeling" on this... but all of the numbers are on my side. Start Elliott.
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